Newborn Bedtime Routine- What we use to get a little more sleep!
I don’t know about you other moms, dads, babysitters, nannies, etc. out there but when I’m tired, all I want to do is sleep and newborns/babies/ even toddlers make that hard! It’s not their fault, it’s just what they do, which is totally fine. I love my son, but those 2 AM feedings and wake up times can be rough.
I’m here to tell you guys about the 3 things that help my little one stay asleep a little longer and fall asleep a little faster so in return I can get a little more rest and sleep myself!
My first go to is a nice, warm bath. I’ve gotten into the habit to give E a bath at least every day during the week. Just a quick warm one, we wash his hair and just pour a little warm water on him a few times, and that normally does the trick and calms him down for the night.
Rain Rain App
So this one is one I have had for a few weeks now, and it has worked wonders in the middle of the night for us! Usually the sound of the tv is enough when he is just laying down to go to bed, but at 2 am when it’s quiet and all that’s running is the air conditioner, sometimes it’s just not enough! The rain rain app, is free, but they do have a premium version, (that I have caved and paid for) it’s only $9.99 for the premium version, but it really has worked for us and better than any other sound machine we have used.
It has so many sounds to filter through! Our favorite is “rain on a tent” and “campfire”. You can mix different sounds and I just play it on my phone, and stick it in between his dock a tot and bassinet (the lounger sits in the bassinet) and within 2-3 minutes of him fussing he is normally really calm and just listening to the sound. I’m surprised by how well it worked and I’m so glad I found it and got the premium version!
I’m a small business owner and we sell these heat packs that’s main use is massagers, but you pop the disc inside of it and it heats up to 139 degrees. It will stay that way for about an hour and 15 minutes. I wrap it up in his thick, fluffy, elephant lovey and place it on his belly. This also helps him when he has an upset stomach! That way he feels like he’s still laying on me, or in bed with us, because of the “heat transfer”. As soon as he’s asleep, I take it off of him. You can find it here!
A few other tips that seem to help in the middle of the night feedings, is leaving the lights off when you feed, and staying in one spot. My little one does not like to be bounced or walked with whole trying to sleep! Your little one might be different, but mine doesn’t like it. He goes from bassinet, to my bed and I feed him, and he immediately goes back into bassinet. We might cuddle for 1-3 minutes after he burps, but I never turn the light on or walk with him.
I’ll also add in that the Ovia Parenting App is a life saver too. It helps me keep track of all his feedings, diaper outputs, and sleep! Because let’s face it, us moms brains aren’t as good as they use to be. It’s actually kind of alarming! It’s part of it though!
These are just some things that help me and my E get a little more sleep at night! I hope this helps some other moms in the future. If there is something that works for you, I would definitely love to know!