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I’ve never known a life outside being a work at home mom because I stopped working full-time even before I gave birth to Svet. I wanted to give her all the mommy attention that she needs from me, something that I promised to give her because I certainly can’t give her all the material things. And bedtime is one time of the day that I can fully indulge in her.
Sleep time is never dull with a child like Svet. She’s as rowdy as a boy, and her energy outlasts both of my and the spousal unit’s combined forces. We used to let her sleep anytime she wants, but my mom said that kids like Svet should be in bed early, and I know moms know best, so we’ve been trying to make Svet sleep before eight since then. Preparing for bed takes a long time for us, since there are a lot of play time in between. When do we start? As early as 7:00 pm after dinner.
It’s pretty cold here in Baguio, so most of the times it’s just a sponge bath at night, but sometimes when Svet gets irritated with the extra hot weather (it does get unusually hot here, and we’ll know because she cries easily at the smallest of things), she gets her well-deserved quick warm bath. I will pour a small amount of JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Bath on a wash cloth and massage it on Svet’s body, after which I will allow her to jump right in her small tub for rinsing. This is her favorite part of our first routine, as she gets to play with the warm water and her bottle of baby bath for a bit.
I don’t let her stay on the water for too long lest she gets cold, and she struggles sometimes but when I say “toothbrush time!” she obliges very willingly and with an impish smile. See, brushing her teeth must be her favorite thing to do in the world right now, and I’m glad at least we don’t have to wrestle for tooth brushing time. But before that, a generous amount of JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Oil rubbed briskly on her skin to take away some of the chill and dressing for sleep time.
Next stop of our bedtime routine, rubbing time. I massage her with JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Lotion because I know this will help her sleep better. I used to massage her without it, but I discovered the quality of Svet’s sleep was noticeably better when we started using the JOHNSON’S® Lotion. Of course, it also gave us more time to bond with each other, so that’s another plus.
I follow-up with JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Powder for a fresh, comfortable feeling before falling asleep. I can tell Svet loves the scent of JOHNSON’S® Powder because she always requests for it.
Next part? Reading time! Her favorite, so this part of our bedtime routine is a must before falling fast asleep. Not that we mind, it’s always a delight to hear her repeating words after us.
We’ll know it’s time for our “quiet time” (a relative term, considering Svet’s babbles) when she finally puts the comforter up to her chin and invites (rather, instructs. LOL) Mommy and Daddy to “higa tabi” (lie down beside me). And no, our bedtime routine does not stop there. Paulie taught Svet to pray, and she never forgets to do that before sleeping.
It will be time to switch off the lights after that, as Svet cannot sleep with the lights on. I think she feels there’s still something to do when they’re left on. Hee hee. She will sing a little or mutter some unintelligible words in the dark while Paulie rubs her head gently and I hug her. She will often request for a kiss sandwich, and of course we can’t say no to that.
Minutes later, she’ll be off to dreamland. And usually, when I don’t have work at night and Paulie’s finished with the house work already, we will soon follow suit. And that’s how we spend a better part of the evening everyday. Took us sometime to establish this routine, but seeing how Svet sleeps fitfully during the night, (and that’s largely thanks to the NATURALCALM™ essences found in JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® products), I’m glad we did, because it’s all worth it.
Thank you for coming to read our bedtime routine!