A bedtime routine can be an integral part of getting your baby to sleep, especially if they are new to the world of falling asleep without you there to rock them or sing them lullabies (and trust me, every parent goes through this stage).
As with all aspects of your baby’s development, consistency is key—but making sure you have the right products to help you along the way can make things easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
Here are three must-have items for your baby’s bedtime routine that will make those oh-so-important bedtime hours more enjoyable for everyone.
Babies get used to routines, so it’s a good idea to keep bedtime on schedule for them to fall asleep more easily and sleep longer. It can become difficult with the longer days thanks to the extra hours of sunshine. No matter how bright the sun is shining, get pajamas, bath bubbles, and their last meal of the day ready at the same time every day.
Having a bottle warmer nearby allows you to stay on schedule if you’re nursing. Keeping a fresh bag of milk stored is a great way to be sure that baby gets a full serving.
While you do want to ask your body to produce more milk by latching baby throughout the day, it’s best to put baby down on a full stomach for a longer stretch of sleep.
A lot of mamas out there can’t tell how much baby has drunk when breastfeeding. The problem with breastfeeding at night for some mothers is that they don’t quite know how much baby drank since there is no way of telling how much you produced. By pumping and transferring that milk into a bottle, you’re able to tell how many ounces your baby needs for a full serving depending on their age.
Having a bottle warmer nearby allows you to stay on time every night.
We do not recommend skipping a pump session even though you’re bottle-feeding baby. It’s best to pump after baby goes down for the night so that you can keep up with the supply and demand.
If you’re having issues keeping up with your baby’s appetite, we recommend searching for tips on how to restore milk supply. If what you find doesn’t work, reach out to a lactation consultant.
Breathable baby blanket
Breathable baby blankets are important during hot summer months for a few reasons. They let air flow freely, so babies sleep better without getting too hot and sweaty. Breathable blankets also have another added benefit: they’re lightweight enough for baby’s skin (and your shoulder) when you’re moving him around at night.
These muslin baby blankets are especially important in summer—when babies tend to overheat easily—but can be useful all year round. Especially during winter months when your bundle of joy will want something light that won’t weigh him down too much.
Make sure that baby is comfortable while sleeping with appropriate summer PJs. If you live in a warm climate, there’s no need for thick textures— you don’t want baby to overheat at night. Even if you keep your house cool, it can get hot during sleep time due to close proximity to other items such as crib sheets and blankets.
Good summer pajamas help keep baby’s temperature regulated for a good night’s rest. Additionally, choose summer PJs that are made from natural fibers like cotton and linen, which breathe well and will help prevent sweating.
Remember to keep baby’s room at cool temperatures. The ideal temperature for babies to sleep comfortably and safely is between 68 and 72 degrees. Be sure you keep the air conditioning at these temperatures. Fans can also help babies sleep better by keeping the room cool and the white noise that they produce.
Using these tips will not only keep your baby more comfortable, but it will also allow you to have some extra time to yourself at night.