It’s no secret- my babies don’t believe in sleep. Since my first baby was born I’ve turned into a closet-co-sleeper. This means that I’m in survival mode and will allow my kids to sleep in my bed just so I get some extra hours of shut eye. As you can imagine, with three kids we can be up all hours of the night as each intermittently wakes for bathroom, snuggles, or water. With all this, I’m still happy with our decision to not go ahead with the cry it out method and stick with a more predictable bedtime routine.
Our routine starts off with dinner. Immediately after dinner it is bath time, followed by a snack, and then it’s quiet time. This is usually where my oldest reads to her little sister and my little guy gets a massage before bed. My girls will then go off to their room while I nurse the baby to sleep. It seems easy and methodical, but the truth is it can sometimes be chaotic when just one child isn’t ready to sleep and has a little extra energy.
Sleep is so important for cognitive, physical and emotional well-being. To better understand the importance of sleep, JOHNSON’S® has
- Studied more than 45,000 babies’ sleep
- Observed more than 300,000 sleep sessions
- Authored more than 100 pieces of scientific content
- Collaborated with more than 30 experts, including sleep specialists and pediatricians across the globe
Through this research they were able to shed light on what works best for getting baby to peacefully drift off to sleep. They found that 80% of babies exposed to white noise fell asleep, as opposed to 25% who were not exposed to white noise. Along with other factors for better sleep in infants, Johnson’s came up with their 3-step bedtime routine:
- Step 1 – Warm bath
- Step 2 – Gentle Massage
- Step 3 – Quiet Time
Did you know there was a JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® baby sleep app? Yes, there IS an app for baby sleep and you can find it for your device. The app can enlighten parents on the science behind sleep and provide advice on sleep solutions for baby. The app even features an interactive 1-week challenge and features the Tonight We Sleep™ Lullaby for baby. Check it out at the App Store.