The Bath, Book, Bed routine is once again being highlighted by parenting expert Jo Frost and the BookTrust.

Lack of sleep is one of the hardest parts of being a parent and getting children to sleep can be one of the biggest challenges.

 

Bath, book, bed (and maybe a little creativity) A photo of a toy Peppa Pig boat and bottle of Peppa Pig bath and shower gel on white tile

 

A regular routine is the best way to get children ready for sleep. A simple bath, book, bed routine can be relaxing for both children and parents. It is a time to switch off from technology and create an environment that is just you and the children. Where they have your undivided attention for a while to play before relaxing and having a cuddle. Sharing a story can feed the children’s imagination, creativity and confidence.

This routine is obviously not going to work for everyone and you will need to adapt it to what works for you and your family but it is a fab basis to work around. Lucas will often be a lot more alert after a bath so we tend to do baths in the morning now (although that is becoming increasingly difficult as he doesn’t believe he needs a bath unless he has been swimming and in his own words ‘need to move the chlorine’)

 

Bath, book, bed (and maybe a little creativity) A photo of Peppa Pig bedding with Peppa Pig sticker book and a sleepy bed time book

 

 

If you don’t think a simple bath book bed routine would work for your child, why not get crafty making a set of worry dolls or dream catchers? You could even make a (placebo) fairy dust or peaceful sleep spray. We made a calm jar which is so simple to do. You simply fill a jar or bottle about a third full with warm water, add some glitter glue and stir to mix it into the water, then you can add some food colouring if you like, add some glitter and fill the bottle up but leave enough space for the water and glitter to move. You can then watch the glitter which is mesmerising and if your child is unsettled, waiting for the glitter to fall to the bottom gives that bit of time out. Lucas really enjoys painting and we find that is a great way for him to relax as he completely focuses on the brush strokes and likes this as a quiet activity.

 

 

Every evening we go upstairs and he will wash his face and brush his teeth rather than having a bath and then go into the bedroom and play with his sticker books or do his jigsaws in a quiet calm environment. He takes the lead of where he wants to place the stickers or which jigsaw he wants to do and he gets chance to talk to us about anything that is on his mind before settling down. We have found that whilst doing this, he will often start talking about something that has happened during the day or what someone has said to him at nursery.

 

Bath, book, bed (and maybe a little creativity) Lucas is sat up wearing Peppa Pig pjs and looking down at a book

 

Once he has had time playing, Lucas will get into his Peppa Pig blow up bed that he has decided is his reading corner and read a couple of stories before he goes to bed for snuggles then sleep.

 

Bath, book, bed (and maybe a little creativity) Lucas has blonde wavy hair he is smiling at a book, the camera has a side on angle

 

What do you do for your children’s bed time routines? If you want any suggestions and top tips from Jo Frost, check out the free downloadable booklet that features Daddy Pig. There is also a Twitter Party being held from 8-9pm tomorrow  (Wed 11th April) where there is a chance to win prizes and exchange advice around bedtime. To take part use the hashtag #BathBookBed

 

Bath, Book, Bed (and maybe a little creativity) The giveaway bundle including books, toothbrush, toothpaste abubble bath

 

The BookTrust have also offered a bedtime bundle to one of my readers which includes
1x Peppa Pig Book
1x Peppa Pig Toothbrush
1x Peppa Pig Toothpaste
1x Peppa Bubble Bath
1x Bath, Book, Bed booklet
2x Bedtime Books (randomly chosen, may not be the same as pictured)

To enter, use the app below x

 
BookTrust and Peppa bundle

Bath, book, bed (and maybe a little creativity) BookTrust and parenting expert Jo Frost are campaigning to show ways of how to get into a good bed routine with children

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33 Comments

33 Comments on Bath, book, bed (and maybe a little creativity) Giveaway

  1. tracyknixon
    April 10, 2018 at 4:26 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Bath, warm drink, story, bed! Simple x

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  2. Kayleigh Watkins
    April 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm (2 weeks ago)

    My five year and 13 month old daughters have a bath, story and songs with snuggles then my 13 month old goes into her cot with a warm bottle of milk and my 5 year old watches a DVD in bed xXx

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  3. Solange
    April 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Bath, book, bed.

