When I heard that Jo Frost had teamed up with the Book Trust to launch a new campaign, Bath, Book, Bed, I was keen to get involved. Somewhere over the last few weeks, especially with the lighter evenings, we have completely fallen out of our bedtime routine and we’re lucky if we can get the children bathed and up to bed before 9pm some nights.
We received a fantastic Peppa Pig bundle of goodies to help us tackle bedtimes more effectively, including a really useful booklet filled with tips and advice from Jo Frost herself. She explains that bath, book and bed is a tried and trusted way of ensuring that children establish a good sleep routine and why sticking to it, no matter what, is so important in order for it to work long term.
Luckily our children all adore the bath and they will happily splash away in there all night long if we let them! With our new Peppa Pig bath goodies the children were even more excited than usual!
Reading with the children is so important, even from a young age where they can merely look at the pictures. Until quite recently it was something that we stuck to religiously, regardless of how busy we were or how hectic bedtimes had become, but the last few weeks this too has been inconsistent, something which we really want to change. Seeing Megan so excited to choose a book from our new Peppa Pig book shelf was lovely, even more so when she discovered there was a Peppa Pig book waiting in there!
The book was all about Peppa Pig getting ready for bed, and I was really hoping that the children would follow her example!
Megan declared that it was her most favourite bedtime story ever, and she wanted to read it fifty billion times over.
Nice try Meggy!
And this is the stage where our routine tends to fall apart! Too cold, too hot, too thirsty, too hungry, too light, too dark, too noisy, too quiet…..you get the idea!! There isn’t an excuse on this planet that my children haven’t come up with to avoid bedtime, and with the lighter evenings, “But it’s not dark outside!”, it has become even harder to convince them to sleep!
Jo says that the trick with bedtimes is to create a calm environment, all toys cleared away, dim the lights and make sure that your child knows that it is time to sleep. If the child gets out of bed, calmly tuck the back in again and walk away, and if they do it again? Repeat as many times as necessary!
With lovely new Peppa Pig bedding, cushions, blankets, and a fantastic inflatable Peppa Pig nightlight, the children were keen to get into bed this evening, and even more miraculous – they stayed there!!
I am determined to re-establish this routine so that we can enjoy our evenings over the Summer months, it is utterly exhausting having the children running up and down the stairs, shouting down every two minutes, or crying for a drink. BookTrust have many more tips and advice over on their website and I’m sure that I will be consulting their site as we tackle this head on!
But for now, I am going to sit on the couch, enjoy some reality trash TV and snaffle one of the children’s Easter eggs….in peace!!!