We have been sent some lovely books, bubble bath, toothpaste and tooth brushes from BookTrust as part of their campaign for Bath, Book, Bed with Jo Frost (who’s their ambassador and spokesperson.)
Bath, Book, Bed originally launched in May 2016 and my daughter and I have been doing this routine from the start.
My daughter, like most children, needs a routine at bedtime to help her wind down and settle. I’ve got to admit it was hard for me at the beginning, time always seemed to disappear and I’m rushing to get her showered and in bed. Expecting her to stay there after all the madness of the day.
I now have a alarm on my phone for half 4 in the afternoon, a reminder for me so the telly goes off, noisy toys are tidied put away.
Plenty of time for dinner, a good bath, a story of her choice and lights out on or around 6pm.
My daughter loves a bubbly bath, it’s our time where we talk about all the things we’ve done throughout the day.
She loves to play with the bubbles, and usually the floor gets a good wash too.
Though my daughter didn’t always like a bath. When she was a baby, I used to have to wash her in her baby grow vests as she hated being naked. Then we worked up to having the poppers undone, to only having one arm and head in the vest. One day after several weeks of building up her confidence, she was distracted by daddy blowing bubbles and I stripped her off in the bath. She barely noticed.
We always finish by brushing her teeth or each others, we also have a teeth sand timer to make sure there clean.
We have quite a collection of stories; classic fairy tales to some of my childhood favourites. Some stories I’ve read so many times that my daughter “reads” me the following page before I can turn it!
Reading has developed my daughter’s speech, got her being able to describe things to me and built up her imagination.
We try to pause between before turning the page to explore the pictures.
Bedtime with Ted by Sophy Henn. Age 2 – 3
This is a lift the flap story about Ted trying to delay going to bed.
By the third page my daughter was saying “Bedtime Ted” with every page turn.
This story is short but entertaining.
She liked to guess what animal is hiding behind the flap.
Silver by Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei. Age 3 – 6
A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell. Age 2+
The second our story is finished my daughter lies down with a teddy or two, I turn the light out and switch her Gro Clock from the Sun to the Star.
It has a nightlight which I can control how bright it is.
We have a short cuddle in her bed. From then on I barely say a word.
When leaving her room I whisper “night night, I love you” at her without eye contact.
I’ll then hear her talking to her teddies and saying goodnight to them.
Time it takes for her to settle varies by the day but usually she’s asleep within half an hour.
I rarely have to put her back into bed as once she’s asleep she is until morning.
If she does wake in the night, I guide her to the toilet and back to bed. I don’t need to say anything as she knows the routine and by not turning on the main lights she knows it’s still night time.
Lack of sleep is one of the hardest parts of being a parent. The same routine every night – even if it’s the same story every night won’t just help them fall asleep, it’ll also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence.
The booklet featured in this post, Bath, Book, Bed: Simple steps to a better nights sleep, is available to download from BookTrust with helpful tips from parenting expert Jo Frost, featuring Daddy Pig.
BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.
Every parent receives a BookTrust book in the baby’s first year.
Visit the BookTrust website to find out more
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