*This is a collaborative post
Bath, Book, Bed Routine with the Book Trust
Regular readers of my blog will know that books are a big thing in our house. I think reading with young children is so important and we introduced books to them at a very young age. The same actually goes with a bedtime routine.
When a baby is small, I kind of go with a flow for a while, there’s breastfeeding and bonding that needs to be established first. Plus, if you have more than one child, the evenings are a nice time to have some one on one cuddles with your baby.
However, with both of my children there came a time when I knew it was right to establish a bedtime routine, and it is one we have stuck to ever since. Just as the title, and the Book Trust suggests we bath our children, read a book to them and them put them to bed.
About the Bath, Book, Bed Campaign
The Bath, Book and Bed campaign is one that the BookTrust started three years ago with Super Nanny Jo Frost.
The BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. They work to inspire a love of reading in children because they know that reading can transform lives. Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading.
All parents know just how hard it is to go without sleep, so Bath, Book and Bed campaign is a simple solution is a way of encouraging children into a soothing bedtime routine. No gadgets or gizmos. It’s also a great way to start reading with your children from a young age and also encourages a love of books.
Our Bath, Book Bed Routine
Our bath, book bed routine got a little challenged when Aria was a baby and we she was diagnosed with quite bad eczema. The eczema nurse advised me not to bath her everyday which meant that I needed to adapt the routine a little. It means we only bath every other night, and on the nights we don’t bath we just have a nice wash in the sink and the carry on with the routine as usual.
We have also added something additional into the campaign in that after I have tucked each child into bed they each get their own nursery rhyme sung to them of their choice. Again this is something I have done to them when they were small.
But other than that we pretty much stick to the simple bath, book and bed routine and my children always love the reading time together.
When my son started school, he started to get a lot of nightmares. I have been writing a gratitude diary for a while so I decided to try and adapt this for Logan. At bedtime we started talking about ‘3 good things’ that had happened that day to help remember good things to dream about instead. The idea of it really caught on and before long both children wanted to do it religiously at bed time. The things they choose are often adorable, but also quite humbling. From cuddles, to what they had at dinner it’s always love to find out what their favourite thing of the day is.
For the Book Trust we decided to get a bit crafty. Now, I’m not that crafty but I thought it would be really lovely to make journals for my children to keep the details of their daily 3 good things in. So that in the future we can look back on all of the things that made them happy.
We started very simple with an A5 notebook in colour of their choice and they set about decorating them – mainly with stickers. Dinosaurs and cats for Logan. Cats, princesses and unicorns for Aria. They really enjoyed doing them and spent a lot of time and care putting them together.
Straight away afterwards they wanted to write their three good things in them and have done them every night. Logan writing his own and at the moment I am writing them for Aria. I will have to share with you how they are doing with them a few months down the line.
Bath, Book, Bed Twitter Party
Did you know that new parents lose out on an average of 650 hours sleep per year? That’s a lot of a sleep! If you would like to ask and exchange advice on your bedtime routine make sure to join the Twitter part on the 11th April between 8 and 9 pm. Simple use the hashtag #BathBookBed to join. There will also be a chance to win prizes too.
I also have a giveaway for readers of my blog. One lucky reader will win the following items:
- 1x Pippa Pig Book
- 1x Peppa Pig Toothbrush
- 1x Peppa Pig Toothpaste
- 1x Peppa Bubble Bath
- 1x Bath, Book, Bed booklet
- 2x Best Bedtime Books
To be in with a chance of winning simply enter below.
*Terms and conditions: One winner will win one goody bag from the BookTrust as listed above. The winner will receive two books from the BookTrust’s Bedtime 2018 list at random, not necessarily the ones pictured above. Open to UK entrants only. Giveaway closes on 7th May 2018. The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. If the winner does not respond to the email in two weeks, a new winner will be randomly chosen.