Dreambaby Night Light

Photo Diary: Helping The Girls Sleep Better At Night

Both of my girls have always seemed to have issues at bedtime. Little G has been dealing with Toddler Hypoglycemia for the last couple of years and LJ has never managed to go a few days without waking in the night. I know I won’t be alone in these sleep issues but it seems to be getting worse recently. LJ now seems to have an irrational fear of bedtime which is having a knock on effect on her sister. The pair of them take turns in waking through the night!

When Little G was a baby we used to take a full hour of winding down to bedtime, dimming the lights and spending some quiet time in her room. We have never really done that with LJ though, I am not sure if it is through laziness or just a more relaxed approach to parenting. Either way, bedtime seems to be a sudden affair where the girls are bundled up to bed with a story and then left to go to sleep. Probably not the best way to go about things!

A while back I decided it would be good to read them a bedtime story together rather than separately. Not only does that mean nobody gets a rushed story but it also means they share a moment together which is lovely. We have been so busy lately though so it has taken a while to get into the habit. It doesn’t help that often the girls don’t necessarily go to bed at the same time. However this last week, with the increase in night wakings, we have make a concerted effort to be better at doing bedtime.

The Night Before Christmas

LJ prefers it if I do bedtime but Mr F and I still take turns, despite her protestations on his nights. She soon calms down though and settles for their story. One of their favourites at the moment is The Night Before Christmas. I have to say it is one of my favourites too and really leaves me feeling Christmassy. We have read it every night for about a week along with another story each night. Then they are happy to go off to their rooms and snuggle under their duvets.

LJ still has a dummy at bedtime, it is the only time she has one now. I know some parents don’t agree with them but it makes her happy so who am I to argue? She is a stickler for routine and will go to find her dummy, turn on her nightlight and roll over to sleep. When she wakes in the morning she pops her dummy back in the drawer and is happy as larry!

DreamBaby Night Light

Her nightlight is from Dreambaby® and she loves it. I think she likes that she can press the button herself so is in control if it should turn off too soon. It has certainly helped with bedtime as I do think she gets scared of the dark- I know I did as a child, always having the landing light on until I was about 8! Little G used to have a night light but doesn’t seem to fussed by the dark any more which is good.

I don’t know what is triggering the disrupted sleep for them both. Perhaps LJ is going to stun us all into silence by starting to talk on her birthday next week! I think Little G is just a little under the weather as it is nearing the end of term. Either way I am enjoying the new shared bedtime routine- any excuse to cuddle up to my girls is alright by me!

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  • Reply
    December 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Oh i know exactly how you feel. Our eldest only started sleeping through when he turned 4yrs old. Our youngest still doesnt sleep through and he can have me up countless times during the night. It can be so exhausting mentally and physically. I hope the new routine helps with your girls sleep.

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      December 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      It really is exhausting isn’t it? Mr f never understands as he sleeps right through- drives me nuts!! x

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        December 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

        Yes so exhausting, makes the daytime feel like it will never end. My husband sleeps through it all too! Thought it was just my husband that did that. Men! x

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    iain maciver
    December 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    a bedtime story

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    Maria P
    December 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    keep the same order and routine

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    Kim Neville
    December 10, 2015 at 12:07 am

    We have a bedtime routine. After dinner its bath time then chill time. My son is going through a phase at the moment where he is waking up in the night and saying too dark and coming into our bed

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    Robyn Logan Clarke
    December 10, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Soothing, calming routine before bedtime, then gentle reassurance if they do have any problems during the night.

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    Sadiyya maryam
    December 10, 2015 at 5:35 am

    I totally empathise! My daughter is 4 and has never slept through the night. Admittedly it has gotten better through the years but the exhaustion without a decent night’s sleep I’d tough. Routine has helped her alot, we have a cup of warm milk storytelling and then brush our teeth and bed. Another one here whose husband sleeps right through!

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    Tracy Nixon
    December 10, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Warm milk and a bedtime story under a soft light.

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    Nicki Evans
    December 10, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Getting bedtime at the right time for your children.