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  4. Margaret Gallagher
    April 10, 2018 at 10:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Bath bed story night night cuddles

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  5. Iain Maciver
    April 10, 2018 at 11:02 pm (2 weeks ago)

    bath,bed,story

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  6. Hayley Colburn
    April 11, 2018 at 1:17 am (2 weeks ago)

    about the same really, although my daughter doesn’t have a bath every night, more like every other, she just brushes her teeth and has a good wash before putting her pj’s on other nights, routine wise though its pj’s, beaker of milk, cuddle with the start of a story, then when she’s getting sleepy we take her up to her bed for the rest of the story and she tends to fall asleep before the end

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  7. DAWN WINSKILL
    April 11, 2018 at 4:01 am (2 weeks ago)

    I agree with the bath, story, bed routine.

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  8. Sue McCarthy
    April 11, 2018 at 7:13 am (2 weeks ago)

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

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  9. laura stewart
    April 11, 2018 at 7:47 am (2 weeks ago)

    bath, hot drink, story, bed x

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  10. Nicola Marshall
    April 11, 2018 at 8:45 am (2 weeks ago)

    Bath, snuggles, book & bed.xxx

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  11. Nicola Farrel
    April 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm (1 week ago)

    Pyjamas, teeth brushed, chill out for 10 then cuddles kisses and bed

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  12. Andrea Fletcher
    April 11, 2018 at 7:01 pm (1 week ago)

    Bath, milky drink, story and bed.

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  13. Hannah Wallington
    April 11, 2018 at 8:07 pm (1 week ago)

    Bath, book and bed for us

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  14. sarah Mackay
    April 12, 2018 at 6:57 am (1 week ago)

    Bath, book, hugs and bed

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  15. lozzle77
    April 12, 2018 at 9:42 am (1 week ago)

    bath and bed

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  16. gemma hendry
    April 12, 2018 at 2:01 pm (1 week ago)

    bath, play, story bed

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  17. Lyndsey cooksey
    April 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm (1 week ago)

    Bedtime routines are always a bath with bubbles that tire the little ones out by getting excited over them. Whilst they are being dried, a little massage to get them relaxed and a warm drink.

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  18. MARIA ROGERS
    April 13, 2018 at 10:46 am (1 week ago)

    quiet time, bath, teeth, massage, milk with bedtime story, bed

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  19. Laura Pritchard
    April 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm (1 week ago)

    Mixture of bath, book, TV & bed despending on how much time we have!

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  20. Michelle Smith
    April 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm (1 week ago)

    Bath hot drink bed

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  21. chelseygrun
    April 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm (1 week ago)

    Bath, book, bottle & bed

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  22. Ray Dodds
    April 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm (1 week ago)

    Bath story sleep with a bit of luck

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  23. lynn neal
    April 14, 2018 at 8:32 am (1 week ago)

    Bath, warm drink, stories and sleep!

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  24. katie
    April 14, 2018 at 10:03 am (1 week ago)

    Bath then storytime in her bed then sleepy time

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  25. janine atkin
    April 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm (1 week ago)

    bath, story time then bed

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  26. Sally Collingwood
    April 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm (1 week ago)

    Watch in the night garden, wash, teeth, story and then beddy byes!

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  27. claire woods
    April 15, 2018 at 10:51 am (7 days ago)

    Bath, warm drink, story, bed!

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  28. Lorna Ledger
    April 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm (5 days ago)

    It used to be (she’s 17!) bath, pj’s huggle time and story with milk, this would be for my lovely niece and nephew x

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  29. Tee Simpson
    April 16, 2018 at 8:44 pm (5 days ago)

    We do bath book cuddles and bed after dinner

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  30. Karen Usher
    April 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm (2 days ago)

    Bath, 2 x books (She reads one to me, and I read 1 to her) and then night night.

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  31. Chris Andrews
    April 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm (6 hours ago)

    What is your child’s bedtime routine?
    quiet sofa cuddles / warm bath / bedtime story

    Reply

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