Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gabby's Bed Time Routine

Posted by Nica at 3:35 PM

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Ever since Gabby was little, I make it a point to give her a massage during bed time, especially when she's annoyed about something. And guess what, we've always used Johnson & Johnson products.

Her bed time routine starts with a bath. Since we don't have a hot and cold shower, she's quite accustomed to taking cold baths. Then she calls me for our massage time. She lies on the bed naked and I do her back first just like they do in day spas. The massage usually lasts 10-15 minutes during which we talk more about school or her to-do list for tomorrow.

If the weather's hot, we use Johnson & Johnson's Baby Milk Lotion. I buy the largest one available (costs Php208 in Puregold) because it gives you the best value for every peso compared to the smaller ones. During the colder -BER months, I stock up on Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil. We use this to keep her warm. We both the like the smell of the classic baby oil but we do try other variants like the Lavender one.

After the massage, she wears her pajamas and drinks a cup of milk or choco milk, whichever is available during that time. Since she learned to read, she will take it upon herself to read a few pages of her book and before I know it, she's fast asleep with a book covering her face.

Of course, there are variations to this routine especially when I'm busy with work. I limit the massage to a 5 minute foot massage, which she also loves. There are times when she's too tired from school to even finish her milk, which I do for her.

By the way, I must stress that it is very important for kids to have an established sleeping routine. Since the summer of this year, we both make it a point that she be ready for bed by 9PM. By this hour she has to be ready to sleep. Even if she has school work to do still, she must be prepared for bed by 9PM. Now, she feels really sleepy when the clock hits 9 and she wakes up like clockwork at around 5:30.


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Anonymous said...

Precious moments..

Anonymous said...

nice post. .
. G

Anonymous said...

very helpful for toher mom who doesnt have any routines.this can be a starter/example for them . . brad

Anonymous said...

nice routine...

massage is believed to enhance kids' emotional and physical growth aside from helping children have a good night's sleep.

winona on August 8, 2010 at 11:53 PM said...

A massage! A great way to unwind and relax before going to bed.

When I'm very tired or tense or not feeling too well, I ask my helper for a foot massage. It never fails to send me off to a good night's rest!

What you are doing with your daughter is also great bonding moments. This will surely be one of her fondest memories, your loving massages every night.

Keep it up, Nica!

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