Category Archives: baby sleep routine

Baby got the snuffles? Especially at night? Where’s the best place to apply vapour rub?


Vapour Rub has many benefits, it has anti-fungal properties, it can soothe tired muscles and joints (and boy! we have them after a day with the children), it can heal sunburn, be used to moisturise your skin, help you combat dry cracked heals and calluses, it can even provide pain relief for ear infections and soothe dry itchy ears, with headaches, acne, dandruff…

The list is infinite!

But did you know if you rub a bit on the soles of your little ones feet right before bedtime it can help with their night time snuffles and so aid a good night’s sleep!


baby sleep routine paying dividends

It occurred to me the other night after we put the boys to bed, that bedtime is now much less stressful than it used to be. In fact, it’s actually quite a nice time of day – starting with pyjamas on, hands and faces washed, teeth brushed then the goodnight hugs and night-nights. It seems to have been a slow transition from a routine that could take up our whole night – to a twenty minute activity. We still follow our guidelines for the night time sleep routine – subdued lights, calm voices, warm milk and then picking a favourite book.

Baby sleep routine really put to the test

Yesterday was a nightmare, Sue was ill to the extent that when I got home there was an ambulance outside the house. Her sister called it she was so concerned. Thankfully, all was ok but she had to go for tests in hospital immediately before they would give her the all-clear. So, with the stress of seeing my partner leave (at speed) in an ambulance, I had the boys asking for mummy, and when will she be back. I also had the prospect of putting our two previous non-sleepers to bed at the same time. I told Fe that Lucas and I would both put him to bed and give him a kiss goodnight. I’d then put Lucas to bed and come back and give Fe a story.
Fe, thankfully, agreed that this would be ok. So that’s what we did. My biggest concern was that Lucas is a complete mummy’s boy and would not settle with me but I stuck to the routine that Sue has built up and after stories and saying ‘night-night’ he turned over and went to sleep. I crept out and went to Fe’s room, we had two stories then he turned over and went to sleep too. This allowed me to go back to the kitchen and sit and worry for the next 4 hours. What fun. But it did show me the value of the night routine and that parents can take turns putting baby to bed but you have to do things exactly the same.

Night 2, 18 month old in bed – there’s a natural sleep routine happening

Night 2 bedtime went smoothly, we are settling in to a nice routine. Our 18 month old baby Lucas is enjoying his bottle, getting comfy in his bed and being read and sung to. So, as I fade my singing to a quiet hum I close my eyes and pretend to be asleep, like before he talks, scratches the wall and wriggles around then his breathing changes and he falls asleep. I feel lucky, but it’s short-lived…

His sleep is quite restless, all to do with a tickly cough and so he moans from about 10.30pm until he finally wakes at 12am. I try, as planned in my head, to settle him in his bed by not taking him out but he is too upset. The cough is affecting his already sensitive gag reflex so making him feel sick. I pick him up, try to settle him sat on my knee but quickly decide that this isn’t going to work, I change him, Andy warms a bottle and I feed him. He coughs, throws up everywhere then screams the house down for what feels like an eternity. Andy warms another smaller amount of milk which I give him. Finally around 3am he falls asleep and I’m able to leave the room. He wakes 30 minutes later and this time I manage to settle him back to sleep by stroking his head whilst he lies in his bed.

I get to bed at 4am. It’s cold, my feet are freezing and by now I’m wide awake! I perservere and eventually I sleep too. He wakes at 6am. The day starts again.

Is it time for a bed

Bed day for baby has nearly arrived. Felix’x single bed arrived today, the mattress is due tomorrow. So countdown is commencing to Lucas getting felix’s hand-me-down little boy bed. The time has come where I can no longer sit with him until he falls asleep in my arms at bed time and through the night when he awakens upset or hungry or both.

So I sit here and think… well, now is the time to train our little 18 month old baby to want to sleep through the night. I am anticipating, like Felix, Lucas will be a challenge. If you read my account of ‘The night you hit the wall’ you will understand my trepidation of this thought. I’ll keep you posted to OUR progress.