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In our experience, in addition to the nightime routine, another important factor in good nighttime sleep is the daytime routine. Keep it consistent. At this age keeping it consistent from day to day to within 20 minutes was helpful for us. The last daytime nap should be consistent across days, and not too late in the day so as not to interfere with the night ...


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Six months is about when babies can start learning to go to sleep on their own - and it's very important to do so, if you don't want to be spending hours getting them to go to sleep for the next several years. This article recommends starting this at six months, for example - about when you start seeing your baby able to sleep all night, in particular. As ...


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Bath is too exciting for bedtime for a lot of kids. I also have a super-active, super-excitable little one, and he also got worked up by books and just about anything remotely interesting at bedtime. It's fine to move bath and books earlier in the day, or move books to the start of the routine. Some other soothing bedtime routine options that I've either ...


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We have found walks (even a short, 15-min walk) in the stroller to be a good way to relax before bed. When the weather is no good we sometimes wear him in a baby carrier around the house, which always seems to calm him down (and it makes it easier to do the dishes!)


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We were pacifier-free by nine months; I don't remember exactly when but it was a bit before that I think. The daycare we went to was very supportive and required pacifier-free children before they moved up to the one year old room, which was nice as it meant no other pacifiers to confuse things. It's generally considered easier to remove the younger you do ...


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