Bedtime routine..

So from my previous posts you’ll probably know I’m quite strict with Otis’ bedtime routine. I introduced it as early as possible, in just the first few weeks. I bottle feed Otis so can understand it was a lot easier for me to introduce a routine than it would be if you breastfeed but I think anything is possible with some preserverence. Being a new mum is pretty daunting and you’ll be getting unwanted advice from absolutely anyone, but this is really just what worked for me so I wanted to share with you all. (This picture is of me and Otis when he was just a few weeks old, where has the time gone?!!!!!)

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BATH 7PM: Otis has a bath every night and he absoutely loves it. I started this at about 2 weeks old but did every other night until he was 4 weeks. I think this is such a great way to get your baby to understand it’s nearly bedtime. I absolutely love this time with Otis, he’s always loved it which is why I think we do it every night. He splashes around so much and loves having his hair washed. In the first few weeks I only used warm water and a baby sponge to bath him but once he was a few months old I used Baby Bees shampoo and wash and still do now. I absolutely love the smell and it’s a great all natural product.

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WIND DOWN: After a bath I bring Otis into our room where I like to keep it really quiet with low lights to calm him down. I give him a baby massage using Baby Bees oil and apply Baby Bees diaper cream. I’m Baby Bees mad if you haven’t noticed! I started this massage technique when Otis was young as it used to help him poo, he loved it so I just continued. It’s literally just gentle circular motions across your babys body. We always read a book or two before his bottle, he loves listening and trying to grab the book off me.

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BED 7.30/45PM: Otis has a 7oz bottle which is drains and he’s off. We have always been so lucky with him as he’s great at sleeping. He usually stirs when I put him down which is where Ewan the dream sheep is my favour. This has different calming noise settings which Otis loves, that and his beloved dummy!

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Happy sleeping mums! There’s no wrong or right so remember to just do what works for you.
Love H xx

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