I know it’s just too early to think about Christmas, really, but if you’d like to save yourself a packet, enter this competition to win a range of Disney goodies and stand a chance to put 4 presents and a Disney Magical Bedtime under the tree without spending a penny.

Bedtimes can sometimes be fraught for families, so to help encourage kids into bed with a little bit of magic, parents can now text the new Disney Magical Bedtime service to arrange for their children to receive a special goodnight call from four much-loved Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Jake (the Never Land Pirate). To receive a Disney Magical Bedtime call text your chosen character name to 78000 or visit www.disney.co.uk/bedtime. Hurry, the service is only live until the end of september!

To celebrate the launch of the new ‘time for bed’ service,  I am giving  one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on the ultimate bedtime bundle, valued at £100.

The prize includes everything you need to give your little one a good night’s sleep including a Disney night light, duvet cover, soothing lullaby music CD, and Mickey Mouse soft toy.


  • Mickey Mouse soft toy (£20)
  • Philips SoftPal Mickey Night Light (£24.99)
  • Oral-B Stages Power Toothbrush (£25.75)
  • Mickey Mouse Single Duvet (£24.99)
  • Disney Magical Bedtime Collection Of Soothing Instrumental Lullabies – not available for purchase

To enter to win this competition, leave a comment below sharing your best bed time tip.

T&Cs:  Diary of a First Child is the sole promoter of this competition. The competition runs for one week, ending Tuesday 30th September at 23:59. The winner will be selected using Random.org, based on the position in the comments. Winner will be notified by email, so please make sure you add your email in the required space. Winners will have one week to respond before a new winner will be selected.  The prize cannot be exchanged for money. Promoter’s decision is final.



Categories: Competitions


Disney Magical Bedtime Competition

  1. You need a routine, same time for for everything after dinner onwards, milk, bath, bed and read bedtime story with a slow droning voice, no picture books or excited voices, your voice gets slower with every page turned.

  2. get to sleep before they do and then you wont mind when they sleep 😉
    seriously though, routine is the key, not that my children pay attention to me!

  3. Quiet and quality time and space to get ready for bed, a bedtime story (something they know) until they get bored then change it for another favorite story. Then cuddles and kisses and say goodnight. Then its strict back to bed if they get out of bed and stick to routine. xxx

  4. My best trick is to first of all stick to a routine, that is crucial. Then get them a little bedlight, turn the main light off after tucking them in, and read them a book, while they have some milk and a cookie, and then off to sleep they go:)

  5. Sticking to a routine is the most important thing. No matter how much they want to watch that cartoon on tele, if it’s bed time then it’s bed time in my house.

  6. I have no tips as my 2 year old doesn’t sleep but I am well prepared for Baby No 2 due to make an appearance this Christmas!
    I hope you will accept this as my entry.

  7. A routine is vital in our house. Our 2 year old is an angel at bedtime (touchwood!) because he knows when it’s coming and all the steps leading up to it.

  8. we have “last call for food” in our house so we’re not hit with “oh but i’m starving” when it’s toilet and teeth time.

  9. Babies love routine so try to stick to yours as much as possible. Get out objects they associate with bedtime early eg. pacifiers, bottles, teddy bears and sleepy blankets half an hour before and remove their ‘active’ toys so they begin to understand it’s soon time for beddy-byes 😉

  10. Always stick t a bedtime routine – bath, bedtime story and a warm gass of milk. My lil girl always has her disney nighlight on too, eases herinto sleep gradually x

  11. Try and have a routine and stick to it, our little girl now gets excited by the idea of a bath and knows it links into bedtime and a story etc

  12. Strangely enough, I always have a coffee before bed … and before that I take my husky Malamute out for a walk, that’s enough to make anyone tired.

  13. A lot of people have said a good routine which is true, but it has to be a calm and tranquil atmosphere, don’t get them excited just before bed and I always give a warning as to when they are going. i.e 5 more minutes… A good story to set them off daydreaming is also a good thing.

  14. Get into a good routine as early as possible, quiet time after a bath, cuddle, story and sleep. However tired mum or dad feel, keep to the routine it works!!

  15. Implement a good routine from being tiny. We always started with going up for bath, followed by cuddles and books and then a song to go to sleep.

  16. Be relaxed but firm and don’t give in to pleas for 5 more minutes. Once they realise bedtime means exactly that it will become easier

  17. A strict routine, we build in time for stories, unwinding and chat about the day. We have a relaxing routine (for nights its needed) where my son helps his teddy go to sleep by lying teddy on his tummy, watching him move up and down with deep breaths and then cuddling him with eyes shut and quiet to help teddy sleep.

