A couple of weeks ago we embarked on a challenge with JOHNSON’S to see if we could change our bedtime routine for the better. For those of you that don’t know (although I harp on about it enough!) Rose is not a ‘good sleeper’ she never has been, but I do feel that I know where the crux of the problem lies and that is a lack of a consistent routine. So with the help of some JOHNSON’S baby bedtime products, a lovely book and a sleep diary to fill in each night this is how we got on…
Here’s a picture of our sleep diary, do excuse my barely legible handwriting!
The first thing I noticed about having to fill in a sleep diary as part of the challenge is that it really helped me to take stock and evaluate bedtime. This is something I haven’t thought about doing and just reinforces what I already know: we are lacking in routine and structure and that is a massive part of Rose’s sleep disruption.
As I do a lot of my writing work in the evenings it was an easy option to put Rose into bed with the iPad just so we could get some peace and quiet. I realise that it is a bit of a cop out but I also know that being a parent is hard work and we will often do anything for an easy life. The issue being we weren’t solving the problem and actually creating an even bigger one. You can see from the diary that on the nights where Rose didn’t have the iPad she was falling asleep quicker and staying asleep longer. I can see now that by watching cartoons before bed it was over stimulating her and thus not giving her a chance to switch off and have a restful sleep. Just seeing it written down in black and white is very eye-opening.
The JOHNSON’S 3-step clinically proven routine consists of:
- Step one-Bath
- Step two-Massage
- Step three-Quiet time
It’s been nice to take on this challenge as Rose does enjoy a longer bath time with some one on one time afterwards and this reminds me that we shouldn’t be in such a rush at bedtime. It has prompted me to start the process a little earlier in the evening which allows us to have that quality time with her. When she was very little we went along to baby massage classes and Rose still really enjoys having a massage after her bath. She loved me rubbing oil into her and it seemed to really relax her. Well who wouldn’t want a soothing massage before bed?!
The bedtime bath products we used:
- Release NATURALCALM® essences—a special blend of gentle and calming aromas
- NO MORE TEARS® formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water
- Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic
- Formulated to keep baby’s skin feeling soft
Perfect for encouraging relaxation and helping to promote a good sleep.
Rose’s sleep has definitely improved and I would put that down to having a proper routine in place with a relaxing massage, a story and no screen time – something that we definitely won’t be going back to. We did have a couple of early morning wake up calls but I honestly would much prefer getting a few solid hours of uninterrupted sleep and getting up earlier. We were all much happier and far more productive as a result.
Big thanks to JOHNSON’S for sending the products out, the brilliant book and for encouraging us to look deeper into our routine and make changes.
How about you, do you have a proper bedtime routine in place, have you any tips or advice for us going forward?
Disclosure: Sponsored blog post by the JOHNSON’S® brand. I have received payment incentive and samples but all opinions are my own. JOHNSON’S® clinically proven bedtime routine consists of bath, massage and quiet time, tested on babies 7 months+, 1 week+ use.