Sleep is a basic need. You need it, I need it, our babies need it.
"They" say it's a good idea to develop a consistent bedtime routine-I agree. We've had pretty much the same bedtime routine for a while now. They also say sleep schedules are good. We've done pretty good in this area as well.
What they don't tell you regarding babies and sleep is this:
Just because your little one falls asleep later than normal or skips a regular nap does not mean they make up for it by sleeping in the next morning. In fact, they may even end up waking up EARLIER than normal.
We are living proof of this. It's 5:30 AM (when I drafted this) and Abigail woke up 15 minutes ago.
Just thought I'd share.