A good night’s sleep is very important for your little angel because if your baby has her good night’s sleep; you will have yours as well. Here we’ve come up with a bedtime routine for your baby so that she or he will have a sweet dream – waking up with a smile on her face.
Step 1 – Warm Bath
Your baby’s bath time is one of the most important things to do for your little one’s pre-bed routine. Check the water temperature. Generally, babies prefer cooler water than warm. To check, place your wrist or the inside of your elbow in the water to make sure it’s not too hot nor too cold. If you have a water heater, set it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as it may only take about two to three seconds for your baby to suffer from third degree burn if you set your heater to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare the bath
Before you place your child in the bathtub, make sure you have everything you need within your reach – soap, towel, diaper, clothes, etc. Ensure also the temperature of the water and the bathroom as babies can easily be chilled. When using soaps, opt for the mild one’s because the skin of the baby is so delicate and sensitive.
- Prepare your baby
Don’t just put your baby in the tub, check first the temperature of the water – is it too hot or too cold. And then, gently put your baby into the bathtub, support his whole body to prevent from injuring her.More information on best baby bath tub can be found here.
Utilize your hand to delicately sprinkle water over your child’s body. Most infants appreciate extending their arms and kicking their legs amid purifying and washing, so take as much time as required washing your child.
Remove your baby out of the bathtub, wrap a warm towel around and dry him thoroughly.
Step 2 – Massage
Who wouldn’t want a soothing massage right? Not only, it will make your baby more relaxed after her bath, but also to make your baby feel secure, loved and ready for sleep. Massage can help build a more skin-to-skin contact with your baby as well as her body language. Research has shown that there are health benefits of baby massage.
Before you dress your baby in her pajamas, apply a small amount of lotion to your hands and gently massage her whole body. If you don’t know how to properly massage your baby, you can search some tutorials on the internet, especially for newborns or premature babies. Sooner or later, you’ll master the art of massaging.
Step 3 – Quiet Time
After giving your baby a warm bath and a soothing massage, it’s now time to lay her in her bed to sleep. But before that, do some quiet time together as well. You can either sing her to sleep or read some bedtime stories to her. Just make sure to maintain the calm and cozy atmosphere between you and your little one. One thing to avoid before putting her to sleep is to feed him with a lot of milk – be gentle. It is also best to avoid active play during her time of sleep.
This three easy step pre-bedtime routine will definitely help you and your baby to have a good night’s sleep. Feeling fresh and energized the morning you two wakes up.