2 hours - that's a veerryyyyy long dinner, quiet play while I clean up, bath together - often 30 minutes, books, boob, sleep ...
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According to a sleep program I have read, the bedtime routine should only be 20mins which I think is impossible. This is what I do and it works well;
6.30 quiet play/cuddles
7.00 read a book,bedtime
Ds is 9months our routine is dinner at 5.30 which usually takes 30 mins play time 6.00-6.20 then bath, bf, in his cot settled by 7
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DD is only 5.5mo so it's pretty basic. She's just starting solids, so usually she has some food, a bath, then depending on how long she's been up some quiet play, then we read a short story in her room with the lights low, then wrap and in bed. She'll typically take between 5-15min to actually go to sleep. All up from eating her solids to being asleep is less than an hour.
Ds:dinner, treat if he ate most dinner, bath (he spends ages playing but messily quietly with toys in the bath), pyjamas and milk then into bed for a story and song and then sleep. He usually protests for a hundred more stories but that depends how tired we are and how late its managed to get lol. Dd: she is 7 months and is a total nightmare!! There is no routine. We do bath time and a massage and a feed and she is pretty relaxed but she never falls asleep. Sometimes she is crawling around on the bed for hours, wide awake, laughing, whinging, having top up feeds etc but nothing works. She is crazy. Getting her to sleep takes hours, ds whole thing takes about an hour.
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I have one 19mnth old, and ours is around 2hours I guess.
530pm active play
630pm 'in the night garden' & milk
Three kids here and generally just me. They shower together either before I start cooking or in the middle of my cooking depending on what we're eating and if I can leave it or not...so between 5.30pm and 6pm. Dinner is at 6pm-6.15pm. Everyone is done by dinner at 6.40pm at latest...I clean up the kitchen why they toilet, and we brush teeth etc. (I start cleaning up the kitchen when they are still eating...our house is open plan) and then once the kitchen is clean we read a story or 2 or 3 depending on how much time is left (basically how much they've mucked around and ignored me) and in bed at 7pm.
I have found showers before dinner to make my life so much easier because they all eat at different rates and if one takes forever to eat dinner it just means they go straight to bed...I'm not waiting for one to shower the rest of them.
So 1 1/2 hrs and everything is then done for the night
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