First decide when you want baby to wake and go to sleep.
Start the day at the same time every day and put the bed at the same time every day!
Expose baby to the sunlight by spending the awake time playing, talking and doing tummy time!
Most times between 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours after awaking, baby will show some signs of sleepy cues. Now is the time we want to go into a calming routine.
Go to the bedroom where it is nice and quiet. Dim the lights and/or draw the curtains. Start the sound machine. Change baby’s diaper if needed and swaddle baby. Start your nap/bedtime routine.
Bed time!! Place baby in crib DROWSY not asleep! If you would like you can pat baby a few times or caress the forehead then walk away. If baby falls asleep before you get to the bed gently wake so baby can see that they are in bed.
NOTE: Baby should always be put in bed on their BACK!
Baby’s room should be between 68-72 degrees, dark and have a white noise machine going during nap and night sleep.
REMEMBER! Routine is your friend!
So baby is now growing up. You have been using the baby bath tub for several months and baby is getting a little too big for that tub but too small to put in a regular tup so what do you do? If baby is able to sit up on his own but not quite steady enough to sit in the tub by himself.... get a bath tub ring! (this even works well with bathing twins at the same time! Just use 2 rings)
These seats use a suction to stick to the bathtub floor. You place baby in the ring that is suctioned to the tub and has a couple of inches of warm water. Have a couple of toys handy and sit back while baby enjoys a little splashing!!! Now it's time for the 2(or 3) of you to play!!! I like to have some different repurposed containers (yogurt, butter and cheap measuring cups) for baby to use to dip in the water. If you pumped and still have your breast shield that makes a fun funnel to play with!!!! and after baby is finished splashing it is time to gently clean your baby! When you're finished rinse baby off (you can use one of the containers you and baby were playing with!) get a good grip on baby and pull him out. Remember baby can be a little slippery!!! place a towel on the floor next to you so you can wrap baby up quickly!
Rememeber NEVER leave the baby by himself in the tub!!!! not even for a second!
Now your baby is a couple of months old and you are ready for some adult time. Who do you get to watch the baby?
If you are lucky enough to have family near who can help Great! your all set!
IF not you need to look elsewhere for someone you trust to watch you sweet bundle of job. I hate to say it but many factors depend on how much you can afford to spend.
If you are on a very tight budget I would suggest if you have a friend with kids that you do a "date night trade off". You offer to watch their child(ren) for a couple of hours while they get out and they can watch your baby while you go out!
If you can afford a babysitter either a teen with some child care experence or a adult that you have found via a websight GO for it! You need a little adult time!
Now the main reason for this blog is some suggestions for you to make you feel a little better and the person taking care of you baby feel better.
First make a list of all emergency contacts and put by your phone! this is good for you and anyone taking care of you child. This list should have your peditritian, local contact and a family contact. As baby gets older you need to have poison control also listed.( I even have had clients whom I recomended putting their vet
A fun thing to do for your baby is to set up some nice and colorful objects on a tension rod in a window. They can be ribbons, a colorful mat, wind chime, beads or windsock (another words anything you can find to hang from it :-)
Open the window and let the air in! If it is too hot outside point a small fan to get the objects to move. Place baby in a bouncy and he will watch the objects thus strengthening his eyes!
I have been a Professional Nanny since 1987 and Debra Gail has been a Professional Nanny since 1986. This is our blog of fun things we find or do with our charges.