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Works For Me Wednesday- Sleep!! (GIVEAWAY)

Silas is officially sleeping through the night. I can’t remember if I have pointed this out before, but the first round was a false alarm. He began sleeping for 12 hour stretches at 3 1/2 months but after 1 month of that he quit. We went on a vacation and apparently that threw off his schedule. So ever since then I have been chasing the elusive dream that is a full night’s sleep.

You might remember that the “double swaddle” was the key to the first round of sleepful nights. Well after Silas started waking up to nurse again I kind of decided to try and ween off the swaddle. He is six months and it just seemed time. That was a disaster. He went from waking up once a night to nurse to waking up a ton and screaming like a banshee. Hubby quickly begged me to re-institute the swaddle and I agreed so we are back to Silas sleeping in his tightly wrapped cocoon.

I thought I would share with you some other things that work really well for us sleep wise since I really have been blessed with good sleepers 3 times now.

  1. Be consistent: Set a bed time and a nap time and protect it. It is really difficult the third time around to protect naps, but I have become a hermit. Life has purposely slowed down a lot so that Silas can get 2 good naps a day, but it is paying off with a happy, content baby. Which equals a slightly less insane mommy.
  2. Lay Baby Down Awake: Put baby in the bed and walk away. You can snuggle them a bit, but I find, the less I do, the better. I sometimes wind up his mobile, but otherwise he doesn’t get a whole lot of rigamarole from me.
  3. Have a Routine: We do dinner time, play time (when he gets older this will involve book time), bathtime, nursing, bed. Routines help the baby know that bedtime is coming. I also like to use words consistently around bedtime to prepare him for the fact it will be sleepy time soon. I happen to prefer, “It’s nigh nigh time”.

Recently I was asked to try out Johnson’s new Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath & Wash. I have always trusted Johnson’s products and used them on all three kids so it seemed like a logical fit. I love their “No More Tears” formula (because I find it to be true) and love that their products are soap-free, dye-free, hypoallergenic so I don’t have to worry when I use them with my kids.

Their new Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath & Wash did not disappoint. It smelled heavenly. Seriously, I wanted to nibble on the little man after his bath. Well, truth be told, I always want to nibble on him a bit, but I LOVED the scent of this soap. Not too overpowering, just perfect. As soon as I can get a moment of peace around here, I FULLY intend to pour myself a bubble bath full of this stuff and relax. Oh my goodness, just writing that I get giddy with excitement over the possibility. In all honesty, I don’t know if it made Silas sleep any different since he was already a good sleeper, but I can testify to the fact that I fell asleep at 7:30 pm last night immediately after his bath and nursing session.

Would you like to win a supply of Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath & Wash? Three lucky winners will get just that by leaving a comment answering the question: What are your best tricks for getting your little ones to sleep?

Winner will be chosen via random.org next Tues. April 20th. Good luck!!

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Johnson’s. As always the opinions presented are all mine. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Comments

  1. Make a routine! I think that even little wee ones pick up on a song or story always read to them right before they are to go to sleep. We always sang a simple song/blessing to our babies to send them off to sleepy land. By the time the kids were a few months old they totally recognized the tune and Kate gave great protest to the song by 5 mo., knowing that she was about to be put down.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Date Night Giveaway April 9 – 16 =-.

  2. I swear by all of the advice in the book “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Especially protecting naptime. Mommy included!

  3. Oh, man…I could not agree more with the 3 tips you gave!! We follow the same ones here, and all 3 of my boys (6, 4, and 3) are wonderful sleepers. My newest, Lola Claire, is 11 weeks, and she is already sleeping 8-9 hour stretches! My friends say I put my kids through ‘sleep boot camp’ :) but I have happy, happy babies–getting enough good sleep throughout the day and night is VITAL! to their little bodies!

    And…I love the bedtime bath too! We use it and all four of the kids always smell so yummy.
    .-= Devin´s last blog ..Blurry. . . . . =-.

  4. Fortunately, my children have always been really good sleepers. I think the biggest thing that made bedtime easier was to make sure that they didn’t oversleep too much during the day. If my son took too many naps, he’d never want to go to sleep at night. My daughter was the same way. We read before going to sleep, and I think that eases them into the transition. And those Johnson products really do help!

  5. I actually received some of this wash at my baby shower. As soon as I started using it, my son really did go to sleep better. The first night! I was shocked! Now…if it would only help him STAY asleep. Obviously, I have no advise for this so I hope to learn a few things from everyone who comments!
    .-= Christine (iDreamofClean)´s last blog ..Real Clean Wednesday: Washing Fruits and Vegetables =-.

  6. Our best results came from using tips you already gave. A routine is very important…even for our 4-year old, who has had the same bed-time routine since birth. Other than that, putting them down awake is vital to them learning to go to sleep on their own.

    Great post!
    .-= Kaye´s last blog ..WFMW – Keep Sand from Sticking =-.

