It’s time for bed Baby Annabell® Mia… Sweet Dreams + #Giveaway

July 15, 2020

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As a family with thrive off a routine, of course, not all families are like this. Whilst some are very much able to go with the flow and ‘wing it’, we find that the children respond better if they know what is expected for them and what is coming next. There is, of course, a degree of flexibility in our routines however, on the whole, they are the same pattern.

Take bedtime, for example, each of the children knows that as playtime winds down for the day, it will soon be ready for pyjamas, bedtime snack and of course, bed. Piglet has recently been sent the Baby Annabell® Sweet Dreams range so that she can interact with baby Mia in role-playing bedtime routines with her very own baby doll.


As any parent will tell you playtime is important. Whilst it keeps little ones occupied and hopefully stopping them asking 101 questions. It is also important to help in using up their energy reserves so that they are tired and ready for bed later.

Watching Piglet interact with the Baby Annabell® Mia is heart warming. She is not only attempting to interact and engage with her just as she would with her friends at preschool. She is also showing such love and tenderness towards Mia – truly beautiful to watch.

Dressed for bed

With playtime over it is time to get ready for bed. Time for toys to be packed away ready for another day. And the time to change into pyjamas and getting hair brushed to help prevent any knots. Pyjamas are must loved in our house, with new ones received for birthday’s, Christmas and even at Easter. Piglet loved that Mia was able to have her own special pair of pyjamas to change into in order to be ready for bed.

Time for milk

As babies the children had one last bottle before bed and as they have grown up this has changed to be either a small bedtime snack or a hot chocolate. Piglet has recently discovered the wonderful world of hot chocolate before bed and it certainly one of her favourite times of the day.

Baby Annabell® Mia comes with her own bottle (plus dummy and rattle) so enable little ones to spend some quality time feeding her. Whether they think it is milk, water, juice or even hot chocolate.

Shhh… It’s time for sleep

Placed in the Baby Annabell® Sweet Dreams Rocker baby Mia is changed, fed and ready for bed. The soft rocking motion is there to help her drift off to sleep – although it’s worth noting that the Baby Annabell® Mia doll doesn’t actually close its eyes when laid down, which Piglet couldn’t really understand.

After all the preparation, all the lead up it’s finally time to cosy in and time to go to sleep. Given that we have always used the same routine for Piglet she is fully aware that this is the final step in the bedtime routine. Time for the lights to be turned down low and for lullabies to be started before one last cuddle. It’s wonderful to see her share her bedtime routine with Baby Annabell Mia.

Where to buy the Baby Annabell® Sweet Dreams range

The Baby Annabell® Sweet Dreams range including Baby Annabell® Mia doll, Baby Annabell® Sweet Dreams Rocker and Sweet Dreams pyjamas are available to buy from Amazon and all other leading toy retailers.

Win a Baby Annabell Sweet Dreams Mia Doll

To celebrate the Baby Annabell Sweet Dreams collection I’ve teamed up with Baby Annabell for you to win your own Sweet Dreams Mia doll.

Prize: Baby Annabell Sweet Dreams Mia Doll

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

Baby Annabell® Sweet Dreams Mia Doll
  • ashleigh allan July 15, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Be prepared and don’t stress too much!

  • Ursula Hunt July 15, 2020 at 9:25 am

    lots of books and a fully charged IPad are always a help on a long journey

  • Sarah Homer July 15, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Top tips for travelling with children, make sure that you have plenty of healthy snacks, and an activity pack that contains colouring, puzzles etc.

  • Iain maciver July 15, 2020 at 10:24 am


  • Tracy Nixon July 15, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Nice bath, warm drink, books to read and no technology, inc tv, for at least 30 mins before bedtime!

  • Claire July 15, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Top tips for getting children ready for bed; Settle down with a lamp on and soothing voice. Read a story together and give cuddles. Talk to them about their day and what they enjoyed, any plans for tomorrow.

  • Claire Nutman July 15, 2020 at 10:39 am

    My routine, dinner, bath, reading a story and a big cuddle….

  • Samantha Milner July 15, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Definitely a settling down time with lots of books

  • michelle o'neill July 15, 2020 at 10:53 am

    i always say routine is the key

  • Helen Markham July 15, 2020 at 11:55 am

    We still have a routine for our 6 year old. It is so important to them and us

  • Margaret Gallagher July 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Routine and fun – sweet dreams come true

  • Rich Tyler July 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Routine, cuddles, book, bath etc

  • adrian price July 15, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    A set,and rigid routine

  • Lyndsey cooksey July 15, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    My tips are allow plenty of time and a routine. Try not to have anything to rush off to, so you can take as much time as you need. After they have finished watching their programme, a nice lavender bath, lots of cuddles getting them dry, pj’s on and then a story as they settle in bed.

