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  1. I feel like standing up and applauding you! my kids are 17 and 7 so I dont need this advice,but nevertheless its excellent,my ambition in life is to be as organised as you!I feel like I am about to pass out with exhaustion today,but tomorrow,well tomorrow is another day! and as God is my witness I shall be organised!

  2. I have to say that this rountine thing while it works like a charm is rather out of fashion these days and the idea of putting your baby to bed at 6 is almost unheard of in the US and is considered almost abusive. When are the doting parents going to spend all that quality time with baby ? Putting your baby down after a feed to fall asleep by himself is a practice not very well understood and could be construed a cruel, even.

  3. Routines are often underrated these days. I too had children that slept through the night from 2-3 months and even now that they are 9 and 7 they still go to bed mostly without any fuss.
    Yes going to bed at 6ish here in the states is considered almost cruel but considering the number of misbehaved children that are merely tired I think it has some validity. We put our children to bed at 8:30 at night. The only time they deviate from that routine is when the chapter of the latest book is longer than we budgeted time for. As a result I have happy well behaved children who excell in school.

  4. I too agree that early, consistent bed times go a long way to a happy and healthy baby. We get a lot of suprised looks and shaking heads when people find out that my daughter (who is Two) goes to bed at 7:00PM. In fact, our strongest detractors are our own families. I have even been accused of being lazy and selfish because, when my darling goes to sleep, that gives me the whole evening to myself. Yes, here in the states, early bedtimes (even for preschoolers) are looked at as punishment and a sign of a parent who doesn't want to spend time with their child.
    But I will tell you that my baby has slept through the night from 2 months old, sleeps in her own room, and has no problem going to sleep in the dark. We never have a sleepy, grumpy child on our hands either.

  5. How can helping your child adjust to a healthy, normal routine be cruel? I applaud you and completely agree. My girls are 7 and 5 and both slept through the night at 6 weeks. They still have constisten 8:30 bedtimes and my 5 year old still takes an hour nap in the afternoon! Their need for security, routine and guidance is what our job consists of. Kudos to you!

  6. Wonderful advice Alison. My four-year-old goes to bed at 7 pm (bath at 6, followed by a little quiet play while I scrub the tub, etc., books and lullabies at 6:45). Sticking to this routine is so important. He sleeps so well. I wish other parents realized that children get a second wind and that is why they end up going to bed soooo late. I take a shower or bath as soon as my son is in bed and then I have the evening to myself. I have to be up at 5:30 am, so this routine is really important me.

  7. My little bundle of joy has her first birthday tomorrow! Time has flown! I too instigated a routine when she was born. I think the midwives, mother and mother-in-law thought I was mad – I didn't see how demand feeding would work and so fed Sophia evry 3 hours, working on a cycle of eat, play, sleep. I wasn't obsesive with it and allowed for flexibility when needed. She slept through the night from 8 weeks and she is a happy, busy and curious child. Also, she has a mum who is happy, interested, has time to herself and is not reduced to a frazzle!

  8. I agree whole-heartedly with you, Alison! For any readers out there who are hesitant to believe in this blissful routine….it truly does work. My baby (now 19 months old) has been on nearly the exact same rountine since birth and it has worked beautifully for both him and I… Never a sleepless night for either of us.I read "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Teaching You How to Ask the Right Questions" by Tracy Hogg. This book is my baby bible!!

  9. I know that set routines do work but things are a little more unorthodox in our house!Each activity does have a very loose routine but none are time managed.My hubby works 6 days a week and his hours are very strange to most so our days have to be flexible to allow family time together.All my girls are happy and sleep well without rigid routines I just read the signs well I suppose.Some of our fondest memories are in that 'second wind phase' and often it means that we get alone time with one of the girls which we might have been missed:)I totally agree that children need firm parenting and a calm home I think we still manage to do that without a strict routine but know that for others this would mean chaos!

  10. Wow~this is great information! I don't have kids yet and a HUGE issue for me (fear) is that I will become a frazzled, sleep deprived nightmare! I need a good 8 hours to feel my best and just figured that all mothers walk around like sleepless zombies. Thank you so much for this hope! 🙂

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