February 2013 Moms

How do you put baby to bed?

We have a routine, pjs, story from dad, white noise machine, nurse, rock to sleep. He usually doesn't fall asleep nursing, but it happens sometimes, but not usually. I've heard warnings about nurse to sleep being a bad habit to break, but what about rocking to sleep? FWIW, I absolutely don't mind if I have to spend a half hour with him as he falls asleep. I'm a working mama and it's nice quality time.
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Re: How do you put baby to bed?

  • I do two at once. :) Both kids in bath, pjs, teeth, book in DS1's bed, DS1 to sleep in there and nurse baby to sleep on the couch.  He bedshares with us, so he usually sleeps on the couch until I go to bed too. We nursed and rocked DS1 also and it all worked out.

     

     

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  • We don't really do a routine. When her sleepy cues start we go change her diaper snuggle on the couch have a bottle and snuggle. When she's out we put her to bed. I don't really care about feeding to sleep being a bad habit. It works and I like the snuggles.

     

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  • If it's bath night it's tubby, lotion and massage, bottle in the rocking chair, then in bed awake with his projector on. He is always out in ten minutes or less. If it's not a bath night, he gets a wipe down with a warm washcloth then the rest of the routine stays the same, and he responds the same. Once I go back to work in four weeks, and he is able to sustain a little more awake time from his last nap, I will probably incorporate a story into the routine. Like you, I will have missed him at work all day and want whatever extra minutes I can get!
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  • We do bath, naked time, lotion, pjs and then bottle. He usually falls asleep to his bottle. If not we put him down and have him fuss for 10 mins. Then we give him a dummy. If he needs a rock after that we give it to him.

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    If it's bath night it's tubby, lotion and massage, bottle in the rocking chair, then in bed awake with his projector on. He is always out in ten minutes or less. If it's not a bath night, he gets a wipe down with a warm washcloth then the rest of the routine stays the same, and he responds the same. Once I go back to work in four weeks, and he is able to sustain a little more awake time from his last nap, I will probably incorporate a story into the routine. Like you, I will have missed him at work all day and want whatever extra minutes I can get!

    Our routine is very similar! If it's a bath night we do bath, lotion and massage, jammies, bottle and a story while he eats. If it's not a bath night, he just gets a wipe down. We put him in his crib awake with calming music and a binky. He's been really active lately and tries to crawl, so we've been having to flip him over and give him some forehead strokes and shushing to get him to settle. He still goes down in about 15-20 minutes. We could probably put him down a bit later but we actually like giving him the opportunity "to get the wiggles out" as we call it. He has so much energy, it's like he needs to get the last blast out before he settles. :P 

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  • image DublinMama:
    If it's bath night it's tubby, lotion and massage, bottle in the rocking chair, then in bed awake with his projector on. He is always out in ten minutes or less. If it's not a bath night, he gets a wipe down with a warm washcloth then the rest of the routine stays the same, and he responds the same. Once I go back to work in four weeks, and he is able to sustain a little more awake time from his last nap, I will probably incorporate a story into the routine. Like you, I will have missed him at work all day and want whatever extra minutes I can get!

    Our routine is very similar! If it's a bath night we do bath, lotion and massage, jammies, bottle and a story while he eats. If it's not a bath night, he just gets a wipe down. We put him in his crib awake with calming music and a binky. He's been really active lately and tries to crawl, so we've been having to flip him over and give him some forehead strokes and shushing to get him to settle. He still goes down in about 15-20 minutes. We could probably put him down a bit later but we actually like giving him the opportunity "to get the wiggles out" as we call it. He has so much energy, it's like he needs to get the last blast out before he settles. :P 

    ETA - Don't know why my post came up twice - sorry. To OP - I think as long as you're not rocking LO for hours on end to get them to sleep (which would be inconvenient got you!) - a short time of cuddles and rocking before bed isn't a problem at all, IMO. I say do what works until it becomes an issue! 

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  • We do books, bath, lotion/massage, nurse, crib. He usually falls asleep nursing, and I'm so not worried about creating a bad habit, because once he's asleep I put him in his crib and he stays asleep. I think the issue is when babies need to have a boob in their mouth to be able to sleep. 

    I only work a few hours a week and am with my baby almost all the time, and I still think nursing and rocking to sleep is such a sweet time. I look forward to it every day! 

