Bedtime Routines with the new Aldi Baby Range

It’s official – Sophie is no longer in that milky, squishy, brand new, baby phase that I love so much (sobs). She is fast becoming her own little person; giving us gorgeous, gummy smiles, proper giggles and some extremely mischievous little looks. I can tell she is going to be a handful already! Luckily, Sophie has been brilliant at bedtime so far and sleeps through most nights but to reinforce this behaviour I am keen to get her into a really good bedtime routine.

For the little ones in our family, a bedtime routine has always consisted of a warm, bubbly bath followed by story-time, milk and then being tucked into bed. If you have young children, you are probably following a similar bedtime routine yourself. It’s not revolutionary but it can be so enjoyable. Spending this time with my baby, watching her kick her legs and squeal with delight in the bath and then seeing her wide-eyed face taking in the pictures on a page and listening to the soothing sounds of a story is a where the real memories of childhood are made for me. These moments will be imprinted on my memory as she grows up and I will always treasure them. Having a rather independent ten year old son, I know all too well that this time with your young children is all too short! They don’t want you to be involved at bedtime for very long!

First up on the road to bedtime is bath time. I remember when Zak was little, our bath resembled something close to a crèche with so many plastic toys (most of them not even meant to be in the bath!) littering the sides. It just looked a bit of a mess and I would have to spend a good ten minutes clearing them up before I could ever get in the bath myself. Sophie is just a few months too young to have toys in the bath but when she is ready I am determined to have a just a few, age appropriate bath toys that she can chew, throw, squeeze etc to her hearts content. The new baby range at Aldi (launching 21st April) has some lovely things and this little bathtime fun set (£3.99) is just what I was looking for.

Bath toys2

It has six fun little ocean characters that squirt water, float and link together. The bright colours and shapes will be perfect for developing Sophie’s hand-eye coordination. I really like the fact that they come in a handy plastic pouch with sucker cups to attach to the side of the bath so they can be easily tidied away after bath time.

Bath toys 1

After bath time comes story time – my favourite part of the bedtime routine! Reading to your baby may seem pointless when they are so little but it is really so important and I have been reading to Sophie for a good month already. Reading to babies introduces them to the concept of stories, numbers, letters, colours, shapes and so much more and in time it will help them to build their imaginations and hopefully develop a love of reading for themselves. I love having a cuddle and reading a story to Sophie, it really helps her to wind down for bedtime. The new baby range at Aldi has a lovely selection of books with an interactive hand puppet featuring at the centre of the adventures of Snappy Crocodile, Dinky Dino and Tickle Time (£2.99 each). We actually had our first giggles from Sophie whilst reading Snappy Crocodile! They have age appropriate thick, cardboard pages, bright colours and the stories themselves aren’t too long, which is important when reading to a baby.

Aldi Books

One of my favourite things from the new baby range at Aldi is the children’s sling bookcase (£19.99). It is so easy to put together (a must for us in our DIY-shy house) and the perfect height to display Sophie’s lovely books. As she gets bigger she will be able to help herself to her favourite stories and then tidy them away afterwards. I like the fact that it isn’t too big as her nursery is quite a small room. This is the perfect size and the white colour goes nicely with all the rest of her furniture.

bookcase

If you are currently pregnant or have a young baby I would really recommend getting down to your local Aldi on the 21st April and picking up some of their new baby range. They are doing a wide range of products from clothes, blankets and bottles right through to toys and nursery furniture. I was sent these items to review but reviews on my blog are and always will be my honest opinion and I will never feature products that I’m not enjoying myself. I will definitely be going to my local store to check out the rest of their new baby range!

What do you do for your babies bedtime routine? Let me know in the comment box below – you know I always love to hear from you.

