Toddle Along Tuesday: Bedtime Routine
This week's TAT couldn't be more timely, because I've totally been meaning to update on Henry's sleep since we implemented our behavioral therapist's sleep plan. We initially saw a lot of success, and I'm happy to report that Henry is still sleeping amazing! (Oh and who doesn't love another excuse to post crib shots!)
Henry is generally getting up earlier than he was when I initially posted. Now he pretty much sleeps from around 8:00 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. But the good news is, I put him down and pretty much don't hear from him until morning. What a change from waking up every hour and a half for 10 months!
I truly believe, and our behavioral therapists stressed, that Henry's bedtime routine makes all the difference in getting Henry ready to sleep though the night. His bedtime routine is pretty strict and really we stick as closely to it as possible:
7:00 - 7:30: Quiet play time. This is where we can read books, run around the living room and play as a family. At this point, we shut all the shades, turn off all electronics, and turn most of the lights off. The purpose is to just get Henry as quiet and settled as possible before bed.
7:30 - 7:40: Morgan gives Henry a shower. Yes, that's right, a shower. (A post on this coming soon). I get Henry's room ready for bed.
7:40 - 7:45: Morgan quickly gets Henry dressed and we say our "good-nights."
7:45 - 8:00: I nurse Hen. Then, lay him down fully awake. Henry gets comfortable and falls asleep on his own.
That's it. Every night. I wish I could rock or read Henry stories before bed, but he responds best to a quick break from the day. Our sleep plan has exceeded my expectations. Its so amazing to have my evenings back, and actually sleep at night!
What's your bedtime routine look like? Link up with Growing up Geeky's Toddle Along Tuesday and share!