Thursday, 25 February 2016

Our bedtime tips and routine

When it comes to sleep Blake has always been relatively good.
He started sleeping through the night at about six weeks old and only wakes up during the
night very occasionally. 

I'm a believer that sticking to a good routine is key when it comes to children so that they feel safe and secure. 
Blake's routine is near enough the same every night. 



Here is our routine: 

Bath
Blake has a bath every 2 nights and he has had this routine since he was
quite young and we try and stick at it unless something crops up and we don't have time to bath at night. 

Getting changed for bed
Once Blake has had a bath we dry him and get him in a clean nappy and his PJ's and sleeping bag

Brushing teeth
We make sure that part of his routine is that we brush his teeth as its
so important to start getting into the habit. 

Bedtime story 
Sometimes Blake is very tired so we don't always read him a story as he can get rather grumpy but
It's a lovely moment of quality time before bed when we do. 


Music
Blake loves having the music playing on his My Pal Scout to help him off to sleep. 
Once he has dropped off we sneak in and take it out so he don't roll on it and 
turn it on during the night. 


My tips: 

1. Stick to a routine this helps children to feel safe and secure

2.  Use lavender scented products 
we use Johnsons night bath and lotion which has a calming relaxing lavender scent. 

3. Make before bed quiet time 
read a story and/or play gentle music.

4. Make sure the temperature of the room is normal
we have a Gro Egg which changes color to let us know if it is too warm or too cold. 

5. Make sure that the curtains/blinds are closed if light is still getting in
a black out blind is good idea.


The people over at the Bed Guru kindly sent me over hamper that will help me  to unwind after Blake is finally tucked up in bed. The hamper includes; Bettys tea room tea and biscuits, Yorkshire Soap co. candle,  coconut and Shea butter face mask and Sally Hanson French manicure kit. 


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158 comments:

  1. (melissa crowe) bath in then warm pj

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  2. I have twin boys who are 3, we have a routine of milk and then they take it in turns of a bedtime story x

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  3. A routine is always important, calmness before bed with bed bath milk and story and a lovely cuddle always helped mine go off easier.

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  4. Have a good routine and stick to it. My kids have a bath after dinner then chill time and stories before bed

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  5. Keeping them in a good routine! Ours goes bath, milk+book, cuddles then sleep. I've kept it the same for as long as I can remember and it works a dream! x

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  6. Ohhh some really good tips here. We do dinner, bath time, chill out time for the boys whilst I put Edith in bed, potential pre-bed snack and then story in bed, lights out. It works *most* of the time now!! H x

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  7. My grandsons don't mind going to bed as long as they have a story or two x

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  8. i completely agree with having a good bedtime routine - a story is so important too x

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  9. How lucky you have a baby who slept so well! I think they all vary - I have had two good sleepers and one terrible one, despite having the same routines!!

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  10. This was something I would definitely advocate. When my kids were young, a regular bedtime routine helped settle them down immensely.

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  11. My son is grown now but I used up try and stick to a routine of Bath, bottle, cuddle then bed

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  12. A regular routine.

    Rachel craig

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  13. lovely to something to spoil you after the kids are in bed

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  14. a good routine and bath before bed

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  15. Well done to your little one for sleeping through the night. The hamper looks lovely! Perfect for those moments when all you want to do is pamper yourself :) x

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  16. A calm routine of bath, story, bed and keep lights low just before

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  17. I think being consistent with your bedtime routine is the key. I also try not to get them over excited before bedtime as well!

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  18. A good bedtime routine and story time.

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  19. A bedtime story and sticking with the routine

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  20. Relaxing bath then wind down time ans story's xx

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  21. The bedtime routine is so essential. I can't do the bath that often due to my daughter's excema but we do everything else on your list.

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  22. A routine that you stick to is vital I find and so long as it stays the same, my little girl knows it's bedtime and goes right to sleep. Hope it stays that way!

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  23. I think routines are good too. That is a lovely hamper as a treat for you, enjoy it x

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  24. i put her pj's on the radiator :)

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  25. got be getting them in good routine

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  26. 'Boy time' as my husband and sons call it. It just involves messing about with them and getting rid of excess energy!

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  27. Looks a fab hamper, and yes routine is key.

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  28. What a lovely giveaway. sounds like you've cracked bedtime :)

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  29. Just like you, we keep to the same routine every night, bath, story and lights out.xx

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  30. Glad your bubba slept well you have got them into a good routine. Appreciating the giveaway too thanks!

