BEDTIME BUDDIES // sibling love + win this room to grow fleece blanket, worth £25!

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Like all parents, we were worried about how Big Sis would feel when her younger sister arrived and she no longer had our undivided attention.

We needn’t have. From the moment we brought Lil Sis home the pair of them have been best friends. Big Sis loved her baby sister – to the point where I often had to rescue her from over-zealous hugs and kisses – and Lil Sis idolised her older sibling.

No one could make her collapse into hysterical giggles like Big Sis, and as soon as she was old enough she’d follow her everywhere, copying everything she did. As Lil Sis got older and her kooky personality came out, she was the one making her older sister laugh.

Now they’re six and eight, and although they bicker and argue and occasionally disown each other (did you read my post on SIBLING RIVALRY?), the animosity never lasts and within minutes they’re screaming with laughter again.

We’re about to embark on some big renovations, which means the girls have their own bedrooms for the very first time. They literally can’t wait, but I suspect they might also miss each other once they’re no longer bunk bed buddies.

The other day they were supposed to be going to sleep, but I kept hearing squealing instead; when I peeked in the room they were rolling around on the bed giggling hysterically. They were having so much fun I let them go – sure, routines are important, but so is laughter, and I want to make sure our house if filled with as much of that as possible.

By the way, how cute is their ROOM TO GROW grey-star fleece blanket? Perfect for snuggling up on movie night, this blanket can be machine washed and tumble dried. I’m currently using it as a bedspread for the girls, as it’s light and soft and perfect for these warmer evenings. The light-grey goes with any colour scheme, and I just love the contemporary white star design.

If you don’t know Room to Grow already, you seriously need to check it out. They have the coolest range of kids’ furniture, and I’ve got my eye on one of their High-Sleeper bunks, with a built-in desk and chest of drawers, for Big Sis’s new room. She needs somewhere to do her homework, and this would be the perfect space-saving solution.

But back to the lovely fleece blanket – how do you fancy winning one for yourself? I’m giving away a grey-star snuggle blanket, worth £25; to enter, simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts.

Good luck! 

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  1. Vicki - May 28, 2017

    I often stand at the bottom of my boys bedroom stairs and listen to their conversations at night. When they’re supposed to be going to sleep but they are chatting away. As long as they aren’t banging around waking the toddler up, then nevermind that it’s getting late! We still do the winding down bedtime routine so I let them be

  2. Pam Smith - May 28, 2017

    I have a brother who is 10 years younger than me and I have to say that we’re not very close

  3. Tracy Nixon - May 28, 2017

    Yes, I have three siblings and we all have little ones of a similar age. We all get on better as adults than we did as kids!

  4. Margaret gallagher - May 28, 2017

    Sometimes!!!!we argue fall out and then friends again

  5. Giovanna Wain - May 28, 2017

    Siblings are the best I don’t know what I would do without my brothers! What is the best age gap to have? Xx

  6. donna hale - May 28, 2017

    yeah but hardly ever see them

  7. Rebecca Nisbet - May 28, 2017

    god yes!! we niggle and fight but id be lost without them! i spend a majority of time with my middle ister and always talking to my eldest.

  8. Hali kinson - May 28, 2017

    Yep all good friends

  9. emma walters - May 28, 2017

    long story but unfortunately no, not at present. i do encourage my 3 to look out for each other x

  10. Sarah Taylor-Fergusson - May 28, 2017

    By the way, those are gorgeous gorgeous clear photos of the girls, they’d make being framed. I wish I had some as good as that of my two boys. Am I friends with my sibling? Yes, I am. My brother is 18 months or so younger than I am and we did use to fight – until he got too strong for me to tackle any more! He still remembers me sneaking into his bedroom and eating his Christmas selection boxes of chocolates after I’d polished off mine, so I think I’ve been forgiven but not forgotten on that one.

  11. melanie stirling - May 29, 2017

    Yes,I am friends with my brother and sister.

  12. Susie Wilkinson - May 29, 2017

    I am now, but there were many years when I struggled with my older sister, she openly told everyone she hated me, so it wasn’t easy! I’ve always had a great relationship with my brothers though!

  13. Sandra Clarke - May 29, 2017

    Yes I get on with my sister and brother.

  14. Natalie Gillham - May 29, 2017

    I’m friends with both my brothers, but closer to my younger brother!

