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