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Little Mr’s bedtime routine…

Little Mr has always been a good (night time) sleeper, he’s very much like his Mummy and Daddy who love their sleep. Before I jinx myself, I know he’s only 16 weeks old so there’s still a LOT of time for him to change his ways but we rarely have to worry about having a bad night with him. Day time naps are a whole other story but I’ll save that for another time.

When Little Mr was a newborn, he would sleep in the Moses basket in our bedroom. We would let him fall asleep downstairs with us and then when we were ready to go to bed, we would take him upstairs, change his nappy, pop Ewan the Dream Sheep on and he would sleep next to me in the Moses basket.

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A few weeks later, Little Mr was already outgrowing the Moses basket. These babies you know, don’t stay small for long! His arms would be up the side of the basket and we noticed he had started to wriggle in his sleep and would end up with his nose touching the side. Luckily for us, my Sister had lent us her crib that my nephew slept in so we swapped the Moses basket for the crib and Little Mr slept in there. We did have a couple of nights when he was unsettled and didn’t sleep well but we put that down to the fact that the crib had bars that he could see through and it was a bit too open for him after being so enclosed in the Moses basket.

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We bought a cot wrap for the crib to make it feel a little bit more enclosed and to stop his disco dancing hands escaping through the bars.

We noticed that Little Mr started to form his own sleeping pattern and would start to become grouchy and tearful around 6.30/7pm of an evening, clearly tired and needing a good sleep. We took this opportunity to start a routine with him and would go up to bath him (only every other night), give him his bottle and read him a bedtime story. Once he had his bottle we popped him in his sleeping bag and he would go off to sleep. Luckily for me he would wake about 1 or 2am for a feed and then would go straight back to sleep waking up about 6 or 7am. One wake up call through the dead of night I can handle!

Zoom forward to week 15 of Little Mr’s life and he is now in his cot bed in his own room. Sob.

Unfortunately both hubby and I snore at night (although someone snores louder than the other…) and we found that we were disturbing Little Mr at night. He had started to sleep for longer periods through the night and by Week 13 he was sleeping through the night from 8pm until 7am. I was a little worried about putting him in his own room but we only live in a two bed terrace so it’s not as if he’s in his own wing at night, he is about 5 metres away from us at the most. I do miss him snoring away (yes, he snores too!) in his crib next to my bed but my little boy is growing up and needs his space to wriggle about in.

We invested (thanks to Kiddicare for their Bank Holiday price match offer) in the ibaby video monitor which works with an app on our iphones/ipads and it is amazing. It works via the wifi in the house and allows me to logon and check on Little Mr. The quality of the stream is amazing, I can see his chest moving up and down in real time and when the audio is activated I can hear him breathing. I know some people might think it’s a little crazy buying a video monitor but it has given me complete peace of mind. I run the app on my ipad at night time and leave it running on the floor of our bedroom. It means that if I wake up through the night I can check on him without getting out of bed and if he wakes up through the night and gets upset, the app would alert me just like any other monitor would.

Of course I’m expecting all things to change once the teething really kicks in or he’s getting hungry during a growth spurt but so far so good. Our little bedtime routine works well for Little Mr and well for us.

What’s your bedtime routine with your little one? I’d love to hear from you.

Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post in any shape or form, I just wanted to tell you all about how Little Mr sleeps!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Camille

    He is too cute! His sleep schedule reminds me of my little one. She’s 6 months old and she’s been sleeping through the night, just waking to eat, since she was a couple weeks old. Now she sleeps 8pm to 8am, give or take an hour without waking at all! I’m waiting for something to ruin it because it seems to good to be true. My first daughter didn’t sleep through the night until she was 2 years old, lol.

    08/06/2013 at 5:43 am
  • Reply Kim Carberry

    Aww he’s adorable!! You’re so lucky mine never slept for more than a couple of hours at a time…lol

    08/06/2013 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Laura Huggins

    I think it is incredible that he sleeps for that long at night. Cameron still doesn’t sleep all the way through constantly. And after 3 years that is very draining.

    Two months ago, Cameron would have a bottle in his cot and then go to sleep.

    Now he goes to bed and reads for an hour and then goes to sleep. Although he is kicking up a hell of a fuss going to sleep which I am blaming on his age.

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again next weekend

    Laura x x x

    09/06/2013 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Emma Berry

    Finally catching up with Friday’s blog hop! Lovely read of your posts and really interesting info for us first time mummies! Look forward to reading more! Emma x

    11/06/2013 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Rebecca Phillips

    Aw bless! My son started sleeping through at 4 months (he’s 9 months now) so we’re very lucky. He gets a bath every other evening, story and bedtime bottle at 7pm and that’s him til 8-9am! I still have to pinch myself!

    Mum of a Premature Baby

    11/06/2013 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Karen

    Oh you’re so good….I haven’t put JD in her own room all night yet :s. We’re breaking her into her big cot and she has all her naps in it and goes down in it until about 11pm when I get her for her last feed and then bring her into her crib in our room. She would still grumble a few times a night looking for her dummy so it is laziness that I have her in our room. I know she has to go into her own room eventually….I might try her this weekend and see if she doesn’t need a nighttime feed any more and how she goes in her big cot…I just don’t want an early morning wake up call!! lol…Also getting blackout linings on her curtains as they’re so light I don’t want her up any earlier! You’re doing great though :) xx

    11/06/2013 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Helen

    It’s great that you have a routine :)
    We have a routine too been trying since little man was about 8wks ok and he’s finally cracked it in the last couple of wks (he’s 13wks now) I take all 3 up to bed about 630 bath (3 Times a week) pjs and stories/singing then kisses and everyone into beds. I take little man to our room for a feed with lights off and lullaby music. He sleeps til 10-11 then has a feed and usually stays in with me then.He’s a grazer and will have a couple more feeds overnight. It’s just easier and means I snatch a bit more sleep while he’s feeding. We are up at 6 usually. No lie ins as I have 3 monkeys to get up Fed and ready to be out for nursery run

    18/06/2013 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    Well done you guys – fab routine! As you say, now you’ve written this, he will obviously completely regress :-)

    11/07/2013 at 12:34 pm
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