  18. My routine is bath, bottle and bed ie, Long soak, bottle of wine and bed. Exactly like my baby except the grown up version 🙂

  19. My little girl has always been a nightmare to get to sleep but things are easier now we have a soft glowing nightlight that projects shapes on the ceiling and walls. No sound though as that just makes her want to get up! 😀

  20. (WHITE NOISE) in the old days you had to use washing machines,hoovers and evan the shower which could cost a lot of money but now in the modern days you can use the internet on your phone … youtube noises like waves,rain or evan a fan and there anythink between 8-10 hours long, works a treat for babies toddlers and evan adults …. I used this on my twins as I found it hard the first couple of weeks to have ANY sleep 🙂 please try it works a treat just experiment with different white noises x

  21. Definitely a bed routine that you stick to! Ours is pyjamas then a cuddle and take him up to his room saying goodnight to the fish on our way up and saying hello to his room and kiss him goodnight 🙂

  22. Got to be have a bedtime routine and stick to it. Important to include some quiet time in that routine, which has always been story time in our house.

  23. Keep the routine the same, let they say what is next, make it special and based around them. Do not try to do other jobs at the same time.
    It doesn’t matter if its Mum, Dad or Auntie, Nan etc. as long as the routine is the same.
    Its a special time for the cuddles and loves, I love it.

  24. if you have a shelf full of childrens books with pictures in you say to them at bedtime the first one upstairs to the bed gets to pick the story,usuall y gets them racing you up the stairs.Then a soft light and cuddle up with a book with pictures in that they can see when you are reading does the trick to get them to sleep with about a 20 minute story.

  25. Countdown after a bath. I’m always telling my boys 1 hour till bed, 30 mins till bed, 10 mins till bed. Story. Bed. Job done. They know it’s coming and are happy to go to sleep.

  26. dont feel pressure of making your routine perfect , theres many mums out there that make others feel that they arnt good enough but at the end of the day gut instinct and doing what works best for u is most important for you and your child.

  27. we have a routine that we hardly break, tea, bath, snuggles on sofa, hot milk, story and bed. with our kisses routine which goes cheek, cheek, forehead nose 🙂

  28. Don’t go to sleep over thinking things if you do your mind will be working while u want to relax and you will be turning all nite and waking up though out.

    So an hour before stop thinking and relax and THEN go to bed

  29. a lovely warm bath and a nice short story with warm snuggly pyjamas.nice warm bedroom with the landing light on for comfort with the door ajar and it settles the child and they look forward to bed and also to cuddle with their fave teddies

  30. always go to bed calm and happy and read a little happy story a cuddle and a hug and then they feel the world is content and should sleep well mine did

  31. we find routine very important, keeping the same time and doing the same things leading up to bedtime. A bath, pj’s and a story.

  32. dont make bedtime routine too complicated a story and a cuddle and a little bedtime rhyme such as night night sleep tight. that way if your away from home you can still keep things familiar.

  33. Stay with the youngsters for 10 mins pat their boy, massage their heads, just let them know you are there. Comfort like a guardian. They relax and drop-off.

  34. Quiet time – about half hour before bed time we have quiet time – bath, stories and cuddles on the sofa – fave time of day 🙂

  35. Work out the routine and stick to it – personally I’ve found this works – dinner, half hour/an hour crazy play to tire them out, then some TV time, then have a wash/shower/bath and into pjs, cup of warm milk, teeth brushed, into bed and tucked in, followed by story time, a kiss and hug and then lights out.

  36. Routines are fantastic, but be prepared to make adjustments. Watching out for signs of tiredness and bringing bed time forward. Or skipping the bath if they just need to sleep.

  37. Try to keep to a routine, and keep everything calm and relaxed. A bath followed by pyjamas, milk, a book, teeth cleaning, cuddle and snuggle down in bed with some soft music.

  38. nice warm bath, milk and then dim the lights for a bedtime story, my little one loves the colourful ones and she loves it when put on silly animated voices

  39. Definitely getting a routine is key – a good half an hour without games to calm everyone down and a couple of stories usually works

  40. Me and my 6 month old have a routine of bath, fed and ready for bed by 7 followed by a Disney story and cuddles before sleep!

