1. Start quiet timeAfter dinner, this is our time to run around, wrestle, play, etc. We have learned that in order to get Adalyn ready for bed in time, we need to have some calm time before bed. This includes reading or sitting and having a snack together.
2. Diaper change and pajamasWe change Adalyn's diaper and put her pajamas on in her room to signify that it is almost time for bed. We have been liking the Huggies OverNites because Adalyn was starting to pee through her clothes sometimes and these are absorbent for up to 12 hours helping her sleep better. We have also been liking the Huggies Natural Care Wipes because they are gentle on her sensitive skin.
The worst is when we have to change Adalyn's diaper in the night because it gets her very riled up and she has a hard time falling back asleep. These diapers wick away liquid to keep baby's skin dry overnight. Visit this page to get $2 off your first pack of Huggies OverNites – for a limited time – and find other Huggies offers.
3. Put sleepsack onI swear by using a sleepsack. When Adalyn was 0-6 months, we swaddled her for every nap and bedtime. Now, we use a sleepsack which helps to keep her warm in the winter and helps her sleep better. Whenever we skip using this, she will not sleep!
4. Cuddle and singing timeAs part of Adalyn's bedtime routine, we always cuddle a little bit and rock her. A lot of times, we sing as well. Usually crazy made up songs that I would never want anyone to hear lol.
5. Turn on the white noiseAdalyn uses a little white noise machine that helps to calm her down. We use this nearly every night and when we take it on a trip, it helps her sleep because it reminds her of home and keeps her bedtime routine consistent.
Adalyn goes to bed between 7 and 7:30 most nights. I love this because not only is it good for her, Troy and I get a little date night every night and we cherish that time that we can spend together as a couple.
If anyone is reading this that has a baby that is up a lot in the night, hang in there. I was in your shoes not too long ago and it is very hard but it will get better eventually. Just stick with a consistent routine and with time and age, your baby will sleep better.