In the beginning there were deadbeat dads... But with a little help from a changing patriarchal society (thank you feminism, you've done your job well), all that's changing. Enter The Dad Beat. Now also available at

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Five B's: The Easy Way to do Bedtime

Somewhere early on with my daughter I made a not all that astute oberservation about the bedtime ritual: It is a ritual. And like most rituals, there can be a soothing, gentle and even fun quality to bedtime. Or it can be like sacrificing a lamb. Not fun, unless you're twisted.

The Important Stuff

The five B's are simple and can pretty much go in any order, though I usually follow this one:

1. have a BATH
2. BRUSH teeth
3. go to the BATHROOM
4. read a BOOK
5. drink a BOTTLE ("BUBBA")

With young children (0-3) you've pretty much got to walk your kid through it – unless you're some sort of Montessori “my child was swimming at 8 months, reading by 16 months” sort of delicate genius. Between 3 and 4 you’ve got to be regularly training the babes to do some things on their own, such as putting pajamas on, having a poo/pee, and choosing a story. While they’re doing this you can be getting the bottle ready, tidying up the kitchen/bedroom if you’re like me there’s only a 50/50 chance that the bed’s been made up.

The Details

1. Regarding having a bath, here’s what I think: Why bother? My daughter’s four; if she doesn’t want a bath, I give her the option of having a shower with me in the morning. Let’s face it, it takes less time that way and she comes out cleaner. Some dad’s don’t feel comfortable having a shower with their kids, and that’s fine, too. Do the bath thing. Just don’t leave a child who can’t swim alone in the tub. Bathtime is a good time to play with your child. It’s also a great time for your child to play alone. So you may want to bring a book, just in case.

2. Brushing teeth at least twice every day is a no brainer. Unless you like blowing hard earned dough on your kid’s braces and your dentist’s new Lexus, make sure they do it. Do it for them until they’ve got the idea. Once they’re doing it themselves, look closely at their teeth from time to time – are they clean? If not, help them improve. As for flossing, well, you know.

3. My daughter always used to want me to be there when she went to the bathroom. By about age 3, she was going alone, and would often not even bother to tell me when she was dropping the kids off at the pool, but then would call out, at the top of her lungs, “I’m READY!” After badgering her for months to wipe on her own, I finally started answering the “I’m ready!” with “Ok, go ahead.” Maia would go silent for a moment, and then say, “Come on, Dad. I’m ready. Wipe my bum.” To which I’d answer, “Nah. You do it. You’ll like it – it’s fun.” Though I did teach her a few times the technique of wiping that I use, she seemed to figure it out on her own.

Here's a link that deals with newborns -- from butt wiping to soothing. Handy stuff for new parents.

(NOTE for parents of girls: I once watched Maia wiping after a poop and she was going from the back to the front. Major no-no. Wiping poo from cute little butt to “pooty” (ie. Vagina) can cause a urinary tract infection.)

4. Reading is a no-brainer, too. If you don’t do it, you risk having a child who can’t read well later on. This can kill their self-esteem and they’ll probably end up the kind of parent who doesn’t read to their kid. Also, take your time. Ask your kids if you’re reading too fast. They’ll tell you when you are.

If you have one child, I recommend that you each select a book. Kids often pick something fluffy. You should be picking something fun but educational and appropriate to their reading/listening level. If you want to read crap to them, expect them to be reading crap when they’re 35 and managing a McDonalds.

If you have two or more kids, let them each pick a book.

5. Bottles. Bubbas. Sippy cups. Milk. Soy milk. Rice milk. Breast milk. I know a woman who, last time I spoke to her, had two kids, 7 and 4 I believe, and was still breastfeeding both. That may be “fucking weird” as some have said. Perhaps it’s the right thing. I don’t know. What’s right for you as a parent is what your conscience tells you. The truth. We balance our child’s health with our beliefs and the norms of the culture we own. I feed Maia a bottle of warm cow milk at bedtime. I usually ask her if she wants some beer milk too, just for kicks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

11:13 AM

Blogger oakleyses said...

michael kors handbags, kate spade, nike air max, michael kors outlet online, nike air max, replica watches, cheap oakley sunglasses, uggs on sale, louis vuitton outlet online, ralph lauren outlet, ralph lauren polo, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, burberry factory outlet, burberry outlet, oakley sunglasses, louboutin uk, nike outlet, uggs on sale, oakley sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, cheap jordans, tiffany jewelry, prada handbags, michael kors outlet store, louis vuitton, longchamp bags, louis vuitton outlet, gucci handbags, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton handbags, christian louboutin, louboutin shoes, tory burch outlet, christian louboutin, prada outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors, uggs on sale, longchamp outlet, uggs outlet, ray ban sunglasses, uggs outlet, replica watches, nike free