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    Ruth Harwood
    December 10, 2015 at 8:05 am

    A song and a cuddle and a light in the hallway x

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    December 10, 2015 at 8:57 am

    dim the lights an hour before bedtime

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    Rachel Bustin
    December 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

    try and have a routine not forgetting the bedtime story xx

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    laura stewart
    December 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

    a good story before bed always works x

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    Angela treadway
    December 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Keep everything as dark as possible and a nice drink of warm milk settles them down nicely for bed x

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    amy rennocks
    December 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    We find its all about routine.
    Bath, bedtime story, snuggles, Milky drink etc

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    Isabel O
    December 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    When I have my niece over to stay I find that she does a lot of jumping about and singing and screeching when we try and settle her bed. It makes it worse that she has to sleep in the room with us. I think she thinks it’s party time! The best thing that works? Pretending I’m asleep. I make sure it’s nice and dark, she’s comfy and warm, and then I go to ‘sleep’. I occasionally gingerly open an eye to make sure she’s okay and then go back to ‘sleeping’. Works every time within about 20 minutes! Her mum thinks I’m a genius. But I think it’s simple. If they think it’s super fun party time, they’re never going to sleep, so as long as it’s relaxing, warm, quiet, dark and a little bit boring they’re bound to give in to sleep eventually!

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    Laura Pritchard
    December 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    A good routine of bottle/bath/book from as early as possible.

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    Laura Nice
    December 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Keep a routine and calm two hours before.

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    samantha price
    December 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    bath and a bedtime story

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    Louise Bridgwater
    December 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    A wind down period before.

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    Kelly L
    December 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    We always enjoy reading books!

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    Julie D
    December 10, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    bath & storytime!

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    Samantha loughlin
    December 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Lots of cuddles story and a good pillow spray xxx

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    georgina prince (was Davies)
    December 10, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    no TV’s in the bedroom! xxxx

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    sarah rees
    December 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    a calm routine 🙂

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    lynn heath
    December 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    My kids love a bedtime story, I try to keep it a nice calm story and save the noisy ones for in the day!!! low lights help too!

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    Andrea Fletcher
    December 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    A consistent bedtime routine.

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    Jessica Powell
    December 10, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    bath and story, then off to bed 🙂

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    Martina Pichova
    December 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    no screens (TV or laptop) 30 minutes before going upstairs to get ready for bed

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    December 10, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    A routine of bath, book, bed worked for me x

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    anne murray
    December 11, 2015 at 12:20 am

    A warm bath, dim the lights and read them a story.

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    claire fawkner
    December 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Bath, hot milk, a nice story and a cuddle

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    Ashleigh Allan
    December 11, 2015 at 8:07 am

    have a routine

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    Marc Chivers
    December 11, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Milk before bed.

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    December 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

    favourite dvd and falls asleep

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    leanne weir
    December 11, 2015 at 11:12 am

    we bought a singing seahorse from argos and it has worked a treat

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    karen cowley
    December 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I have an 11 week old so am learning , i find dark and quiet the best to get my little one off to sleep xx

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    Zoe G
    December 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    A good routine and sticking to it and make sure the children wind down before bed with a book/bath

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    Zoe G
    December 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

    A good routine and sticking to it and make sure the children wind down before bed with a book/bath

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    kate kathurima
    December 11, 2015 at 11:42 am

    lavender mist spray sleep therapy from avon works a treat

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    jennifer thorpe
    December 11, 2015 at 11:44 am

    keep a regular routine

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    Jon Sellers
    December 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Routine and stay strong (no means no)

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    Sarah Brokenshire
    December 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Warm milk and their favourite bedtime story before bed x

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    Tracy Newton
    December 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I am a firm believer in a strict bedtime routine of bath, bed, story, cuddles then sleep. If he becomes unsettled I find that a “magical” lavender pillow spray helps

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    Michelle O'Neill
    December 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    i think a good routine is the most important thing

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    Stephanie Tsang
    December 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Have a regular bedtime routine.

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    December 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    A relaxing bath and a nice story 🙂

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    Donna Lawton
    December 11, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I strongly believe in a set routine and a set bedtime. Also a nice calm book (nothing with a puppet attached etc)

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    Claire Scott
    December 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Start the routine early and keep to it, it really does help and I swear by it working for both my children and hopefully for number 3 ????

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    Claire Scott
    December 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Sorry it was a smiley face not a load of ???? I put!

