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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!

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Lindsay said…
This is awesome! Ethan is FINALLY sleeping through the night, but I can't get him into his crib still awake. It makes me crazy. I'm going to go read about your sleep plan you linked here.

Go Henry! What an awesome sleeper he is!
Samantha said…
Were all those pics taken on one night? It looks like Henry sleeps like my Celia does! I love the shot with his leg up against the crib rails - so funny! How do they sleep like that???
I have a Henry too! Don't you just love that name :) I found your blog through TAT! I look forward to reading more about your Henry. Glad he sleeping through the night more!
These weren't all taken together...but I think I have a new post idea! He is all over the place. I cannot believe all the weird ways we see him sleeping.
Welcome! I love the name Henry! I'm not sure I love how popular its becoming. I just dont want Hen to be Henry # 5 at school.
Read the plan!! We saw a specialist because Hen's sleep was so messed up. He was diagnosed with a "sleep delay" due to his reflux, and still basically slept like a newborn at 10 months old.

The plan was a total lifesaver.

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