Our Bedtime Routine and Bepanthen Giveaway – Win a Lovely Bundle Including a £50 Gift Cardl

For us we have always seen bedtime routine as one of the most important stages of the day. Even with my now 5-year-old, we still have the same bedtime routine which allows her the time to relax and calm down ready for bed.

So what does our bedtime routine look like?

6:15pm: we take the children up for their bath. They still bath together as they enjoy each others company at the moment.

6:30pm: we get the children out of the bath, dry them and get them ready for bed.

6:40pm: both of the children choose two stories to read and we alternate who reads to who each night to stop any sibling niggles.

7:00pm: we say goodnight to the children and tuck them up with their favourite toys before turning the lights out for bed.

Even as babies, we followed this routine with both our children. We would use a nappy cream as a barrier to protect from the full night nappy, which can cause nappy rash.

During the night, your child has to sleep in the same nappy for up to 12 hours so it’s really important that you help protect your baby’s skin against the causes of nappy rash when you can.  Nappy rash can affect all babies for a variety of reasons but helping to prevent it is really the best way to tackle it. We would use Bepanthen at every bedtime nappy change to protect against the causes of nappy rash and it seemed to work a treat.

Bepanthen has a kind-to-bums formula which is free from fragrances, preservatives, colours and antiseptics meaning you can use it at every bum change. Bepanthen’s Nappy Care Ointment forms a breathable, transparent layer to your baby’s bottom to help protect it against the causes of nappy rash.

To celebrate Bepanthen’s kind-to-bums Nappy Care Ointment, we’re giving you the chance to win a £50 JoJo Maman Bebe OR John Lewis voucher (subject to availability), a 6-month supply of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment and a Bepanthen cuddly toy (either an elephant or a dragonfly).

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The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has 28 days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Bepanthen within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative. The giveaway is run by What Mummy Thinks in conjunction with Bepanthen.

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  1. EMMA WALTERS says:

    ive always tried to keep to the same routine and used the bedtime bath products too 🙂

  2. Tracy Nixon says:

    Set up a routine and stick to it, even during weekends. Bath, warm drink, story then lights out is my routine and always at the same time each evening too.

  3. Johannah Carroll says:

    I always tell my little boy that his toys need putting to bed because they are so tired and they need someone to give them a cuddle and keep them safe. He has a very caring nature…so he’s usually very happy to oblige 😉

  4. Keeping a routine and starting to wind down early 🙂

  5. Claire Glace says:

    Its our special cuddle time and we have a little lullaby, my fave time of the day….

  6. Sarah Blythe says:


  7. Fiona King says:

    We stick to a bedtime routine each night – bath then a quick story in bed

  8. Ren Taylor says:

    Warm bath, warm drink and a good story x

  9. A good story always helps

  10. Sophie Grayling says:

    Everyone’s baby is different ! But for my little guy I found sensing when he getting tired and giving him his milk and straight away putting him to bed helped greatly to get him in to a routine of going to bed. This

  11. Lexi Taylor says:

    Always stick to the same routine!

  12. Keshia Esgate says:

    bath and a story

  13. Pamela Gossage says:

    Keep to a routine. Bath. drink of milk, put in bed and bedtime story

  14. Karen Barrett says:

    Stick to routine and time, be prepared with bedtime clothes/bottles/books

  15. Anthony Harrington says:

    keep to the same routine at the same times every night

  16. Alana Walker says:

    Try to get your child into a routine as early as possible. We had real problems with my first child and when someone suggested a fixed routine I never thought it would work, but it did on the first night! Having a few problems with my 4th at the moment now though!

  17. Katy Malkin says:

    A story, teeth, PJs and a bit of camomile tea

  18. Laura Scott says:

    Have a routine and stick to it. Our routine is change into pyjamas, brush teeth, read a couple of stories and then three songs in the dark bedroom.

  19. Stephanie Coals says:

    Always try to stick to a routine and a long bath before bed definitely seems to help aswell!

  20. Stay off phone/tablet/computer etc at least 2 hours before bed time.

  21. Emma Gibson says:

    Its all about the routine!


    Same routine every night. bath, story and bed

  23. Rich Tyler says:

    Routine, or it all goes to hell!

