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

Collaborative post.


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

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

    Bath, warm drink, story, bed! Simple x

  2. Kayleigh Watkins
    April 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm (2 months 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

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

    Bath, book, bed.

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

    Bath bed story night night cuddles

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


  6. Hayley Colburn
    April 11, 2018 at 1:17 am (2 months 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

    April 11, 2018 at 4:01 am (2 months ago)

    I agree with the bath, story, bed routine.

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

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

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

    bath, hot drink, story, bed x

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

    Bath, snuggles, book &

  11. Nicola Farrel
    April 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm (2 months ago)

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

  12. Andrea Fletcher
    April 11, 2018 at 7:01 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath, milky drink, story and bed.

  13. Hannah Wallington
    April 11, 2018 at 8:07 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath, book and bed for us

  14. sarah Mackay
    April 12, 2018 at 6:57 am (2 months ago)

    Bath, book, hugs and bed

  15. lozzle77
    April 12, 2018 at 9:42 am (2 months ago)

    bath and bed

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

    bath, play, story bed

  17. Lyndsey cooksey
    April 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm (2 months 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.

    April 13, 2018 at 10:46 am (2 months ago)

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

  19. Laura Pritchard
    April 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm (2 months ago)

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

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

    Bath hot drink bed

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

    Bath, book, bottle & bed

  22. Ray Dodds
    April 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath story sleep with a bit of luck

  23. lynn neal
    April 14, 2018 at 8:32 am (2 months ago)

    Bath, warm drink, stories and sleep!

  24. katie
    April 14, 2018 at 10:03 am (2 months ago)

    Bath then storytime in her bed then sleepy time

  25. janine atkin
    April 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm (2 months ago)

    bath, story time then bed

  26. Sally Collingwood
    April 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm (2 months ago)

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

  27. claire woods
    April 15, 2018 at 10:51 am (2 months ago)

    Bath, warm drink, story, bed!

  28. Lorna Ledger
    April 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm (2 months 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

  29. Tee Simpson
    April 16, 2018 at 8:44 pm (2 months ago)

    We do bath book cuddles and bed after dinner

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

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

  31. Chris Andrews
    April 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm (2 months ago)

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

  32. Amanda Noble
    April 24, 2018 at 12:17 am (2 months ago)

    Warm bubble bath with her toys,followed by a warm drink,a little chat and a bed time story

  33. Jessica Powell
    April 25, 2018 at 7:47 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath, story, then getting tucked into bed. 🙂

  34. Kerryn Johnson
    April 26, 2018 at 7:34 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath and story

  35. Laura Bryant
    April 26, 2018 at 10:13 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath warm drink cuddles and story then bed

  36. Kirsty Hosty
    April 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath, story and milk

  37. Carrie-Anne Brown
    April 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm (2 months ago)

    a bubble bath, cuddles and a story then milk and bed 🙂

  38. Mandy Walsh (@Mandymoo2014)
    April 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm (2 months ago)

    In our house its bath, 30 minutes quiet time with a book and then lights out at 8pm

  39. Rachel Butterworth
    May 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm (2 months ago)

    Bubble bath, half an hour with their toys, story and bed by 8.30 at the latest.

  40. Rachael Sexey
    May 3, 2018 at 11:11 am (2 months ago)

    Bath milk teeth snuggles meditation sleep

  41. Kim Styles
    May 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm (2 months ago)

    my children are older now but have nieces and nephews with me almost twice a week overnight . our routine is bath with toys quiet story , warm drink and bed

  42. sheridarby
    May 4, 2018 at 9:28 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath, story and cuddle

  43. Susan B
    May 5, 2018 at 5:00 am (2 months ago)

    Same as most with bath, book and lights out. I also try to reduce noise and lighting as soon as tea is over to help quieten the children down.

  44. mandydoherty65
    May 5, 2018 at 8:18 pm (2 months ago)

    Bath, story & bed

    May 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm (1 month ago)

    Grandson love his playtime in a bubble bath and a couple of stories, simple

  46. Sarah archibald
    May 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, book and in to bed after a few sing songs 🙂

  47. paula cheadle
    May 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm (1 month ago)

    bath, story with a drink, then snuggle down with her teddy

  48. Leila Benhamida
    May 7, 2018 at 7:16 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath. Quite time. Bed time story and sleep

  49. carol boffey
    May 8, 2018 at 8:27 am (1 month ago)

    Hot drink bath and bed

  50. Charlotte G
    May 8, 2018 at 10:54 am (1 month ago)

    My son has a bath, we brush his teeth, put him to bed and read him a story

  51. olivia280177
    May 8, 2018 at 11:03 am (1 month ago)

    drink, teeth. story, cuddle and bed

  52. Stevie
    May 8, 2018 at 11:10 am (1 month ago)

    My niece always has a book at bedtime to read.

  53. Victoria Thurgood
    May 8, 2018 at 4:16 pm (1 month ago)

    teeth book bed

  54. Kelly Hirst
    May 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, teeth, talk, book and bed

  55. Danielle Dudley
    May 8, 2018 at 5:54 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath and cuddles

  56. Sandra Fortune
    May 8, 2018 at 7:19 pm (1 month ago)

    Wind down time half an hour before bath do something relaxing then bath ,into bed a calming story and snuggles

  57. Rebecca Powell
    May 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, pyjamas, milk, book, bed

  58. natalee gosiewski
    May 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm (1 month ago)

    warm milk, bath, bed, bedtime story

  59. Rachel Craig
    May 8, 2018 at 10:27 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, snack / supper, toileting, tooth brushing,bed, Storytime, lights out and sleep.

  60. Jeanette Leighton
    May 9, 2018 at 9:35 am (1 month ago)

    Bath and warm milk and cuddles then sleep

  61. Leanne perrett
    May 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm (1 month ago)

    bath brush teeth then a quiet small activity usually there reading homework books then bed

  62. Lindsay
    May 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm (1 month ago)

    Dinner bath story time

  63. Dawn Samples
    May 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, story and bed, my son still has a sleep sometimes during the day and sometimes not so it’s difficult to have a set bedtime x

  64. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    May 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, reading, Night Light on, Sleep ….. (fingers crossed!!)

  65. Theresa Thomas
    May 9, 2018 at 10:05 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, Book Bed

  66. Vicky Allum
    May 9, 2018 at 10:07 pm (1 month ago)

    My little one likes a bath with her water toys, a warm milk and a cuddle with her favourite plush duck.

  67. Kate EM Davies
    May 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm (1 month ago)

    My son has eczema so we don’t bath him every night. On the nights we don’t we have an hours quiet time before story time and sleep.

  68. Tammy Neal
    May 9, 2018 at 10:41 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath story and bed xx

  69. Danielle Graves
    May 9, 2018 at 10:53 pm (1 month ago)

    Our routine consists of me reading my son a story and then him and his Dad race up the stairs and Daddy turns his sensory lights on and tucks him in bed x

  70. Natalie Crossan
    May 9, 2018 at 11:02 pm (1 month ago)

    we try to stick to a nice relaxing bath, book and then bed x

  71. Amy Leigh
    May 9, 2018 at 11:23 pm (1 month ago)

    Bath, Story with milk, Sleep!

  72. fionajk42
    May 9, 2018 at 11:23 pm (1 month ago)

    With my granddaughter we follow the “bath, book, bed” routine, which usually works well. However if she’s over-excited because of things she did / saw today, or will do / see tomorrow (e.g. visit the zoo), then we make lists of things we saw / will see such as all the animals. I repeat some of the items on purpose, so that the list just goes on and on until she is asleep.


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