The Bedtime routine….

The Bed time routine…

Ok, so people ask me about this a lot. “How do you get them all to bed” and “how do you find time to clean round with 7 kids”. It’s very simple it’s all just routine. I’m going to give you a little insight to how I do it. Hopefully you will find this helpful if your trying to start a routine of your own.

So let’s take it from dinner time. I think dinner time should be a time for conversation, I try to cook meals that all the family can enjoy together. That way we can sit and talk about our days, the children take it in turns to talk about their day and we all sit and listen. It’s really nice to hear about the good and bad parts of everyone’s day and I find it helps children to learn to have a conversation without interrupting each other. As you can imagine having 7 children all talking at once would be very loud, I find this really helps.

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After dinner clean up…

I wipe down all the children and whilst the little ones play with their toys the older children help out with the dishes. Jasper clears the table for me whilst I clean the kitchen and Jessica rinses the dishes whilst Chloe loads the dishwasher. They are my superstar helpers, I find it very important to give children a small job within the home it helps them to understand that working as a team is always the best way forward.🌟

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Bath time fun…
So the best time of day for the babies is bath time they love it, we have a bath and a shower so I bath the babies first Arthur, Rupert and Ralph they have bubbles and toys and jugs to make bath shakes… They would spend hours in there if I let them, I always have pj’s in the bathroom ready for when I get the babies out so they are not left unattended, I get Arthur out first then dry and dress him I then get Rupert out dry and dress him, then lastly I get Ralph out he go’s into his bed room to dry off and put his pj’s on. The older children then take it in turns to shower while I take the babies down stairs for quite time and milk.
Once the older children are all washed and dried they come down also, they all have milk and a biscuit and settle down for some TV time, Arthur has a story and a cuddle then goes to bed at around 6:30 / 7:00 he self settles and is always asleep within 5 minutes of being in his cot . Rupert is usually having a story with Layla by the time I come back down the stairs, if you know Layla you will know she always has a book in her hand, she loves to read to the little ones and they love to listen.

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By this point the big girls ( Chloe & Jessie ) have gone up stairs to do their home work or read, I then set the younger children up at the table where they take it in turns to read to me. They have the choice to read quietly to themselves or listen to one another.
Once every one has read they get to watch tv until 7:45-8:00. They then go off upstairs to brush their teeth and there off to bed. Rupert usually gets up 2 or 3 times, the first time he gets up I just pop him back to bed I kiss him and say goodnight. The second time I put him back to bed and say goodnight, if he gets up again I just pop him back in to bed and I don’t say anything. He then self settles and sleeps through the night. A lot of the time little ones will try to interact with you, it’s important after the second time you put them down that you don’t interact with them.
I kiss all children good night and go down stairs. I then start my cleaning, I make packed lunch, lay the table for breakfast and get some more washing done. Chloe and Jessica occasionally come down and just sit quietly until there bed time of 9 o’clock. I usually get all my jobs done by 9:30 then I sit down with a cuppa and my husband gets home from work.

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Thank you for reading my post

Love Kathleen xxxx

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12 thoughts on “The Bedtime routine….

  1. Vicki says:

    This is fab I really struggle with night times and I only have 4 reading this maybe I put pressure on myself to put them to bed too early but they don’t actually settle till a lot later xx vicki

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  2. Zoe says:

    Hello! Loved reading this! I have a question though, you say Arthur will self settle and be asleep after 5 mins, please can you tell me how you got to that stage?!
    With my first two I had to leave them crying for over an hour for days before I could put them down still awake and have them self settle. I’m at the stage with my third that he will not self settle and I’ve been holding him till he falls asleep.
    I’d love to be able to put down like how you do with Arthur but I’m never sure he has got all his wind up!
    Thank you! Xx

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    • mummahodgeworldpress says:

      Hello Zoe, firstly thank you so much for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed!.. How old is your youngest baby? Xx

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      • mummahodgeworldpress says:

        I think it’s the perfect time for you to start your routine, I’m going to be putting up a blog about it in the next week or so,but for now I would just lay your baby in the cot while your in the room just to get used to being laid down xxxx

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  3. Marieke says:

    I think this is amazing.

    I use the same tactic with my 2 year old. “The supernanny approach” we call it in New Zealand.

    I struggle with keeping him in bed all night, do you have any tips?

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    • mummahodgeworldpress says:

      Thank you, I do the same kind of thing I just pop them back into bed and try not to talk! It’s hard sometimes but I do find it works well. I hope that helps xxx

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  4. Leah says:

    I have 11 month old who I wish would self settle but he just screams! My 3 year old who was really good is now also being a monkey! My 7 year old is the only one who sleeps! My baby also wakes in the night and will scream unless he can come in our bed! How did you do it!
    Xxx

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    • mummahodgeworldpress says:

      They all get there in the end Leah, I just make sure they have a morning nap and that’s it. Then I always give them a relaxing bath and bed routine I also recommend baby massage in a quiet room! I don’t leave my baby to cry I always come back into the room and lay him down just seeing your face is reassuring! But I don’t talk to him! In just very gentle and soft and then I leave the room. Good luck xx

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      • Leah says:

        Yes I’m the same I can’t leave my baby to cry. I just have to hold him until he drops off, which is lovely but I do wish he would self settle. My 3.5 year old is getting better at bedtime now but does and always has down wake at between 4.30-5….. With my baby who is now just a year, would you only let him nap in morning? He does nap morning and afternoon at the moment and still is ready for bed by 6.30. I don’t know how he would last that long with his afternoon nap. Also how do you stop them from falling asleep in afternoon in buggy/ car?! X

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