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    December 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    a bedtime story

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    Corinne Peat
    December 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Lots of fresh air during the day!

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    Lorraine Tinsley
    December 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I have kept the same routine since they were little, food, play, bath, teeth, story and bed. They go to bed at 7.30 and usually get up around 7 maybe 8.

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    Cassandra Mayers
    December 12, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I do Find a story before bed can help her sleep better but i should read all your comments because my little girl wont sleep! lol

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    Lynsey Buchanan
    December 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

    A bedtime story always works in our household.

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    Lara Latchem
    December 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Some quite time with a book or puzzle

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    cheryl kean
    December 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    My tip is to make sure they dont fall asleep after 3pm….. a nice warm bath and then an early night

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    claire woods
    December 12, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Routine is k ey.

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    joanne phillips
    December 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Routine including bedtime story whilst little one is relaxing and settling down

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    cheryl pearson
    December 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    We always have a story before bed time ~ part of the routine

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    December 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    A bath then a story.

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    December 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    keep the same order and routine

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    Christina Palmer
    December 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    A bedtime story, followed by singing twinkle twinkle little star, a goodnight kiss If he gets up put him straight back to bed sing again and say goodning. Same routine every night and stick with it

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    kay lou smith
    December 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Get in to a routine nice and early on 🙂

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    Christine Wilkinson
    December 14, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    don’t rush bedtime, most important! leave a nightlight on and don’t talk about their day, unless they tell you about it, because they might remember something unpleasant, and then not want to go to sleep at all! had that happen in the past, so know how it can upset them, but above all keep calm not matter how stressed bedtime becomes!

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    Lisa Pond
    December 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    We dim all the lights on the house half hour before bedtime to help our daughter wind down

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    joanna butler-savage
    December 15, 2015 at 7:21 am

    consistent bath and bed and be firm – you need your time too

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    adrian price
    December 15, 2015 at 8:41 am

    have a set bedtime.And a set bed time routine

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    Jamie Gallant
    December 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Leaving a light on in the hallways

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    Emma Wolski
    December 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Routine and a bedtime story with bear

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    donna l jones
    December 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    warm milk and a bedtime story

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    Karen Howden
    December 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Bedtime story and then some gentle music

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    elizabeth ferguson
    December 15, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    lots of physical exercise during the day x

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    Mandy S
    December 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Tell a funny story bedtime story so they go to bed happy !

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    Anthea Holloway
    December 15, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    A bedtime story always helps, as does a regular bedtime routine.

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    December 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    a warm bath & bedtime story

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    Lisa Houston
    December 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Get a set bedtime and stick to this. Set up a routine too. bath, book, bed. or whatever works for you and if you do the same thing every night it works. mine love routine and bedtimes have never been a bother.

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    Kerry Smith
    December 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    A warm lavender bath followed by stories and warm milk seems to work for my twins

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    Kristy Brown
    December 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    A good bedtime routine and a black out blind

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    Hannah Cummings
    December 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    A nice bedtime story and keep everything calm and relaxing

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    Rebecca Powell
    December 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    The best way I find is to get them to self settle – and a lovely story and lots of hugs before you put them down!!!

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    Clare H
    December 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    a nice bath then milk and stories

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    Kat Allinson
    December 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Have a bedtime routine, use a white noise make and give them something familiar as a comforter

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    jessica cook
    December 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Try and get a routine as early as possible and stick to it

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    December 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    background noise, I have a small stereo in my childs room and play ‘chill out’ music on it – shes flat out in around 10 mins!

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    Jess Howliston
    December 15, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Both try and stay calm and don’t be to hung up on what other parents or babies are doing. Remember all babies learn and function differently and some babies will sleep through from very young and others take longer. They all get there eventually. xx

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    EJ Dunn
    December 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    A routine is key

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    Hannah Igoe
    December 15, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Make the bedroom calm and peaceful and do quiet activities like reading before getting them to bed!

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    ellie spider
    December 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    black out blinds as room needs to be dark and they also help to stop them from waking too early – a nice soft glow night light works if they are afraid of the dark or need some light 🙂 and developing a good routine early on and sticking to it even if it means they sit in their room awake for 45 mins! Oh and no screen time for 2 hours before bed – screens emit something that switches off the sleep signals in the brains of some kids meaning they actually get kept awake by them – it doesnt affect all kids but worth knowing about

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    Tammy Tudor
    December 16, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Keep a routine, a book and a bath

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    katie w
    December 16, 2015 at 12:51 am

    have a routine and stick to it as much as possible, mine includes a story and kiss the pictures of family we have up good night.

