Bath, book and bed with Peppa Pig

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.

Bath

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!

Book

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!

Bed

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!!!

 

 

 

 

www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed

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We received the Peppa Pig products for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are my own.

64 Comments

  1. April 26, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I love that book shelf!! The lighter evening have definitely played havoc with out routine with Holly. Luckily Alice is so exhausted from school she goes straight off. But Holly is a pickle and I’m back and forth into her room. We do the bath, book and bed routine and have done for years, it does work. You just have to stick at it!! x

    • Laura Dove
      April 26, 2017 / 8:51 am

      It’s fab isn’t it? We were so strict with the routine but with everything going on I feel as though we have really let it slide, so it’s time to get back on it and be regimental about it!! The new Peppa Pig bedding worked a treat for Megan, she’s so easily pleased! This could cost me a fortune in new bedding! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 26, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Ahh thank you so much. She’s a real character! xxx

  2. April 26, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Sounds perfect! I have the same problem with our two, I get all the excuses under the sun for hours after lights out. A great idea to have a nice calm bedtime, I am going to try harder with getting them to bed earlier – the lighter nights have thrown our schedule off as well x

    • Laura Dove
      April 26, 2017 / 11:38 am

      I’m investing in some good quality black out blinds, I can’t let one glint of light enter the room or it’s game over!! xx

  3. April 26, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I love the idea of getting a more set routine with bedtimes, we’re very hit and miss and I think as they grow older children need the routine and calmness of knowing what’s going to happen. Fingers crossed it helps you get your evenings back! #humpdaylinky

    • Laura Dove
      April 26, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I hope so, routine is so important but we are sometimes too laid back for our own good!! xx

  4. April 26, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Our bedtime routine has definitely slipped lately too. The thing is, when I have a child running riot around the whole of the upstairs, my go-to threat is ‘no story’! But that’s been happening too often recently, and does make it much harder to get him to quieten down.And much as I dislike Peppa Pig, we have a huge collection on Peppa stories that are always a good way to tempt Max into settling down. Best of luck with reclaiming your evenings!

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      Yes!! Exactly the same with us! And if they refuse to go to bed, I say well there’s no time for a story! So the routine just goes out the window! Tonight didn’t go to plan as they have read Peppa for three days running and wanted a new Peppa story, agghh!! I’ll be hunting down Peppa books tomorrow, ha! xx

  5. April 26, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Oh this is awesome…entering now! xx #humpdaylinky

    • April 26, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      haha I read this as a comp…boooooo! Still looks fab..the grem still loves Peppa after so long x

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Oh no, hahah! xx

  6. Freya Farrington
    April 27, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Such cute photos and Peppa pig has been such a big hit with every child in the family I know!

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Definitely! It’s helping our bed time routine this week! xx

  7. April 27, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I love Peppa Pig. That is the only cartoon I can watch with my nephew without getting bored!!

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      I’ve had 13 years of it, I have to say it’s wearing thin, haha! xx

  8. April 27, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    That bookshelf is cute and brightly colored. It adds to the lively room environment..

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it! The kids love it! xx

  9. April 27, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Yes Peppa Pig is a good cartoon considering that nowadays most of them are filled with violence.

    • Laura Dove
      April 27, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      I agree, some cartoons are horrendous! xx

  10. Ali Rost
    April 27, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Awww .. what a sweetie! I remember when my kids were little and the whole dinner/bath/bedtime routine could be tricky. This looks like it would help make it a breeze!

    • Laura Dove
      April 28, 2017 / 8:32 am

      It’s very hard to juggle everything, especially with four of them, but a good routine is a great starting point! xx

  11. April 28, 2017 / 6:03 am

    That did make me laugh – your daughter wanting to read the book again and again – I’m sure the book is great but sounds like she’s using tactics to stay up later. Oh my goodness, my kids are now 11 and 9 and they STILL use any old excuse to be out of their beds for longer! Who would know that it takes 15 minutes to brush teeth?!

    • Laura Dove
      April 28, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Yes!!! Funny how my kids don’t have anything to say for the hour before bed but once we get up there to sleep they want to tell me every minute detail of their whole entire day1!! xx

  12. April 28, 2017 / 6:53 am

    We have always done the bath, book, bed routine and it works for us

    • Laura Dove
      April 28, 2017 / 8:31 am

      We need to get back into it, these pesky light evenings are ruining my peace and quiet!! xx

  13. April 28, 2017 / 8:03 am

    We’ve always had a set routine of bath, book, bed. The younger 2 just joined in when they turned up 🙂 It definitely helps to wind down and relax ready for a good night’s sleep

    • Laura Dove
      April 28, 2017 / 8:29 am

      I agree, it’s just very hard to get back into it when things have slipped. We are working on it! xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:34 am

      The book shelf is fab, it also keeps them quiet in the mornings – bonus! xx

  14. April 28, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    This is so cool stuff. Aside from my daughter, I also love peppa pig.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:33 am

