Bedtime Routine Bath Help

Amanda - posted on 10/09/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now one month old, and my husband and I just started working on a bedtime routine this weekend to hopefully prepare her for when I return to work in a month. I know it's a bit early, but we're using this time more as practice and getting us into the habit as well. We decided when she wakes up for the last time before bed, we'll follow this: feed, change, mini play session, bath, lotion, story, feed, bed (or at least that's the general idea even if we don't follow that exact order). It takes about an hour, which is generally how long she is up between sleep.



Last night, we made it all the way to the bath, and that's where we're struggling. She loves bath time, but when we get her out of the water, she freezes. We put her straight into her towel and take her straight to her clothes where we dress her and wrap her in a blanket. Last night, about 15 seconds after getting out of the water, she was screaming until I had her dressed and let her eat again. Her little hands were freezing. How do I get her out of the water without freezing her every time?



Also, we're only bathing her as she needs it, which is maybe 2-3 times a week. Our doctor recommends not over washing or lotioning, so we are keeping it to a minimum. On nights when we don't bathe her, is that going to mess up the routine? Is there anything we can do in its place?



Thanks for your ideas!

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Christine - posted on 10/11/2012

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My daughter is now one month old as well. We bath every couple of days too. I put a save heater in bathroom. As soon as put of tub I have towel ontop of blanket on ground next to save heater. She loves it!!! Lays there naked while I do a lotion rub down baby message. Now I am cautious and do have heater on opposite side of room away from any kind of water! :)

Elfrieda - posted on 10/09/2012

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To keep her warm, maybe you or your husband could open your/his shirt and when she's dry pop her right next to your skin for a few minutes (her bottom half wrapped in a towel just in case) before dressing her.



As for the bedtime routine, we've never incorporated bathtime into it because it only happens a couple of times a week. It's all over the place, morning, afternoon, sometimes a post-supper thing.

Amy - posted on 10/09/2012

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Can go heat the bathroom and just dress her in there? As for filling the time on the nights you don't do bath maybe you could sing songs or do a baby massage in its place. We never did bath every night either I always found it was to much for their skin.

Jillian - posted on 10/09/2012

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We bathe each night but to each thier own! We have erin doing bath time since day one just to start the routine! Our son is two months now and I feel like he really enjoys the predictability. As for her freezing when u take her from the tub, how about popping her towel and pj's in the dryer while u bathe her and have your partner go get it just before she comes out? I can't imagine anything more cozy than that!!

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when you do a routine, which is great btw we do the same, it is also equally important to keep the routine the same as much as possible AND have leave way for times when things are not able to be the same (like having dinner out and getting in late) Everyday isnt the same but as long as you get her used to a routine, it will help her immensely (trust me, they learn much easier)!! And with having some days that there is a change in routine its okay because it teaches her to know and understand for the most part what the expect and know every single day wont be the same. With mine I had the same issue and still do sometimes. Of course you cant make the water temp. any higher so I would just recommend as soon as you get her out of the bath wrap her in her towel and cuddle her for a little bit before you remove the towel or after you dress her. She can have that one on one time with you and she can get some of your body heat as well, you could even put a blanket over both of you. Also small babies lose heat from there heads, you could put on a little hat to keep the heat in.

You really are doing great as it sounds, but remember that her sleep schedule and her awake time is ever changing. Your routine will not be the same from month to month for a lil bit. But you are starting great habits because even for parents it takes time to get used to the routines.

Amanda - posted on 10/12/2012

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We just had a successful bath last night! I put her towel in the dryer and put her against my skin when we got out, and she was as happy as can be. Thanks!

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2012

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Thanks, I think these are some really good ideas. I can definitely warm up her towels first and give her some skin on skin time. Our tub we're using fits in the kitchen, so we can't really warm up the room any more like if it were the bathroom. I've been wanting to try massage, so maybe I can incorporate that to help her realize it's still bedtime even if it's not a bath night. Thanks!

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