  • Fiona Johnstone July 15, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    My routine is – fun bath time before settling in for a story before going to sleep.

  • Lynne Durkin July 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Always found reading the same book every night worked for ours and also knowing they were allowed to talk for a few minutes once light were out.

  • Emma Walters July 15, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    regular routine that they learn to expect and get used to

  • Jenny McClinton July 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    We are trying a new routine for this at the moment as the old one wasn’t working very well. But a good bedtime story or a good cuddle before bed usually helps.

  • ADEINNE TONNER July 15, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    My tip personally is to have a nightly routine

  • Helen S Wright July 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Bath and story 🙂

  • Dion Petrie July 15, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I would say stick to a routine

  • Andrea Fletcher July 15, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    I think it is important to have a routine, bath and a bedtime story.

  • Solange July 15, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Bath, book and bed.

  • Annabel Greaves July 15, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    I love to read a story to settle the kids before bed

  • Karla Grant July 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Quickly get the boring stuff out of the way like getting into jammies and then brushing teeth. Then bedtime stories and cuddles before light out. Same time every night. Seven in our house.

  • Natasha Whenham July 15, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Nothing beats a good routine. We do bath, pjs, teeth and then story.

  • Helen Marie July 15, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    A good routine xx

  • Helen Best July 15, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    A good routine is always the key xx

  • Mandy Doherty July 15, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Bath, story and a warm drink

  • Julia Kerr July 15, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Consistent routine and start winding down activities from tea time, definitely a bedtime story

  • ellie spider July 15, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    as others have said routine is really important – even on weekends and ensuring that screen time ends at least 60 mins before you get them ready for bed too

  • Kelly Smith July 16, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Routine works well. A good bed time story is what Alice loves ❤️

  • Sally Collingwood July 16, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Keep calm and have a routine

  • Kevin Johnson July 16, 2020 at 10:30 am

    No TV or tablets for the last hour before their bedtime. After their bath they can either go to bed or they can read and draw for up to an hour before they go to bed.

  • Gemma Hendry July 16, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Routine, we do same thing every night and generally my daughter has always slept well

  • Nathan July 16, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Tire them out as much as possible then calm them down with a story, read in the softest possible tone!

  • Kerry Kilmister July 16, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I make sure that my girls don’t have any technology an hour before bed. Then we finish the night with a lovely bedtime story.

  • Kelly Wheelhouse July 17, 2020 at 9:03 am

    My best tip would be to have a routine. Always do the same things before putting them to bed so they know it’s time to sleep 🙂 It seems to work well on my almost 2 year old!

  • Alana Walker July 17, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Get them into a bedtime routine as soon as possible. It really helps and I wish we had done this with our first child as he was very restless.

  • Natalie Burgess July 17, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Routine is great for my two, bath then two books, into bed by eight xx

  • Margaret Clarkson July 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    A warm bath and a story

  • CLAIRE TAYLOR July 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

    A stress free routine and a story together with cuddles. I find this is the time my children want to share worries or news with you, allow that extra time to listen and comfort, it means they can offload and clear their minds before sleep.

  • Elizabeth Yeates July 18, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    A bath and a story. No tablets or TVs in the bedroom

  • james jordan July 18, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Fantastic Prize keeping my fingers crossed

  • Nicki Simpson July 18, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    We set a routine from when daphne was really tiny, she is no bother at going to bed now x

  • Laura Walker July 19, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    A good routine so they go to bed at pretty much the same time every night. They love a book before bed too

  • Katrina Fox July 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Routine, routine, routine! We’ve had a routine since our little girl was first born and she goes to bed no problem. Also, books, her vocabulary is so advanced and I think that can be attributed to lots of bedtime stories.

  • Lorna Ledger July 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Routine as much as possible, even for days of the week. Kids thrive of it.

  • judy kennedy July 21, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Bath, works for me too

  • Susan Smith July 24, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Nice bath, plenty of cuddles and a story

  • Rachel Butterworth July 24, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Bath, story and if he wants i sing to him.

