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



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

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

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

  12. 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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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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