For a Baby Who Never Thinks It’s Bedtime

For a Baby Who Never Thinks It’s Bedtime

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From the time we took her out of the hospital, Dindin kind of knew that we sleep at night and we wake up in the morning. Even while still a young baby, she would not even wake up for feeding. Below is a pic of Dindin with her Papa early in the morning. I usually wake up ahead of them and I would find them having the same position.

dindin asleep with papaIt is also pretty easy to put Dindin to sleep during the day. While playing, she would just ask to be carried and the moment I would pick her up, she would lay her head on my shoulder and snooze off. Or if we are in the car, I will just notice her head moving from side to side without control. That is when I would realize that she is already asleep. No fuss at all. Below, you will find her asleep in the car.

baby sleeping in car

Or she would fall asleep while on her bottle.

dindin sleeping on the bottle

The problem was her nighttime sleep. When she got a little older, like about 11 months, the question of what time at night will she sleep became somewhat difficult to answer. She would be very drowsy on my shoulders one moment, and then she would spring her head up and open her eyes wide the next, pointing to the toys around us. She seems to think that she will miss out on the action if she sleeps ahead of us. So she usually finally calls it a day around 11pm to 12mn.

We have tried so many things. We moved her evening routine earlier, like her meals and her bath. We used lavender bath products and burned lavender aroma oil. Then no more active play after that. We would read while we let some instrumental lullaby music play softly in the background. After that, lights will be dimmed and we would say our prayers.

dindin reading

If she is still active, we would give her a massage. Her Papa would massage her back and legs while I did her head. She would lie on her stomach and we would see a satisfied smile on her face, as if really savoring the pleasures of a body massage. After about 30 minutes, she would sit up again and play.

Over and above the things mentioned above, we would carry her while singing and swaying until she will finally rest her head on my shoulder and sleep. And that would last till the next day.

Recently, we changed tactics. My baby is now 16 months old. After dinner, we would either give her a bath or give her the bottle, depending on what time it is. The latest that we wash her is 9:30pm. Eventually, we no longer gave her a shower, instead we would just wipe her whole body with a damp cloth. She would be changed into her nighttime nappies and pajamas.

We continued to read, sing, play, or watch a video. Then after our prayers, we turned off the light and her Papa and I would lie down with her and pretended to sleep. In a matter of minutes, sometimes 2-3 minutes, maximum of 5, she is already fast asleep! Imagine that! All the while, we did all these things to get her to sleep and all she needed was for us to lie down with her!

It is a good thing that we found this out, but there is one downside–we also fall asleep as fast as she does!

dindin sleep

71 thoughts on “For a Baby Who Never Thinks It’s Bedtime

  1. maricar lo

    yeah, consequence… like i tell ej, no sleep no swim for afternoon naps and for evenings? ah… this one’s hard! hihi…

  2. Jillian

    manang, thank you for sharing this with me? so bless to see budindin growing up. i miss her na.and oh! this made me realize that I MISS SLEEP na gid. 🙂 Dindin is so bless to have u as her mom and ahya dennis as his dad. Praying for you gd guys. mwah! miss u!

  3. Daphne

    i wish that would also be applicable to gianna… she still sleeps late and wakes up very late the following day too… i envy you boots for having that patience to put dindin to bed and giving her massage and even a bath before bedtime… it’s usually ian who puts gianna to sleep coz i would be too tired already… i might as well try giving her a massage, though i’m having second thoughts coz she might gain some more weight and get heavier huhuhu…

  4. Eunice

    I noticed that babies and toddlers could stay so awake even until 10-11pm nowadays! I think it has something to do with the environment that we have…and it could affect the kids in a way that they become more anxious and perhaps restless.

  5. apraille pama

    wow! I miss din2x…I love her…good to know that she is now sleeping early…She’s enjoying the massage at an early age ha?! how I wish mom would also do it to me..heheh! hope to see your family on Sunday..I really miss the 3 of you. I speak forth blessing to your family!

  6. Sam Lee

    CUTE2 kay dindin!! hahah unfortunately, dugay2 nagd kami wala ka ktanay! and i really miss her.. 😀 looking at the pics above, i find her sooooooooo cute..haha she sleeps like an angel.. 😀 but kun bugtaw, active2 katama.. haha 😀 stay cute dindin and obey your parents, ayt? 😀 God bless to u, achi boots and ahia denise.. 😀

  7. aubrey

    =) nice blog nang boots, having that patience to put dindin to bed is indeed amazing. She is so blessed to have you and ahia as her parents… such an ideal couple, such an ideal family. i really love it when i see your family at church. =)

  8. Mitch Lo

    She is not a difficult child at all compared to the stories my mom told me about my incessant crying when I was still a baby!! Anyway, it is true that children learn by imitating their parents. They see everything with fresh eyes and what they see is their perception of this world. I’m glad that she has godly parents that exemplify and point her towards the TRUTH. God bless you and I’m glad that you found a fitting schedule for Dindin’s bedtime! =D

  9. Dan & Michelle

    A precious little cutie @ age 1!

    Baby Dindin’s eyes seem to communicate the eagerness she has in learning new things, new words, new tricks…to discover her sorroundings in her own terms. She never fails to win the hearts of anyone who sets their gaze on her….wanting to have her as their own. Haha!

    To Dennis & Boots…lucky u! for having such an angel as a daughter. =)

  10. mika & mia lo

    Dindin is so blessed to have you as parents… It may not be easy to develop a baby sleep routine but time spent on teaching her healthy sleep habits will be worth it… 🙂

  11. marjorie P. paculan

    It’s a joy to have a baby. Everything you wrote spoke so much how much you love dindin. She’s so blessed. So blessed to have caring parents like you and Dennis. I don’t have a baby yet, that my eagerness to have one is getting stronger when I read what you posted… You grow so much Boots by being a mother…I salute you for that!!!

  12. Noreen

    Having a baby is always tears and joy! I find her so cute and a darling to her father. I am so happy for you and Dennis having a baby girl like Dindin. Enjoy parenting for this job is a lifetime, 24/7 and no day-offs but the most rewarding profession of all! Take care and be blessed!

  13. Bebs

    very nice, eh? you really learn parenting the practical & hands-0n way; with loving bonding pa with your family. ^_^

  14. admin Post author

    thank you mommy rubz!

    and thank you all for taking the time to read my blog and for commenting. 😀 praise God for His blessing!:-D

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  16. leah

    Dindin is growing too fast and I always find her ways very funny and interesting. She’s a baby that never stops to amaze me and the people around her. She’s very smart and yes, absolutely funny,,heheh
    The last part really made me laugh:)) very cute!

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