  24. Bob Clark says:

    wind down and its easy

  25. This has probably been said loads but honestly, just sticking to a routine. As long as you keep doing the same things in the same order, I really think your child will begin anticipating it and know what to expect which helps with their winding down.

  26. Sinead ORourke says:

    Put some lavender in a vase in their room before bedtime.

  27. Lyn Burgess says:

    Keep to a routine, warm bath, a bedtime story, .com the light, a chat about the day for a minute or two, then a cuddle and nighty night.

  28. Make a routine and try and stick to it. It has always worked with my girls x

  29. Routine and a bedtime story!

  30. Kim Neville says:

    We always have stuck with the same routine of after dinner, bath time then relax and cuddles with a story before bedtime. Has worked with my kids so far

  31. Chris Allen says:

    Warm milk and a cookie.

  32. Martina Pichova says:

    No screen time at least 30 minutes before bed time.

  33. iain maciver says:

    a good routine

  34. Angela Treadway says:

    nice warm cup of hot chocolate and a few biscuits x

  35. Char Keddy says:

    Keeping the same routine and definitely including a bedtime story

  36. Ray Dodds says:

    A bath and a good story

  37. keeping the same routine (bath, book and bed at the same time) each night really helps

  38. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Routine, for children and adults.

  39. Sheena Batey says:

    A bath and quiet time

  40. Leila Benhamida says:

    Quite time an hour before bedtime.

  41. claire woods says:

    We try to keep to a routine. Milk, story time, bed in a nice quiet room.

  42. janine atkin says:

    a bath and story time helps wind them down – sometimes!!!

  43. Cherry Lloyd says:

    My best bedtime routine tip would be to always have a routine and try to stick to it. Children find this comforting and they then know what is expected.

  44. Rosemary Tily says:

    A routine makes life easier and peaceful evenings are such a blessing – as our children got older we would stagger their bedtimes so that they each gained half-an-hour extra quiet time before bed each birthday!

  45. gemma hendry says:

    bath and bedtime story

  46. cheryl hadfield says:

    starting a bedtime routine as early as possible is best

  47. Michelle smith says:

    A set routine bath then a story

  48. lesley renshaw says:

    Curtains closed (even if it’s light outside), ambient lighting, bath and snuggles. Read to mine from birth but as they get older, listening to relaxing music whilst they read has worked for me. Also listening to guided meditation online is a brilliant tool. Mine loves that type of story before bedtime and it helps with mindfulness as they get older which is great x

  49. maria hackett says:

    Routine is the key. I have little twinnies and they have been going to bed at 7pm since they were 6 months old and slept through the night. for me routine worked with my eldest too.

  50. paula cheadle says:

    have a routine, and stick to it from day 1

  51. Our first baby is due in 3 months time and a good bedtime routine will definitely be put in place 🙂

  52. Kelly Hemmings says:

    Stick to routine. It’s so important for them & for you : )

  53. Holly King says:

    The 3 b’s bath book and bed x

  54. Lorna Ledger says:

    Routine really helps, and just quiet time on their own, just time to unwind they don’t have to sleep straight away x

  55. Bath time, teeth and story, routine

  56. Kirsty Ward says:

    Routine is key!

  57. Sarah Addey says:

    Routine bath chill out them bed

  58. Sophie Foulds says:

    Keep to a routine every night. Do not stray!

  59. Jane Davies says:

    Nice warm bath always worked for mine, also, the last hour there’s no playing wild games, running around, tickling etc, just calm

  60. Routine and no smart phones

  61. Keeping lights dim encourages your child’s body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
    Once in bed read a story together. 🙂

  62. Judith Allen says:

    My baby is 27 now, but I still remember those sleepless nights. She never did need much sleep, not like me, even before this pesky MS I always did love sleep. So I don’t have any tips, warm baths and stories didn’t work for my girl.

  63. Amanda Noble says:

    A bath,followed by a bed time story is the best way I find x

  64. Becky Duffy says:

    Bath and book before bed & Try to keep to the routine as much as you can 🙂

  65. katrina walsh says:

    As soon as the official bedtime routine has begun lower your voice to fit in with the calm, peaceful atmosphere you want to create. And a nightlight always worked wonders for us

  66. Sue P Bowden says:

    Bedtime routine every night nice bath, and a warm drink.

