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Spending those moments as a family before bedtime was extremely important to us. We had always talked about wanting to read Bible Stories and pray as a family before putting all the kids in bed. We decided to start with Jase as soon as we could. I don’t think you can ever start too young. The idea that the words that we would be reading to Jase would be feeding His spirit from such a young age was really important. Of course, knowing that he is so young we were flexible with his mood. Some nights he just needed to get in bed and skip the Bible story, so we would say a quick prayer over him and lay him down.
Like I have said before, babies thrive on routine and pattern. Having a good bedtime routine with him helped signal to him that it was time to wind down and prepare to go to sleep.
Jase’s bedtime routine always started with a bath in the beginning. We would give him a warm bath with his lavender baby wash. Then lotion him down with his lavender baby lotion and snuggle him in some warm pajamas. We later faded out of doing the bath every night and so we would just get him changed and in some pajamas on the nights we did not bathe him.
Then we would sit in the rocking chair and read him a Bible story. We started this when Jase was three months old; we began by working through the Jesus Storybook Bible. Even with how young Jase was, he loved looking through the pictures. Then we would pray together and get him into bed. I love that we have been doing this with Jase from the beginning. Not only does it help calm him down and prepare him for bed, but it is feeding his spirit which is extremely important to us.
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