- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
We started a bedtime routine immediately after getting used to the whole new baby thing and have stuck with it for the past 5 years (excluding occassions of travel etc). Tons of the parents I know are floored that we have our son fed, cleaned, teeth brushed stories read and put to bed by 8pm when they struggle to get their kids (same age or younger) down by 10pm or later (which I think is just absurd).
Kids thrive on routine and if you start early it helps negate the bedtime battle a little when they are older [“but I don’t WANT to go to bed!”] – not saying it will be completely irradicated with routine, but it helps. Because we introduced books early, made it fun our son looks forward to reading bedtime stories (but knows that he has to do all the other things before he gets read to). In this way it can help develop delayed gratification in kids, which is good groundwork for future work ethic & reward systems prevalent in today’s society.
You can never start too early 🙂