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Boston Baby Care prefers a bedtime routine is your best bet for a happy baby and happy parents.
Until you experience the first few months of being a new mom it is impossible to see how unorganized the day can be. Not only is there no time to make sense of what you do but there is little time to come up with a better plan. Nothing feels right. Insecurity is trapping you from properly thinking through the steps you take to accomplish anything.
By the time 7 PM comes along there is no way you are in any shape to make a plan for tomorrow. You are just waiting for the next feed and trying to figure out when the night actually starts since days and nights are the same.
Establishing a bedtime routine is so vitally important for everyone. Even though your baby could wear a different onsite or stretchy footie consistently should establish the start and end of each day.
When a new baby joins the family everyone’s life changes. The working adult needs to adapt to the routines as well. With husbands and wives returning home late, it’s hard to check out of adult life to tend to the baby alone. Even children who are used to after dinner being a free for all have to learn.
Just this week I had a frantic call from a mom whose 4 week old was on a good schedule, but didn’t go to sleep until about 10 – 11pm, despite starting the bed time routine at 7!
So off I went for an observation and consultation. As 7pm approached, up we went to the nursery, and mom put on some music, turned on the overhead lights, and started to feed baby, talking to him the whole time.
While the mom was feeding, older siblings and hubby were coming in and out, for one thing and another, and I could visibly see the baby becoming over stimulated, and fussy very quickly. Then when the feed was over, baby was put into pajamas and…..wait for it….put under a toy with flashing lights and more music!!! By 9 pm poor baby was a complete mess, over tired, over stimulated, and hard to calm. Eventually the baby passed out from sheer exhaustion at 10:40!
Here are the changes I made the next night.
Mom let everyone come up and say good night to the baby BEFORE the routine started, and not to come back into the nursery unless there was a dire emergency. So up we quietly went at 6:45, so that the feed could start at 7.
Siblings kissed baby and left, and then mom put on the white noise machine to cue it was bedtime, change the baby into PJs, swaddle, and turned all lights off, in that order. Mom fed the baby in a very low key, quiet fashion, as you would in the middle of the night, with no conversation, just hugs. The baby was placed in the crib, still awake but drowsy and fast asleep by 7:30 PM.
Bedtime routines are to be very calm, relaxing, and uneventful, with as little stimulation as possible. I’m pleased to report that this is the baby’s new bedtime every night now!