As bad as it sounds, J’s bedtime is one of my favourite times of the day!! Not because I’m desperate for him to go to sleep (although, after his colicky witching hour between 5 and 6pm, it’s quite a relief), but because of our lovely bedtime routine. It’s a special winding-down time, where all the focus is on him. I know it is a time that I will look back on when he is older, and long for the return of his innocence!
As usual, we use music to help us to settle him in the evenings. He has a bath at about 6.30, which he loves! He often gets quite upset when we get him out, so we snuggle up in a warm towel and sing a couple of gentle songs. Favourites include those that my Nan used to sing when I was young:
- Hushabye Mountain
- You Are My Sunshine
- Feed the Birds
We have recently completed a baby massage class with J, which is fab. It is run by Sarah Williams, and takes place in Shirley, Solihull. http://www.iaimbabymassage.co.uk/mumandbabyclasses She is brilliant, and I have really enjoyed trying out the massage routines on J. Over the 5 week course, Sarah has taught us how to massage his legs, tummy, chest, arms, face and back. The benefits that she cited are very similar to those seen by singing to your babies, including:
- Helping you to bond
- Helping your baby to feel more loved and contented
- Cognitive and coordination development
When J has finished his bath, I put on some relaxing music (the same relaxing playlist I used to listen to when I was pregnant, as detailed in my blog post Preparing For Birth With The Use Of Music) I use a little bit of massage oil – nothing that will be harsh on his skin, or make him too slippy. Sarah recommended using simple sunflower oil as it odourless and absorbs quickly into the skin. If you fancy a bit more of a splurge, I love Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Bee Baby Oil, which feels and smells gorgeous. I massage J for about 5 minutes, during which time he smiles and relaxes – it’s such a special time.
Often, by this time, he is falling asleep already. If he’s still awake, we use the opportunity to read him a bedtime story – something simple and repetitive, with lots of pictures and things to look at. He is only 3 months old, so his attention span is not yet very long, but we want to include a bedtime story in his routine now, so that he is used to it as he gets older.
We then put him into his Grobag, turn the lights down, and sing him a lullaby. Favourites include Lullaby in Ragtime and Five Pennies. Again, these are songs I regularly listened to at night when I was pregnant, so J is easily soothed to sleep by them. The whole routine, including his bath, takes about 40 minutes. It’s so lovely to spend this time one-to-one with him, helping him to wind down. It’s a great time for me to get lots of lovely cuddles!
Originally posted 2016-12-09 16:20:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter