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Night out with a baby - bedtime routine

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MummyKanny Wed 23-Oct-13 17:03:15

I have a 14 week DD who is a pretty good sleeper (for now!). We do bath, massage, feed and bed and she is usually away by 8pm. She gets up between 3 - 4 for a feed and then up for the day at 7 - 8.

We've been invited to a family party next weekend which I have to go to - have been criticised lots for not going to any social occasions (I may have used DD as an excuse more than once..).

I really don't want to break her routine - has anyone experience of this? Is it better to try and replicate the routine, maybe using a travel cot, or should I carry her in a sling and let her sleep in there?

The added complication is that there will be fireworks at the party which is bound to unsettle her - a bus backfired today and she started screaming.

Would be grateful for any tips! thanks

EmmaLL25 Wed 23-Oct-13 18:39:37

No tips, just wanted to say I think a newborn is a completely legitimate reason not to do things!

She's only a few months old, plenty of time for socialising as she gets older.

MummyKanny Wed 23-Oct-13 21:01:12

Thanks Emma, I think so too! But I can't get out of this one. Just not sure how to go about it...

timeforgin Thu 24-Oct-13 19:20:40

As it's only for one night it shouldn't throw her routine off too much so I would do whatever y

timeforgin Thu 24-Oct-13 19:22:10


..whatever YOU will find most relaxing so can get some enjoyment out of the evening. That may be a sling if she will sleep in it / you can carry her about all night, it buggy / travel cot if there is somewhere to park / shove it.

Good luck!

SapSuma Thu 24-Oct-13 19:36:23

I'd take a flannel, wash her face, put on her night clothes, feed her and take her a 20 min or so walk outside in sling or pram to soothe her to sleep, then go back to the party -hopefully she'll continue to sleep for a good while. When/if she wakes later I'd leave then -you need your sleep too smile

MummyKanny Fri 25-Oct-13 07:49:07

Thanks very much all, some great suggestions. Love the flannel one, will defo do that. Sure she will be fine for one night and I'm worrying over nothing.

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