  • We don't have much of a routine either. DD goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:30. It's usually around 8. If she hasn't eaten in the last hour or so, I will nurse her, and then change her diaper and sing a song to her. Then she gets her sleep sack on, I hold her and tell her I love her, and put her down awake. I wouldn't mind rocking her a little, but she won't have it. If we try to hold or rock her for more than a minute she gets agitated and restless. She's becoming very independent sooner than I'd like!
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  • We do bath every other or every third night depending on our schedule, then we do lotion, put on fresh diaper and pjs, swaddle [with arms out niw, but the gentle pressure on her tummy helps her settle], read a story, and I nurse DD. she usually falls asleep either right after nursing or while I'm holding her upright for five minutes or so. [In theory I'd like to have avoided nursing to sleep, but I can hear her swallowing even when she's really close to beig asleep, and I don't want to cut a feed short!] Then we put her in her crib.

    Lately we've been having to retrieve her pacifier after about a half hour, then he will either STTN or wake up once to eat. But the past few days there have been some wonder week type shenanigans, where she wakes up and absolutely will not settle without being held, and she's been clingier than usual during the day. But she's 23 weeks and re next one isn't until around 26 weeks I believe, so I'm not really sure what going on, but I hope it's just temporary!
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  • We do bath, pjs, book, nurse to sleep. I have no problems nursing her to sleep. It would be nice if I didn't have to but....she is a tummy sleeper and if she has eater in the last hour or more she will spit up as soon as she lays down. Then we deal with cleaning up lots and lots of spit up.
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  • Naked time first, always sometime between 6:45 and 7:00...pretty much whenever he starts to get a bit fussy. Then it's bath time with Dad, coconut oil massage, Jammie's on, passed to mom for nursing, passed back to Dad to rock to sleep. The whole routine takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Most nights DS waked once or twice shortly after being put down and DH goes up to rock him back to sleep. Some nights DS nurses to sleep. I don't worry about rocking or nursing to sleep habits. As PPs said, it works for us and I like it!
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  • he eats his last meal of the day at 8, chills out with us for 30-60 minutes with us in the living room and when he starts to slow down and seem sleepy, i give him a quick snuggle and then his dad takes him and changes him for bed and puts him in the crib and puts the sound machine on. 5-10 minutes later, we go and re-adjust him because he's likely rolled around a bit and then that's that. we have consciously tried to avoid a huge elaborate production at bedtime because we want it to be like...when we get tired we go to sleep...no fuss no muss. i've seen friends get trapped into increasingly longer and more involved routines to get their babies to bed and 10 books, 5 songs and 45 minutes bouncing/rocking is just....not something i want to happen just to get him into bed. i just make sure to get some reading/storytime in during the day (which i know isn't possible for everyone).
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  • Nurse at 7:00, bath at 7:30, in bed by 8:00.
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  • Last bottle at 7:30. She sits with us for 30 minutes talking, singing, we put her in the halo sleep sack, put her in the crib, and she falls asleep on her own within 5 minutes.

    Something tells me baby 2 will not be this easy.
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  • I'm jealous of every single one of you! She used to fall asleep nursing, but that stopped working.  Usually at the first signs of sleepy I change her diaper and put on her pjs.  Then I give her a bottle, then she freaks out for 1 to 3 hours and I have to walk, swing, bounce, shush, read a book, feed her again, change her again, feed her again.  Eventually she passes out from exhaustion.  This has been going on for 6 weeks so I think its unfortunately the new norm : (
  • Bath, PJs, the same two books, the soft kitty song from mom and dad, then kisses. We put her in the crib awake around 7 or 7:30.

    Eta she gets her last bottle at least half an hour to one hour before bed.
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  • We actually do baths before dinner.  We have to bc of DS1's allergies.  We need to bathe him as soon as he comes in from playing outdoors or he is just miserable.  So we do baths every night, but not necessarily "attached" to the bedtime routine.

    Once DS1 is in bed, I start the routine with DS2.  I have actually had to eliminate books temporarily from the routine bc the books were overstimulating him!  He likes them so much and just wants to grab at them and turn the pages that it was *not* relaxing for him or for me LOL.  So I take him up to our room, put his overnight diaper on him, and sing St. Judy's Comet to him.   Then I nurse him, and then I kind of bounce/jiggle him until he mostly passes out on my shoulder.  Then, I lay him on the bed on his belly and keep jiggling his bum until he falls asleep.  