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  31. Routine is such an important part of bedtime. Mine have always had a fairly structured one but if something came up, with just adjusted it.

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  32. Have a good routine and stick to it! Keeping them calm on the run up to bath/bed time too helps to encourage a good nights' sleep. x

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  33. We had a good routine from 8 weeks but our little girl didn't sleep through properly until she was 2, we have kept her routine the same the whole time. I think they sleep through when they're ready but I agree with lavender products helping! We just started using Johnsons Nighttime bath products again and she's been sleeping beautifully! x

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  34. Have a relaxing bath and then a lovely bedtime story

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  35. Reading a story before bed works in my house.

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  36. Whenever I have looked after my nieces and nephews, I have always found a bedtime story is great for sending them off to the land of nod x

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  37. My little one insists on a bedtime story... or 2! Great hamper

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  38. Great tips - Pickle always has bedtime stories but we have never used music. Lavender is wonderful too. Kaz x

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  39. Gradually change to quieter activities as bedtime approaches, have a routine and we always read a bedtime story once the children were in bed so there was something for them to look forward to.

    Hazel Rea @beachrambler

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  40. As they start to grow a little, a routine that has been established can be pushed... keep that routine, don't give in to little demands as they can escalate. If they have had a wee, been fed and watered and are nice and clean, there is no reason why a kiss and cuddle then tucking in with teddy shouldn't work... Every time - my daughter is due her first child and she still has teddy - wherever she goes! at 24yrs old :)

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  41. We have a fantastic bed time routine here :) My little girl gets her teeth cleaned and we are up stairs for 7.45 and I read her a story book, she is always normally sleeping by the time I have finished the story! A good routine is the key :)

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  42. Calming things down a good hour before bed so no rough and tumble games but more calming and soothing activities

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  43. I have older boys now my youngest is 14 but I use to bathe and baby massage mine when they were young. Now I insist that all gaming/computers are switched off by 6.00pm which is dinner time so they can relax and unwind.

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  44. keep them on the go during the day so they`ll find it easier to sleep

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  45. a routine of milk, teeth clean, music, stories in a darkened room.

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  46. Keep it simple and stick to a routine that suits you. I used to do the warm bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil, into clean warm pj's, story, then sleep; I also put a few drops of lavender on some sleep stones and give them a little shake each night, as much safer for baby than an oil burner.

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  47. I do not have kids yet but with my now older nephews we used to use J&J bath time lotion to soothe them after a bath and they slept soundly.

    Lovely hamper and glad to know your routine is working for Blake

    Anosa

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  48. No tablets/consoles half hour before bed, nice cup of warm milk before bed x

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  49. A good routine. Bath, snuggly pj's and bedtime story works well for me.

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  50. Getting them into a routine so they know exactly what time bedtime is.

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  51. I tried everything with my daughter and she didn't sleep well until she was 3 years old. My son seems to like sleep more so fingers crossed! x

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  52. No problem with grandchilren they have a good play in a bubble bath and a couple of stories after

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  53. Stick to a regular routine.

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  54. Margaret Clarkson
    A routine bath and story.

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  55. I'd not heard of a gro egg before. Top tip!

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  56. Great bedtime routine. I've always loved having a routine with Amelia and still do even now she's 2.5 it still works so well for us! Xx

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  57. A long walk after tea usually does it!

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  58. Same routine every night - calm & relaxed bath and story - wish it worked as well for me!

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  59. We always have same routine, bath before bed and story, always works x

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  60. routine is the most important thing x

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  61. A warm bath followed by a bedtime story.

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  62. Bubble bath, no iPad, a story and cuddles.

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  63. a good routine

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  64. having a routine is the best advice, something that works for you and your child and is that special time before sleep

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  65. Bath with the sleep baby bath, quiet wind down time, good blinds to keep out light and a nice story

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  66. We have a routine which helps but they both adore their rooms so they're happy to go to bed.

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  67. has to be a routine .... bath, nice warm glass of milk and a bedtime story

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  68. a bath cuddles bedtime story then a cd of lullaby's

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  69. im due our first child in 2 weeks so ill need to learn the best way for her

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  70. Establish a routine very early and stick to it

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  71. Bed time stories every single night! It's a special cuddly time.

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  72. Have a routine and stick to it,wind down time at six every night,bath,cuddle time and stories and bed at seven for younger children.I know it's not always eay and there will be nights it won't run like clockwork but on the whole it really does x

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  73. Keep things calm an hour before bedtime then they don't get all giddy

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  74. My son always has toast and warm milk an hour before bed, always does the trick x

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  75. A routine works wonders. Stick with it and it will last.

