By no means am I an expert on anything related to parenting (other than that Alice and I are both alive after the first year!) but what I have learned over the last fourteen months is that most kids do well with routine. In those baby classes I took when Alice was a wee little one, the instructor told us that whatever we do in regards to putting our babies to sleep, make it the exact same every time. Eventually they begin to understand as you start those familiar steps that Oh, I'm going to sleep now, which can often make putting them to bed all that much easier.
Alice is definitely a routine-lover and, although what we do at bedtime has changed as she's grown older, there are elements that have remained constant. Here's Alice's bedtime routine on most nights...
- Bubble bath! And the Gator Grip No-Slip bath mat has been a lifesaver since Alice refuses to sit in the tub. Plus it's made in the USA.
- Moisturize her little face and body (all the layers of sunscreen make her cheeks dry)
- gDiaper with a plant-based disposable insert. Pajamas. Read a few books (two of my most recent favorites).
Do you follow a specific bedtime routine with your kid(s)?