Around 7pm we give them half of their bottle of milk, before a quick bath using the same lavender scented bubble bath and moisturiser. We then move to their room, where I’ve already closed the blinds and curtains and given the room a quick spritz of lavender pillow spray. We try to include a story here, one of our favourites is Coco Chanel from the Little People, Big Dreams series and then they finish their bottle of milk before going down for the night.
Edie and Mabel were in a really good 3 hour routine when we were in hospital. Then we came home and it all went a bit muddy. I was still so poorly and we were all so tired.
One of the things everyone tells you to do, is sleep when the babies sleep and I now personally don’t believe that this is good advice. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Our girls are noisy sleepers, especially for the first 45 – 50 minutes after we put them down. If I was to do it all again, I’d go to bed an hour later than them, when they’re a little bit more settled and quietened down. It’s much easier to pop my head round the door to check on them, or check the video monitor than to leap out of bed at every noise.
I also believe it’s never too early to start a routine, not necessarily for the girls but at least for us as parents. Now we’re more settled into our ways, I’m a lot less stressed and I have a little bit of time to myself on an evening. Not to mention the girls will sometimes sleep for five to six hours at a time now!
I’m keen to try new things though to try and combat that noisy first hour, so when we were recently sent the Fisher-Price® Butterfly Dreams™ 2-in-1 Soother to review, I was looking forward to seeing how it would work. We’ve used it the last couple of nights and although I’m not a big fan of plastic baby things, this actually isn’t too bad as it’s plain white – with the exception of the Fisher-Price red logo tag.
There’s a lovely simple colour-changing nightlight and you can choose between gentle music, nature sounds and white noise. By far my two most favourite features are the beautiful starlight projection (which was so relaxing, I almost drifted off using it) and secondly the option to choose how long the music plays for. We have a couple of other ‘white noise’ toys and they don’t offer this option. There’s also a little teddy included which is cute but we’ve added this to the pile the girls already seem to have curated.
Edie and Mabel seemed to enjoy it. They both quietened and slept soundly but other than the couple of nights after their first injections, they’ve been doing this anyway. They’re only 9 weeks old (4 corrected) and we’ve just started to notice them reacting more to the world around them so I do think they still might be a little bit young. I’m fascinated by how much they change on a daily basis so I think it’ll be really interesting to see in a few weeks how they react to it.
We’re going to keep trialling it and see how we get on but for now it seems to be at least adding to that calming night time environment we’ve been trying to create for them. If you’d like to know more about the Soother, click here to take a look or buy!