Our Johnson’s Bedtime Routine

December 7, 2016
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Our Bedtime Routine

… which we challenge you to try! See more details below.
I’ve shared my bedtime woes with Selene in a previous entry. Just to refresh, it was the normal no-sleep-up-all-night experience most new parents go through during the newborn stage. While I’m proud of being able to experience and overcome the sleepless nights and challenging why-is-she-crying-3-hours-straight moments (I was even ready to take on it again with Tristan!), there are major advantages to getting your baby to sleep better and longer. Benefits that aren’t just for your little one, but also for you (which extends to the whole family too)!
And I can attest to these benefits because I’ve sleep trained Tristan to be the good sleeper that he is now (and hopefully forever and ever! LOL). Aside from the growth benefits of good sleep, you also get a happier, much calmer baby that doesn’t fuss too much throughout the day. I can’t imagine that I’m able to work and go out since his 1st month because he just sleeps, nurses and poops. That’s it. He still cries, of course, but no extended crying spells like Selene used to have.

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“When baby sleeps well, Mom sleeps well.. everybody happy!”
Another important benefit — since baby sleeps well, Mom sleeps well too. And when mom is well-rested, everyone is happy! RIGHT?! When I don’t get enough sleep because of a super late night or more night feedings than the usual, I get snappy during the day. More impatient, a bit more irritable… than the usual, haha! But seriously, “no sleep nights” affect moms mentally and emotionally.
This is why there are occurences of the so-called baby blues that lead to post-partum depression. The nonstop newborn demands, add to that societal/outside pressure, worries if baby is growing well, getting enough milk, etc, anxiety when baby keeps crying and fussing. Add to that the lack of sleep. And you have a recipe for getting overwhelmed and breaking down. I went through all these (and more) when I had Selene.
I was aware that it was just “the baby blues” as I was warned but what I didn’t know was that my lack of sleep was contributing to it even more. I also went through this phase with Tristan (the first few days I was crying a lot for no reason and then I’d rationalize it by telling myself that I’m crying because I was afraid of failing being a mom to two kiddos, etc).  But instead of my past baby blues experience with Selene that spanned almost four months, I only experienced it for a week this time. Maybe I’m more self-aware, or have that don’t-care-what-others-say attitude, but I attribute most of it to having such a good sleeper of a baby.
So yes, let me share with you our simple routine that I’ve been doing since Week 1 until now.
Our Johnsons Bedtime Routine

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Step 1

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Warm Bath

We start off with warm water mixed with the Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath Wash. Sometimes, when he’s sweaty before bathing or when he feels cold, we start off with the Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Oil which I slather all over his back and tummy before we proceed with the bath. While he’s on his bath tub filled with the bath water, I gently sponge his whole body. Tristan loves being in the water so we don’t have a hard time with bath time. Sometimes, when he cries or fusses near our scheduled bath time, we adjust, proceed with the warm bath at that moment and poof, he instantly settles down. After I sponge his whole body, we rinse off with just water and proceed to the next step in our routine.

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Step 2

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Powder Up

I used to not use baby powder because I didn’t feel that it was needed. But living in a tropical country with a humid climate, I’ve started using baby powder when Selene was starting to get into her peak ‘toddler kakulitan’ stage. I’ve also been using it with Tristan to avoid the dreaded diaper rash. So far, we’ve been successful – no redness even! I make sure though that there are no lumps of powder left in the creases and that it doesn’t ‘cake’ down there. I’ve also been told by our pediatrician that most baby powder scares happening are just fear-mongering with no direct links to any diseases. I mean, come to think of it, my grandmother used powder (the old kind pa ha!) on all her 10 kids (my dad and his siblings) from birth to pre-teens and none of them have any illnesses (esp those connected to baby powder).

Massage with Lotion

This part of the routine is memorable to me as the first time Tristan burst out that toothless smile was when we were doing this massage (back when he was a month and a half). There’s a technical way to do the baby massage as practiced by nurses and midwives. I don’t necessarily follow that massage when I do this (but am told that it relaxes baby even more and makes this part more effective). I just slather on the lotion on his arms, tummy and legs gently massaging as I apply the lotion. I love engaging with him while I apply the lotion so I talk to him softly while I do this (no peekaboos or kulitan ‘cos it’s meant to relax him and wind him down so he’s ready for bedtime).

