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.
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.
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.
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.
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