As a new parent, a lesson you learn on night one of being a parent is that there is no difference between those two terms. However, you don’t really consider the lack of sleep as torture. You’re just so amazed that you grew a baby. You’re just so amazed that they have eyelashes and fingernails. You’re so high on love that their cry for you at midnight, two, four, six is just so magical.
Then the love drug wears off and you realise what everyone warned you about.
To be honest, and please don’t hate me, I don’t have much to complain about. Actually, I didn’t, but I will get to that in a second.
You see, I got what they call a “sleeping kind”. You know, the kind of baby that loves their sleep. The kind of baby that just couldn’t wait to go to sleep and just wanted to be asleep. The only thing that kept my daughter from sleep was milk. After a feed, really was there any reason to be awake?
Avi and her daughter Chloe. Image: Supplied.
I don’t know what I did to stumble on this magical fortune. I would worry that she was sleeping too much. Missing out on some development or something. When I shared my concerns with other parents, I often got a “enjoy it while you can” response. “You’re lucky,” they would say. Slowly, I realised that despite never winning anything in my life, I had won the sleeping baby card.
Or maybe I had just figured out the magic trick to getting a baby to sleep and staying that way throughout the night. Maybe I had figured out what JOHNSON’S® researchers found – the best way to get a baby to have a good night’s sleep is a routine.
A routine that lets my daughter know that bedtime is coming (because she can’t tell time yet).
It starts with a warm bath with her two favourite floating toy ducks. Followed by a massage, a feed, and some quiet time. All with using products like JOHNSON’S® Baby Bedtime range which contains NATURALCALM essences to help baby get to sleep.