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Have gone through three bottles of this lotion since Week 1! Got rid of Tristan’s persistent dry skin on his tummy. It smells really good, too.

Step 3

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Quiet Time

After our massage, we turn the lights down and bust open the Johnson’s Bedtime App – which I’ve talked about in detail here. Our quiet time before I was introduced to the app was reading bedtime stories as this is what I usually do with Selene during bedtime even before Tristan was born. However, we’ve incorporated the app into our routine because it has been so useful from the ambient sound mixer (that plays white noise!) – which I use when it’s so quiet and I don’t want to wake Tristan when Selene suddenly starts talking out loud. My favorite part of the app which has been extremely useful is the Lullaby playlist – the woman singing the lullabies has such a calming, relaxing, soothing voice that even I fall asleep to her voice. Sometimes I even sleep first, hahaha! I love the lullaby selection, too (wow, I can’t believe I’m actually reviewing lullabies now HAHAHA!!).

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And that’s it. Those three steps – not too technical nor specific – have helped paved the way for long, uninterrupted sleep for Tristan (and I!!). There are nights, of course, that he still fusses a bit especially when he’s gassy. If at first, you don’t feel like it’s working, just keep on doing it. It takes a few weeks to establish the routine so your baby will get used to it. But when it has been established, it’ll definitely be worth the patience. With Tristan, there are nights he’d even fuss a bit when it’s time for bath but I’m still busy so because he knows it’s time for his bedtime routine na!

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GIVEAWAY: 20 Bedtime Range Packages!
I really wanted to share this experience to all the moms, especially those having sleep troubles with their babies. Those with babies who are sleeping well may also join, of course.

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Mechanics:

1. On the comments section below, just answer the question, “why do you and your baby deserve a good night’s sleep?” with a photo of you and your baby. On the lower left of the comment box, there’s an ‘upload photo’ button. You can also just drag and drop on the comment box itself. This comment serves as your official contest entry.

2. Additional entries will be given if you post on social media, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please leave the links of your IG, tweet and FB post on the comment here as well so I can track them.

3. Twenty (20) winners will get one (1) gift pack of JOHNSON’S® BedtimeTM products to do their own 7-Day Challenge, which they will share on their respective social media pages.

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17 comments

Roselle Jean Dancel December 8, 2016 at 12:58 am

Hi Shari! It’s been weeks and weeks of sleep troubles with Yñigo. I don’t even know why it’s happening. He’s been having a lot of trouble sleeping, and in effect, I end up so unproductive with work. Considering that I’m the main provider for my boys right now, it’s been hard on me —- working, going home late, waiting for Ynigo to sleep, and attending to him wee hours of the morning, then having to wake up at 5am for work again. I miss sleep… and i think I’m suffering with Ynigo. He’s been such a happy baby (ever since he was a few months old), but I miss the ecstatic look he has when he wakes up. Now, he just cries…. not even for anything. Bad dreams and all siguro. Why do my baby and I deserve a good night’s sleep? Well, every mom and baby deserves it — i mean, it’s a basic human need that must be fulfilled for anyone’s well-being, may it be for the young or old. It’s essential to anyone’s holistic development. Less sleep, more stress = sabog person (for the lack of words). My baby boy spends so much time making everyone around him happy, so I know he deserves a good night’s sleep to help him continue what he does best. 🙂 As for me, as long as my baby’s happy, I’m happy! 🙂

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Nheng December 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

I have twins so its double the trouble on having them sleep at night. Why do we deserve a good night sleep? Is it because for the next day’s unending play! And it also helps them to become more active and no tantrums at all. In that way, it would be easy for me to juggle through work and household chores. I always want them to have that goodnight sleep and enjoy their being as a child. Just soothe their way to their dreams at night. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ccbc26d2b3301fb1b84ce4e267371cd5bae6673b050d53473f4f9e279b933065.jpg

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the dreamer mom December 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

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We both deserve a good night’s sleep because it is so important for baby’s growth and development. For me, I also need it to be able to rest and regain strength to do my mommy duties.

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pinkfive December 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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Baby P and I deserve a good night sleep because nothing says “grumpy baby” and “grumpy Mommy” more than sleep-deprived ones! I took this Snap when P woke up two hours before our usual wake-up time. He may look cute with that filter but his disposition was not cute at all later in the morning – whining and crying at breakfast! We hope the Johnson’s set will help P sleep easily and soundly. 🙂

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zaixhi stardoll December 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

Hi Ms. Shari!