Until next time my lovelies

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  1. April 17, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    We are the same as you: Bath, story while drinking milk and then a cuddle and into bed. I read to both of mine together if I’m on my own, but if I’ve got help I will take the little one up to bed woke my husband/mom reads to the big one downstairs. I think it’s nice for them to have that one-on-one attention at the end of the day if we can.
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    • April 17, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      Yes I think that must be important – my boy is ten so he doesn’t have the same need for bath/bed routine but the one on one time with him is something I still try to do when Sophie’s gone to bed. Thanks for commenting 🙂 x

    • April 18, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      haha me too x

    • April 18, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Yes I love it! The baby range launches 21st April x

  2. April 18, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the bedtime routine, we started with little A as early as we could and we’ve had to adjust over the years but it’s always helped him to know when bedtime is. It also gives us something to stick it so is fab all around. Love reading about others routines too. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • April 18, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Yes I think its really important too! Thanks for reading x

  3. April 18, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Wow, Aldi never fail to surprise me with their extensive range. I used to love our bath times and bed times with Corben, completely agree reading to them at such a young age is important!

    • April 18, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      I know – I’m a big fan of Aldi! x

  4. April 18, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Aldi is just the best for little bits like this! I never shopped there until I had my daughter, their baby stuff is incredible! Thanks for sharing 😀

    • April 19, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Great, glad you enjoyed the post x

  5. April 19, 2016 / 6:18 am

    Ooh, all these things from Aldi are really handy!! They do some really good things! Yes, bedtime routine has always been really important in our house too! It took me ages to start one with my eldest, because I was under the misguided impression that he was too young, and it wouldn’t make any difference. When I did start, and got one established, I wished I’d started it earlier! With the youngest, I started the day we got back from hospital-it was all over the place while he was up all evening feeding etc, but by 8 weeks, we had a really good routine going! Now if we don’t do it, it messes up their entire night!! I also miss that milky, squishy stage too…!
    Thanks so much for sharing with #bigpinklink!

    • April 19, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      I was the same with my first one, didn’t really start the routine until he was nearly 1 year old and it was much more difficult as a result x

  6. April 19, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    What a lovely post. Bedtime is always the same in our house and i agree its such a gorgeous time and we love our little routine now and so does phoebe. I love the Aldi collection, im looking to update some of her bath toys so heading to aldi on the 21st thanks for the great review and cheeky heads up! #TwinklyTuesday

    • April 19, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 It can be such a lovely time of the day! Glad you found it useful and hope you get the bits you want x

  7. April 20, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I can only dream of my baby sleeping through! I am hoping he doesn’t take after his sister. She was 4 before she managed it! Love the bath set. x
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    • April 20, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      My son was about the same age before he slept through too so I know what you mean. It’s just down to the baby at the end of the day x

  8. April 21, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    We have a very similar bedtime routine which works well. My daughter (also called Sophie!) loves bath time and would love those bath toys! x
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    • April 22, 2016 / 9:30 am

      They are really good value aren’t they! I caught my ten year old playing with them in the bath too haha x

  9. April 21, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    The bits in the special buys are amazing. Huge fan of the Aldi baby range! Lovely bedtime routine x

    • April 22, 2016 / 9:32 am

      Me too! I’ve always loved Aldi so I was made up when I heard about this new baby range! x

  10. April 21, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Aw, it’s lovely how positive you are about the bedtime routine…in all honesty sometimes it feels a bit of a ‘process’ in our house! You’re right though, we should cherish these moments.
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    • April 22, 2016 / 9:33 am

      I guess it can be a bit of a chore too – I might save the bedtime battles for in a few years when Sophie is a toddler and refusing to do anything 😉 x

  11. April 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Oh wow, well done ALDI!
    I love how you can tidy away the bath toys in the pack they came in and the books are a bargain at just £2.99.
    We have a sling-style bookcase for Lily as well and again, it’s so easy to put them away at the end of the day!
    Great post lovely 🙂
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    • April 22, 2016 / 9:35 am

      I love Aldi – get down there and snap some stuff up, this new range is fab! x

  12. April 22, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Aldi has been a Godsend for me since I fell pregnant with twins; their Mamia range of nappies and wipes are better than many brands, at a fraction of the price. I go to every baby event they do! I’m going up there this afternoon to stock up 🙂

    • April 22, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Ooh I haven’t tried their nappies but I will definitely give them a go! Thanks lovely x

  13. April 22, 2016 / 10:45 am

    oh those bath toys look so fun, Wilf would love to play with these, bath time is his favourite he could spend forever in there! x

    • April 22, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      aw yeah, kids love bath time don’t they! x

  14. April 26, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I’m a relatively new convert to ALDI but it’s fab isn’t it! They have such brilliant buys at such great value x

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