Putting Violet to sleep was quite different from the first time around. Driving around the neighborhood, a midnight purchase to buy a baby swing and epic all you can eat buffets all night long until she was two was the norm with Olivia. Hour long ‘lay down with me, I don’t want to sleep by myself’ and hours and hours of bedtime frustration led us to try everything when it came to sleep.
Olivia’s Bedtime Routine
Frustrated a little over a week ago, I frantically Google searched something as I take a break from the screaming, shut the door and left her in the room to cry. I happened upon a parenting sleep blog that suggested letting her choose her own bedtime. The short version is putting the child in their room at the same time nightly, but not forcing them to go to sleep (the issue around here). No, they could stay in their room and read books, play, use the iPad – but they weren’t to come out and had to go to sleep.
Just over a week later and we’re down to a twenty minute process that leaves her in her room after we snuggle her in and sing a bedtime song, watching Netflix on the iPad, reading a book and finally shutting her door and going to sleep.
Violet’s Bedtime Routine
We come home from skating, swimming or the walk around the neighborhood (whatever we are doing to get the kids to release some of that evening pent-up energy) and we start relaxing. Olivia usually reads a book downstairs while Jamie or I get Violet into the bathtub for a quick bath in the evening. Five to ten minutes of playing in the bath tub with some of her favorite toys, and she’s ready to go into her cozy pajamas and sleep until the morning.
If we were to give Olivia a bath? She would be up all night. That’s the big difference between the two kids. She’s a morning shower kind of girl.
What changed between the first and the second kid?
- The first kid cried and we awoke instantly to soothe her, the second kid cried for five minutes while we tried to pry our eyes open
- The first kid coslept, the second kid was not interested in being settled unless she was inside her own sleeping space
- The first kid was nursed to sleep, the second kid nursed – and fell asleep in her bed
- The first kid needed high amounts of night time parenting, the second kid was easygoing during the night
- The first kid didn’t calm with a bath before bed, the second kid fell into the routine of bathing before bed to calm and relax her
What’s in the Bedtime Bath Tub?
Bath time is a time for Violet to wind down, so in our master bathroom where we usually bath her – I make sure that the loud bath toys aren’t in the space. Instead, she plays with the foam sticker shapes.
Foam stickers, baby and of course – shampoo. Between the messes that are meal times and the playing in the dirt. We need something that’s going to clean and make bath time simple.
During bathtime, you’ll also find products that can easily double as shampoo and wash for the body. JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® is one of our favorites. I can often find it on sale, and since it’s versatile, I don’t need to reach for multiple products when I am trying to bath a tired toddler. Did you know that improved JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® products are paraben-free, dye-free and phthalate-free? She loves the foaming soap, and is learning at her young age to use it herself, playing washy-washy-washy and it’s versatile, so we can stick to one product during those quick shower times. For bath time? We stick to the shampoo.
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