Before I became a parent one thing that I didn’t think about was that children don’t like going to sleep. I knew that babies would need feeding during the night, but I didn’t think beyond that. How naive was I! Having a bedtime routine is the most important part of our day, this is one thing that we don’t really deviate from and stick to the same thing every night.
I love bedtime as its a time when the girls are tired, more cuddly and a chance to snuggle up with them. We’re lucky that Andy is normally home for bedtime and we do it together. Andy does bath time, while I tidy around upstairs and put away clothes and toys left around in their rooms.
Then when they get out of bed, they get dressed and I dry their hair and Andy brushes their teeth. Its then my favourite part, which is story time. We used to do story time together, but about six months ago we started to have heated discussions about which book they both wanted to read a page and it wasn’t a very calming experience. I think its because now Holly can read, they both want a go all the time, which is only a good thing and we always encourage reading. So, now we take a child each and read in their bedrooms. Its really lovely and we swap children, so we both get a chance to hear the girls read.
Then Holly goes into Alice’s bedroom and they say goodnight to each other and we say goodnight to both girls in their beds. Holly will always get out to go to the toilet and then she normally goes off to sleep. Alice being a little bit older, we let her read on her own for a bit. We find that this works better, than giving her a later bedtime, because Holly thinks she is asleep too. Andy or I will then go into Alice and sing her a nursery rhyme, something which we have been doing forever and its like her little signal that its time to sleep.
The only change to our routine is when there is only one of us doing bedtime and then we will read all together. What I love about having a routine, is that the girls know what is coming. There are no surprises and it always means sleeping at the end. Yes, there will be the times that they get out of bed to ask us that really important question (it is never important!), but they will always go back to bed and we are normally downstairs by 8pm with two sleeping girls.
Holly pretending to be asleep!!
A great way to get your children into a good bedtime routine is to role play with their toys. We were recently sent the Baby Annabel Sweet Dreams bed, along with Annabel doll and an outfit. Holly couldn’t wait until bedtime and get Annabel already for bed.
Holly loves her dolls and she is always very gentle with them. She loves to give them a cuddle and put them to bed. Before reading them a story.
Its just the cutest watching her do the same routine that we do. She loves to be the Mum and it helps with her learning to read too.
With baby asleep, its lights out and time for everyone to get to sleep. The cot has lights and a mobile to play, which Holly just loved.
Do you have a good bedtime routine?
Disclosure: We were kindly sent our Baby Annabel products in return for an honest review. All views, opinions and photos are my own.