Anyone who has followed this blog or my social media accounts will know that we have not been doing much sleeping lately. Since Christmas S has had trouble sleeping, and we’ve often been found at 3am watching The Snowman yet again. We’re both completely knackered and fed up with it!
I think to start with, S was being woken by stomach ache caused by constipation. That’s now been resolved, and is pretty much under control; I think now she’s just waking up out of habit. We’ve probably had about two full nights’ sleep since the beginning of the year.
We were very intrigued then, to be asked to take part in a challenge where we compare one week of our normal bedtime routine with a week of following the Johnson’s 3-step Bedtime Routine.
The Johnson’s 3-step routine involves:
- Bath: using Johnson’s Bedtime Wash. Playing with bubbles can help with hand-eye coordination, while playing music and singing songs help with memory. Certain types of music can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for visual imagery. Along with this, talking back and forth helps with language development. Bath time isn’t just about getting clean; it’s also about interaction, learning and experiencing.
- Massage: using Johnson’s Bedtime Oil or Lotion, a soothing massage can help a child to feel more relaxed and comfortable at bed time
- Quiet Time: with reading, singing or listening to music. We have been provided with a book called Good Night Sarah by Johnson’s
S was very excited when the parcel from Johnson’s arrived; she likes it when a package is for her! I am interested to see how we will fare with this. I’m actually quite impatient to begin the second week of the experiment – and see if we can get any more sleep!
Our bedtime routine already involves stories, and a shower most nights – but it’s usually either one or the other as we’re bad with timing.
S used to need cream after a wash for her skin, but it’s not been bothering her for a while so we’ve not been using it. It will be interesting to see if the inclusion of the three-step routine in this way will make a difference. At this point, I’m willing to try anything – and this seems like it would benefit both of us, even if it didn’t improve our sleep!
I will be reporting back on Sunday 28th February to let you know how we’ve got on. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Sponsored blog post by the JOHNSON’S brand I have received payment incentive and samples but all opinions are my own. JOHNSON’S clinically proven bedtime routine consists of bath, massage and quiet time, tested on babies 7 months+, 1 week+ use.