A Sleep Routine That Works
You can tell how a mom is dealing with her baby’s sleepless nights by how she’d squint her eyes every now and then, or how she would try to yawn discreetly. Taking care of a newborn is hard, especially for those who are first time moms or those with babies erratic sleep patterns yet. It doesn’t make it any easier that new moms are still recovering from childbirth, while dealing with this kind of exhaustion. Every mom has gone through this. It’s like a mini-battle happening before bedtime because babies get so irritable, and in effect, moms get so confused on what to do --- how do they put them to sleep? What will soothe them? So let’s hear stories from different moms on how they deal with their baby’s irregular sleeping patterns and what helps them to ensure that their little ones get the right (and best) kind of sleep needed for proper development.
What’s the most difficult thing you’ve encountered whenever you try to put your baby to sleep? “I guess when baby is so clingy that she does not want to be apart from me --- doesn’t want to be put down. That’s one of the things I struggle with whenever it’s bed time.” - Honeylet Reyes, mom of 2 (4 years old, and 4 month old)
“It's more challenging to put the 3 year old to sleep because she has so much energy. She resists bedtime or naptime and says, "I'm not sleepy yet!" With my baby boy, the most difficult thing is when he doesn’t stop crying. He just won’t stop. It tends to be hard knowing that it’s already bed time and yet he uses his energy to cry.” - Diane Consejo, mom of 2 (3 years old, and 3 month old)
“Sometimes, babies just don’t want to be put in bed.” - Anna McCoy, a mom of 2 (3 years old, and 7 months old)
“The most difficult with my baby was only during his first month. Understandably, it’s because he's still adjusting to the outside world. I used to wake up 4-5 times at night to feed him. My son tends to be active sometimes, and it becomes a struggle to establish with him that night time is sleep time.” - Louise Fandiño-Santos, mom of 3 & blogger behind Mommy Practicality
What is your normal bedtime routine with your baby?
“Bedtime routine starts with giving him a half bath, massaging him, feeding him, then playing some soft music ‘til he falls asleep on his own. We use lotion to massage him and it's part of his bedtime routine. I believe that touch therapy calms, secures, and is a form of our love language to him.” - Louise Fandiño-Santos
“Normal bedtime routine would be dinner around 6:30 or 7pm, then a quick bath just to rinse her. Then we dress her in sleepsuit, and we take her to the bedroom (she sleeps in her crib, in a room she shares with her older sisters). There is a Youtube video of a lullaby she loves so we play her that song or sometimes we read books with her sisters, then we put her to sleep.” - Anna McCoy
How does your son / daughter’s broken sleep patterns affect you?
For all moms, they are irritable, stressed, and it greatly affects their productivity because they’d be tempted to sleep in the day… when they have to face other responsibilities as a mom.
What is your personal tip for other moms who are facing the challenges of baby’s inability to have a proper and routine sleep?
“Some quick hacks or tips such as singing, playing music, making babies go for a ride in the stroller, cuddle time, and gently patting the thighs.” - Diane Consejo
“Know when your baby is hungry and learn to differentiate this from her other needs (cuddle or diaper change, etc.)”. She even stresses the fact on how moms should be able to differentiate the different “cries” of babies, to determine what needs have to be addressed (i.g. do they need to be fed? a diaper change? snuggle time?). - Honeylet Bello-Reyes
“My personal tip would be to establish a routine as early as possible and make sure to stick to that routine, it will help give baby a sense of stability and soothe her amidst the chaos of the outside world! Also, baby massage using oil/lotion does wonders before bedtime!” - Anna McCoy
“Listen to him”, she says, “and keep his environment happy and safe. Those will help them recognize when it’s time for bed or not.” - Louise Fandino-Santos
Louise agrees by saying how consistency is important to help your baby establish his/her patterns (just like what she did for her own).
A great take away from this is that moms have their own techniques in giving their babies proper sleep during the night. But a bedtime routine is highly suggested, especially when you want your baby to pick up the pattern and get him / her to relax throughout the night. Did you know that your baby, after 3 months, would need around more than 10 hours of sleep during the night? It’s important to stress that a routine will help your baby recognize what sleep time is, and establish a pattern that would be imprinted on his/her mind --- and eventually helping you (the mom) catch up on some well-deserved sleep.
What kind of routine? You might want to include the following activities below:
- A Warm Bath: A bedtime routine, including a warm bath will signal your baby that it’s time to sleep. Gently sponge his whole body with baby bath that is clinically proven mild. It will also help if the baby bath has natural calming aromas to soothe baby.
- A Gentle Massage: A massage has many benefits, which includes helping your baby sleep better. Gently do rhythmic strokes of your baby’s body (like the ankles, fingers, legs or tummy) and make this experience more serene for him by applying baby lotion or oil. In fact, familiar and pleasant scents can make him feel happy, relaxed, and lead to his better well-being by enhancing baby’s mood and emotions. This practice will also make him feel so secured, and loved [by you] --- perfect before dozing off.
- Start Quiet Time: Moments before bedtime are avenues to help your baby wind down. Engage with him through quiet time activities, such as reading, singing, humming, or turning some classical or nature-sounding music. Complement this quiet time with a baby powder to keep your baby feeling fresh and comfortable while sleeping. Some babies might need it, especially living in a country subject to a humid climate.
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Now, moms can ensure quality sleep for their babies, and in return, get a chance to distress themselves by getting the sleep they also deserve.
Written by RJ Dancel.