Guest Blogger ~ Bedtime and Sleep series 

This is the 4th of my guest posts in the sleep and bedtime series.

Today I am featuring Lauren from ‘The Mummy Side of Life.’ 

Lauren Blogs about ‘Parenting Adventures, Lifestyle and Memories.’ I absolutely love the illustrations and design of Lauren’s Blog, and I enjoy following the journey of Lauren and her little boy, which includes some gorgeous photographs. I really like that Lauren describes her Blog as “digital record of our life as a family.” How wonderful to look back on in years to come.

Please explain a bit about yourself. How many children you have and how old are they?
My name is Lauren. I have a 17 month old boy called Oliver.

What is your child(ren)’s usual bedtime routine? E.g. Bath time, story, (how many?) etc.
We have our dinner, have some family time in the lounge and head up for a bath around 6pm. We spend around 15/20 minutes in the bath playing with his favourite toys and reading his bath books.

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 leave Oliver as I know that he will eventually settle. He doesn’t really attempt to get attention anymore due to that.

Does your child share a room with a sibling or have their own room?
Oliver has his own room (typically the biggest one in the house, of course!)

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?
Oliver doesn’t have siblings but I used to babysit my niece and nephew a lot, day and night. What I found was that the younger one would go and wake the older one up in the morning which he definitely wasn’t happy about – she soon grew out of it once she turned 3 and done her own thing.

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?! 
I’ve found that the later I put him to bed, the earlier he will get up. We go into his bedroom around 7pm, read a story or two (they’re only short ones, the longer they are the more awake he becomes), I turn on his mobile on top of his wardrobe and shut the door. He’s usually asleep in 5 minutes.

Do you have any strategies or tips for a smooth running bedtime?
I do find that the stories help him settle and if I don’t switch his mobile on, he won’t go to sleep so I think soft music definitely helps calm them down.

Does your child still have day time naps? Morning or afternoon? Morning and afternoon?
Oliver only has 1 nap a day now, last month he was having 1 in the morning also from around 11am to 11:30am but now it’s 1pm until around 3pm. Without his afternoon nap by 5/6pm he’s desperate to go to bed and our house is like tantrum city. The only way I find this manageable is playing with his favourite toys or watching a film together – usually Madagascar or Antz!
Thanks go to Lauren for sharing her experiences, it is great to get a perspective of sleep and bedtimes from a range of ages, especially as Oliver is the same age as Moo. 

You can find Lauren’s Blog at:

The Mummy Side of Life

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