I still treat my kids like babies. Andrea is 8 and my little boy Bien is 5 already. At their age they still need to have a relaxing sleep, thats why I also pamper them with bedtime bath using Johnson’s soap and shampoo, but before that I put baby oil on their chest and back so they’ll be warm enough. Their bath water is lukewarm too. After their bath I’ll put Johnson’s powder on their chest and back and I put Johnson’s lotion ! We haven’t tried yet the Johnson’s baby bedtime series, so I guess it will be much more relaxing. If they are not relaxed they will be awake and playing games on my phone or watching cartoons and the next day they’re not easy to wake because of lack of sleep 🙁 That’s why I always keep doing my “Nanay’s duty” to help them sleep better and for me to rest also. Ivy

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zaixhi stardoll December 9, 2016 at 7:52 am

Hi Ms. Shari!

I still treat my kids like babies. Andrea is 8 and my little boy Bien is 5 already. At their age they still need to have a relaxing sleep, thats why I also pamper them with bedtime bath using Johnson’s soap and shampoo, but before that I put baby oil on their chest and back so they’ll be warm enough. Their bath water is lukewarm too. After their bath I’ll put Johnson’s powder on their chest and back and I put Johnson’s lotion ! We haven’t tried yet the Johnson’s baby bedtime series, so I guess it will be much more relaxing. If they are not relaxed they will be awake and playing games on my phone or watching cartoons and the next day they’re not easy to wake because of lack of sleep 🙁 That’s why I always keep doing my “Nanay’s duty” to help them sleep better and for me to rest also. Ivy

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Elle Strange December 9, 2016 at 10:27 am

Hi Shari!

I have been following your blog a few months since you started (you even followed back my old blog) and even though I’m not a mom yet or I don’t even have a plan to be yet, I tend to smile whenever I read a certain blog post about Selene and now, Tristan. I can’t say that I can relate, but in a second, I think I did, or I do, whenever my baby cousin, Hera, is at our home. I don’t know a lot about babies, but it is a common knowledge that they tend to wake up in the middle of the night crying for some reason. Aside from the fact that it is kind of stressful if it happens, I kind of pity my cousin because it seemed like she really wants to sleep yet she’s uncomfortable that’s why she would cry. I love knowing that Johnson’s came out with this products. My Tita is the one currently caring for her since her mom is at the province, so when I read about the giveaway, I immediately thought of my Tita (who also cared for me when I was younger) and thought this might help them both. This would be a really great thing for them if ever I would be one of the lucky 20 to win. 🙂

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Melanie Brigoli December 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Like you I’m a mother of two: a 4 year old toddler and a 7 months old baby! I was told before that it is better to raise children with lesser gaps than having big gaps like mine na almost 4 years ang gap!
Now I understand why! I did experience really difficult times my first 3 months… my toddler and I both had 180 degrees adjustment for the new member of the family, before kasi my husband and I’s world only revolves around my 4 year toddler. When baby no.2 came everything change… There were sleepless nights even crying times but eventually disappeared! For the 7 months of my baby I never tried putting powder and lotion onto him… I did put sunflower oil from Human Nature on his 6 months and that’s it… My husband would tell na we are avoiding our child from asthma and that he didn’t need lotion because he has perfect smooth skin! During his bath time, he use Johnsons baby shampoo and baby bath in milk and oats. I’ve been a certified mommy who uses Johnsons, my toddler still uses his active fresh variant! Would really love to try this bedtime products for my babies… To answer the question:
My baby and I deserves a good night sleep because we have survived another wonderful day and be energized for the next day’s adventures. (As a mom, we need great strength, great understanding and great patience to be able to survive a day! the struggle is real 🙂 but a smile from your baby melts all those struggles, how fulfilling it is to be a mom! I wouldn’t get tired even if I had to go thru all these things again!