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  76. Stick to routine and story time x

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  77. Wind down everything from just before teatime - activities, noise, lighting - everything.

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  78. Bath, pjs, warm milk and a bedtime story

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  79. a bath, story and strict routine

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  80. Keep to a good routine and reward them with hugs!

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  81. A comforter with mummys scent on worked a treat!

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  82. Getting into a good routine is the key and keeping it!

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  83. Charmian Filewood8 March 2016 at 01:24

    Develop a routine, including a warm bath and wind down time, with story to help drift off

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  84. Create a routine that works for you, and make sure there is "wind down" time before bed, with no electronic stimulus! And a bed time story is essential in my opinion :)

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  85. Routine is key but also make it a nice time by telling lovely stories and having extra cuddles.

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  86. Bath, milk and book (not at the same time) :)

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  87. routine; but after bath time and supper, keep them calm with playing with a special toy. I used lego and played with them on the carpet for 30 mins or so. Also kids need a lot more sleep than us, so earlier to bed makes the household a happier place

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  88. The promise of reading, my two are older now so I have different issues than when they were younger. My youngest is 10 and we still read together at night, it is - hands down for me - the best way to get her to bed!

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  89. A story and some quality time with Mummy always makes bedtime that bit easier

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  90. A set routine, no electronics for an hour before bed and I think story time is essential! :)

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  91. A fixed routine and a bath before hand seems to work for us.

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  92. keep to a routine, I bath my kids then we sit an have storytime for half an hour then bed

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  93. A bedtime story and a cuddle first :)

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  94. Bath with a relaxing scent like lavender and getting into a routine and sticking to it.

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  95. Luckily both of mine LOVE bed so it only takes the usual milk, book & cuddle. Wearing them our during the day always helps!

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  96. We never really had much of a routine but always used the cbeebies bedtime hour as our kids bedtime hour,

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  97. Bath and a story. I never had trouble getting my daughter to bed, but I just couldn't get her to stay there. She didn't want to miss out on any fun I think.

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  98. My daughter usually falls asleep before her bedtime. We've never really had a problem getting her to sleep.

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  99. Cuddles and a story - make it routine.

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  100. A warm milky drink and a long story :)

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  101. A routine helps. A nice hot bath, a drink of warm milk or hot chocolate, put to bed and read a story.

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  102. I could do with practcing what I preach, and adopt these great routines myself!
    thanks carole eaves

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  103. I think routine is the key , bath and story etc, then hope and pray they sleep .

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  104. A nice bath before bed with lavender and chamomile to calm them down and fluffy pjs warming ready :)

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  105. A good routine, and stick to it.

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  106. A warm bath, reading a story and lavender on the pillow (Ruth Wollerton)

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  107. Reading them a story at bedtime (Emma Schofield)

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  108. Having a routine (bath, milky drink etc) and a really good bedtime story to read! (@PeanutHog)

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  109. Routine is very important, I don't have any problems getting my daughter to bed as she has followed the same routine since she was very young

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  110. an hours chill out time before bath and story.

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  111. a warm milk drink and a bed time story

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  112. Pam Francis Gregory9 March 2016 at 13:44

    It's all about routine!

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  113. Make it fun and have a routine.

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  114. Keep as much routine each nite as possible and let my daughter pick a film and story before bedtime

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  115. I let my little one choose a bedtime story, she can't get in bed quick enough that way !!

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  116. Same routine every night. No tv after bath, We play games and read books. Quick story in bed then off to sleep :)

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  117. a bath and no matter how tired/busy you are a story

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  118. Have a routine , hot milk and bath and story :)

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  119. Relax and sit quietly for 20 minutes before bed!

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  120. A nice warm bath, followed by a story and warm milk :)

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  121. definitely routine - we do teeth, pyjamas, bedtime story & then my 3 year old has to turn out the light herself!

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  122. a good routine and knowing when to say no!

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  123. my kids have supper, get ready for bed then its 15min chill time.

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  124. having a routine bath, hot chocolate , story and bed

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  125. Routine! A warm bath and a story every night

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  126. Routine, bath, pj's & bed time story x

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  127. Easiest is to get daddy to do it. :-)

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  128. try to keep the routine :)

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  129. Getting them into a good routine, and make sure they stick to it!

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