We are huge fans of the early bedtime in our home. It came about naturally for us after a trip to Scotland when Crumb was 3 months old. He had been going to bed around 10 PM like many newborns and when we came home due to the time change, he wanted to go to bed earlier so we transitioned him then. Crumb’s bedtime was 7 PM until this summer when he turned 2 and we switched it to 7:30 PM. A few factors contributed to the change — his age, the extra sunlight in the summer, and the fact that we were transitioning Chip to a 6:45/7 PM bedtime and we didn’t want to have to rush to put them to bed at the same time.
I’d say my mom friends with toddlers and babies are a mixed bag. Some of them put their kids to bed relatively early like us and some of them have 9 or even 10 PM bedtimes. As with anything parenting related, every child is different and what works for one family might not work for another, but I imagine the Cookie household will continue with early bedtimes for as long as possible for a few reasons.
We both crave alone time at night. Mr. Cookie and I want to relax and zone out in the evenings for different reasons. At the end of the day I’m touched out, questioned out, and just sick of cleaning, wiping, feeding, and organizing. I want to be alone to watch a show or catch up on my favorite YouTube vloggers and ignore everyone else. Mr. Cookie is an introvert who spends all day solving computer coding issues and is very mentally spent when he gets home. He wants to play a video game or watch a superhero show and chill out in his office. Occasionally we spend the evenings together and have recently implemented date night on Fridays so we make sure we have quality time together without the kiddos around.
We can get SO MUCH done after bedtime. As much as we’d like to, we don’t get to relax all night every night. The evenings are also when I get groceries and run other errands that are so much easier without kids in tow. Mr. Cookie will do odd jobs around the house, assemble IKEA furniture, and take out the trash. We get so much done at night in a very short amount of time that we constantly wonder why we didn’t accomplish more before we had kids, haha!