7:36 PM

Blogger oakleyses said...

coach outlet, new balance, louboutin pas cher, polo lacoste pas cher, nike roshe run pas cher, lululemon outlet, true religion jeans, coach purses, coach outlet, sac guess pas cher, vanessa bruno pas cher, polo ralph lauren uk, kate spade outlet, nike free, burberry pas cher, longchamp pas cher, nike air max, true religion outlet, nike tn pas cher, hollister uk, michael kors, michael kors, north face pas cher, true religion outlet, timberland pas cher, coach outlet store online, nike air max uk, north face uk, nike free pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, hermes pas cher, vans pas cher, converse, mulberry uk, abercrombie and fitch UK, jordan pas cher, nike air max pas cher, michael kors outlet online, nike roshe uk, michael kors uk, ray ban uk, true religion outlet, lunette oakley pas cher, lunette ray ban pas cher, nike air max uk

7:37 PM

Blogger oakleyses said...

new balance shoes, iphone cases, asics running shoes, babyliss pro, ipad cases, mac cosmetics, s6 cases, nfl jerseys, salvatore ferragamo, iphone 6 cases, abercrombie, iphone 5s cases, mont blanc, bottega veneta, softball bats, reebok outlet, oakley, insanity workout, soccer jerseys, soccer shoes, nike air huarache, celine handbags, nike roshe run, instyler ionic styler, nike air max, beats by dre, hermes handbags, jimmy choo outlet, iphone 6s plus cases, herve leger, abercrombie and fitch, giuseppe zanotti, mcm handbags, iphone 6s cases, ghd hair, hollister clothing, nike trainers uk, louboutin, longchamp uk, p90x workout, iphone 6 plus cases, polo ralph lauren, north face outlet, chi flat iron, vans outlet, valentino shoes, lululemon outlet, wedding dresses, timberland boots, north face outlet

7:37 PM

Blogger oakleyses said...

swarovski jewelry, thomas sabo uk, lancel, moncler jackets, michael kors outlet, sac louis vuitton, louis vuitton uk, canada goose, swarovski uk, louis vuitton, vans scarpe, gucci, canada goose uk, links of london uk, wedding dresses uk, ugg pas cher, michael kors handbags, karen millen uk, pandora jewelry, pandora uk, nike air max, louis vuitton, bottes ugg pas cher, hollister, ugg uk, barbour jackets uk, canada goose pas cher, coach outlet, sac louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, montre pas cher, supra shoes, ray ban, moncler outlet, pandora jewelry, moncler, doke & gabbana, moncler, canada goose, replica watches, toms shoes, juicy couture outlet, moncler uk, barbour, michael kors outlet online, moncler, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, converse shoes outlet, moncler, marc jacobs, ugg,uggs,uggs canada

7:38 PM

Blogger Minko Chen said...

ralph lauren outlet
the north face outlet
nike free 5
ugg outlet store
abercrombie and fitch
winter jackets
nike air max
michael kors wallet sale
longchamp handbags
true religion canada
oakley sunglasses
air max shoes
lebron shoes
timberland shoes
beats by dre
michael kors uk outlet
black friday deals
ed hardy clothing
kobe shoes
links of london jewellery

7:32 PM

Blogger chenlina said...

coach factory outlet
cartier watches
nike air max
louis vuitton outlet
lebron 13
cheap jordan shoes
tods outlet online
kevin durant shoes 7
michael kors outlet
adidas superstars
kobe bryant shoes
coach factory outlet online
coach outlet
lebron 11
michael kors outlet
true religion jeans sale
michael kors outlet clearance
louis vuitton outlet
kobe 9
coach outlet online
coach factory outlet
ray ban sunglasses
gucci belts
coach factory outlet
oakley canada
air jordan 8
cheap oakley sunglasses
timberland outlet
tory burch handbags
instyler max
hollister kids
oakley vault
coach factory outlet
michael kors handbags
adidas superstar
cheap jordan shoes
cheap nfl jerseys
coach outlet
louis vuitton
nike uk

7:50 PM

Blogger عبده العمراوى said...

شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر
شركة تسليك مجارى براس تنورة

7:54 PM


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home