Making Bedtime Rock
With “Lullaby Classic Songs for Bedtime”
When we had our first baby my husband worked the night shift at a skilled nursing facility. He would get home around 1 a.m. or later almost every day. I would stay up waiting for him to get home and to my frustration so would our child. We just could not figure out why our baby wouldn’t just fall asleep. In our young, inexperienced minds it made sense that a tiny baby would just pass out when it was tired and we could stay up late after she was in bed. We totally thought that we didn’t have to do anything special to make bedtime work. We were SOOOOOOOOO wrong.
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I think back on this and just giggle at us. We really could not figure out why our baby was up at two in the morning. Given, new parents, bless their hearts, are zombies. The first time in your life when you actually know what it means to be tired. So tired that you didn’t have any clue you could still be living with this much lack of rest. Your brain just isn’t firing on all cylinders. It’s ok. I promise it gets better.
But here is the thing, bedtime is a song and a dance routine. We have three kiddos now and every night if I have it my way there is a synchronized pattern of bedtime behaviors that take place and BAM! I am in bed with the good snacks watching Netflix. This. Is. Mom. Paradise.
Parents we have to put all the cards in our favor. For us this means several things. First, I have learned making bedtime a magical time with you and your babes. Really. It has to be fun quality time. Something you both look forward to. For us that starts with losing the cell phones and/or electronics. They are not allowed at our good night show. It’s all about being completely present and those littles know how in tune you are to them or not.
Next is brushing teeth and braiding hair. Our oldest, poor test child, had teeth falling out of her head because she was not a fan of brushing. It was a fight to the death, generally mine where I sat down in a heap on the bathroom floor and sobbed. What I learned however, is kids sometimes need something they love about doing a task. For our family the magic is a song and more Mom time. I let them pick a two-minute song and we turn it up and brush our teeth together.
We are always on the search for good music that we can all agree on. Mom doesn’t want anything too crazy or wild, it has to be calming yet catchy enough for the littles. Our current favorite song is “Blackbird” on the CD, Lullabys: Classic Songs for Bedtime, from Shadow Mountain Publishing. It’s two minutes and we start and stop brushing our teeth with the music and it leads us perfectly into the next part of the bedtime performance.
At this point it’s all about setting ourselves up to wind down and head to happy dream land. It really helps for us to have music while we tidy our room and get our jammies on. I skip ahead on our CD to “All Through the Night” and we organize and dress and lay down with the music. The calming soothing music that my kids can expect every time, is comforting. They know what to expect and it keeps us all focused on task.
Finally, we read a book a piece. I choose several options and then they choose from those I curated. I like giving options just not too many and I get to rotate through the books we haven’t read yet. This is snuggle time. I crawl in bed with the little bugs and we enjoy time imagining and talking while we read. I have found so much joy in this little habit of bedtime reading. It’s so peaceful and puts us all at ease.
After books we say our prayers and the girls choose a song each from our current CD, Lullabys: Classic Songs for Bedtime. They really love all the songs and would be totally content if I just let it play through the night. I enjoy the recognizable melodies of favorite songs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was my wedding song and so it’s exceptionally special to all of us.
It is fantastic to have a set of songs that work for every part of our nighttime routine and that everyone enjoys. Taking the stress out of trying to figure out how to relax the kids and prepare everyone to sleep is key and I feel like music is a huge magical tool that every parent can use to set themselves up for bedtime success. Here’s to putting magic into your bedtime song and dance routine, making bedtime rock. I promise it does!