Guest Blogger ~ Sleep and Bedtime series 

This is the 3rd of my guest posts in the sleep and bedtime series.
Today I am featuring Katy from Katykicker.com

 I love the catchy heading of Katy’s Blog:

‘Katykicker’s bakes, makes & money making escapades.’

Please explain a bit about yourself. How many children you have and how old are they?
I am a 28 year old mother of one. I work from home full-time blogging and making money online. My daughter is Daisy, 5 months old (on the 21st of August) and she is my only child at present.

What is your child(ren)’s usual bedtime routine? E.g. Bath time, story, (how many?) etc.
Bedtime starts between 6-7, depending on how tired our daughter is. Our routine typically consists of a bath, bottle, one story (books are so short for little babies!), cuddles and then laying down in the bedroom together. Daisy’s cot is by our bed so I tend to lay down, and relax for a short while, until she begins to self soothe and fall to sleep.

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?
If my daughter is simply grizzling, or making noises to herself, then I leave her. If she is crying or distressed, then I will pop back into our bedroom to check she is ok. As our daughter has GORD she is sick sometimes in the night and often the first we know is either hearing the sick or hearing her cry so I always check on her again for this reason more than anything else. When Daisy was first beginning her bedtime routine, at around 3 months, we left her to ‘cry it out’ for a short while one evening and promptly realised that this isn’t the method for us. We are happy to allow her to self soothe, which sometimes involves her grizzling, however we don’t leave her crying unattended as she is very young and crying is her method of communication.

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

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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?! 

Daisy is usually asleep somewhere between 7-8pm and sleeps until around 5-7am depending on when she goes to sleep. We have had a couple of 1am wakings recently, as she has been sick from all the excess saliva from teething. Daisy tends to wake up between 5:30 and 6:30 mostly, and seems to be moving towards this as her waking time, regardless of when she goes to sleep now. This has changed in the last few weeks and got earlier and earlier for a few weeks before gradually moving back towards 6:30am more – a bit more reasonable!

Do you have any strategies or tips for a smooth running bedtime?
We try and keep consistency. If Daisy is not asleep within 30 minutes of going into her cot and doesn’t show any signs of settling down then we will sometimes try cuddling her to sleep on our bed. This has happened maybe 3 times in the last month and it seems to work. I think sometimes she just needs a few more cuddles and a little more time with Mum or Dad before bed. We have also found that her cot mobile helps her know that it is bedtime.

Does your child still have day time naps? Morning or afternoon? Morning and afternoon?
Daisy naps around 9am, 1pm and then a few short 10-20 minute naps if we are out in the pram etc. She is only young though so we are happy to be quite loose and let her sleep. We’ve personally found that the more she sleeps in the day the better she sleeps at night. Late afternoon is her fussy time and she is often grizzly and not very interested in anyone until she has a short nap. Sometimes she is napping as little as 1.5 hours before bedtime but still sleeps overnight for 10-11 hours without trouble most nights.

Thanks go to Katy for sharing her experiences, it is great to get a perspective of sleep and bedtimes from a range of ages. 
You can find Katy’s Blog at:

www.katykicker.com

And via social media:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/katykicker

Facebook: 

www.facebook.com/Katykickersblog

Instagram – 

www.instagram.com/Katykicker

Katy has written her own post on: 

Bedtime Routine 

Thanks for reading 🙂 

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