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Djamillah Turaray-Abaya December 10, 2016 at 4:33 pm

As I child, I grew up on Johnson and Johnson products so I know all too well about the comfort that it brings. With these 3 littles, I also try to let them experience the same thing through the powder, the bath wash, shampoo and lotion. Times have changed and now there is this new bedtime sleep routine line. I’d love to be able to try this on them as I know that having good sleep is important not just for the littles but also for me. The better their sleep is, the happier mommy will be. ☺️

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Djamillah Turaray-Abaya December 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm

As I child, I grew up on Johnson and Johnson products so I know all too well about the comfort that it brings. With these 3 littles, I also try to let them experience the same thing through the powder, the bath wash, shampoo and lotion. Times have changed and now there is this new bedtime sleep routine line. I’d love to be able to try this on them as I know that having good sleep is important not just for the littles but also for me. The better their sleep is, the happier mommy will be. ☺️

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Abegale Opon December 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f307a850973898271e11e96569e09661b7f1dc6f9e45543c4f0379cebf44860d.jpg its not easy to be a mom, you encounter stressful for a night because of discomfort and irritable of your child thats why we need this johnsons good night sleep set to lessen my worries. my child and i deserved to win a goodnight sleep johnsons variant because eversince we love using johnsons until now we love all the variant starting from bath wash,powder, oil, lotion and cologne and many more we really love the scent because its mild and fresh. its hypoalergenic that match and compatible on my baby’s skin. this goodnight sleep variant should really help to calm and comfort from his sleep because its gives freshness and relaxing makes my baby’s feel secure and send off to sleep with quite time. and help my child get a goodnight rest for a whole night. hope to win this set and we will do also the goodnight routine challenge and this will be a early christmas gift for us. #tonightwesleep
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Jenn Hernandez December 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm

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Good evening Ms.Shari. I have 3 kids ,my eldest is 14 ,my. 2nd child is 5 yrs old and my youngest is 1 yr old. I’m a single mom.I worked as a part time/seasonal sampling girl.
I noticed that my daughter is having a hard time to get a goodnight sleep kaya pag gising sya ,gising din ako. Nangyayari is Wala along tulog or sobrang kulang yung tulog ko.
Me andy daughter deserves to get a goodnight sleep para po maganda palagi ang gising namin,heathy kami ni baby ko at di ako malalate sa work,at pag maaga nagising malaki pa ang oras ako para makipaglaro sa mga anak ko.

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licel December 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

Babies sleeping habits changes drastically.there are times they sleep so late like my baby azariah now.she starts walking and exploring things on her own..doing such on during day time makes her really tired thats why he needs to have a good night sleep.not just to restore the energy she lost during the daytime but also to help on brain development.complete and proper sleep makes babies brain develop properly.it will give a holistic approach on her well being.and for me having a goodnight sleep means more energy to take care azariah on day time.allows me to think and act clearly.

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Chiradee May Marquez December 18, 2016 at 9:09 pm

My baby (Dorothy Elleana) and I deserve a good night’s sleep because I need all the energy I can get to function as a working mom. I work as a company nurse and it is really important for me to be always in tip-top shape. My baby also needs a good night’s rest because she needs to wake up early to go to school. I want her to be attentive in class and not worry about being sleepy. We don’t have to feel sluggish and tired the next day. As a growing baby, Dorothy Elleana, needs rest so she can grow up to be healthy, bright and energetic.

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Sophia Llegado December 20, 2016 at 7:14 am

Being a mother is not easy, specially if you’re a working mom and your baby is breastfed. Since my baby is already 2 years old, he’s super kulit and it’s really tiring (I’m not complaining) He wants to play all day, running & jumping. So at the end of the day we’re both tired and itchy because of all the sweat and dirt, my dilemma is he’s not getting the best sleep kase lagi sya nagigising in the middle of the night scratching his neck because of itchiness from dirt, well we always take our bath every night before bedtime, but I’m not sure why it still happen. I really want to try these Johnson’s Bedtime set and let’s see if we will have a nice and good sleep. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8c7b25ff46a310bf4b9ea04dc988e4e61e8de464aaa6d3fcd57818e821f23d6.jpg

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Shari @ The Misty Mom December 20, 2016 at 11:03 pm

I loved reading each and every one of your journeys, mommas! <3 Thank you for sharing and I hope you enjoy your Johnson's packages. Will update you all soonest. 🙂

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Lhourdes Mercadero December 23, 2016 at 1:13 am

My daughter is 4 yrs old and still a baby for me.She still have a delicate skin like a baby .
Chelsea and I always make sure to take a shower or halfbath before going to bed. I also give her a soft massage and we listen to hee favorite song. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a10fbc100117497ed7642df37011f54f82194bda315c88b57dc149e61e3b60c9.jpg I like her to be clean and feel fresh before going to sleep. We deserve a goodnight rest,so we have all the energy for the next day for more fun and memorable bonding moments.
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