One of the best pieces of baby advice I was given when I first became a mom was to create a relaxing bed time routine for baby. It was the one thing that stuck with me and one the best things I did with my oldest, now 11. I was lucky when it came to him. So when baby number two came around, I made sure to follow some of the same routines I did with him. Every baby is different but having been through this before, I know babies thrive with routines. As she has gotten old, her routine has changed a bit from when she was a newborn, but she looks forward to her nighttime routing as much as I do.
We start our bedtime routine about an hour before her actual bedtime. She’ll have a little fun in the bath. She loves water and and once she is in her jammies, we’ll head downstairs for her bottle and a story.
For these last few minutes of playtime, I’ll grab her favorite blank (keep reading to see how to make you own), and get ready to say goodbye to the fun day we had. When she was an infant, we would spent these few minutes before bed with a little tummy time on a blanket I picked up when I first found out I was expecting. It was small but it was a cozy fleece and she loved it. Now that she’s outgrown it, I wanted to make her another one just bigger so we can enjoy it as she grows.
Since she’s already had her bath and probably tired herself out from all the splashing she does in the tub, we’ll play for a few more minutes and have some milk as we read a story together. Once story time is complete, we head upstairs to brush her teeth and head off to bed. At this point, she is tired from playing, her tummy is full and she’s ready to sleep.
The only thing could really ruin our nighttime routine and that is a leaky diaper. I don’t want her waking up in wet pj’s and wet sheets because her diaper leaked overnight. It’s happened before and it’s not fun for either of us to have to deal with that in the middle of the night.
To avoid leaks, we use Huggies OverNites Diapers. The snug waistband keeps the diaper in place no matter how much baby moves (and she does toss and turn at night) and provides leakage protection for up to 12 hours.
Huggies OverNites Diapers have a wick away layer to help keep her skin dry and healthy overnight.
Both of my babies have sensitive skin so Huggies Natural Care Wipes are another essential part of our nighttime routine. They are made of 99 percent water for a gentle clean.
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Now, back to how to make your own no sew blanket. Since she has outgrown her infant blanket, I made sure to make this one big enough for her to use for a little while.
First you’ll need to pick out your fabric. I went with a a soft fleece in a cute princess pattern and a solid pink. I used about a yard each.
Line up the two pieces on top of each other. Then cut out a corner.
Next cut strips about 4 inches long all the way down the first side.
Take the top strip and the bottom strip and tie them together into two knots.
Repeat all the way around the blanket.
Once your done, you’re left with an adorable blanket perfect to cuddle up with and read your favorite bedtime story.
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