Easy Bed time & Bath time routines for your little one

I’m a big fan of having a routine for infants and toddlers. Giving your child structure from the beginning has a whole load of benefits including helping him stick to feeding times and nap times/sleep times. Routine also helps make taking care of your little one easier, helps you manage the rest of the household chores and helps you find a wee bit of ‘me time’ somewhere between all that needs getting done.

 

Bath and bedtime routines are very important. Winding down the day and giving your little one a bath is signaling to your baby or toddler that the end of the day is very near and bedtime is coming up next.

 

Things you will need for bath time:

  • An infanttub – choose one that has a contoured design or an internal sling that prevents your baby from sliding.
  • Bath thermometer (optional)
  • Soft washcloth
  • Bath towel
  • Changing mat
  • Hooded baby towel or robe
  • Pears Bed Time Baby Soap (which has such a soothing fragrance!)
  • Pears Bed Time Baby Cream or Pears Baby Oil with Pure Olive Oil (that protects from moisture loss)
  • Pears Bed Time Baby Cologne
  • Diaper
  • Pajamas

Start of by winding down. This means finish off screen time or playing with any other stimulating toys. So no matter how tempting it is to have your little one listen to nursery rhymes whilst you get everything ready, don’t! Instead have you baby near you in the crib or somewhere else that is secure and talk to him while you get everything ready.

  • Before you start giving the baby a wash, prepare everything. This makes it that much easier. More importantly, babies lose heat from their bodies quickly and having everything well organised means that you do not have to look for them while your baby is out of the bath, possibly without anything on!

 

  • Make sure that the Pears Bed Time Baby Soap, Pears Bed Time Baby Cream or Pears Baby Oil and the Pears Bed Time Baby Cologne are also within close reach. Using products that are specially for bed time helps relax your baby and helps with putting them to sleep.

 

  • Have your changing mat next to or near the baby bath. Place a towel over the changing mat so that you can lay your baby on it right after the bath. Keep the hooded towel in close vicinity too, to wrap the baby up.

 

  • Fill the tub with just an inch or two of warm water and test it to make sure that the temperature is right with your baby bath thermometer. The temperatureof the bath water should be just above 100 F or 38C to prevent chilling or burning the baby. If you do not have a bath thermometer, test the water with your elbow. When you put your elbow in the water, it should feel warm, not hot.

 

  • Support your baby’s head, neck and body with one hand and use the other to wash him. Most parents start with the baby’s face and move down to dirtier parts of the body.

 

  • You can use a bit of Pears Bed Time Baby Soap and lather further using a washcloth to help you soap the baby.

 

  • Pay special attention to creases under the arms, behind the ears, around the neck and in the diaper area. Also wash between your baby’s fingers and toes.

 

  • Dry him thoroughly, being sure to get into the creases.

 

  • Baby massages are a fantastic way to bond, improve the condition of your baby’s skin and boost circulation. Use Pears Bed Time Baby Cream or Pears Baby Oil on alternate days. Start by stroking the tummy to help the baby relax, using the three middle fingers to lightly circle around her abdomen in a clockwise direction. Don’t forget the arms and legs. You’ll have plenty of giggles to enjoy and the baby would love the sense of touch. Remember to keep your baby half dressed or covered while you massage so that your baby isn’t cold.

 

  • Finish off with a bit of Pears Bed Time Baby Cologne on his hair.

 

  • Remember to have a chat – bath time is a nice chance for parents to spend some time talking to their baby. You don’t have to wait until your baby’s old enough. Just talk and bond.

 

  • Empty the tub completely immediately after each use

Bed Time Routine

 

Your baby is now very relaxed. A warm bath, gentle massage and new comfy pajamas has him set in a mood to sleep and remember the more relaxed he is, the more likely he’ll go to bed easily and fall asleep. Bedtime is a wonderful time to bond a bit with your child. Remember, do not start any stimulating activities at this point. So if your toddler wants to play with a plushie or a toy, firmly say no but instead offer to read a book or sing a lullaby. And I do know we don’t have a to remind you, but don’t forget the good night kiss!

 

Stick to your routine as best you can. Remember, even when you’re not at home there’s plenty of Pears Products that can be used. If you’re worried about packing too many things when you’re heading out on a weekend, there’s  Pears Hair and Body Wash that is a 2-in1 that can be used. There’s also Pears Floral Cream – with 5 floral fragrances to have your baby smelling extra delicious!

 

Remember:

 

  • Never, ever leave your baby or toddler unsupervised during bath time, even for a minute.Children can drown in less than an inch of water.

 

  • Don’t put your baby or toddler into a tub when the water is still running. The temperature could change, and you never know if it turns too hot or too cold.

 

  • Keep electric appliances away from the tub.

 

Lakmalee Gunarathne from Colombo

 

Mother of 1

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