Monday, 8 June 2015

Baby Sleep Routine

Sleep is a huge big mahoosive topic when it comes to parenting. I have lost hours of my life discussing it with other parents, friends and family. And rightly so I guess, nothing prepares you for the effect sleep deprivation has on you in those first 6-8 weeks. There is nothing quite like getting up every hour, on the hour and thinking 2.5 hours sleep uninterrupted is bliss. I totally get why it is used as an interrogation technique now!
So, in light of this, I thought I’d share our bedtime routine with you.

We have been pretty lucky when it comes to Isla’s sleeping habits. Bar a 6 week colicky period, which we don’t talk about in our house. It is too traumatic to re-live!


Since she was 12 weeks old, or whenever you are told babies can self-settle, we have been pretty strict with our bed time routine. We didn’t use to be so strict on the actual timing (when I was on maternity leave…it’s a different story now!), just the process of getting ready for bed.


From the start we have avoided:
  • Rocking her to sleep
  • Having the TV on near bed time. If we do, it’s on a very low volume level and she gets her milk facing away from it
  •  Picking her up after she’s been put down for the night
  • Taking her into our bed, unless literally nothing else will settle her
So our basic routine is (timings are rough):

6.30pm – bath time. We have lots of fun playing, singing and splashing in the bath. Isla has always loved being in the water.

6.45pm – pajama time. We have lots of cuddles, get dried, put her jammis and sleeping bag on.

6.50pm – story time. She’s starting to pay much more attention to books these days, rather than trying to rip the pages, so that’s nice!

7.00pm – milk time. Isla literally shouts for her milk as we come down the stairs. She’s so big now but I still like to have her on my lap to have her bottle so I can steal cuddles. It’s the only time during the week I get this sort of time with her.

She usually wakes up for a bottle between 5 and 6am but then goes back to sleep for a couple hours.

She's started entertaining herself in her cot for an hour or so at the weekend sometimes, which is great!


What’s your bed time routine with your little ones?

11 comments :

  1. We were always the same with rocking or bringing Indiana into our bed, luckily we never really needed to though. Indie puts herself to bed now with her milk, I miss those cuddles so much haha xx

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    1. Me too, they are far too grown up! You'll get the cuddles again very soon with baby boy, yaaay :) xx

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  2. If only you posted this months ago haha I rocked Jaspy to sleep, had the tv on near bed time, picked him up in the night and let him in our bed - whoops!

    13 months on I learnt my lesson! haha

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    1. Haha you silly bean, everyone's different and all babies are different so you've done nothing wrong :) And Jaspy is becoming a legend at sleeping now, woooo xx

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  3. Great advice! I've bookmarked this to re-read when our little one arrives! xx

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    1. Aw thanks lovey! Glad to be of help. All babies are different but I think there are certain things we can all do to help us out with the old sleeping routine :) xx

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  4. Yeah treating your baby like a mini adult. They thrive on cuddles. Rocking is a natural motion and babies love it. And whoever told you babies self settle that early is lying. Takes a good few years for them to self soothe. Food spoils, not babies.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Interesting that you have chosen to stay anonymous. If you believe in what you are saying so much, surely you would want people to know who you are? All babies are all different and I am, by no means, professing to be an expert in baby sleep routines. I am merely sharing my experiences to help others. I didn't mention the word 'spoil' once, so it is interesting you have chosen to use that word. I give my daughter all the cuddles she needs in the world. Hope you have a great week.

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  5. We used to keep struggling in case of baby sleeping; most of the parents are wasting thousands of hours on baby sleeping issues and I am sure still they did not get the perfect solution. Medically it was proved that a baby need 15 to 18 hour sleep per day and to provide them a good and effective sleep we used to do several things like following different instructions and many others. I am sure while following this article we are able to keep a good sleeping hour for our baby; really it's have been a pleasure to get this article.
    Baby Sleeping

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  6. thanks for sharing

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  7. My baby is 2 months old today. As soon as I brought her home from the hospital I started to get her into a routine of bedtime. Within the first month she was sleeping for 4 hours at a time. And now she gets to bed about 8 with the rest of the family . She's a good baby!

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