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Let me start by adding a little disclaimer… no, every baby will not sleep for 12 hours.  This is just the routine and process that has assisted our baby in sleeping 12+ hours each night.  Our baby is 4.5 months old now but has been sleeping through the night from around 7pm-7 or 8am each night since she was around 8-10 weeks old.

Before we started this routine, our baby was sleeping in a bassinet in our room and waking up 1-2 times/night.  Still nothing to complain about but it was so hard to get things done at night when she was in our room.  We were constantly waking her back up.

We knew it was time to figure out what worked best for us.  We noticed that Vandy started getting super fussy (which is extremely unlike her) at around 6:45pm each night.  So, we tried starting her bedtime routine at 6:30pm and IT WORKED!

 

Here’s what we do:

Bath or hair wash starts off our bedtime routine.  We do a bath every other night and a hair wash on the off nights.  Vandy has super dry skin (just like her dad and I) so we alternate to help her skin out.  We use the Johnson’s lavender Bedtime Wash and Shampoo.  We love it and are obsessed with the scent.bedtime washbathtub

Next is a clean diaper and Johnson’s Bedtime lotion on her whole body.  We add Aquaphor where she needs a little bit of extra hydration.

The next step in her bedtime routine is to put her Owlet Smart Sock 2 on her.  She has never even acted like she noticed this on, to be honest.  I have a complete review here.  smart sock 2

She has been wearing sleepers to bed because we keep her door shut at nights and her room gets a little bit chilly.  So, we put her in a sleeper (we prefer the buttoned options compared to the zip).

Next is her Halo Sleep Sack.  We use this one.  Once she has the Sleep Sack on, she instantly calms down and realized that it’s bedtime.  We only use the Sleep Sack atbedtime to help with that.  Also, we do not swaddle her arms.  We only swaddle her chest, under her arms, because she would always wiggle and cry until her arms were out and then her Sleep Sack was super loose.

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Then she’s ready for a bottle.  She usually finishes the bottle or gets really close and then falls asleep.  Tayler takes her and puts her in her crib and she {usually} just stays asleep or drifts off with no issues.

This is what works for us and that usually has Vandy asleep by around 7:15-7:30pm each night.  If you have any questions, feel free to use the ‘Contact’ tab in the upper right hand corner or just comment below.

xo,

Bethany

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