The changes and constants of our bedtime routine; A Bepanthen #Giveaway £50 John Lewis Voucher

We are on the brink of a new dawn in our household, not one of the breaking dawn type; no we have had our fair share of those. We are almost a nappy free zone, day and night.

It seems that like her sister, our youngest seems to have cracked the dry nights simultaneously with daytime dryness unprompted. So, with just a few more weeks of confidence building, practicing and using up existing nappy stocks, we are ready to go nappy free at bedtime.

It feels like such a huge milestone, as we have always had nappies and all the nappy paraphernalia around the bedtime routine for five long years now. Our bedtime routine is changing in many ways, yet so many parts remain a constant.


We have always (apart from the odd rogue late night) bathed our kids every night. Partly due to my husband’s affinity with water and his love of showering / bathing multiple times a day, partly as an essential process of de-filthing the kids (especially in the summer) and partly to wind the kids down for sleep, clearly marking the distinction between playtime and bedtime.

With bubbles and bath toys, Daddy is usually around just in time to provide a second pair of hands at bathtime, thanks to the blessing of the high speed commuter link between Kent and London. #WorthEveryPenny

Dim lights

If Daddy has a thing with water, then Mummy has a thing with mood lighting. As the bath runs, all curtains are shut and lamps put on upstairs…nothing makes me more relaxed so it has to be worth a try for the kids too? We try and avoid going back downstairs to the stimulation of the TV and toys, so any play before bed is a calmer upstairs part of the wind down zone.

Cuddle dry

There’s nothing like a snuggle with a freshly clean babe all wrapped up in a big fluffy towel – whether they’re five weeks or five years this will always be one of the best parts of the day!

Nappy & Nappy cream

Until they’re dry at night (which can take much longer than during the day for many toddlers), a good quality night time nappy is a must. We have tried many varieties and found the discount store varieties to be surprisingly good quality for night time leak free protection. At one time both of our girls have suffered with nappy rash and at any time we would religiously use a good quality nappy rash ointment like Bepanthen which was reccommended to me by many other Mums to protect against the causes of nappy rash. Babies skin is susceptible to nappy rash at night due to the prolonged contact with a damp nappy, or from rubbing or even as a result of something like a course of antibiotics, so protecting against it and caring for it with the right product is an important step of the bedtime routine.


Nothing beats a lovely pair of PJs – or a babygrow for as long as we could possibly get away with it, especially second time around!

Mums Hair Salon

Both of our girls have pretty full heads of hair. As toddlers it often required a wash each night as it was full of mud, tangles, food, paint etc. These days it’s often tied out of harm’s way so we try not to wash it unless it needs it. Either way the girls hair (especially Tigs) requires detangling and combing before bed, and I always braid it to keep the long wavy strands off their faces and necks in the night. Plus it saves a world of pain in the morning… Our go to hair range for kids is Vosene kids – it’s a natural lice repellent, comes in a detangler spray which we cannot live without, and touch wood, we’ve never had any visitors yet!

Sleeping bag

Until the girls were around 18 months they both used baby sleeping bags at night. Always making sure they had the right tog for the season and temperature, it was always reassuring to know the little wrigglers would be warm and snug all night, as well as reducing the risk of wandering covers over their faces. We transitioned them to ‘big girl bedding’ slowly – at first with a breathable toddler pillow, and then a duvet when they were ready. I miss those sleeping bag days so much!


As babies the girls were fed their milk snuggled up in their sleeping bag so they could be laid down all sleepy and milk drunk with little disruption. As they grew and switched to formula, and then to cow’s milk, it remains a part of their bedtime routine and they still have a beaker of milk at bedtime. Given they are both complicated eaters, it’s reassuring to me that they are obtaining all the nutritional value it offers their growing needs.


