Sleep! or rather lack of it. It seems to be the main topic of conversation between parents. Sleep deprivation is definitely one of the hardest parts of being a parent. Exhaustion makes everything harder to deal with.
My girls couldn’t be more different when it comes to sleep.
F has always been a fantastic sleeper. She was sleeping through the night before she was 6 months old. 7 am was the earliest she would wake up for the day, occasionally 8 or later. She loved naps too. She could sleep 2-3 hours in an afternoon and still be in bed by 8 pm. Even now (just turned 4) she still needs a nap some days.
E is almost 11 months and still isn’t sleeping through the night. I can count on one hand the number of times she has slept more than 6 hours in a row. A good night is 2 wake ups and up for the day at 6 am. Bad nights are far too common and on these nights I can’t remember how many times I’ve been up to her. It just blurs. Naps aren’t much better. She has 2-3 a day and they last from 30 minutes to an hour max.
Bath, Book, Bed
This week we were sent some goodies as part of BookTrust’s Bath, book, bed campaign. The aim of the campaign is to encourage parents to make books part of the bedtime routine which in turn will lead to a better nights sleep.
Both our girls have the same bedtime routine. We don’t do bath time every night (and I know I am not alone in this) but we always make time for stories. We love this part of the day and if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me sharing recommendations for bedtime stories. I shared 3 relaxing bedtime stories here, a couple of months back too.
As part of the campaign, we were sent a selection of Peppa pig merchandise, some new bedtime stories and a booklet about the importance of a good bedtime routine with tips from Jo Frost. F loves Peppa pig so she was very excited to use the bubble bath and tooth brushes. BookTrust has put together a selection of the best bedtime stories and we love the 3 they selected for us.
We were sent Goodnight everyone, Bedtime with Ted and Hush… little bear is sleeping. All three are lovely bedtime stories that relate to bedtime. Bedtime with Ted is all about the bedtime routine and Goodnight everyone is about saying goodnight. Hush…. little bear is sleeping is a lovely sound book about not waking a sleeping baby bear. The noises capture E’s attention without being too loud.
The bath, book, bed booklet is full of tips and advice on getting children into a good bedtime routine. As I said above, we do have a good bedtime routine but as yet this had not helped E’s sleep. I really believe that bedtime stories are important to children (even if we haven’t found it to help with sleep!). It’s a lovely time to wind down together. F absolutely loves stories any time of day but she will not go to bed without 1 or perhaps 3 if she can get away with it.
Disclosure- Thank you to BookTrust for sending us the books and Peppa pig merchandise in exchange for this post. All photos, words and opinions are my own.