Christopher Robin was born in 1920. His nurse was called Olive, but in the poems that A.A. Milne wrote her name was changed to Alice for easier rhyming. He spent much of his childhood in London and at the family week-end home Cotchford Farm, Hartfield. From there it was just a short walk on to Ashdown Forest.
Christopher Milne has later confessed that he had problems coping with the legendary literary figure created about him. Milne has also said that his mother, Daphne, invented stories about toy animals and provided most of the material for his father's books. Christopher Milne analyzed his relationship with his father in Enchanted Places (1975), in which he emphasized that his father did not feel sentimental about children.
AA Milne's poem 'Vespers', about a little boy who is pretending to say his prayers, was originally published by Vanity Fair in New York, 1923. Christopher Robin described 'Vespers' as 'the one [work] that has brought me over the years more toe-curling, fist-clenching, lip-biting embarrassment than any other."