My baby is soon turning two and she is still that terrible, irresistible, little munchkin.
I still remember the time when we went home to Manila to celebrate her special days – Christening and 1st Birthday, and consistently, she was crying as soon as all the attention was on her. She sees our families and friends as strangers, unfamiliar faces trying to snatch her from mommy and daddy.
And 22 months passed. My baby is no longer a cry baby but she still got this cute temper that we could not resist smiling, if not laughing out loud, when we see her run her tantrums, with the rolling of her eyes and everything else.
Kids are kids. So we just try to let her be and at the same time tell her what is good and not good to do. And I think, she listens. We must really never underestimate the little ones.
She also recently joined a playgroup in our community. She enjoys her class. She is learning to make friends and interact more positively with people around here. She enjoys singing children songs, dancing to whenever there’s music, role play with girly stuff in the closet, she cuddles and kisses. She also knows now how to say and when to say important words like bye bye, thank you and hello.
I believe establishing a certain routine helps up in making a child understand her daily activities which leads to less stress for both the parent and the child.
My child’s routine is to wake up at around 8am, eat her breakfast or drink milk, next is bath time then she dresses up for her playgroup. Her class starts at 9:30am and ends at 11:30am. By the time she comes home after her class, she is hungry and ready for lunch.
After which, she can watch TV or play with her toys for an hour then our room shifts to quiet mode for her afternoon nap. When she wakes up, she has another play time hour in our community playground where she interacts with other kids in the neighbourhood.
She can be very active playing in the playground that when she comes back, she definitely needs some clean up.
Johnson’s recommends clinically proven 3 steps to help our child sleep better and longer: (1) a warm bath (2) soothing massage (3) some quiet time.
- Warm Bath using JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Wash: A bedtime routine, including a warm bath, helps baby know it’s time to sleep. The gentle and soothing NaturalCalmTM aromas featured in JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Wash has been developed to calm baby in preparation for sleep.Research has also shown that babies bathed with a fragranced bath product were more relaxed and spent nearly 25% less time crying before sleep, compared to those bathed with a non-fragranced product.
- Gentle Massage using JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Lotion: A massage, as part of a bedtime routine, can help baby sleep better. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Lotion also features NaturalCalmTM aromas developed to help soothe baby, and hydrating emollients that leave skin feeling soft and smooth.Familiar and pleasant scents can make baby feel happy and relaxed and lead to better well- being by enhancing baby’s mood and emotions.
- Quiet Time: The moments before bed are an opportunity to help baby wind down through quiet time activities, such as reading, singing or listening to music.
JOHNSON’S® recommends that parents try the Bedtime Routine for at least one week to discover its physical and emotional benefits.
After reading the benefits of bedtime routine, it really feels good to know that I have been doing the right thing for my baby.
If you have not started a bedtime routine, never fret, you can still start now and even arm yourself with a bedtime app, an interactive 1 week challenge from Johnson’s to help you create that bedtime routine with your baby. To know more about this, click here.
Sweet dreams and don’t let the bedbugs bite!