My baby does not sleep through the night. She never has and sometimes I wonder whether she ever will.
She is now 20 months old and although she can sometimes sleep for seven or eight hours stretches, it does not happen that often. She has a nap in the afternoon, but it is never longer than an hour or two, and she sometimes skips her nap, too.
I have reached a point where getting up in the morning is pure torture. I cannot function without coffee. I am always grumpy in the morning. I get snappy with the children if I have to repeat myself. Even a couple of lie-ins or good nights’ sleep keep me craving for more rather than making me feel refreshed.
Wriggly’s bedtime routine is always the same, although it can sometimes be hectic with three older siblings. She has dinner around 6.30 p.m., a quiet play followed by a cuddle with her bottle of milk. She then gets a story in her bedroom and by 7.30 p.m., she is normally in bed.
Although we are quite consistent, she still does not sleep and she could definitely benefit from something new at bedtime.
For the next two weeks, we will be taking part in a project initiated by JOHNSON’S® to help baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I really hope it makes a difference to Wriggly’s sleep. For the first week, I will be doing what I normally do and keep a sleep diary. At the start of the second week, Wriggly’s usual bedtime routine will be replaced with JOHNSON’S® multi-sensorial 3-step Bedtime Routine.
Here are the three steps:
“STEP ONE, Bath: Start your evening routine with a warm bath using JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Bath or Wash. Enjoy the bathing experience with your child as it is SO MUCH MORE™ than just cleansing. Bath time is a multi-sensorial playground that offers parents and baby opportunities to connect and bond. In fact did you know?
- Playing with bubbles can help baby develop hand-eye coordination and discover that objects exist even when they can’t be seen.
- Playing music and singing songs can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory, while playing certain types of music stimulates parts of the brain responsible for visual imagery. [i], [ii], [iii]
- Talking back and forth with baby can help with language development. Studies show infants who are spoken with more have larger vocabularies by 24 months of age.[iv]
- STEP TWO, Massage: A soothing massage can help make baby relaxed and comfortable at bedtime, a great reason for a post-bath cuddle.
- Start by ensuring your baby is dry and warm. Lay baby onto a soft comfy surface and use a little JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Oil or Lotion, warming it in your hands before smoothing it onto baby’s skin. Start with hands resting on baby’s tummy, then move downwards to massage legs and then move back upwards in small soft circular motions, engaging with eye-to-eye contact with your little one. Watch their reactions and ensure baby is happy throughout the massage. For more information click here.
- STEP THREE, Quiet Time: The moments before bedtime are an opportunity to help baby wind down through reading, singing or listening to music.
- We have supplied you with the ‘Good Night Sarah’ book created by the makers of JOHNSON’S® as an option for you to read if you wish during quiet time, but you can try anything that doesn’t over stimulate or create too much noise, such as playing lullabies. Once baby is relaxed and sleepy you can put them to bed in your usual way.”
Has anyone experienced sleep-deprivation on a long-term basis? If you have any suggestions to help my baby sleep through, they would be more than welcome!
This post is sponsored by the JOHNSON’S® brand. I have received payment incentive and samples but all opinions and photos are my own. JOHNSON’S® clinically proven bedtime routine consists of bath, massage and quiet time, tested on babies 7 months+, 1 week+ use.
[i] Saffran, JR, Loman MM, Robertson RRW. “Infant memory for musical experiences.” Cognit. 2000; 00: 1-9
[ii] Peretz, I, Zatorre RJ. “Brain organization for music processing.” Annu. Rev. Psychol 2005;56:89-114.
[iii] Jaušovec, N, Jaušovec K, Gerlič I. “The influence of Mozart’s music on brain activity in the process of learning.” Clin Neurophysiology 2006; 117: 2702-2714.
[iv] Weisleder, A. Fernald, A. “Talking to children matters. Early language experience strengthens processing and builds vocabulary.” Psychological Sci.2013;24(11):2143-2152