Not So Sleep Heads Todays Toddlers Take 90 Minutes to go to Sleep

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Not So Sleep Heads Todays Toddlers Take 90 Minutes to go to Sleep
• 22 minutes of the bedtime routine is spent reading a story
• 45% of parents say it takes both of them to get their children to sleep
• 55% of parents have missed out on their own dinner because of the routine
• 15% of Dads would rather work than help get them to sleep


Babies, while they might scream and yell, at least have one advantage: they spend a lot of time sleeping. The older your adorable little offspring get, however, the harder it seems to get them to want to drift off at the end of a long day. Once they are past the baby stage, bedtime becomes something they just don’t seem that keen on participating in…

Better Bathrooms, the UK’s leading independent bathroom retailer, carried out a survey of 2,000 to find out how much time they spend on the bedtime routine of any children under three. This process can regularly include giving them a bath, feeding them some milk, and that tried and trusted favourite, reading them a bedtime story. Many parents around the world would no doubt love for this whole process, from nagging start – ‘please put those toys away now, it’s bedtime’ – to blissful finish, when their little one FINALLY shuts their  eyes, to take minutes. Perhaps even seconds. However, on average, Better Bathrooms found that parents take 90 minutes to get their children off to sleep!


22 minutes of this, on average, is spent reading a bedtime story. Yes, despite children’s books having deceptively large print, or being composed mainly of pictures, it seems children will fiendishly ask for the story to be read all over again from the start once it’s finished, or demand several to be read, one after the other. 

The research found that the longest, most time-consuming part of the whole process, was a tie between story and bath time; parents agreed that the ostensibly simple matter of dunking their little terrors into a bath full of water, to sluice off the dirt they’d coated themselves in during the course of the day, took, well, ages. First there’s trying to persuade them to get in, then there’s trying to persuade them to come out, after they start playing with their rubber duckies, plastic action figures, Elsa dolls etc. 

And 55% of parents say they have missed out on their own dinner because of the time spent putting their child to bed. Going to bed with no dinner is the kind of punishment parents use to try and get kids to behave - it shouldn’t be a punishment for parents trying to get them to sleep, frankly! 

It’s often a two-person job, too; 45% of parents say that it takes both of them to get their child off to sleep, working like a well-oiled, if slightly ratty tag team. Is it any wonder, therefore, that 15% of men, and 10% of women have stayed late at the office just to avoid this fractious, somewhat tedious task? 

Perhaps ill-advisedly, 14% of all parents regularly (most if not every night) let their child sleep in their bed; presumably, fed up with trying to wrangle it into its own cot or bunk, they give up and just let it do what it likes. Isn’t parenthood great! 

“Every parent knows how challenging it can be to get your kids to sleep when they don’t want to,” says Colin Stevens, CEO of Better Bathrooms“Bath time is an NHS recommended way of helping kids get to sleep and by the time it’s over, you might just want to pop in the tub and relax yourself!”

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