  • A.E. ADKINS July 24, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Routine, routine, routine including a quiet story time

  • susan taylor July 25, 2020 at 6:19 am

    A bedtime story

  • Sarah Addey July 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Great giveaway

  • jamesmum July 26, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    to read a good story before bed

  • Katie B July 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    We always stick to a routine which really helps. Which ends in a story which they usually fall asleep too!

  • Alison Johnson July 27, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Bath then storytime in Bed.

  • Jo m welsh July 28, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Have a routine but as family life can have changes every now and then be prepared to relax it and just stay relaxed .

  • lynn neal July 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    This looks the perfect doll for my granddaughter to fuss over!

  • Eileen Hindley July 29, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    A warm bath and a cup of hot chocolate 🙂

  • Val Pownall July 29, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    A constant routine and quiet time before bed.

  • donna jones July 29, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Keep regular sleep and wake times.

  • sharon July 31, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Great prize!

  • Edward Guerreiro July 31, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    We always give the little ones a bath at the same time every night. Then let them sit and relax while they dry, then off to bed. That, mostly, works.

  • Susan Willshee July 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Never ever use ‘do you want to be sent to bed?’ as a threat because that makes bedtime something to be avoided.

    Try to make bedtime just a normal part of the day. At lunchtime we have lunch, at dinner time we have dinner, at bedtime we go to bed…

  • Pam Smith August 1, 2020 at 7:49 am

    A regular routine that always ends with a cuddle and a story

  • Michelle Smith August 1, 2020 at 9:34 am

    A bath and a story before bedtime

  • Maria Messruther August 1, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Routine and try to get some energy out during the day. The more they do the sooner they go to sleep when they go to bed lol. Ive noticed during lockdown how much longer it has been for my kids to sleep rather than them out as soon as their heads hit the pillow x

  • YOLANDA DAVIS August 1, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Bath, pyjama’s, a bottle, story, cuddle then sleep.

  • betsy ferguson August 1, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    A washable doll helps – just get them to get the toy ready for bed, following the same routine as they are – bath, pjs, story and lights off x

  • Sheri Darby August 1, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    A soothing bath, a story and a cuddle

  • Troy Easton August 1, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    giving them treat before bed to settling them down for the night.

  • Rebecca roberts August 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Definitely a good sleep and good routine a bath befor bed story and we have our day so we speak about our day and what we have done

  • Rebecca Beesley August 1, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    making time for a bedtime story.

  • katrina walsh August 2, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Always a bedtime story as the very last thing you do and always read in a quiet almost whipsering voice

  • Adrian Bold August 2, 2020 at 3:22 am

    For us it was always a routine at the same time each day. Bath, story, bed etc.

  • Geri Gregg August 2, 2020 at 7:34 am

    A bath, a story, some milk and a cuddle is the perfect formula to get my toddler to have a great night’s sleep

  • Sara Dean August 2, 2020 at 10:19 am

    A good routine that you stick too

  • Denise Walton August 2, 2020 at 10:29 am

    A routine of bath cuddles and a story

  • Kim Neville August 2, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    We have always had a routine of after dinner bath time then chill time with a story

  • CAROLINE WATSON August 2, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    bath a warm drink and a bedtime story always works for me

  • Jeanette Leighton August 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    have a routine you stick to a bath and some milk

  • Sarah KNIGHTLEY August 2, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    We have a routine of reading a bedtime story each night.

  • Diane Carey August 2, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    A bedtime routine, bath with toys, books instead of a tablet

  • laura stewart August 2, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    a good routine and make it fun

  • Sara Louise Coyne August 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    A bedtime routine and a story works for my daughter

  • Jazz Tattersall August 2, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    No screen time before bedtime

  • Cathryn Crawshaw August 2, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Keep to routine, bath, story and bed

  • Pauline Burroughs August 2, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Definitely routine. Bath, drink, story then kiss goodnight

  • Amber August 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Routine: Dinner, warm bath, milk and a nice story.

  • Sarah Roberts August 2, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Definitely routine, same time every night

  • Rachel Craig August 2, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    A bedtime routinue :- Supper (toast and milk for example), bath, pyjamas, brush teeth, bed and story book reading, light out at settle to sleep. Winding down is Important, such as dim light, reduce noise, allows for relaxation.

  • Catherine Gregory August 2, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    A good routine but my 2 year old has never slept well so I’ll be reading these tips

  • Susan Hoggett August 2, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    A bedtime story they love it

  • Hayley williams August 2, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    have a routine

  • Violet Perkins Phillippo August 2, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Either white noise or one of their favourite audio books, helps them to relax and go to sleep.

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