A good night’s sleep is not just a want, it’s a need. We all want to ‘sleep like a baby,’ but more importantly, we want our babies to live up to the saying! A sleep routine is so important, which we discussed in our post The baby sleep tips you’ve always wanted and Johnson’s has played an integral part in my own children’s bedtime routines.
As the no. 1 baby skincare brand and a pioneer in the science of baby sleep, Johnson’s understands the importance of sleep for happy, healthy baby development. We have implemented Johnson’s Baby 3-Step Bedtime Routine at our house, the first and only nighttime routine clinically proven to help babies and toddlers 7 to 36 months sleep better in just one week. Babies thrive when a routine is put in place and a sleep routine is the most important of them all for all parties involved!
Step 1: A gentle, soothing bath to wind down
The first step of our night time routine is a bath. My daughter loves the bath and looks forward to splashing and playing in the warm water each night. As she enters into the bath, she knows that the day is coming to an end, which helps her start to wind down and get ready for bedtime. For our bedtime routine, I’ve been using Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath. The gentle and soothing NaturalCalm aromas featured in Johnson’s Bedtime Baby cleansers are designed to calm her in preparation for sleep… and we both love the scents jasmine and blossom! She loves to lather the soap on her belly herself, but has not mastered washing the soap off her hands before touching her face (sound familiar, moms?). I trust Johnson’s No More Tears products as they ensure gentleness for her delicate eyes.
Step 2: Get prepped for bedtime
I have been told time after time to moisturize her right after the bath. On her damp skin, I massage her with Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Lotion to lock in moisture. It’s very important to me that these products are hypoallergenic as she has very sensitive skin. A baby’s skin looses moisture much faster than our skin, so her massage is an essential part of the bedtime routine. The NaturalCalm aromas are designed to help soothe her and hydrating emollients leave her skin feeling soft and smooth. She loves the massage almost as much as she loves the bath and looks forward to it each night! The familiar and pleasant scents make her feel happy and relaxed, just in time for a good nights sleep.
Step 3: Calm and quite time just before bed
As her mom, the third and final step of Johnson’s Bedtime Routine is my favorite part. This is when I get to cuddle and snuggle her before we part for the day. The moments before she goes to bed are an opportunity to help her wind down and relax before going to sleep. We spend this time reading her favorite stories and singing songs. Then, after having a snuggle, we dim the lights. As she gets older, we’re sure to have conversations before bed about her day and about what tomorrow holds. This time is our special quiet time and is my favorite time of the day. After our cuddle, I tuck her into her crib for a good night’s sleep. Each night, she has a quality sleep of 12 hours or more and wakes ready to take on the new day!
JOHNSON’S Bedtime Baby Sleep App
In order to track her sleep, I downloaded the Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep App. I began by completing the questionnaire in the app which conducted a sleep analysis. The app provided me with a sleep score as well as an analysis and recommendations for her sleep. I can also track how long she sleeps each night by setting the timer once she is asleep and then I stop it in the morning when she wakes up. This gives me an idea of how long she is sleeping each day and allows me to ensure that she is getting enough sleep between nighttime and naps. If she wakes up in the middle of the night, I can add it into the app as well. I find this to be very helpful if she is sick, acting out of sorts, or going through a dreaded sleep regression, so that I have a clear picture of what happened throughout the night.
In addition to tracking her sleep, we use the app to listen to quiet lullabies or ambient sounds before bed. I love that I can add can add my other child and track his sleep as well! Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep App makes bedtime and tracking sleep easy and there is nothing better than seeing the improvement in their sleep after a week of the Johnson’s Baby 3-Step Bedtime Routine. Now, go to sleep!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Johnson’s Baby Canada in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.