I’ll admit it. I am guilty of using my phone more often than I should and certainly have scrolled through Instagram or Twitter while nursing my baby or rocking him to sleep. But I recently set a goal to limit my phone use around my baby and completely stop using my cell phone during our bedtime routine.
Within the course of a couple days, this made such a huge impact and has been an incredibly positive change for both of us. After testing this out for several weeks now, I have found the top 5 reasons why I believe you should consider turning off your cellphone during your baby’s bedtime routine.
Keep reading to learn the benefits of this easy, new habit and why I stopped using my cellphone during our bedtime routine!
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1 – You can bond better with your baby.
The baby days go incredibly quickly. I know that sometimes this is hard to believe. It feels like the baby days will never end when you’re struggling with hard nights. But trust me, in a couple of months, you will look back and marvel at how quickly time is passing.
However, when your baby is fighting her bedtime routine, it seems like time is passing so slowly. While you’re rocking for hours to help her to fall asleep, you just want to check your phone to pass the time.
And you know what, if you do, that’s okay. You are not a horrible parent for going on your phone while you’re with your baby and I can guarantee most, if not all other moms have done the same thing.
But it really does go as fast as people say. One day you’ll realize your tiny newborn, who was barely longer than your stomach, now lays across the entire rocking chair and easily kicks the armrests with his head AND feet at the same time. And then you’ll blink again and your baby is a toddler.
Savor the time you have together and use this little piece of time each day to cuddle, hug, and kiss your baby before she is all grown up. Your cell phone can wait a little bit until you’ve finished your bedtime routine and your baby is fast asleep.
2 – You give your
baby the attention he needs.
Babies need attention from their parents. And at the end of a long day, your baby wants to wind down, cuddle, and go through his bedtime routine with you. But he can easily sense when you aren’t focusing on him. When this happens, he easily becomes distracted as he tries to get your attention. And this completely sets back your bedtime routine.
Whenever I use my phone while rocking my baby to sleep, he always becomes distracted and kisses/bites/sucks on my chin. It is super adorable and makes me laugh every time. But it’s also his clear way of communicating that he wants my attention.
Stop using your cell phone during your babies bedtime routine and start using this time to be more intentional and more focused on your baby. She will appreciate the one-on-one time with you and love all of the attention she is getting!
3 – You are More Patient.
Before I banned my phone from our bedtime routine, I often found myself getting frustrated that my baby wasn’t falling asleep fast enough. I wanted to chat with my husband, clean the kitchen, or check Facebook, but he kept waking up. I walked and bounced for a few minutes and was counting the seconds to when I could sit down and do something else.
This is NOT the type of mom that I wanted to be. I adore my baby and I absolutely love how good of a cuddler he is. Time is slipping by so quickly and I wanted to stop wishing time would go even faster just so I could scroll through my phone for a few extra minutes.
The funny thing is, now that I’ve stopped using my phone during my baby’s bedtime routine. I am so much more patient with everything. If he needs to walk around for a few minutes, that’s okay. If I want to rock a little longer to smell his freshly washed hair and soak in extra cuddles, that’s okay. Nothing is stopping us or pulling my attention away.
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4 – You are More Relaxed.
On a similar note, as soon as I stopped worrying so much about checking my phone, I became so much more relaxed. I wasn’t in a rush for anything and I had no distractions around me, so I could give my complete attention to my little boy.
Once I started turning off my phone during our bedtime routine, I was amazed at how much calmer I was. On the nights when I decide I want a few more cuddles and we rock in the rocking chair a bit too long, I always find myself cuddling up to him and then start to doze off a few minutes later.
Being more intentional with your bedtime routine and banning your cellphone lets you unwind after your day too. It’s actually a great way for you to start your bedtime routine because you will be much more relaxed and at ease when you’re done!
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5 – Your baby falls asleep MUCH faster.
Although I LOVE all of the benefits and reasons to stop using my phone during my babies routine, this is the number one reason why I was instantly hooked and gave up my phone for good every night.
My baby falls asleep MUCH faster now that I stopped using my phone at bedtime. Our bedtime “battle” used to take an hour or more. But as soon as I stopped using my phone, he started falling asleep so much faster and more easily. He no longer needs me to help him fall completely asleep. Instead, I can put him down when he’s drowsy and he’ll roll over, stick out his cute booty, and fall asleep.
Right away when I started this, he also started sleeping much better. On the first night, he slept for 8 hours straight, which was by far the longest he had ever slept at once. He went from bedsharing with us most of the time to
I think there are a couple reasons for this.
First, I am much more intentional and focused on our routine. I don’t skip steps in our bedtime routine and I pay more attention to my baby during each step of the process.
Second, cell phones emit an obnoxious blue light, which is distracting and decreases melatonin (the hormone that helps us to sleep). By keeping the phone away from him, my baby falls asleep much easier and faster each night.
The positive changes in sleep that started when I turned off my phone at bedtime are the best benefit ever and make it completely worthwhile to avoid your cellphone while going through your bedtime routine.
Staying off your cellphone during your baby’s bedtime routine is good for you and for your baby.
Making the decision to turn off my cellphone during my baby’s bedtime routine was one of the best decisions I have made so far. I am able to enjoy my baby’s presence even more and can hug and hold him without any distractions. And best of all, he started sleeping so much better, which means I finally get to catch up on sleep too!!
Do you use your cellphone during your baby’s bedtime routine?
What other things made your bedtime routine easier?