  41. After dinner I have playtime with my baby till 7pm when I give my baby a bath turn the telly down and the light off and lie on the sofa with him and read him a story as he drinks his bottle of milk and he falls asleep then I put him in his cot,(my baby won’t go in his cot until he’s asleep).

  42. No TV, games or anything to get them excited at least half an hour before bed. Bathtime, then a story and then lights out.

  43. I have a set routine which we dare not stray from, Bath,milk,story teeth then bed, we use a blackout blind and a dim nightlight which all help her fall asleep within minutes.

  44. Don’t use being sent to bed as a threat for punishing bad behaviour. If bed time is a punishment then children won’t want to go to bed. No one likes to be punished.

  45. We have the same routine every night, bath, some hot milk and then upstairs to be for a story, works wonders and both my boys sleep for 12 hours every night.

  46. A good routine, we do bottle, dinner, bath, cuddle and a story then bed. I have to remind my husband not to wind them both up and get them all excited though!!

  47. Bedtime means bedtime! No fiddling about for half an hour. Otherwise the fiddling about will get longer and longer as the child gets older!


  49. Calming everything right down, over-excited children don’t want to sleep! Bath time or reading is great, nice quiet time!

  50. White noise works brilliantly for babies, we leave the radio on in the baby’s bedroom playing white noise static – it blocks out any outside noise from our other kids and is similar to the sounds the baby would have heard in the womb.

  51. Wherever you are let it always be you who puts them to bed . Have the Same routine and let them know that you love them by being the last one to kiss them goodnight

  52. make sure the child knows bed is for sleeping! if they see their bed as somewhere to play then they wont be ready to sleep when they go in it, during the day they can read quietly in bed but not playing with active toys and jumping around. and as everyone else has said routine & stick to it as much as possible, but DONT stress about bedtime! it will make the kid play up more! keep it light & easy so little ones are relaxed and not tense. my 3 year old sleeps 7pm until 8.30am and has done from a year old 😀

  53. Keep the routine for bedtime the same every night, my little girl is only 8 months old but she knows that once she has had a bath, bottle and a bedtime story that it is time to sleep and she goes to bed no problem every night 🙂 x

  54. Lay the baby down gently (dropping them now would be a big mistake) with a gentle shhhh, (resist the urge to scream please go to sleep, please, I haven’t sleep all week). Next tiptoe out of the room (mind that creaking floorboard that ruined last night’s best attempts)and then carefully close that door. Mission accomplished – go pour yourself a nice, big glass of wine – you deserve it.

  55. I have always stayed with my children and read to them. When they were babies I read whatever book I was reading out loud and the sound of my voice and my presence calmed them. A warm Lavender bath helped one of my children.

  56. Stick to the same nightly routine of bath, feed, cuddles and bed. Keep everything relaxed and soothing. Dim lighting helps too. The main thing is to make sure night time if very different to day and they soon get the idea.

  57. I used to lie with my youngest on the bed with a night light and gently sing, as nights went on i moved further along bed and eventually on to a chair until eventually I was out of the room, taking my singing quietly to a humming and eventually nothing, left night light on for a couple of nights and never had problem since,

  58. Routine, bath, Quiet time,cuddles,warm milk & a nice story! Also a must is a dark room so maybe a black out blind for light nights & mornings helps a lot x

  59. I think just be calm yourself at bed time and dont stress about it and your child will pick up on it and relax also and you will find it is a lot easier once the tension has gone first.

  60. Sticking to a bedtime routine is good. I always have a small snack and a warm drink at bedtime. Then some quiet time with a short story while their in bed.

  61. routine as early on as possible. A bath, story, warm milk and cuddle time. We had no problems with our grandson as he always knew when it was bed time and as long as we stuck to the routine there was never any fuss.

  62. Have the same routine every night, so the chid knows when its about to be bedtime. At the same time, make it enjoyable and spend quality time including interacting with a bedtime story.

  63. Stick to a routine to make a child feel secure, have a quiet time before bed time and slowly wind a child down, end the routine with a story a tuck in and a kiss. My kids just see bed time as a normal thing as its just part of a normal routine with tight boundaries and there is never a struggle.

  64. Having a good bedtime routine is my best tip. I always follow the same routine with my two boys. Bath, followed by some warm milk and a light snack then I give them a story, then it’s upstairs to brush their teeth then bed. It works a treat every night.

  65. Get a routine; the sooner you have a routine the better, the LO will get used to it and expect bed time and know it’s bed time. And ALWAYS read a story.

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