I have made no secret of the fact that at the grand old age of two years and nine months, Harry was still sleeping in our bedroom. This was due to a combination of reasons, the first being that as the baby of the family, I just haven’t been ready to let him go and secondly, given the fact he is still waking in the night, it was far easier to have him in our room where we can hear him cry and settle him. And yet with his third birthday fast approaching, and the realisation that we can’t keep him in with us forever, we made the move to put him in his own room this month which luckily coincided with the opportunity to trial the Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep App.
The app is something that I wish we had discovered when the children were newborns, allowing you to log your baby’s sleep pattern whilst helping with any difficulties regarding the bedtime routine. Aimed at children aged 7-36 months we were hopeful that it would be just what we needed to get Harry into a new bedtime routine, in his own room, and hopefully allow us all to get a little more sleep!
We were very excited to receive a beautiful hamper from Johnson’s containing everything we need for Harry’s bedtime routine. We have always been fans of Johnson’s products and so using the bedtime range, which is clinically proven to help your baby to sleep better, was a lovely addition to our routine.
The 3-step bedtime routine is easy –
- A warm bath. We used the Johnsons baby bath which is so gentle on the skin and beautifully scented.
- Baby massage. Using the baby oil or the baby cream we gave Harry a post bath massage, which was a lovely, relaxing experience and also hugely beneficial for his skin which is really suffering at the moment with an eczema flare up.
- Quiet time. This was the part that I wasn’t sure how Harry would react to in his new room and yet we put on his night light, just on dim, and used the Baby Sleep App to play some lullabies and he was happy to snuggle down under the novelty of his new duvet.
The app is really simple to use. It was free to download and took just a few moments to set up Harry’s profile.
The app has some impressive features including:
Get your baby’s sleep score
Answer questions based on 5 key factors to get your baby’s sleep analysis score. Your score comes with recommendations on steps you could take to improve your baby’s sleep. Harry’s came out as 54 which is pretty low for his age!
Track your baby’s sleep
Log your baby’s daily sleep habits, including how long they sleep and when they wake, to help you understand your baby’s sleep patterns.
Lullabies and ambient sounds
Help your baby drift off to sleep by adding the baby lullabies to a playlist. This is by far my favourite feature and Harry’s eyes were rolling the very first night we played the lullabies. The only issue we had was that after hearing them, Megan insisted on having them at bedtime too, cue us downloading the app onto Gaz’s phone!
We tried the Johnson’s 3-step bedtime routine along with the Baby Sleep App for one week and found that by day three Harry was far more settled. We had identified his “danger nap” times and found that by bringing his bath time forward an hour we were able to avoid the nap and have him in bed earlier. And the miraculous thing is that he has slept, every night for a week in his own room, with only a couple of wake-ups.
I would definitely recommend the Johnsons Bedtime Baby Sleep App to all parents. Although some of it may seem like common sense, I find it’s far easier to pinpoint sleep issues when they are laid out in front of you. I had been dreading moving Harry to his own room for such a long time and yet actually, it was so much easier than I thought. The hardest part is waking up without his little face beaming up at me, and all of a sudden I’m feeling extremely broody!!!