Miles is just about to turn two (I know, I can’t believe it either!) and it’s been awhile since I have given an update on him, his bedtime routine (and products that we use nightly) as well as his daily schedule. We sleep trained Miles from a very early age (this is the book we used and it was amazing), so we have had a bedtime routine for him since he was an infant. It has helped make bedtime a more enjoyable experience and something he looks forward to (most of the time LOL).
In addition to talking about his routine, I thought I would also share the products we use every night with him. I have it down to a science at this point and know what works for him. The Walmart near our house has a HUGE baby department so I often run up there to pick up many of these things, or order them online because Walmart offers free 2-day delivery on so many things. Walmart also has their own exclusive baby brand called Parent’s Choice that has been around for 20 years and features everything from diapers and wipes to formula and bath products. You can see all their offerings here.
I thought I would first start with the items that I use nightly for Miles after his bath (you can read about all my favorite bathtime essentials for him in this post).
- Diaper rash cream – Miles rarely if ever has had diaper rash but I still like to use something at night to protect him while he sleeps. This has proved to be incredibly effective, gentle and easy to remove in the morning.
- Aveeno balm – Miles has a few eczema patches on his body that flare up at different times and when they do, I use this balm to help calm them. I also like to use it all over the body in the winter because it keeps his skin well moisturized and nourished.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste – I started getting Miles used to brushing his teeth almost a year ago so he doesn’t mind it now. This toothbrush is nice and gentle and he seems to enjoy the taste of the toothpaste.
- Chest rub – This was actually something new that I recently added but if he is ever congested or has a runny nose, I rub this on his chest and put a tiny bit under his nose.
- HALO sleepsack – I will be so sad when Miles transitions out of this sleepsack because he has been sleeping in one since he was an infant. It keeps him warm at night without the use of a traditional blanket and I’m convinced that it has prevented him from trying to crawl out of his crib at night.
- White noise machine – I didn’t think I needed one of these when he was a baby so I never registered for one. Then when he was about five months old, he would get disrupted by noises outside his room so I immediately ordered a white noise machine and it worked wonders! It helps soothe him to sleep and blocks out any noises in the house or in the street outside his window.
- Humidifier – We have used a humidifier since Miles was a newborn and it helps keep his skin hydrated and relieves any congestion he may have.
For his bedtime routine, it’s pretty simple but Miles loves structure and looks forward to doing this every night.
- Brush teeth
- Put on pajamas/diaper
- I normally let him sit in his crib and play for a few minutes while I clean up the bathtub and put away all his diaper changing stuff.
- Read a book (more like 3-5 books because he never wants it to end)
- Put him in his sleepsack
- White noise machine and humidifier on
When Miles was an infant, his daily schedule would change every few months, but his nighttime routine has pretty much always stayed the same. As far as his current daily schedule, things have been pretty consistent for awhile now and I don’t anticipate anything changing. Here’s what his day looks like:
- 7 am – wake up
- 7-8 am – drink bottle and play with his toys
- 8 am – Breakfast
- 8:30-10:45 am – playtime (multiple snack breaks thrown in there LOL)
- 11 am – nap (he JUST went down to one nap a day)
- 1 pm – wake up from nap
- 1:30 pm – lunch
- 3:30 pm – If he didn’t nap well in the morning, he will sometimes take a short one now or he will lay down in his crib and play with his toys
- 5:15 pm – dinner
- 6:15 pm – bathtime/bedtime routine
- 7 pm – bedtime
Things have changed significantly in the past six months as Miles becomes more verbal and is able to do so many things by himself. He was only saying a handful of words but in the past six weeks, his vocabulary has exploded and he repeats everything that we say. He is slowly starting to put two words together which is what we are working on with him. He was always a very chill baby when we took him out and has always been that way but within the last month he has become so much more stubborn. He is now in full toddler mode we say. Ha! It’s so crazy to see his personality develop. When he eats with us at the dinner table, he seems like such a big boy sitting on the bench next to me. The time goes by so fast!
If you didn’t catch it, I shared all of my baby favorites and must-haves on Walmart’s site here (scroll down to the bottom of the page). I love how Miles is teaching Puppy to read in the photo. So cute!
Thanks to Walmart for sponsoring today’s post.