Toddler Talk Thursday: Bedtime Routines!
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This week’s topic is :
What is your toddler’s bedtime routine?
SAP’s bedtime routine has changed as she’s grown up.
At newborn – 6 weeks old….nothing! I let her do what she wanted to do, sleep when she wanted to sleep, and eat when she wanted to eat… I was a tired mama!
After 6 weeks old: We started a bedtime routine! First, bath time! Second, change into PJ’s. Third nursing time. And fourth, put into crib before she falls asleep!
This worked great as she soon learned when night was and when day was and I could finally get some good sleep! She also didn’t get addicted to needing to be nursed to sleep.
After 1 year old, we decided to start a new routine. Baths were not needed nightly, so baths were now every other night to save on water. I rocked her sometimes but it was not in conjunction with bedtime. She learned to put herself to sleep and sleep without a night light, which helped greatly during travel time!
Now, what do we do?
SAP is officially over 2 years old! She is now in a toddler bed and no longer is nursing. So our routine is:
1. Shower with Mommy every 2-3 days (saving even more water and she has a lot of fun!)
5. Kissies galore and a promise to see her in the morning.
SAP’s favorite part of our bedtime routine is story time of course! We read 2-3 books depending on how tired she is and how long the book we chose is, but she always wants more! Mommy and Daddy trade off nights, one of us gets her ready for bed and the other reads her her stories, but we both always kiss her night night, and she always kisses her fairy dolls night night too. She’s a good mommy!
Mommy does kissies all over SAP’s face and will not leave until she gets kissies back! Daddy does one loud long kiss until SAP laughs and pushes him away! In the middle of the night she knows who is coming in to take care of her based on how we kiss her when we come to check on her if she needs us!
I’m so proud of my little girl and how far she has come. She transitioned to a bed very easily, loves to learn and read, is not dependent on night lights, rocking, or nursing to get her to sleep, and even is learning to brush her teeth on her own! I’m not sure I’ll be so lucky with the next one! lol!
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