Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Lily's Bedtime Routine
I have been doing the same bedtime routine with Lily since she had her own room in february and its been working brilliantly. Most times she will go straight to sleep as long as we follow this routine.
First daddy takes her into the bedroom and changes her nappy and gets her into her sleep suit or Pjs. While he does this I get her a bottle of milk ready.
I usually come in about now and sit on her storage chest where we keep her books.
Then daddy gets Lily to close the curtains, turn on the lamp by pressing the button and turn out the bedroom light.
He will then sit her on my knee ready for story time. Daddy then puts a blanket over her knee and hands her a bottle of milk. He then gives her a kiss on the cheek and then the head and he says hand and Lily gives him her hand and he will kiss her on the hand. He says goodnight and they wave at each other and then as he walks away she sticks her finger out at him and they join fingers. Its so sweet to watch them do this and lately Lily won't let him leave the room as she wants to keep joining fingers.
When daddy has left I grab a story and we have a few bedtime stories. Lily will alternate between having her bottle of milk and dummy. Im getting very good at keeping the story going while I pass the milk back and forth.
After some stories and when Lily has drunk most of her milk I will turn out the lamp and turn on her elephant light projector that puts stars around the ceiling. I lay her back in my arms and we have a cuddle while she drinks the rest of her milk and looks up at the stars. When she has finished her milk I lay her down into her cot and she will usually roll onto her front, grabbing her bunny and teddy. The blanket goes over her, I tuck her in and leave the room
and thats it.
Usually works perfectly though she will have her days where she will start crying as I leave the room. We do this routine almost EVERY night and we do every single detail the same and it really seems to help her understand its bedtime.
Do you have a bedtime routine?