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#1 of 4 Old 04-12-2004, 11:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What kind of bedtime routine do you have for your 9 month old? DS used to nurse to sleep, but he now seems to need a little more than that to relax and go to sleep. It takes me a couple minutes of rocking the mattress to get him to go to sleep. A bath isn't really an option because I'm not always home in the evenings and DH has a bad back so he wouldn't enjoy bending over and giving ds a bath. We turn the lights down low and try to slow things down a bit. What story books are good at this age (specific titles please)? Any other ideas?

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If my dd is super tired, cranky, rubbing her eyes, I just feed her a bottle, and she will fall asleep.

However, if she doesn't seem tired, I will read to her, tell her a story, play pat a cake with her, anything that keeps her on my lap until she can get really calm. Then, I roll her in a blanket, and hold her quietly. Sometimes she fusses and squirms, but then she will fall asleep. Sometimes I sing to her, too. Lately, I have been giving her a pacifier only at sleep/rest times. It really helps her focus and she gets calmer with it. I used to be pretty anti pacifier, but now that she is older, I see they have their place. I only give it to her if I am holding her, also.

If all else fails, I take her into a quiet room and rock her to sleep.

I always bundle her up in a blanket when it is time to sleep. That always sets the mood. I also always hold her at least until she falls asleep.

any story book is good, but "Good Night Moon" for some reason seems to make her especially drowsy. I guess because the pictures get darker. There are many other 'bedtime' books on the shelf, as well. I prefer the books that have pages made out of cardboard, as dd can touch the pictures.
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The surefire thing in our routine is definitely bath and massage. Occasionally we skip it but it is the guaranteed method. Could your dh just do the massage part?
After nursing I'll sometimes transfer to a pacifier. I also have music playing for ds in his room, generally Bach or sometimes a lullabye cd.

On nights when he's especially restless I'll cuddle him and put on a Baby Einstein video (actually disc.....Baby Bach). I know a lot of people are anti-TV but ds loves it so much and it relaxes him a lot. I'll hum to the music and rock him. Lightly running my fingers through his scalp, across his forehead, down his body (arms, sides, legs, feet). As he gets more tired I'll start lightly running my fingers around his eyes, then over his eyelids as he starts closing his eyes. Before you know it he's sound asleep.
I wish someone would do this with me every night!
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We go upstairs at about 6 to her room. We change her diaper, let her play until she gets a little fussy and we see the eye rub. We get her PJ's on and let her play some more with the lights off until we see the eye rub getting more frequent or longer or its 7:00. Then we know its bedtime. We hug her and tell her that we love her. We put on her bedtime music and her teddy bear that has the heartbeat. Put her in her crib, cover her up with her blankie, and leave the room. Most of the time she is out before we leave the room. If she isn't she will whine for a couple of seconds and then will be asleep. This is the routine we have been doing since she was 2 months so she knows now at 10 months what to expect. We have also kept at stricted 7:00 bedtime for her with no exceptions since she was 3 months. That is what we do.
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