This bedtime routine post is brought to you by Universal Music Group and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Bedtime routines are one of the most talked about subjects when it comes to babies. I’ve heard so many different opinions on why they do or don’t have routines established. My husband and I are both super organized and love some structure so having the option to even introduce a routine especially for bedtime was a no-brainer. When we brought our little one home, I started the bedtime routine before actually knowing precisely what his bedtime routine would be. Each night, I rock him in his bedroom in the rocker chair with the lullabies I either hymn or have playing on low volume. Lullabies are pure expressions of a universal human condition. They bring people together, span generations, and tell stories about where we come from, who we are now, and our hopes for the future. It’s the smallest things we can do for our little ones that can mold their future and path.
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I love when it’s time to wind down because after a busy day, this is a time we’re both able to sit still and bond. Although he can’t tell me about how his day went or what he did that day, I take the time just to appreciate being able to hold him and be his mom. The smallest moments always mean so much because you can’t get them back. I know we’re just starting but can’t wait to see for years to come how he grows and develops his personality and of course, thinks he’s too big to be held and rocked every night. For now, I’ve taken full advantage and getting him familiar with things that mean bedtime so if he see’s it happening he knows it’s time for bed. Every night around the same time, he gets his bath, bottle, and then we make our way to the chair with lights off, and he knows it’s bedtime. He has his nights when he wants to act like its 1 pm in the day but after a few seconds, he starts to calm down especially when he hears the white noise or lullabies coming through the speakers. I think over so long he’s gotten used to some of the songs being played, so I was so happy to come across the Lullaby Project and introduce new music to his little ears. Music is essential for children, and it is a great tool to use while they’re developing and learning the world around them. Studies and personal experiences have shown that when parents and families sing to their children, it helps with child development and strengthening the bond between parent and child.
I’ve personally never written a song, but I’ve made them up on the spot while putting him to sleep and he’s loved, everyone. The Lullaby Project spoke to me because of this similar thing they have created. Each song on the project was written by a mother in Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project as a message and personal keepsake for their child. Carnegie Hall will use all proceeds from the sale of the album to support and sustain the Lullaby Project and other education and social impact programs of Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Hall’s nonprofit charitable mission.
If you’re interested in the Lullaby Project for yourself and little one, it’s compiled with original songs written by NYC moms being celebrated with a new album, Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project, featuring celebrity singers from the worlds of pop music, jazz, folk, opera, Latin music and more. Share the music of Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project with your loved ones by clicking here: https://DeccaGold.lnk.to/HopesandDreamsLullabyIP
What about you? What is part of your bedtime routine for your little one? Share in a comment below!