      I’ve been living with Peppa Pig for over 13 years, it is wearing a little thin! xx

  15. April 29, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Everyone loves Peppa Pig! What a cute idea and a great way to show kids routine. If their favorite character says it’s important, they’ll want to do it as well.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Yes! I tell them look, Peppa Pig goes to bed early, so should you!! xx

  16. April 29, 2017 / 4:08 am

    This is so cute! It definitely looks like your daughter was tired out after all that excitement. It must be been like Christmas came early lol.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Yes! They were over the moon with all of their goodies! xx

  17. Elizabeth O.
    April 29, 2017 / 5:27 am

    How nice is this! I love that there’s a set for a night time routine for the kids. It’s definitely going to make nights more fun for them.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:18 am

      I really hope so, the lighter evenings has thrown our routine entirely! xx

  18. April 29, 2017 / 5:34 am

    Peppa Pig seems to be really popular among the kids! I love that they have a collection for everything, from toiletries to books!

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:18 am

      I know, Peppa Pig is huge at the moment! xx

  19. April 29, 2017 / 5:36 am

    That’s adorable!!!! I love that they have all the bath products that your child needs! That book shelf is so cute as well. I’m sure any child would enjoy bed time more with these.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Thanks Carol, the book shelf is so lovely, they have really enjoyed the new routine! xx

  20. April 29, 2017 / 5:41 am

    That’s really lovely. Peppa Pig is a huge hit with the kids and adding elements of that to their bed time routine will make them more excited and willing to take a bath, read, and sleep!

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Definitely, and when it comes to bedtime we need all the help we can get! xx

  21. Laura H
    April 29, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Omg this is too cute. I kind of missed the Peppa Pig era as I was just a bit too old but I watched a few episodes in French to try and improve it xD Great bedtime fun!

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Ooh what a fab way to learn your French!! xx

  22. April 29, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    My little sister is such a big fan of Peppa Pig and always watches the episodes on her little telly (or takes over my foster mums much bigger telly haha!). I am pretty sure she has a book collection gifted from me a couple of years ago and even a bath toy LOL.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Peppa Pig is always a hit with little ones, but not so much with the parents!! I have no idea why they love it so much!! xx

  23. April 29, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I love the simple effectiveness in how you write. You consider the importance of the nature you’re writing and it flows so well from piece to piece showing the emotion and how much your children and the time your spend with them mean to you.. Its really well structured and makes it very easy to read. Wonderful

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you to say. xxx

  24. April 29, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    What a great bundle! This had always been our routine (thought not bath every night) and has worked well, bedtimes aren’t too stressful thank goodness.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:07 am

      I know, we have never bathed the children every night, but it does definitely make them more sleepy! I need to up our game! xx

  25. April 30, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I am totally loving the bookshelf, great piece of decorative storage. I am a firm believer that a good routine, will establish a better night sleep with the children. What better way than with a little helping hand from peppa.

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Absolutely! If Peppa can do it, my kids will too! xx

  26. April 30, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    The more I read blog posts about sleep problems no matter what the kids’ age, the more I wonder (and thank my lucky stars!) how I got so lucky that I’ve never had to endure kids running up and down the stairs refusing to sleep. I think I”d have sold one of them by now lol. I’m now even more amazed than I already was at your blog output rate! Apart from times where for obvious reasons (bed wetting, returning from tiring late night flight) the kids struggle to get to sleep, I ironically have the opposite problem: if I carry on washing up/clearing up downstairs/blogging and don’t come up within 5 minutes of them getting into bed, they’re all fast asleep! I know Peppa gets a bad rep but I always loved that show when mine were younger so I can see this is a clever move rolling out all this fab merchandise. Fingers crossed it continues to weave its successful magical powers over your kids and you get to snaffle more than one chocolate each night xx

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Haha you really are lucky!! I think part of the issue with my youngest three is that because they are SO close in age, they are all pretty much at the same stage of their lives so there’s no respite from even one of them, and they just encourage eachother constantly!! The girls share a bedroom, which I may have to change, so they just egg eachother on to come downstairs or shout down, and it becomes a contest between them which Harry then joins in!! Agghhh!!!

  27. April 30, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I am in love with Peppa Pig bath goodies. The bookshelf also looks amazing!

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Hahah my kids too! They go crazy for the Peppa Pig foam soap! xx

  28. May 1, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    What a little beauty 🙂 I love all the products by Peppa Pig. And taking baths like this sounds like so much fun!

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      They are huge Peppa Pig fans!! xx

  29. May 1, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Your daughter Megan is adorable! Also, I’d love all these stuff for myself, forget about kids!

  30. May 4, 2017 / 5:01 am

    omg how cute is the Peppa Pig bundle! My friend’s daughter just loves Peppa Pig…such a cute character.

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Peppa Pig is a huge hit in our house! xx

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