Recently I was contacted by Cynical Parent and asked to contribute to an article they were working on for their site. I was honored that they wanted me to be a part of their post so of course I said yes. They sent me this question: What’s the #1 thing that worked for you when it came to improving your son or daughter’s sleep habits as an infant? I think this is a great question and wanted to share my excerpt as well as a link back to their full post so you can all check it out. They got some great content from 29 different parents who reveal the secret to improving your baby’s sleeping habits.
My Secret to Improving Your Baby’s Sleeping Habits
Routine, routine, routine! I can’t stress enough how important a routine is for a child. You can read a million baby sleep books and websites and they all stress how important routine and repetition are for a baby. Our son is a great sleeper and I credit that all to a solid routine. We seldom break routine unless we are traveling, but even then we adhere to our strict way of repeating what we do at home.
We found the routine that worked best for our little guy and we just wash, rinse and repeat…every day. It does get really monotonous but it’s worth it because he sleeps better than most kids we know. After lots of sleepless nights we realized that our son is not the type of kid that will go to bed at 7pm and wake up at 7am. Since he was about 14 months old he has been going to bed around 9:30pm and wakes up in the morning between 8/8:30am. He naps everyday between 1:30pm and 4:40/5pm, he is a great napper.
His sleep routine:
8:30pm – Bath
8:50pm – Wind down for sleep after bath.
9:00pm – Put on jammies and brush teeth.
9:10pm – Pick out two books and go to the guest room to read them (with Mommy and Daddy) and snuggle.
9:20pm – Head back to his room, say good night to Daddy. Then Mommy reads one more book (4 of the same books on rotation).
9:30pm – Mommy sings and puts him to sleep.
Everyday twice a day. It works. Nap is the same routine minus the bath. On vacations we try and replicate the exact environment he sleeps in at home. So we bring his monitor, sound machine, room darkening shades, toothbrush, blanket, pillow and stuffed puppy. He does really well traveling for the most part and sleeps just as well as he does at home. I also wirelessly monitor the temperature of his room to make sure he doesn’t get too hot or too cold, another thing that I believe is the key to a good sleeper.
Our son will be turning 3 at the end of April and he is still sleeping on this schedule and has been since he was 14 months old. So if you are struggling to find that happy medium with your baby’s sleep, I really think that developing a solid routine and sticking to it will help you in the long run.
Don’t forget to head over to Cynical Parent to read their full article and the secret to improving your baby’s sleeping habits. Thank you again to Cynical Parent for featuring me as a part of your article!
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