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    I do two at once. : Both kids in bath, pjs, teeth, book in DS1's bed, DS1 to sleep in there and nurse baby to sleep on the couch.nbsp; He bedshares with us, so he usually sleeps on the couch until I go to bed too. We nursed and rocked DS1 also and it all worked out. nbsp;nbsp;


    2 at a time is super impressive! Glad to hear nursing and rocking worked well for your older one!
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  • image DublinMama:
    If it's bath night it's tubby, lotion and massage, bottle in the rocking chair, then in bed awake with his projector on. He is always out in ten minutes or less. If it's not a bath night, he gets a wipe down with a warm washcloth then the rest of the routine stays the same, and he responds the same. Once I go back to work in four weeks, and he is able to sustain a little more awake time from his last nap, I will probably incorporate a story into the routine. Like you, I will have missed him at work all day and want whatever extra minutes I can get!


    It's funny, during maternity leave I dreaded bedtime and now I love it.
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    We don't have much of a routine either. DD goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:30. It's usually around 8. If she hasn't eaten in the last hour or so, I will nurse her, and then change her diaper and sing a song to her. Then she gets her sleep sack on, I hold her and tell her I love her, and put her down awake. I wouldn't mind rocking her a little, but she won't have it. If we try to hold or rock her for more than a minute she gets agitated and restless. She's becoming very independent sooner than I'd like!


    DS is also super independent but I'm so glad he lets me get the nighttime snuggles in for now!
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    I'm jealous of every single one of you! She used to fall asleep nursing, but that stopped working. nbsp;Usually at the first signs of sleepy I change her diaper and put on her pjs. nbsp;Then I give her a bottle, then she freaks out for 1 to 3 hours and I have to walk, swing, bounce, shush, read a book, feed her again, change her again, feed her again. nbsp;Eventually she passes out from exhaustion. nbsp;This has been going on for 6 weeks so I think its unfortunately the new norm :


    I'm sorry your LO is giving you a rough go at bedtime. I hope it's something she grows out of soon! Is she overtired? DS goes nuts if we don't put him to bed as soon as the sleepy cues start.
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    Bath, PJs, the same two books, the soft kitty song from mom and dad, then kisses. We put her in the crib awake around 7 or 7:30.

    Eta she gets her last bottle at least half an hour to one hour before bed.


    Haha, soft kitty! Awesome!
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    We actually do baths before dinner. nbsp;We have to bc of DS1's allergies. nbsp;We need to bathe him as soon as he comes in from playing outdoors or he is just miserable. nbsp;So we do baths every night, but not necessarily "attached" to the bedtime routine.Once DS1 is in bed, I start the routine with DS2. nbsp;I have actually had to eliminate books temporarily from the routine bc the books were overstimulating him! nbsp;He likes them so much and just wants to grab at them and turn the pages that it was not relaxing for him or for me LOL. nbsp;So I take him up to our room, put his overnight diaper on him, and sing St. Judy's Comet to him. nbsp; Then I nurse him, and then I kind of bounce/jiggle him until he mostly passes out on my shoulder. nbsp;Then, I lay him on the bed on his belly and keep jiggling his bum until he falls asleep. nbsp;


    I LOVE that song! I might steal this part of your routine... And we also do predinner baths in an attempt to wash the daycare germs off as soon as he's home.
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  • Since I am home all day with DD, DH is the one who puts her to bed. On bath nights, it's bath, pjs and fresh diaper, then bottle. She usually falls asleep during the last bottle if not then immediately after. DH then just plops her in the crib and she's out. On non-bath nights, she gets bottle, then pjs and fresh diaper then in the crib after a few rocks. I dont know why he does it backwards but it has been working for them. 
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    Bath, PJs, the same two books, the soft kitty song from mom and dad, then kisses. We put her in the crib awake around 7 or 7:30. Eta she gets her last bottle at least half an hour to one hour before bed.
    Haha, soft kitty! Awesome!

    LOL I think it was the only song we could remember the lyrics to at the time, so it was what stuck. This is what sleep deprivation does to you. :P 

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  • When she starts to seem sleepy I nurse her. If she doesn't go to sleep right away, I play with her and try again. If she does go to sleep right away I wait until she stirs for her first dream feed (she has like 2-5) and change her into her night time diaper.

    I nurse her all night long if she wants it. Sometimes she will go all night with only one MOTN feeding, sometimes she will comfort nurse throughout the whole night. She never wakes but she stirs and I feed her before she wakes up. If I didn't she would be waking and crying until she was fed or comforted in some way.

    I am not worried about her becoming too attached to it and it being a hard habit to break because of anything I am doing. I think that really depends on the baby. If she has a needy personality she will find other ways to express it if I try to break her of nursing to sleep.My baby doesn't seem particularly independent, but I've known others who were ready to stop nursing to sleep before mom was ready (myself included)!

    I say if it works for you and it works for your baby, occasional nursing to sleep isn't a bad thing.

     

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