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Booktrust- Bath, Book, Bed.

April 3, 2018Jenny

We are big fans of Booktrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, having used their booklets, stickers and resources for many years through the local library. So, when the chance came to help support their Bath, Book, Bed campaign, we were keen to get involved. The campaign is to promote an evening routine which benefits children in terms of giving them regular adult reading time, as well as, hopefully, encouraging a settled sleeping pattern.

Our children have gone through many phases (often lasting several months) with their sleeping habits and this is not the kind of blog to give advice on sleep to other parents. Having said that, there is a lot of data which suggests that a gentle, regular pattern of calm and predictable activities in the evening which get children ready for bed is beneficial. Of course, reading is a brilliant way to spend time with babies and young children for a whole host of reasons.

We were given some items to use at bedtime with Little, (Big joined in too!). There were some lovely books, toothbrushes and bubble bath from Peppa Pig, who support the campaign. We were also given a booklet with tips on using the Bath, Book, Bed routine.


As the kids are getting older, bath time is often now shower time. They still enjoy it as part of their daily pattern, as they have done since they were babies. Toys for us include lots of animals and dinosaurs, foam blocks, tools and other bits. To be honest, anything waterproof will end up in the bath, and they love finding new toys in their rooms to bring in. Although they are playing, it is calm and often their games and conversations will last a long time, as they process the experiences they have had that day.



The benefits of reading to young children are well known, whatever time of the day that reading takes place. If you can read at bedtime, though, it can be a great settling activity as the emotional connection and soothing adult voice are often great ways to prepare babies and young children for sleep. In our case, our kids are free to choose their own bedtime stories (up to 3- depending on length) and Big has now moved on to a chapter of a longer book or a set number of pages of a non-fiction book (only one subject this dino-mad boy is interested in!).



I have an ‘each to their own’ attitude towards kids and sleep. It is important that everyone gets a good night’s sleep. In our experience we have found that persisting with a similar routine to the Bath Book Bed one has been beneficial for our family. It also means that even at busy times, you have the certainty of what to expect at bedtime, which for us, over time, has also developed into settled nights.

The booklet is good; very straightforward and easy to read. I think that the ‘Your questions answered’ page is particularly helpful as it gives voice to some questions which parents who are seeking advice might have.

Do you have a bedtime routine with your children? If you would like to join in the discussion online; share your experiences and tips using @booktrust and #BathBookBed.

Booktrust #bathbookbed campaign. Blog post contains gifted items.

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Comments (17)

  • Sarah – Mud, Cakes and Wine

    April 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

    We have always done bath, milk, book and bed and we still do the eldest is nearly 8. We have changed from me reading to them now reading with me everynight and i love it so much #tacticaltuesdays

    1. Jenny

      April 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

      That’s lovely!

  • Katie Davies

    April 10, 2018 at 9:07 am

    We have always had a routines for our little ones that includes bath book bed as well! They know what to expect everyday now and it makes it a lot easier to get them to bed when they know how the routine goes

    1. Jenny

      April 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Yes, they love a pattern to the day, don’t they? Thanks for reading

  • Karen | TwoTinyHands

    April 10, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I totally agree with this routine. It’s changed a little since having a newborn. A cuddle with our toddler and tv has developed while we put the baby down then follows a book. I try make time through the day to read books too because it’s nice for the connection. A nice campaign! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    1. Jenny

      April 13, 2018 at 9:54 am

      That sounds like a great routine- I agree, you have to make it fit with your family. 🙂

  • Joanna Bayford

    April 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    The bath, book, bed routine is a must in our home. Blake loves splashing around and once he is out of the bath he is settled for the night. #TacticalTuesdays

    1. Jenny

      April 13, 2018 at 9:53 am

      That’s great, thanks for reading.

  • Kirsty Hall

    April 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    We literally never deviate from the bedtime routine. It might have to move in time slightly on the odd occasion, but even on holiday we still do that bath book bed thing #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny

      April 14, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      When we find something which works for us, we stick to it, too! Thank you for reading!

  • Malin – Sensational Learning with Penguin

    April 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Regular sleep is still a conundrum for us… But it’s a lot better than it used to be anyway! And I think the bath, book, bed concept is sound, and probably something that can work well for most families.
    I like your post on this, the photos are really nice and I can relate to a lot of it, such as any waterproof toys (as well as kitchen items etc) having the potential of becoming bath toys ? x

    1. Malin

      April 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      PS. #TacticalTuesdays ?

    2. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you! Yes, we love a pasta scoop in the bath here! 😉

  • Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    April 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    We have a very similar approach to bedtime as you though we still tend to do bath most nights not shower. The children do love choosing their own books and the eldest loves reading to himself as well as us joining him for a few pages too. The Peppa Pig booklet looks really good. #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny

      April 18, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      It is lovely when they start reading to you, isn’t it?! Thanks for reading.

  • Claire @ The Ladybirds’ adventures

    April 20, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I love this campaign from the book trust. Reading is so important for kids. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny

      April 21, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Yes- it is a great campaign.

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