Guest Blogger ~ Sleep and Research Series 

Sleep and Bedtime series.

Guest post questions:

This is the first of my guest posts in the sleep and bedtime series.
Today I am featuring Jo from ‘First Time Valley Mam.’ On her blog Jo says that she started her Blog:

“As an online diary.” Jo is a fellow parenting Blogger.

Please explain a bit about yourself. How many children you have and how old are they?

I’m Jo, mother to one little guy, Z who’s 3, nearly 4! 

What is your child(ren)’s usual bedtime routine? E.g. Bath time, story, (how many?) etc.

We don’t tend to have a routine as such, well as in your normal typical routine. Z tends to go upstairs with his dad around 7, his dad will play the Xbox and Z will watch YouTube on his iPad. Sometimes he falls asleep, others we put him in his room. E has to catch him at the ‘right’ time or he will go past sleep and we see 10.30 easily! 

If your child has tried to gain your attention after you’ve said goodnight, what do you do? Go back to see what the problem is? Leave them?

Z has autism, his way of getting attention is climbing on the window. As this isn’t very safe for any of us, we have to go in and remove him! We do sometimes put his TV on as it calms him enough to stop and then he’ll fall asleep.

Does your child share a room with a sibling or have their own room?

He’s an only child

Do you have any tips for siblings sharing a room? Do they wake each other up in the night/morning? Do you put your youngest or eldest up first?


What is your child(ren)’s usual bedtime? And usual awake time? Do you have any views on putting later to bed, does it mean that they get up slightly later? Or still the same time in the morning?! 

The later to bed the earlier wake up. We have a few weeks of waking at 3am. If we can get him to bed by 8-8.30, with no naps, he likes to nap on the school bus at 3.30, he only needs to think he’s napped and that’s him awake till 10.30 then up at 3. If we get him no naps he’s still up at 3. We have to find the balance on a 20 minute or so nap, so he feels he has a has a nap, but his body is still tired enough to go to sleep. This tends to be around 8.30-9. The more sleep he has the more he needs. The less sleep he has the less he needs. 

Do you have any strategies or tips for a smooth running bedtime?
The disco lightbulb works well! It makes him stop bouncing about long enough for his body to calm down for sleep. 

Does your child still have day time naps? Morning or afternoon? Morning and afternoon?

 He falls asleep on the school bus 3.30 I find he’s much better with a nap, than without. Sometimes without a nap he’s much, much worse! 

Thanks go to Jo for joining in with my bedtime and sleep series, it’s great to share experiences.
You can find Jo’s Blog at:

On social media:

Instagram: Firsttimevalleymam 

Twitter: @Cooksey_83 

Facebook: Firsttimevalleymam

Thanks for reading 🙂 


2 thoughts on “Guest Blogger ~ Sleep and Research Series 

    • That’s a pleasure 🙂 I really appreciate fellow parenting Bloggers that were happy to join in 🙂 I’m also hoping to learn via different experiences as it’s all ‘trial and error’ and there’s no right or wrong way as different strategies work for different families 🙂 x

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