From a really young age we have always read to the girls before bedtime. Some of our most precious memories of them as teenies is their ability to recite their favourites to us…Tigs always adored Superworm, and the Mouse’s first favourite was Pip and Posy. A bedtime reading moment between parent and child isn’t just about education – it’s about a quiet, quality moment together, close and without distraction before the end of the day. We’ve instilled it into our kids bedtime routine so much that even if we get home super late after a random event, they still insist on a book before they can go to sleep…

Light show

Both the girls have their own routine of star projectors and fairy lights in their room. The mouse is really persistent with hers and at times we’ve debated going cold turkey on the thing as it’s tune can drive you crazy, especially when it’s being demanded every twenty minutes in the middle of the night…but, it won’t be forever, and it’s always been a real help in settling and soothing her to sleep. The girls also have nightlight cups, litecups, which are fantastic for a nighttime drink. Also handy when away from home for that extra bit of comfort in the dark of an unfamiliar environment.

And then, sleep…In theory?!


Together with Bepanthen, we are offering a GIVEAWAY with a prize of

a £50 John Lewis voucher, a cuddly toy and a six month supply of Bepanthen.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bepanthen. 

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The giveaway is for 1 x baby bundle, consisting of a six-month supply of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, a cuddly toy and a £50 John Lewis voucher. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on [insert date] and is open to UK entrants over the age of 18 years

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73 thoughts on “The changes and constants of our bedtime routine; A Bepanthen #Giveaway £50 John Lewis Voucher

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    A cream that protects and soothes is so important for baby’s sleep and a peaceful night. Love sleeping bags too when I first saw them in France.

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    This would be lovely to win.

  35. Katrina Fox Reply

    We’re just learning about the bedtime routine- little one is only 3 weeks old so these tips are really helpful. Reading seems to help settle her- though we didn’t have a book to hand so I read her the Boots Christmas gift guide!

    Love Bepanthen for everything, always had it in the medicine cabinet even before baby arrived.

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    Would love to win this fab prize.

  44. Nicole Reply

    I love cuddle time the best too. It’s the time of day (err night) that my son tells me EVERYTHING about his day, from school to friends to his favourite toys. I love the snuggles and chatter.

  45. RainbowsR2Beautiful (@rainbowsaretoo) Reply

    Routine is a must in our home especially at bedtime. Thanks for sharing yours. #coolmumclub

  46. theparentingjungle Reply

    What a fantastic bedtime routine, we love a bath and fluffy towel with some lavender lotion. My son is now 6 so stopped havng bottled milk but I am starting to introduce a half cup of Horlicks on these colder nights. I am expecting a new baby early next year so the Bepanthen and nappies and sleepsuits will be all back in! I cant wait! #coolmumclub

  47. mammaprada Reply

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    I use Bepantham or Sudocrem.

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  51. Alice | Letters to my Daughter Reply

    I do love a snuggly towel cuddle, but never got into the swing of bathtime every night. D isn’t a fan! Also, totes with you on the wonder that is the HS1 train <3 #coolmumclub

  52. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    All the makings of a smooth bedtime…well hopefully at least! May the #coolmumclub sleep gods be with you xoxo

  53. Jayne T Reply

    This cream would be perfect for my little niece. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  54. Gillian McClelland Reply

    Plenty of free nappy time to prevent nappy rash

  55. Muffintopmummyblog Reply

    What a great prize – we’re still getting over the effects of antibiotics so nappy rash cream is a must! Baths, mood lighting and cuddles dry are definitely the way forward. I’m just starting to incorporate a story too as she used to try and tear the books out of my hands haha! #coolmumclub

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    lovely prize

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    I cuddled my freshly washed child dry tonight too. Love getting to do that. Even if I get a bit damp. #coolmumclub

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  59. Louise Reply

    That’s a fab giveaway. So interesting to reflect on the changes in bedtime over the years too. It’s lovely to cuddle up together after bathtime and wind down for bedtime. Good luck with the dry nights – we’re getting there on that front too! 🙂 #coolmumclub

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    This would be wonderful to win for our grandson

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    This would be great, thanks for hosting the giveaway

    1. Becky Duffy Reply

      Oh and I try to give as much free nappy time as possible for little one xxx

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  71. Kayleigh Robinson Reply

    Bedtime is finally less of a struggle now in my house. My kids know the routine and love a story and drink of milk before bed! My son used to be the worst for not wanting to go up to bed, he’d always ask for a drink, say he needed the toilet, he was too warm, anything to get out of bed! He’s much better now.

  72. Clare Davies Reply

    some fab tips for drama free bedtime!x

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