Quiet time for parents with the JOHNSON’S® Tonight We Sleep™, 7-day Challenge

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JOHNSON’S® and Latina Blogger Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Ji is a great sleeper. Mom’s all around the world are going to hate me when I say that she’s been sleeping between nine to twelve hours straight since she’s was seven weeks old. How did this magic happen? We followed the  JOHNSON’S® 3-Step BEDTIME® Routine.

Step 1: A warm Bath- A bedtime routine, including a warm bath, helps baby know it’s time to sleep. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® products contain a special blend of gentle and calming aromas designed to help soothe baby before bed.

Step 2:A Soothing Massage: A massage, as part of a bedtime routine, can help baby sleep better. Familiar and pleasant scents can make baby feel happy and relaxed and lead to better well-being by enhancing baby’s mood and emotions.

Step 3:Quiet Time: The moments before bedtime are an opportunity to help baby wind down through quiet time activities such as reading, singing or listening to music.

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Amazing, right?

Then one day when she was about one and half,  she started sleeping in our bed,  which then turned into her going to sleep at 11 PM or even midnight. I work from home, and she gets to stay home with me,  so she sleeps in and even takes a two-hour nap mid-day. Sounds lovely right? There’s one small problem. Mommy and daddy get no alone time. We don’t get to indulge in our favorite shows while drinking an occasional glass of wine. There is no adult time. So when I was the presented with the opportunity to take the JOHNSON’S® Tonight We Sleep™, 7-day Challenge, I jumped at the chance to make some changes around here.

We started the challenge by downloading the free JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Sleep App. It asked questions regarding our routine and her sleeping habits. This app does not mess around! It flat out told me that my child goes to sleep way too late for someone her age, that she needs to go to sleep in her own bed and that our bedtime routine is too long. It also gave personalized recommendations on how to make those changes.

That same night, I got to work! We started with a warm bath, then moved on to a massage and ended with quiet time with her favorite books while we played Tonight We Sleep™ Lullabies in the background. I have to admit that she was a bit resistant to fall asleep once I put the books away.  However, she fell asleep within 10 minutes! I couldn’t believe that it happened so quickly and on the first night!

 

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About Tonight We Sleep™ Lullaby

Like all JOHNSON’S® products, the Lullabies have been formulated and designed with baby in mind. They partnered with a team of music experts to research the science behind the noises and notes that comfort little ones and surveyed moms around the world about sounds that help their babies sleep. These insights were thoughtfully layered to compose our global Lullabies, because baby’s sleep not only benefits baby – it also sets the tone for the family the next day.

For the next six nights, I started the routine 15 minutes earlier than each night before. Result? Success! She now goes to bed two hours earlier than usual, and mommy and daddy get to spend quality time together.

No two babies sleep alike, so I definitely encourage to download the free app so that you get personalized recommendations for your family’s needs.

How’s your babes sleeping routine? Do you think you can make use of this awesome app? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Nighty night,

 

-Ruby

 

 

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Work At Home Parents: Toddler And Me Break Ideas

From the beginning, I knew that I wanted my daughter to be on a schedule.  She’s hardly ever cranky, and I like that. In fact, I often get asked if my daughter ever cries. She does cry but not as often as other kids, and I have her schedule to thank for that.

JiJi and Bruno

I like to keep a calendar of free local activities (http://www.la-mamacita.com/la-living), and we are on a regular schedule. However, I like to take special breaks throughout the day. I don’t mean that we have to go anywhere special. A simple walk around the neighborhood does the trick, and it allows my daughter to learn outside of the home. Three of our go to activities are below:
1. Take a stroll around the block. I like to point out and talk about the different flowers and trees in our neighbors yards.

2. Go to a local store. We have party supply store around the corner, and my daughter just loves all of the different colors and textures.

3. Enjoy your yard! Our next door neighbor has an avocado tree. They are unsafe for our dog to eat so I let my daughter bring out her play shopping cart and collect all of the fallen avocados. We all know how much toddlers love to collect things.

Collecting Avocados

A breath of fresh air and a change of scenery helps release stress. If you are a stay at home or a working from a home parent, don’t forget to take a break. You and your child need it. Life is not all about all work and no play!

A Day In The Life Of A Work At Home Parent

These past few days have been a little hectic. I’ve decided that if I want to get more work done then I would need to wake up at least an hour before my 18m old daughter does. I stuck to my goal, and I did it! Life is awesome. NOT. Guess who wakes up an hour earlier than usual now? Yup, you guessed it. My daughter. Our schedule remains almost identical as before. See below:
9 AM Wake up and make our bed, brush teeth, and lounge a bit before breakfast. At this time,  I check my emails!
9:30-10AM– Breakfast
10:30-11AM– I clean and she watches Curious George
11AM-12PM– Poopy diaper change! I don’t get her out of her PJ’s until this happens. Otherwise, it means double dressing time!  I schedule all my errands after 11 am. It’s just the way it is.  She drinks more water than a gym rat, so the pee pee diapers happen once an hour.
12PM-1PM– Snack time for baby while she sits in her high chair and watches me prepare lunch for daddy. She joins us for lunch at 1 PM.
1PM-She naps while I clean up the lunch mess. At this point, I finally get a couple of hours worth of real work done. I also pray. I pray that she takes a longer nap so that I can concentrate on work. If she wakes up, then it’s wrestling time. That means she crawls on top of me and wrestles me for the mouse and keypad. She didn’t fall for the play computer that we bought her. She wants this one.
3 PM– Wake up and snack time. We do laundry together. I fold, and she grabs and throws on the floor. I give up, and it stays in the basket for a week or so. All other washed clothes get rinsed about five times before I remember to put in the dryer. Mama’s brain. If you don’t, have it yet. You will. Trust me.
5 PM– We either take a neighborhood stroll or she plays on her own while I get more work done. By playing on her own, I mean taking out all of the wipes, everything from her closet and completely ignoring the room full of toys.

It’s almost 6 PM and this is where my head starts spinning and I start thinking about dinner. Ugh! Why, did I wait so long! I eventually throw something together.

I’ll spend the rest of the night cleaning and talking business with the hubby. Then it’s bath time followed by her leche. She says agua, but she means leche. I don’t get it. It sounds nothing alike!

My day revolves around my daughter and although I plan on being more efficient in other areas of my life she comes first. I gave up a good salary because I just couldn’t see myself sending her off to daycare. As you can probably tell by now,  my days are simple and hectic but so fulfilling.

I would love to hear about a typical day in your life.  Would you change anything about it?