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7 Tips for Dad at Bedtime

Dad’s turn to handle bedtime? No sweat, these tips will have you  feeling like a regular superdad in no time at all.

Dad sleep hack

Dad sleep hack #1: A New Kind of ‘Rocking’ to Sleep

Give the  Twinkle-Twinkle at bedtime a rest and try some tunes you’ll both enjoy.  As part of your bedtime routine, create unique playlists that include everything from classical to classic rock. What tunes calm your baby? The results may surprise you.

Dad sleep hack #2: Make Your Ride the Ultimate Dream Car

Babies tend to fall asleep in their car seat . So, hop in the car and create a little souped-up sleep sanctuary in the back seat, and calibrate some naptimes to long, soothing car rides.

Dad sleep hack #3: It’s Not a Changing Tote, it’s a Man-Bag

Diapers, bottles, formula, loveys: when you’re out and about with baby, there’s a lot to carry around. It’s important to have a diaper bag that fits your style, and not just carrying around mom’s bedazzled tote. Who knew that on-the-go naps could be such a fashion statement? We did, and now dad does too!

Dad sleep hack #4: Be Bath-Man, Superhero

A warm bath and gentle massage is a surefire way to calm baby at bedtime; an essential part of every smart parent’s sleep routine. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Use bath time as a fresh opportunity to connect with your little ones, play, smile, laugh, and kiss; all while baby gets squeaky clean.

Dad sleep hack #5: The Secret Houdini Shirt Trick

Quick hack to save you time and laundry duty. At feedings wear your shirt inside-out in case of spills, then you can spot clean quickly, flip it back and you’re good to go. That is some Dad ingenuity!

Getting involved in the daily care of your baby – dressing, settling, playing, bathing and nappy changing – is the best way to build your skills and confidence. These everyday activities also create lots of one-on-one time with your baby, which is the building block of a positive relationship.   - Raising

Dad sleep hack #6: Move that Booty

Did you know that gentle wiggles of baby’s hips and legs make their head wiggle too; which helps soothe them to sleep. Start a little faster, then slow it down over time. It’s dad-approved magic.

Dad sleep hack #7: Extend Dad’s Touch Through the Night

You may have the touch at bedtime, but Zen Sleepwear.™ can keep it going. Just dress your baby in a Zen Swaddle® or Zen Sack™ every time you put  them down. Gently weighted to mimic a parent’s soothing touch, your baby will feel wrapped in  your embrace all night long. She’ll fall asleep faster and sleep longer—and so will you.

Happy daddying!

Other Dad at Bedtime Resources

Zerotothree.Org: The Robust Role of Dads

Healthychildren.Org: Dad's Role in Breastfeeding

American Academy of Pediatrics: Role of the Father

Athena S.

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