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What to do When Someone Else is Putting Your Little One to Bed

What to do When Someone Else is Putting Your Little One to Bed

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At some point, every parent finds themselves in a situation where someone else needs to put their little one to bed. Whether it’s a grandparent, aunt, or friend, it’s natural to feel a bit nervous about leaving your child’s bedtime routine in someone else’s hands. In this blog, we’ll explore tips and strategies to ensure a smooth bedtime transition for both you and your little one, allowing you to enjoy your evening worry-free.

The Importance of Bedtime Routine and Consistency

The foundation of a successful bedtime experience lies in a well-established routine. Consistency is key, and if your child knows what to expect at bedtime and during naps, it makes the process much smoother for anyone putting them to bed.

Ensure everyone is on the same page, write down your child’s bedtime routine, including specific details and timings. This document becomes a helpful guide for the caregiver, ensuring they follow the established routine seamlessly.

Communicate with the Caregiver

If your child has specific techniques for falling asleep, such as rocking, tapping, or shushing, communicate these to the caregiver. Clear instructions make it easier for them to replicate the routine you’ve established.

If your child is accustomed to falling asleep independently, emphasise the importance of maintaining this approach. Leave guidance on how to handle any potential issues or soothing methods if your little one becomes upset.

Handling Separation Anxiety

For children experiencing separation anxiety, take proactive steps to prepare them for your departure. Stay tuned for more tips on this topic in our upcoming blogs.

Avoid sneaking out, especially with older children. Always inform them before leaving rather than sneaking out. This transparency helps ease any anxiety they may feel about your departure.

Overnight Stays

Creating a familiar environment If your little one is staying overnight elsewhere is important, to strive to replicate their home environment, especially when someone else is putting them to sleep. Pack their favourite pyjamas, sleepsuit, teddy, nightlight, and any other sleep essentials they’re accustomed to. Consistency is key to comfort.

Ensure that the bedtime routine remains consistent, even if your child is staying away from home. If they have specific sleep-related items like a white noise machine, night light or a favourite sleepy snack, include those in the routine as well.

Enjoying Your Evening

While it’s natural to feel a bit anxious, communicate openly with the caregiver and trust that they will follow the established routine. Resist the urge to check your phone constantly; instead, relish in having some well-deserved time for yourself.

Remember, if things don’t go perfectly according to plan, don’t worry too much. Understand that occasional deviations are normal, and the next bedtime or nap will likely get back on track.

In Birmingham, some local groups and resources can offer support and guidance. Check out Net Mums and Mamas Do Brunch for valuable insights from other parents in your area.

Remember, a well-communicated routine, preparation for separation, and a touch of flexibility can make bedtime with someone else a positive experience for everyone involved. If you have any questions, book a free 15-minute call. Sweet dreams.

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