Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bedtime Routine


We started a bedtime routine for Tristan last night.

What we have been doing:
Tristan has slept through the night since he was 4.5 weeks old.  He would have his bottle and go to sleep.  We then started feeding him his bottle in his crib because he would go STRAIGHT to sleep.  Up until recently, this has been working.  But he started finishing his bottle then standing up and crying... Then I would rock him to sleep.  That worked for a while.
But lately, I would rock him to sleep... then as soon as he touched his crib he would cry and be awake.  Something had to change!

What we are doing now:
We get him in his jammies.  He has his bedtime bottle in the living room like he usually does.  Then we go to his room, turn on his white noise and read Goodnight Moon.  After the book, I kiss and hug him goodnight and lay him in his crib.  I walk out of the room and close the door all but a tiny crack.

Last night he cried for 10 minutes then was awake moving around for 5 minutes, then was asleep.

We started a nap routine too:
Start his white noise, sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, then lay him in his crib and walk out.

Today he cried for about 7 minutes at nap time before he fell asleep.  And Beth watched him tonight and said that he cried for about 10 minutes again tonight before going to bed.

The pic is of him playing with one of the play mice for the cats.  He loves to rattle them.

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