Guest Feature ~ Sleep and Bedtimes Series 

Today I am featuring Lucy at ‘Real Mum Reviews.’  Lucy states that she started her Blog to:

share my experiences, to help others in the same boat, by sharing real life experiences of products & services aimed at pregnancy, motherhood and beyond.


Please explain a bit about yourself. How many children you have and how old are they? 

I am Lucy – mum to 3-year-old Erin and am currently 36 weeks pregnant with my second daughter.

What is your child(ren)’s usual bedtime routine? E.g. Bath time, story, (how many?) etc.

My daughter at aged 3 goes to bed around 7.30/8pm. Our normal bedtime routine is that we have milk downstairs – then go upstairs, get in pyjamas/brush teeth etc, and then read a story before having a cuddle and a chat. She normally starts to nod off when we have a cuddle, and then I put her in bed and tuck her in. Erin was breast fed until she was 2, so as a result, unfortunately used the boob as a bit of a sleep aid, which caused quite a lot of challenges in that she has never really learned to settle herself to sleep. Unlike some parents, we are unable to put her in bed and leave her to go to sleep on her own. However, she will now self-settle if she wakes in the night, and I have no problem with the cuddles before bed – she is only little once! 🙂

Having had a nightmare sleeper from birth to 2 years, I am now dreading my second arriving and returning back to sleep deprivation! I am hoping for a good sleeper 2nd time around. This time, I will make a conscious effort to teach her to self-settle, and not rely on me or the milk as a sleep aid!

If your child has tried to gain your attention after you’ve said goodnight, what do you do? Go back to see what the problem is? Leave them?

I am a little bit weak – so if she does cry, I would always go in. When she was younger I was probably a bit too quick to go in, whereas if I had left her a little longer she may have self-settled.

Does your child share a room with a sibling or have their own room?

She has her own room, and has been in there since she was about 10 months.

Do you have any tips for siblings sharing a room? Do they wake each other up in the night/morning? Do you put your youngest or eldest up first?

Can’t answer this one but would be interested to know!

What is your child(ren)’s usual bedtime? And usual awake time? Do you have any views on putting later to bed, does it mean that they get up slightly later? Or still the same time in the morning?!

My daughter goes to bed about 7.30/8 and usually wakes about 7/7.30am. I occasionally let her stay up late if there is a special occasion like family party or wedding, and if I do, she generally will lie in (the latest is till about 9). I don’t find much difference in her wake time if I put her to bed at 7 or 8, its fairly consistent.

Do you have any strategies or tips for a smooth running bedtime? 

We have a bedtime story every night which I find really helpful for a routine. We don’t do a daily bath time as this doesn’t work with our lifestyle/working hours etc. We have never really used projectors/music or comforters. Erin does love a cuddle (won’t settle without one) and has her Ra Ra (bunny rabbit) with her to cuddle.

Do you have any other strategies that have worked for you?

We have found sleep a real challenge up until Erin turned 2, at which point she miraculously appeared to turn a corner. There was no particular reason for this, other than perhaps her understanding of what was happening at bedtime improved!

Does your child still have day time naps? Morning or afternoon? Morning and afternoon? 

We stopped my daughter’s day time naps when she was about 26 months, mainly because her bedtime sleep was so bad we wanted to test the theory that she would be so tired at bedtime that she would sleep better. It didn’t work right away, but now she doesn’t nap and generally sleeps through unless she has a nightmare. If we have a particularly busy day she will occasionally nod off in the car or when we get home, but this is only a quick power nap, and not the long 2.5 hour naps she used to have in the afternoon.

Thanks go to Lucy for joining in with the Bedtime and Sleep Series 🙂 

You can find Lucy’s Blog here:

Real Mum Review 

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@realmumreview

Thanks for reading 🙂 

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