Bedtime Routine?

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Bedtime Routine?
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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 12:22pm

Do you have a bedtime routine for your LO?

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Registered: 10-12-2008
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 1:58pm

I've actually been meaning to post this same topic. We have no real routine but I have read a lot too and almost everything says to have a routine.

A week or two ago I tried to start a routine - sit in the rocker in her room with the lights dim, read her a story and rock her to sleep/almost asleep.

Cynthia

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Registered: 12-15-2008
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 2:39pm
After dinner we sit in the living room for a while I'll hold Jenna while reading book after book after book to Jesse. When Jenna indicates that she's tired (nothing soothes her, rubbing her eyes) we go upstairs to my bedroom (that's her room too). I change her diaper and put on her jambes, we turn the light out or down low and then she gets a final nursing. Nowadays she usually falls asleep during that nursing session, but she used to stay awake. I give her a kiss and wish her sweet dreams and put her in her crib. If she's not already asleep she will usually go to sleep pretty quickly, sometimes I do end up having to give her a binky - but very rarely.

As for the bath every night thing - I saw en episode of The Doctors a while back where that question was asked. Dr. Sears (the pediatrician) said that babies and young children really only need a bath 2X a week and anymore than that can be damaging to their skin and immune systems.

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Registered: 07-15-2007
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 11:30am
We do a routine but I don't ever leave him since he goes to bed with us. I do bath (about 3x per week) , lotion, Jamie's, nurse then sleep. He usually falls asleep nursing (we nurse laying down) or if he doesn't I will walk with him some and then he goes right to sleep. But there are nights when he is exceptionally fussy andthen we do whatever to sooth him. A routine is great but I can't imagine much of a rigid one with all the changes they go through at this stage...
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 8:00am

Thanks for the ideas!!

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 5:11pm
Bruce falls asleep after his last feeding which is usually between 9-10pm. He usually falls asleep while finishing the feeding. We change his diaper and put on his jammies before the feeding so that we can just put him in his crib once he falls asleep.

We don't have a set nap time yet, it's just whenever he falls asleep for right now. We'll work on the schedule when he gets a little older.
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Registered: 07-15-2007
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 9:32pm
Yeah that is the pits when you miss that window of opportunity to get them to sleep before being over tired
I had to move bedtime from 9 to 7 (when we are in school) to avoid that!