ILPM "use other words please"

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Because put down /= fell asleep. Went to bed implies the baby did it on their own like they just waved good night, closed their bedroom door and popped themselves into the crib. In my experience the bedtime experience is more like killing a pet cat than it is like that.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Monday, 4 April 2011 00:44 (eleven years ago) link

How's about the old standard: "We put him/her to bed." ?

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 4 April 2011 01:03 (eleven years ago) link

Has a vaguely mobbish overtone. I like it.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Monday, 4 April 2011 02:50 (eleven years ago) link

Went to bed implies the baby did it on their own like they just waved good night, closed their bedroom door and popped themselves into the crib.

i think everybody understands that it does not work like this - so you don't have to pat yourself on the back every time you mention it

christine's sounds like a perfectly sensible compromise

unless you accidentally say "we put him to sleep"

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Monday, 4 April 2011 09:19 (eleven years ago) link

it just sounds so.... arrogant! "my boy was a cryin and a wailin... so i had to put him down"

another shade of meaning for "to put down" is to insult. it's a very negative phrase!

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Monday, 4 April 2011 09:28 (eleven years ago) link

i've been loving this conversation

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 April 2011 09:32 (eleven years ago) link

I always assumed 'putting down' was a hangover from a time when mothers carried babies around when they were awake (so put them down for sleepytime). Whatever, this seems like a bit of a weird discussion, given that we all know what a strange thing the English language is.

Madchen, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:49 (eleven years ago) link

no there is RIGHT and WRONG

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Monday, 4 April 2011 23:09 (eleven years ago) link

so let's just agree, not to disagree exactly, but that i am right and everyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Monday, 4 April 2011 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

Went to bed implies the baby did it on their own like they just waved good night, closed their bedroom door and popped themselves into the crib.

i think everybody understands that it does not work like this

Ah, one time we were all "Amber's very quiet... " we went to see where she'd got to and found her in bed, fast asleep. She'd clearly decided she was sleepy and put herself to bed. She was 18 months old at this point.

Mark G, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 13:17 (eleven years ago) link


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