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    Kim Styles
    December 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    a lavendar bath and quiet stories then leave on a soothing low night light

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    Isabelle Smith
    December 16, 2015 at 1:47 am

    a routine! make time to wined down after bath time

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    claire little
    December 16, 2015 at 2:03 am

    keep with a routine!

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    Jane Middleton
    December 16, 2015 at 2:35 am

    good routine including bath and story time

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    Rich Tyler
    December 16, 2015 at 3:40 am

    The 3 B’S – BATH, BOOK, BED!

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    angela edmonds
    December 16, 2015 at 9:07 am

    warm bath and a good story usually works!

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    Lizzy Cooper
    December 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Stick to a routine, stay calm and happy before bed 🙂

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    Keith Hunt
    December 16, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    A warm bed and cool room.

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    Susan B
    December 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Use a wind down routine from tea time until bed time when everything gets a little more quiet and a little more dark.

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    Emma Fox
    December 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    A clear routine – we have bath, story and bed (doesn’t always would out that way though!)

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    Julie Ward
    December 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Never had a problem with bedtimes they usually nod off after a story or two

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    Michaela Hannah
    December 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    We like to use the Johnsons bedtime bubble bath which i believe helps calm the kiddies down before bed

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    kelly gregory
    December 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    always do a bedtime story even if its only a short one to to relax them and spend a few moments together .

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    liza campy
    December 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Bottle time, bath time, book time x

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    Sara Coyne
    December 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    My one week old daughter doesn’t have an established bedtime routine yet but she defintely settles better after a bath x

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    December 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    My daughter loves going to bed with her toy dog, who’s protecting her 🙂

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    Jo McPherson
    December 16, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    We always have a routine at bedtime, bath, play and then read.

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    Maria Hackett
    December 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    my 3 year old loves her routine. food, bath, book cuddle then to her bed! and they all have to be in the same order everyday!

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    Pauline Burroughs
    December 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Bath story and bed. Routine is so important. Doesn’t always work but i think it gives you more good nights than bad ones x

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    Fiona K
    December 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    we tried to stick to bath followed by baby oil massage, then bedtime story and bedtime. It also helps if you don’t allow the children to watch loud TV programmes in the hour or so beforehand.

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    Tricia cowell
    December 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    A regular routine, as most people have said. Blackout blinds, low lighting, a bath a story, cuddles 🙂

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    Donna W
    December 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    We have a regular routine of bath, milk and a calm story. I’ve also always been strict with not causing a fuss at bedtime so I’ve always just given them a kiss and cuddle, told them I love them then put them in bed, said goodnight and left them to settle themselves.

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    jill f
    December 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Routine so pyjamas and a chill out and then reading

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    December 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    A bedtime story

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    Clare Hubbard
    December 16, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    A strict bedtime routine and a glass of milk before bed always helps us.

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    Nicole S
    December 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    A warm bath always seems to help!

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    leigh boyle
    December 16, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    routine is the key without that id be insane x

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    kay anchan
    December 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Avoid singing or rocking your child to sleep, because if she wakes in the middle of the night she may need you to sing or rock her back to sleep

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    David Crabb
    December 16, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    One word. Empathy. If they have trouble sleeping understand why. Don’t get frustrated just try and find out what the problem is. Always read a story and do all you can to make them feel comfortable.

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    Natalie Crossan
    December 16, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Routine, loving cuddles and calm stories xx

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    Victoria Prince
    December 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I think a bedtime routine involving a bedtime story helps 🙂

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    Natalie Gillham
    December 16, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    a warm bath followed by a warm milky drink, cuddles and a story in bed 🙂

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    Jamie Millard
    December 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Very very faint music. just soothing. not enough to rile them – not enough to disturb them.

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    Jessica K
    December 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Bed time routine and chill time before they go to bed!

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    Eva Appleby
    December 16, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Nice bath and bedtime story

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    Monika S
    December 17, 2015 at 12:20 am

    bath and bedtime story

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