Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Our Sleeping Habits And Rituals

I was tagged by Nigel at DIY Daddy for the sleeping habits and rituals tag, you can read Nigel's post here. Now sleep is a bit of a sore subject in our house due to my eldest not really liking it! Now at 4 years old he is slowly sleeping through the night but we have had our battles and many a sleepless night with being called in once or twice an hour for a cuddle!
  • Bath time at 7pm. This is a given in our house unless we are home late from something which isn't very often. It used to be 6.30pm but we found that by moving it by half an hour the boys were sleeping so much better. I believe in routine.
  • Story time. Once bath time is finished and the boys are dressed in their pj's, Finley jumps into bed and Noah sits on my knee. I sit in a childs IKEA chair where Noah has his milk and I read them a story or two.
  • Ovaltine before bed. Now this is me, I love a nice hot mug of Ovaltine before bed. I'm not sure if it helps me sleep better but I like to think it does.
  • Podcasts. My husband can not go to sleep in silence. Every night he will get into bed and put a podcast on low. Sometimes it is really annoying as he is asleep within minutes and I have to listen to some rubbish he has decided to play that evening. But some nights I don't mind it as he puts a decent one on.
  • Sleeping arrangement. If you stand at the foot of the bed, I sleep on the right and my husband on the left. This has to be the way it is wherever we go.
  • Saying I love you. This is something I do with both boys and my husband. I say 'I love you' and they say it back, it is  a lovely way to end the day.
  • Gro Clocks. Both the boys have a Gro Clock which is set for the sun to come up at 6.45am but we are lucky that at the minute they don't come into us until 7.10am, very specific time I know. They both know to stay in bed until the sun comes up in the morning. This does mean they don't actually get out of the bed at night, they just shout for us.

  • I have to wear pj's. Not sure why but I can't go to bed naked or just in my underwear, even in the summer

  • Morning cuddles. We always let the boys come into bed with us first thing in the morning. This sometimes makes us late but morning cuddles have got to be the best.

Sleeping for me used to be a big thing before I had the boys, but since becoming a parent it's just one of those things that changes. And even though I miss sleep I wouldn't change anything for the world. 
Reflections From Me


  1. Hi Kirsty, I swore that routine was part of the reason that I didn't have too much trouble getting the children to bed when they were little. We did the same as you, bath, story, cuddles and milk; it was my favourite time of day with the children (I can't think why!).

    I didn't know they still did Ovaltine! I have Horlicks bought out, so I can have it to help me wind down.

    I can be be dropping off to sleep when watching something, but can't nod off in bed until I've read a bit of my book, although often it's literally just a page or two. I know I wouldn't be able to tolerate having a podcast playing in the bedroom, your husband is lucky that you do.


  2. I am a stickler for routine too, bedtime is set in our house, at nearly 8 the big one is still in bed for 7pm and clearly needs it!! #justanotherlinky

  3. So interesting reading about others sleep rituals as they're all so different! A strict routine is the only thing that will get A to bed without hassle! #justanotherlinky

  4. We do our best to stick to a strict bedtime routine in our house, but sometimes it's hard because if the baby is fussing, we put her to bed earlier than we'd like. That means that of course she's up earlier in the morning - we can't get her to sleep past 6:30am lately! #justanotherlinky

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  6. sounds like you having the bed time routine sorted down to a tee. we have a very strict bedtime routine too that i tend to like to stick to as much as possible, took us a while mind to find one that worked best x #justanotherlinky

  7. Ooh got to love an Ovaltine! I haven't had one for ages-I need to go and get some now. I had forgotten how lovely it is to drink before bed. #justanotherlinky

  8. I'm also a creature of routine and I think it is priceless when it comes to children. I keep thinking about getting a gro clock as they seem like such a great idea! We always end the day with I love yous too. I think it's the nicest way. Thanks for sharing and for hosting. #justanotherlinky x

  9. I do love a routine, I think it helps everyone know what to expect and keep harmony X #justanotherlinky

  10. Routine is so key! Plus I'm so with you for the pjs! I wish my girl would go past 6.30am. It gets earlier!! #justanotherlinky

  11. I find routine to be what makes my nights sleep better.

  12. Yes, it definitely changes with children! My two finally are both quite good with their bedtime routines (for now!). I, on the other hand, don't have one at all & stay up too late! #justanotherlinky

  13. I love bedtime in our house too. Playing in the bath and cuddling up with a cup of milk and a story with little man when everything is quiet and peaceful from a busy day. #twinklytuesday

  14. You have many lovely reasons to not get any sleep and the snuggles are always best! Good catching up with you! ~Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants

  15. Morning cuddles really are precious aren't they! I wouldn't change anything either xx #mg



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