Obviously our 8 year old is pretty good at getting himself ready for bed, but there is still homework to check, reading records to sign and uniform to get ready for the next day - just at the time of day when you are naturally most tired yourself! Now of course we have baby girl, and the bedtime routine takes even longer! But one thing we won't compromise on is a) getting her good nappies for night time to ensure she has a full nights sleep and b) using Bepanthen nappy cream. I've tried the supermarket own brand and they just don't cut it! There is nothing worse than having an uncomfortable baby wake up at 3am due to nappy rash or discomfort in that area, expecially when it can be easily avoided. We've generally been lucky with our children and none of them have suffered much from nappy related problems - but the trick is to change your baby's nappy regularly and use Bepanthen at every nappy change. Also daily bathing helps, as it removes any trace of nasties from that area.
We were lucky enough to be sent a tube of Bepanthen and asked to take part in the #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge - thought it wasn't really a huge challenge for us, as we use Bepanthen anyway!
|Hard to open lid is essential!|
|As you can see, our child is a maniac|
For our bedtime routine, as soon as we're done with our evening meal, the bath goes straight on. We fill it quite high so that baby girl has a nice relaxing soak and fill it with toys - most recently we've been using bath crayons though these have a horrible habit of turning the water an odd colour, so these might find their way into the circular file (e.g. bin). Baby girl basically then soaks the whole bathroom by scooping up water and chucking it over the side of the bath - it's great "fun". After ten minutes or so of mopping the bathroom floor, baby girl goes to her bedroom in a towel whilst we wrestle with her and attempt to get her dressed whilst applying Bepanthen. Then she has some milk and a story before settling down for sleep. Thankfully, baby girl is not one of these that needs soothing to sleep, which is a good job as we've then two other children to get to bed! Ah, maybe when they're grown we'll miss the bedtime routine, though it does usually end up in at least some shouting. Not much, but some. Still, at least she won't be sore - Bepanthen all the way!