Is this a joke? Yes and no. Why I say this is because I’ve hoped for it since Little Man turned 1 and I’ve dreamt about it countless of times after the nightmare of putting him to bed every single night. Yes, nightmare as I really didn’t enjoy putting my son to bed. On the average, he took about an hour and a half to fall asleep. We will go into the room and have a little bedtime story and long after the story ended, he was still tossing and turning and sometimes playing in the dark by himself with me seething in quiet rage.The night is indeed short and I was just spending the best part of it hoping for this little fella to shut down so I can have a little me-time of adult tv or catch up on some reading.
This went on for a while, of course with me wondering how the hell I got so sucked up with “American TV bedtime routine” where the mummy says: Bedtime! And the kids changed into their Pjs, went to their bed for a story and after 10 minutes, it was goodnight, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite! Lights off and life actually started for the parents after that. Wonderful! I’ll do the same with my kids when I have them. But alas, my kid had other ideas that sometimes left me or his papa storming out of the room with him toddling right behind after a 2hour failed bedtime attempt. Oh the joys of parenthood and American television!!
I was about to ditch this routine completely sometime right after we shifted to our new apartment, when I realised my son’s bedtime routine magically turned into what I had hoped for it to be! Right after a shower, it was story-time, kiss-and-hug routine and lights off! In 10 minutes flat! Every night. It’s sorcery! It feels so empowering to be able to put your child to bed in a 10-minute routine especially with the Monsieur surreptitiously glaring at me with disbelief ! He’s asleep?! What did you do??
The same usual nearly aborted routine for the last 3 years that finally paid off, that’s what !It’s either that or 8.30pm is indeed Mama’s witching hour ;)
How to establish a bedtime routine for your child, according to moi:
1. be really firm about the time you want your kids to be in bed and stick to it at least for the first few years, even if it doesn’t work out initially
2. keep at it no matter what
3. you will experience the magic in due time