  7. One of the best tips I’ve heard for getting kids to sleep consistently is putting them to bed EARLIER. If we wait too long to put my daughter to bed, we end up fighting & struggling for 2 hours before she finally gives up & sleeps. But if we follow our routine & have her in bed by 7, she’s asleep by 7:30!
    .-= Jeni´s last blog ..TTT: Things I Should Be Doing =-.

  8. We are very lax about where our children sleep as long as they are sleeping! If a child falls asleep in my arms, fine. If they are in their bed, good. If they are in the floor, we’ll make do. The important thing is that everyone is on a consistent schedule. We have set naptimes and set bedtimes and it works well since their internal clocks know when it is time to sleep.
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Pee-pee’s and Zzz’s =-.

  9. Heather says:

    I have a 1-year old, and the book Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep and Wake Up Happy by Kim West has really worked for us. Our son has been sleeping from 7-7 for some time now, and we’ve been diligent about his bedtime routine. He always goes to bed awake, and is able to now put himself back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night. This book is now a staple shower gift from me to new moms!

  10. Miriam says:

    I found that sleep begets sleep. If you get them to bed late, they wake up at the same time or earlier. Same with naps – if you put them down late, they just take a short nap and not enough sleep is not good for anyone! BTW, I LOVE the J&J Bubble bath. We use it every other night for bath time and it’s super sensitive for the little ones skin.

  11. Zelda says:

    I would love to win! It smells heavenly. Each child is different and has his or her routine. Figuring the puzzle out and then putting it together the right way each nap or sleep time is the key.

  12. Brandi H says:

    Routine worked for us…bath, bottle, bed! Worked like a charm. At around 3 1/2 months, she started sleeping through the night and at 26 months, she’s still doing really well. I also love J&J products, so I hope we win!!

  13. Stephanie R says:

    I’ve used the same ideas you have here, and I have also become a hermit due to nap times. My baby takes 3 naps a day, which is nice when we are home because it gives me more “me” time but it’s a DISASTER when we go anywhere because we have to be back for her naps or suffer the consequences :)

  14. Christie says:

    With my niece and nephew, it’s all about routine! Teeth, potty, PJs, book, prayer, sound machine (white noise thing).

  15. When my daughter was about 10 months old and still not sleeping in her crib OR through the night (and completely rejecting the swaddle that used to work miracles), we decided to let her “release tension” and cry a little bit to sleep. It was so hard at first but we stayed strong and it totally worked. Everyone was happy. Now that she’s 2, if she doesn’t want to nap I just remind her that she needs to get her rest so that she can have more energy to play and have fun later on in the day. That works pretty well for her. We are also really into bedtime routines.

  16. To get my little man to bed, it’s important to just put him to bed on time. Make sure he’s fed, but not right before bedtime (about 20 mins before), sometimes a bath helps tire him out and mama’s, don’t be afraid to just let him cry. I promise, it helps them go to sleep on their own. My son has slept through the night since he was 3 weeks old and now at almost 8 months, it takes very little to get him to sleep.
    .-= Shelby Michalek´s last blog ..Works for Me Wednesday – No More Tears =-.

  17. Tamara Sz says:

    I have found a simple routine, right from the start, of Eat–Play–Sleep has worked great for us with #1. This follows what you said about putting the baby to bed while s/he is still awake.
    #2 will be coming this summer and we’ll follow the same routine–here’s to hoping it works just as well the second time around!!!

  18. nicolerenae says:

    I agree that the most important thing is the routine! For my older kids it’s snack, book, bed. For the baby it’s just putting on the pjs, nursing, cuddling for a little while, and then laying him in the bassinet.

  19. Andrea J says:

    We also swear by a routine – diaper change, tickles on the changing table, pj’s, bottle, books, bed while still awake. We were able to wean off of our swaddle one arm at a time and then moved into a sleep sack which has been great.

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  21. Tamara B. says:

    I softly message their backs and gently use my fingers tips to lightly draw little circles around their temples. The temple trick works like magic and in seconds too.
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  22. Wow – I came across this post at the right moment! My daughter is 5 months old on Saturday and boy, have I had a time with the sleep issue. We had been swaddling her in a Miracle Blanket but I, too, decided it was time to wean her off. It has really been tough. Some nights she only wakes up once and some nights she wakes up 3-4 times. There is no consistency. I hope to try to let her cry it out this weekend. It’s hard being a full time working mama and letting her cry it out when I have to be up at 6 a.m.!

    Thanks for the post! Love your blog!

  23. I honestly don’t have any great tips since my son is a terrible sleeper. But I find that if he doesnt take a long nap, he tends to sleep better at night.

  24. I spray lavender linen spray on my daughter’s pillow and it helps my daughter sleep better.

  25. Emily says:

    Routine, Routine, Routine! Plus I just have a good, easy baby which I suppose never hurts but lets just says it because I am such a good mother!! First we read a book and say prayers, then I sing our goodnight song, lay her in bed, pop in the pacifier (which I know will have to go at some point, ugh), and turn on the lullaby cd…and smooth sailing to lala land…

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