Putting your baby to bed is notoriously difficult. But having a good bedtime routine is essential to a good night’s sleep. Fortunately for me, Lincoln is a really great sleeper at night. Day time is an entirely different story – he fights sleep during the day like it is his job. He has major FOMO, but we are working on it. However, Lincoln will now sleep for a six hour stretch with three hour blocks before and after. I absolutely attribute this great night sleep to his bedtime routine.
Every evening around 8pm, we give Lincoln a relaxing warm bath. We love this special time as a family and he really loves the feel of water being poured over his little belly. Once we are done with bath time, we put lotion on him and put on his comfy PJs. By this time, he is ready for his bottle (and he lets us know it!).
Before we feed Lincoln, we put on his Halo SleepSack Swaddle. Since we came home from the hospital, this is what we used to swaddle him safely. We tried using blankets in the hospital, and his little arms would break right through and he would wake up. I was also worried about the blanket getting over his face. So, the Halo SleepSack was the perfect solution. Once we feed Lincoln, we will swaddle up his arms and go into his nursery and rock him and read a book.
Something really cool about these Halo SleepSacks is that there are three different ways you can swaddle your baby. There are pictures and directions inside one of the flaps so you never have to wonder if you’re doing it properly. For the first few weeks, we would swaddle Lincoln with his hands at his face because he really loves to have his hands at his face. However, we now swaddle him with his arms down by his side because his startle reflex was waking him up. Now he loves the security and sleeps so well at night. You can also swaddle your baby with his or her arms out with their mid-section securely swaddled.
Having Lincoln in the Halo Bassinest next to our bed makes us feel a lot more comfortable because we know he is safe. We did not want to co-sleep with Lincoln, and the Halo Bassinest is the next best option for us. It allows us to be close to him, but we still have separate and safe spaces. And because he is still a baby, we want to be able to check on him all night long. The retractable side is the perfect feature to help us reach over the edge and soothe him if he needs it. Or to just check and see if he is breathing (which I obsessively did every single hour for the first few weeks of his life).
And you can see that Lincoln is a tiny baby! Safe sleep is our number one priority. As parents, we always want to do the best we can to keep our babies safe. The Halo Newborn Cuddle Insert makes the bassinet feel very snuggly, and provides soothing comfort all night long. And the mesh fabric is breathable for optimal airflow. The sturdy hooks attach very easily to the rim of the bassinet, and the Halo Newborn Cuddle Insert still has a flat surface for safe sleep. I would say that the Halo Bassinest is a must-have for all new parents who want to have their child in their room with them. I am so thankful we have this so we can keep Lincoln close and safe all night long!
Photography by Paige Winn Photo
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