Our Toddler’s Bedtime Routine

It really shocks me when I hear so many parents saying that they don’t read their children stories before bed, or any other time of day for that matter. I wouldn’t have it any other way, my little one loves books & I’m pretty sure that it has something to do with the fact we’ve read to him since, well, before he was born…

When I was pregnant with Theo, myself & the Mr would read to him every night when we went to bed, even though he was in my tummy, we were firm believers that he could hear us & responded well to our voices. Reading books out loud was just an easier way to talk to him, without being stumped with what to say.

Call it chance or coincidence, but the one book we would repeatedly read him, is & has been for a long while, one of his favorites. I like to think it’s because he learnt the rhythm of the words through us reading it to him & he picked up on it when he was out & about in the world.

Theo’s bedtime routine, has been & will remain the same for the forseeable future because it works so well, for him & for us.

He starts his bedtime routine at about 6.50pm / 7.00pm.

We take him upstairs, brush his teeth, wash his face, get him dressed into his pjs & read him 3 – 4 stories (depending on the length). Then he helps his Daddy (or me if he’s at work) switch off his light & see if his dinosaurs & stars have come out (glow in the dark stickers). He gives us both (or again, just me if the Mr’s in work) a cuddle & we ask him if he’s had a nice day & various other questions that only really need a yes or no answer & we give him a kiss, lay him in bed, tuck him in & sing him 2 or 3 songs before saying goodnight & leaving the room, blowing a kiss on the way out. He normally blows a kiss just as we’re closing the door & that’s him down to bed. He’s normally asleep within 5-10 minutes of us leaving the room with maybe the odd chatter after we’ve gone, but normally it’s just silence.

When he’s in a big boy bed, it might go slightly differently – we will probably read him books in bed rather than on our laps, or at least one in his bed so he’s settled, but it’s far too difficult to lean over the cot at the moment, so it works really well with him snuggled on one of our laps. We take it in turns every night to read stories so if & when we have another one, he’s used to only one of us reading & hopefully wont get too picky with who he wants to read to him.

I can’t help but feel without the winding down of a quiet story time, he might not sleep as well, but he’s always out like a light by 7.10pm & he doesn’t wake until between 8.30am – 9.30am & he’s been the same since he was around 5 / 6 weeks old.

So there you have it, our simple yet effective bed time routine.

I’d love to hear your bedtime routines for your little ones & what other things you do compared to me, so drop a comment below. 🙂

Sweet Dreams, xo




I’ve had a couple of blogs all saved in my ‘drafts‘ folder for ages, but I decided to scrap them all since they were all stupidly long & tedious to read. Instead, I decided to make a new, short ‘what’s been happening in brief‘ blog.

Here goes;

On May 30th (2013) my gorgeous baby boy (Theoden) was born.
After spending a horribly long week in hospital with him (he was admitted to SCBU – special care baby unit) we were able to bring him home. ❤

He’s the most special little man in the world & I love him more than words could ever say. I’m so proud of his progress now, he’s doing extremely well after the bad start he had. He’s a little chunk to say the least.


About a week after we came home from hospital & got settled, I started to get lots of clients getting in touch asking if I was available to photograph their weddings – there must have been some kind of Kateography boom because ever since, the requests have been flying in. I can see myself having a very busy year indeed! – But of course, that’s a good thing!

When I fell pregnant I stopped doing any photography jobs because I had bad morning sickness / was moving house / was ill with the pregnancy etc, so time just slipped away. Since having my baby though, I feel refreshed & ready to go – ready to step back out into the photography business that I’ve made for myself & do what I love best (It’s now more second in line to spending time with my gorgeous son – but it’s still right up there!)


Living in a first floor flat has been quite hard. Trying to get Theo & his pram up & down a flight & a half of stairs is no joke, especially on days when I’m alone because Laurie is working – which is most days. In this stupidly hot weather it’s not been very fun either. We’ve had all the windows open but there’s still been no through draft & the flat is boiling which makes sleeping hard for all of us, especially our poor little baby boy. Which brings me to my next bit of news; –


After giving up on the local housing people, we decided to go on the hunt for a new place & I’m extremely happy to tell you all that we found what is pretty much our dream home. It’s a gorgeous little cottage with two massive gardens, which I’m sure Theo will love to run around in when he’s older. It will also mean that we can re-plant all of our plants that we’ve had growing on the windowsills of our flat for the past few months. Great timing really since they have just about started to take over & create a bit of a jungle. If they were left for much longer I’m sure we’d have a PC Plod or two wondering what the massive dodgy looking plants hanging out of our windows are!


So, all in all, it’s been a very busy few months, moving into a flat, having a baby, gaining lots of photography jobs & another move on the way…
It’s all very exciting & I’ve never been happier. After that huge blog / ramble, I promise once again to keep up to date with my blogs / happenings & this time I intend to stick to it.


For anyone reading this who has booked a wedding with me recently, I’m very excited to photograph your beautiful day – I’ll see you soon!

For everyone else;
Ciao for now!

Kate, x

Here’s a photograph of my gorgeous little man the night he was born! ❤

My Gorgeous Boy