Our Bedtime Routine is a daily task that we are close to having mastered. I am lucky that my daughter has always loved sleep, but there are a few things we do that encourage her to get yawning at night.
The first step of our bedtime routine is bath time. Having a bath is a great way to signal it’s time to wind down for the evening. I like to introduce calming scents in and around the bath to help get my little one feeling cozy and ready for cuddles. A few weeks ago we said goodbye to baths and switched to showers. She actually really enjoys standing showers and it’s been a lot faster of a process, too.
This is the Shower Filter I shared on Instagram. It helped us SO much getting Lila to have eczema free skin. With her normal skin care routine and this filter she is doing great!
In the shower I’ll wet her bath sponge and put a nickel size of body wash on it. I’ll rub this all over her body focusing on the skin that was exposed that day. Usually arms and legs. Then I will wash off the soap and wrap her in a towel without drying her off.
While she is all wrapped up I take her straight to her bed and lay her down. With her skin still damp I apply her eczema cream onto her applicator and rub it into her problem areas. Her areas that will flare up are her knees, behind the knees, her elbows, her left foot, and her left hand. Then I put on her pajamas and move on to her hair.
I always spray her hair with detangler and then work through it with a wet brush. Once it’s brushed and there are no tangles I’ll work about a dime size of mousse through her hair starting at the ends. It makes a huge difference in the way her hair looks the next day! We can’t get enough of this particular jelly mousse. I love that it keeps her hair in place and still feels soft to the touch. No crunchiness!
Next we brush teeth, I recently found a toothbrush for her that I really like. I’ll link it along with all my bedtime favorites at the bottom of this post.
Now that she is all ready for bed we will play in her room together for about half hour. I’ll put on her sound machine or play some calming music, in effort to keep the mood ready for sleep. When it is time to turn out the lights I will cuddle next to her and then usually she will fall asleep pretty quickly.
And…. That’s our routine! It usually takes an hour start to finish. It’s a lot shorter since we switched to showers from baths. I do notice it helps her to get the last little bit of energy out to play in her room after bath time. That was something that I didn’t know to do until it just happened one night and she fell asleep so much faster. So now it’s just part of the routine. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. Happy Snoozing!
An Easy Toddler Bedtime Routine
Listen To Soothing Music
Put On Pajamas
Read A Book
Spend Time Cuddling
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