  67. Simone Griffin says:

    Try to establish a routine as soon as you can x

  68. Tee Simpson says:

    Establish a routine which is easy to follow and keep everything calm and consistent

  69. Emma Hussain says:

    A quiet calm environment is always best

  70. Mrs Kay Young says:

    We try to stick to the same routine, even if we’re staying away from home. Our little girl chooses her own story and we take it in turns to read

  71. Robert Price says:

    Have a routine

  72. Sue McCarthy says:

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  73. Victoria Prince says:

    I think the best bedtime tip is definitely routine – I think above all else no amount of warm baths, stories..etc will work if there is no routine, and more “unconventional” bedtimes can work if the routine is there

  74. laura stewart says:

    keep a good routine x

  75. Ursula Hunt says:

    Stick to a routine, no excitement before bed

  76. Beverley Cousins says:

    A warm bath and cuddle before bed works wonders

  77. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    Bath, a story and a warm drink

  78. Leanne Hansell says:

    My tip is to stick to the same routine every night.

  79. Kyomi Johnson says:

    Sticking to the same routine of bath a warm drink cuddles book and bed

  80. Gary Topley says:

    Cuddles and reading, thankyou for the competition x

  81. Gill McLeod says:

    Stick to the same routine always ending with a cuddle

  82. Bath and a story works for us.

  83. Hayley Colburn says:

    I start our daughter’s bedtime story downstairs then carry her up to her room when she’s starting to nod off, then I finish the story so she falls asleep in her own room, if I start up there she gets unsettled as she knows I’m going to leave her

  84. olivia kirby says:

    We have a routine that carries on even on holiday, it’s always worked and never had a bad sleeper!

  85. Angela W says:

    For me it is starting the routine at the same time every night and once we are upstairs we don’t go back down x

  86. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    Routine, routine and routine! That’s the only thing that worked with my daughter .

  87. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Get into a quiet routine – bath, milk, story and sleep

  88. Amy denney says:

    Bubble bath & books before bed and cuddles

  89. Jayne Townson says:

    A nice warm bath, followed by cuddles and a bedtime story.

  90. Andrea Fletcher says:

    Try to stick to the same routine. Bath, milky drink and a story worked for us.

  91. Hannah Wallington says:

    Bath, book, cuddles and bed.

  92. Kerryn Johnson says:

    Stick to set times and a warm bath before bed

  93. amy fidler says:

    A good routine,nice bath in Lavender,and a story

  94. James Travis says:

    Get into a quiet routine

  95. Sarah Roberts says:

    Try to relax for half an hour just have a lay down or soak in the bath or read. It just stops your mind racing and helps me drift of to sleep.

  96. Lindsey stuart says:

    I like to get my little girl bathed then we relax for at least 30 minutes before bed time I find winding down before bed time helps
    We always read a bed time story – here is the biggest tip – DO NOT get carried away and do big character voices whilst reading the book LOL I have done this and my little girl got too excited. Read softly and calmly.

  97. Edward Guerreiro says:

    I think the most important thing is routine. At the moment, ours consists of a bath, then an episode of Mr Tumble and then a short story. It mostly works. The afternoon nap is much more of a problem though.

  98. G Keegan says:

    As others have said, a routine works really well. Bath, book and bed.

  99. Amanda Gregory says:

    Routine, routine, routine. Bath before bed and a nice story.

  100. lynn neal says:

    Try to keep everything calming!

  101. Elizabeth chew says:

    We try to have a bath every night and read a little bit of a book. She’s still very young but it does seem to help a little

  102. Laura Pritchard says:

    Try to stop screen time early so they’re not overstimulated (laughing inside at my own advice!)

  103. associating bath time with bed time has helped us x

  104. Jennifer Toal says:

    Bath and feed and snuggles

  105. Sam Bromley says:

    Definitely routine bath, story bed

  106. astrid c says:

    snuggle and bottle x

  107. Routine, routine, routine! Our 14 month old knows its time for bed after his bath, when we put him in his grobag.

  108. Jessica Barber says:

    A routine – cuddle, story, bottle!

