Bedtime has been much easier for Isaiah since we got his toddler bed. Since he’s not just falling asleep in someone’s lap anymore, we’ve established a routine and he expects it to be followed to the letter. If I do something out of order, he has to go back and do it again after whatever it was that we skipped. Tonight, he gave my mom a hug before brushing his teeth, so after his teeth were done, he went running out for another hug!
Isaiah’s routine is pretty simple. He collects a book or two to read with my mom, then usually comes over to show it to me, too. Once he’s done reading, it’s time for him to get dressed for bed. Lately, it’s so hot in the house that “getting dressed” really just means taking his day clothes off and putting on his overnight diaper.
Once he’s dressed for bed, Isaiah heads to the bathroom so he can brush his teeth. I sit down on the floor and he lies down and puts his head in my lap so that I can brush his teeth for him. When I’m done, I give him the toothbrush so he can do it for himself. That way, his teeth get clean, but he still gets to learn to do it, too. Tonight he even brushed his baby’s teeth!
After we brush Isaiah’s teeth, it’s officially bed time. He comes out to the living room one last time to give my mom hugs and kisses. Then he collects his baby and we head to his room. He’s always happy to lead me to his room where he lays his baby down on the bed and climbs in. Once he’s in, he chatters at me quietly until I let him nurse. Most nights, by the time he’s finished nursing, he’s soundly asleep with his baby. It’s so sweet.
Having a bedtime routine established really helps Isaiah. Now he knows that it’s time to wind down ahead of time. When he didn’t have a set routine, it was really hard for him to transition from play to sleep. Since he knows that bedtime is coming now, he’s already mostly calmed down and relaxed before he even gets to his bed.