bedtime routine...anyone reading?

Julia - posted on 12/12/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Have any of you started reading to you LO yet? If so, how does that fit into your bedtime routine? Sometimes, Marleigh is just too tired to enjoy a book. And when we give her a bottle, she goes to sleep right afterwards. I think the best time might be before the bottle. What do ya'll think?

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Heather - posted on 12/13/2008

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I've been reading to my LO since his first day home. We do it before his bottle or sometimes before his bath. It works out well, though most nights he would rather try to eat it than listen to it.

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I just started reading to my little girl last night(specifically to her anyway, we're ALWAYS reading to her little brother). It's ok to skip the story on some nights though, because when you switch things up a bit it teaches the child that change is ok. It also makes days when things are totally out of wack a lot easier for the child to handle (like when you are on vacation or out late, etc.).

Rebecca - posted on 12/12/2008

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I started reading to my little Bug the day he came home from the hospital. I often read him things that are way too grown up for him, just to keep myself entertained. But I think it is important for him to hear the cadance of language and get used to sitting with Mommy and listening. He now totally loves it and likes to touch the pictures and turn the pages. He often watches me me closely while I read.



We read after the bath. I actually hold the book with one hand while he is nursing. (A boppy helps.) He sometimes turns to look at the book and goes back to nursing, but it still calms him down. Then sometimes he just sits on my lap with his paci as I read. If I notice that he is fading I stop. I keep the reading short, maybe 10 minutes at most, but I think his attention span is already getting longer.

Melanie - posted on 12/12/2008

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I've been reading to my LO for about about a month now. He's the same way and usually falls asleep right after nursing so I usually read the story just before that. Sometimes though he is too tired and fusses so we skip the story that night... :o)

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