A couple of weeks ago Johnsons asked us to test out their 3 step bedtime routine and report back on our findings. At the time Theo had just moved in to Alice’s room and I hoped to find a routine that worked for both of them.
A fortnight and one particularly noisy cough later and Theo was back in his own room so the combined routine did not work out quite as planned, but we did spend the time focusing on Alice and getting her right.
Step 1 – Bath
We started our routine with a bath at 6pm. After those first few weeks of bathing a very cross baby, Alice has grown to love being dipped in warm water. At this time of the year in particular, her hands and feet are sometimes chilly at the end of the day and a bath warms her through really well.
We used the Johnsons bedtime baby bath and baby wash, both of which smell lovely. Alice was quite happy to remain in the bath for up to 10 minutes at a time, holding my hand, keeping her eyes focussed on me and having a kick . It’s a quiet relaxing time only occasionally interrupted by Theo calling out demands from downstairs!
Step 2 – Massage
We hoped to follow our relaxing bath time routine with a relaxing massage, but it did not go entirely to plan. I have heard such wonderful things about babies being brought into a trance-like state and falling into a deep sleep after massage, but Alice just wasn’t convinced!
The baby oil we used was brilliant for some of the areas of dry skin she had and also helped my hands which are suffering from winter dryness, but she just didn’t enjoy the experience and protested loudly all the way through. We persisted thinking she might get used to it, but I think she was just so tired from the day and the bath that she wanted to move on to the next bit.
I’ll be fascinated to see how other bloggers trying the routine got on with this bit, as I’m convinced Alice must be in the minority not enjoying the massage!
Step 3 – Quiet Time
After the massage we lowered the lights and I made sure Theo was occupied in his room and not distracting his sister. Then we did Alice’s last feed of the day while I read her a story. She was often nodding off before she’d finished the bottle (as was I!) and was in an extremely relaxed state by the time she was put into her bed at about 6:45pm.
Result – Our period of testing the bedtime routine coincided with Alice doing some night-time gymnastics and waking in the night when she flipped over or got stuck. However she settled almost instantly when we put her down at night and was quick to resettle herself if she woke in the night. With the lighter mornings she started to wake a little earlier, but was happy on her own or occasionally being entertained by Theo and could be left till I went in to her sometime after 7am.
The bedtime routine has been a success for us and we will continue with it… although perhaps minus the massage at the moment!
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