Piper has always been a great sleeper. She slept through the night from about 2 months, and just woke up in the middle of the night for the first time at 11 months when she was sick. While she sleeps through the night great, the hard part has always been getting her to fall asleep. Seriously, that girl, as stubborn as they come. When we finally started incorporating a bedtime routine with her, we noticed she started going down better and better. Now, when we can go through our routine and put her down in her crib, she’ll go right to sleep…most of the time ;).
1 | Dinner – We normally serve Piper dinner around 4:45/5 o’clock. She still breastfeeds pretty often, so we’ll feed her solids about an hour after she nurses in the afternoon. She loves sweet potatoes, avocado, blueberries, and banana. She doesn’t love butternut squash, cauliflower, or broccoli. We just started giving her yogurt, and so far it’s not a hit either. I’m just as stubborn as she is though and will keep giving her the foods she rejects to help her build a palette for them. We’re also working on getting her to use a sippy cup. She mostly just loves to throw it around right now. We have this boon high chair and love it. It’s easy to move around and easy to clean (always a plus!).
2 | Bath time – Scofield does bath time most nights. It’s a nice break for me, and a good time for them to be together since Scofield is at work all day. I swear I can get more done during her bath time than I can get done in the whole day! Piper loves the bath so much. We have lots of different bath toys that keep her occupied, like this set from baby cubby. When Piper was teeny, we used (and loved!) this 4Mom’s infant tub. Now we just use a mat to keep her from slipping all over the place.
3 | PJ’s, etc. – After her bath, Scofield brushes her hair, changes her diaper, and puts her in her PJ’s. Sometimes we do lotion, and I also love to put this Honest Co. breathe easy rub on her chest. Even if she doesn’t need it, it smells amazing and I think it’s really soothing!
4 | Reading – Scofield is also the preferred reader in the house. Typically, by this time of night, she’s pretty sleepy and ready for bed, so if I try to read to her she just fusses because she wants to nurse! But, boy does she love when her daddy reads her a book!
5 | Nursing, Lights Out, + Sound Machine – This is my absolute favorite part of the night. I am going to miss this time so much when she isn’t nursing anymore. We turn the lights out, turn the sound machine on, and Piper snuggles up to me while she nurses. Sometime’s she’ll touch my face with one hand and my back with her other. I’ll rub her head and sing her songs, and if I’m lucky Scofield will sit on the ottoman and massage my feet for a few minutes. A mother’s paradise!! When Piper was a little baby, I used this nursing pillow to nurse her, which made it so much more comfortable. Now, she’s like a little monkey and will sometimes climb all over me while she eats, ha.
6 | Bedtime! – Once Piper’s done nursing, around 7 pm, I put her down in her crib, kiss her on the head, and walk out. In just the last couple of months, she’ll go right to sleep with no problem. It has been a work in progress though, because for the longest time we’d rock her until she was basically asleep. She’ll usually sleep until 7:45 or 8 am the next morning.
While I’m putting her down, Scofield will start dinner. So once she’s asleep we’ll eat and usually watch a TV show. We use the summer infant video monitor to keep an eye on her, and we also love to use our owlet!
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A bedtime routine really has made all the difference for us! If you have a different routine with your little ones, I’d love to hear how yours!
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