bed time routine ideas.

Shannon - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I wanted to ask for bed time routine ideas for a 8 month old. He is not sleeping well, so I want to be more consistent.

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This is my daughter routine and to me it works well.

7am - awake and drinks 8 oz bottle
10am- jar of baby food (usually fruit for breakfast)
11am- nap
1pm- jar of baby food (veggies)
130pm- 8 oz bottle
6pm- jar of baby food ( veggies)
830pm- 8 oz bottle
9pm- bed time
She sleeps through the night, and I think that has alot to do with the amount that she eats. By the time its bedtime, shes to full to need to wake up in the middle of the night

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Gloria - posted on 05/26/2010

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@ 8 months I nursed Wyatt before bed, he'd fall asleep and i lay him down. Before nursing, I'd sit with him and my 6yr old for a bed time story and prayers.

Jessie - posted on 05/26/2010

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At 8 months, we used to give him a bath, cuddle on the couch and read a few stories, and then I would take him to his room and slowly dance with him for a few minutes. I'd lie him in his crib and pat/rock his bottom for a few more minutes as I said our nightly prayer. I'd then tell him good night, give him kisses, and walk out of the room. Some nights, he'd fall asleep right away and some night's he'd cry it out for a few minutes before falling asleep... but he never cried more than 5-10 minutes before falling asleep.

Erica - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think a warm calm bath and rocking and soft singing (even if you can't sing) or reading a night time book with a soft soothing tone. Night Noises and Other Mole and Troll Stories, By Tony Johnston is great and fun for the parent reading it too :)

Amy - posted on 05/24/2010

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My sons bedtime routine has been the same since we brought him home from the hospital, the only difference is different time for actual bedtime and he doesn't get a bottle anymore... He turned one last week. Dinner is at the same time everynight, then we play together or watch his favorite cartoon, sometimes both till 8:30. Then 3 nights a week it is bath and rub down with lotion, the other 2 nights it is put the PJ's on and the TV goes off and the lights get dimmer. We have replaced the bottle with cuddle time with Mommy or Daddy and reading of 2 books. He is in his crib at 9 or within 10 minutes. I make sure he has his pacifier and his stuffed dog, and he is normally asleep within 10 or 15 minutes.

Tianna - posted on 05/24/2010

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I have an 9 month old daughter. Her bed time routine has changed alittle since she was found to have extra sensitive skin and i was unable to bath her every night. So it starts at dinner..at the same time every day...then play and song time to tire her out..then favourite cartoon to wind down..then a little extra cereal to make sure her belly is extra full to help sleep though the night...then lights out..bottle and cuddles..and bed.. :) Hope this helps!

ELIZABETH - posted on 05/24/2010

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keep it all with in an hour and a half do dinner a calm bath and then a story in the bed room. i have done the same routine with both my kids i started it when they where 3 months. and now there 2 and 3 and go right to bed allways. there trained i guess. but all kids are diffrent.

Christina - posted on 05/23/2010

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I have the same nighttime routine for both of my babies, one is 2 1/2 years & the other is 13 months. I start the routine at dinner time. They have their dinner, then it's time for bath.(They take a bath together) I use that lavender & chamomile baby wash. After their bath, I rub lavender & chamomile lotion on them & put them in their pjs.

Here's where the routines differ: The 13 month old gets good night kisses from Mommy, Daddy & the 2 year old & I put him to bed with his Scout puppy that says "goodnight Nolan" & plays lullabies. He's usually asleep before the 10 minutes of music finishes. The 2 year old gets goodnight kisses from Mommy & Daddy, a story, & then I play her goodnight "music" which is rainforest sounds & she's usually asleep before it turns off.

This whole routine, starting with dinner, takes about 2 hours. Good luck!

Jerry - posted on 05/23/2010

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My routine for my children is and was, bath or good wipe down. Warm massage after a bottle. massaged them with warm lotion or oil. Talked very calmly and high pitched and as I massaged there limbs I would say " good night arm, good night hand , good night fingers, etc... then I would say good night (NAME) and them lay them down and walk out the room. Doing all this while the lights were dim and soft lullaby music played.

Jessica - posted on 05/23/2010

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My little one is 14 months now but the routine has been pretty much the same for as long as I can remember. Bath, milk from a cup (sometimes nurse), story, rock for a few minutes and then bed. It's all very calm and quiet. Nothing to get him riled up.



Good luck!

Tina - posted on 05/23/2010

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what i have done with Gracie is bath if needed, story, song, five mins rock while drinking cup (or bottle) and put down with small toy (rattle) and blankie

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