  109. Pauline Dring says:

    My best bedtime tip is to keep to a routine and be consistent so that children know their boundaries. This avoids children coming downstairs when they should be tucked up in bed.

  110. Charlotte Wilde says:

    a bath and a lovely bedtime story

  111. Carol Boffey says:

    Have a routine and stick to it

  112. Emma Fox says:

    Sticking to a routine and making sure that it is calm and quiet 🙂

  113. Helen Swales says:

    Keep it calm and regular is my best tip.

  114. Rebecca Smith says:

    Stop screen time at a certain time

  115. Alison Macdonald says:

    Routine! Start from a young age and then your little ones know what to expect. Not too rigid though or they may not settle should the routine have to change now and then 😉

  116. kate andrews says:

    A good routine and a bedtime story

  117. Warm milk and a book 🙂

  118. Hazel Rea says:

    Stick to the same routine every night and encourage quiet activities in the half hour before the routine starts.

  119. donna l jones says:

    bath bedtime story cuddles

  120. Create a routine and try to keep baby calm before bed.

  121. Lynne OConnor says:

    regular bedtime with a bedtime story

  122. Stick to a regular time

  123. Faye Reed says:

    Don’t let them nap for more than an hour during the day

  124. Jodi Hill says:

    It’s important to establish a bedtime routine from an early age….. So bath, book,bottle, cuddle , bed!
    Our house is super noisy though as our infant daughter has a teenage brother! She would wake so many times during the evening but a friend suggested we buy a white noise machine! Oh it’s worked wonders! No more shhing everyone after 7.30….. I’d recommend them to anyone 🙂

  125. Laura Lee says:

    Routine, routine, routine and down time before lights go out so reading or quiet time

  126. Ella Langford says:

    Bath cuddle book bed

  127. Michelle Wild says:

    Routine is the key. A bath signals wind down time.

  128. Tammy Neal says:

    Bubble bath with a bedtime book x

  129. Kate m Jones says:

    Defo stick to a routine! Quiet & dark room works well also!

  130. Heather Brannan says:

    Zero excitement before bed, nice and quiet to get them off to sleep

  131. Katrina Adams says:

    Try and stay in routine…this seems to be the easiest way to make things go as smoothly as possible. We find a bath and story around the same time works wonders.

  132. Jeanette Leighton says:

    Keep it quiet and maybe have a night light to calm and settle down before bed

  133. Kate Davies says:

    Stick to a routine and use blackout curtains in summer to help block out light that might keep little ones awake.

  134. JULIE WARD says:

    Nothing special, nice play in the the bath with bubbles and toys, with a couple of stories after (grandchildren)

  135. Kim Styles says:

    keep everything calm. soothing bath (Lavendar is great) quiet story with warm drink and then confirmation that it is now time to sleep.

  136. Jacqueline Roberts says:

    Routine always worked for me it was always bathtime and cuddles

  137. adrain price says:

    a set routine–from which you dont deviate works best

  138. Always stick to a routine, no electronics or tv an hour before bed

  139. Jen Jackson says:

    Keep to a routine and use calming music

  140. Ruth Wollerton says:

    I spray lavender on the pillow, that relaxes naturally.

  141. Rebecca Powell says:

    Always try and stick to a routine

  142. Lia Burns says:

    A nice warm bath, followed by a bedtime story and be sure to remove all stimulation such as televisions x

  143. Emma May says:

    As a mother of 8 (youngest being 4 months) I find routine best. We all need a bit of me time in the evening to still feel like a individual. Routine helps. As does special cuddles and stories. I like to start preparing for bed an hour beforehand so all rooms are tidy and everyone knows it’s get ready time. Would be such a treat to win! Thanks for the chance x

  144. Warm milk and bed socks

  145. Keep telling yourself you’re are going to get up and do something you don’t want to do

  146. chris bull says:

    Routine, routine, routine. It takes a while but once it’s a habit your little ones will be ready to rest 🙂

  147. Andi Gurney says:

    Routine, with a story even on holiday

  148. Natalie Crossan says:

    A relaxing bath and a nice clean tidy relaxing room x

  149. Jennifer Baker says:

    Bubble bath and story x x x

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