  15. Annabel Greaves - May 29, 2017

    I am friends with my brother and we are in contact every week

  16. Angela Treadway - May 29, 2017

    im not close with my sister x

  17. Alica - May 29, 2017

    I lost one brother 2 years ago and the other brother is 17 years older than me and unfortunately we are not very close any more 🙁

  18. Noreen - May 29, 2017

    Yes I’ve always been close to my two brothers. I also wish I had a sister! 🙂

  19. Karen hutchinson - May 29, 2017

    Yes but she lives too far away . I wish my son had siblings though

  20. Clare Hubbard - May 29, 2017

    Yes! Good friends with my brother

  21. Harline - May 29, 2017

    Has we have got older and wiser yes I’m very close to my twin sister

  22. Gemma Holland - May 29, 2017

    Yes. We didn’t get on so well in our teens but are best friends now

  23. Rachel Craig - May 29, 2017

    Relationships with my siblings have varied over time and circumstances over the years. I was very close to one of my brothers when growing up. My first holiday abroad was with him to Italy, a wonderful holiday with happy memories. That brother unfortunately died a few months ago. My other brother has always been very busy and active, he has tended to talk with me over family matters, he is the eldest and seems to act responsibly. My sister and I have become closer over the last few years, and she gets on well with my fiancé. I think they have a similar sense of humour. She is keen that we marry, teasing us that she needs to know date first, so as she can go shopping for a suitable outfit. She enjoyed attending our Engagement party. Nice to have close relationships with siblings, good memories etc.

  24. jessica woods - May 29, 2017

    Nope lol but my two are inseparable!

  25. claire woods - May 29, 2017

    Not really. Only time we see each other is Christmas.

  26. Kieran Walsh - May 29, 2017

    Yes we are close family

  27. Joanne Curtis - May 29, 2017

    Yes but I wish they lived nearer so I could see them more often.

  28. Angela w - May 29, 2017

    I am an only child but look to my Auntie as my sister as she is only 3 years older and we are very close. I have a girl aged nearly 3 and a boy who is nearly 4 months old. I am hoping they will have a great friendship growing up x

  29. ruth robinson - May 29, 2017

    i do not have any brothers or sisters

  30. Jules Eley - May 29, 2017

    No not really, they are much much older than me though

  31. Tasha - May 29, 2017

    I get on with my brother but we aren’t close

  32. Cath Joyce - May 29, 2017

    Yes, I get on well with my sister and brother and always have.
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  33. Sidrah Ahmed - May 30, 2017

    Yes i am friends with my brother and sister and we are always helping each other out

  34. Karen Barrett - May 30, 2017

    Very much so even though we live 10,000 miles apart 🙂

  35. Kirsty Ward - May 30, 2017

    Yes! Even though we all have our own lives we are still very close!

  36. aj - May 30, 2017

    yeah we are not the closest but we are not the most distant

  37. Laura Pritchard - May 30, 2017

    Yes! My brother & sister live some distance away (we’re scattered in Bristol, Oxford & Belfast) but we get on really well.

  38. jo liddement - May 30, 2017

    I don’t have a sibling but i have three sons and i encourage them to always care for each other

  39. Carrie-Anne Brown - May 31, 2017

    Yes 🙂 I have a brother who is 3 years older than me, when we was younger we did now and then fight but usually we was always together playing, as we have got older we are even more close and now his an uncle and loves my little man to bits which is lovely 🙂

  40. Chanise Kemp - May 31, 2017

    Me and brother and sisters are so so close! I am the youngest of the 4 of us, but my middle sister is only 16months older than me and we are like twins (glued at the hip)! My eldest sister and i are also very close but not as close as my other one. Likewise with my brother really, we are close but i definitely have a better relationship with my sister who is just 16months older! The funniest bit is.. Me, My middle sister and my brother all live on the same estate, infact my sister is right next door and my brother is 5 doors away! My eldest sister only lives 5 minutes away so we see eachother all the time, plus we are so close with our parents we have a reuinion almost every saturday 🙂

  41. Ruth Harwood - June 4, 2017

    Usually but we had a fall out last summer and now we’re not talking. We will do eventually though, I’m just too angry at them!

  42. Kim Neville - June 4, 2017

    Yes we are a close family

  43. Alison Johnson - June 4, 2017

    Me & my broter fought like cat & dog till we were in our twenties! But we reached a point where we became good friends & talk & see each other regularly. He spoils my kids & he & his wife spend every Christmas at ours.

  44. Emma Louise Elliott - June 5, 2017

    I’d like to think so, we definitely get on better now that we’re older xxx

  45. Hayley f - June 5, 2017

    yes we are x

  46. Natasha Gandy - June 5, 2017

    We are better now than when we were younger hahaha much to our parents relief!

  47. Natalie Baskerville - June 5, 2017

    No I don’t see them any more but my own two children are really close.

  48. Michaela Hannah - June 6, 2017

    Yes, i only have the one brother but he lives at the other end of the country

  49. Sandra Fortune - June 6, 2017

    I have two brothers one older and one younger I’m in the middle I get on with them both but when we were little they both got away with everything. Me being a girl got roped into cleaning jobs and shopping chores while them two fled off! They still think it’s funny now. Mind you I was very close to my mum so didn’t mind that much.

  50. sarah kochan - June 6, 2017

    My daughter is my best friend 🙂

  51. Sarah Fielding - June 6, 2017

    I am very good friends with my siblings!

  52. Louise Burgess - June 6, 2017

    I love my little brother its great having a sibling hope my son gets on with his sibling when its born

  53. Debbie Birchall - June 7, 2017

    Love my sister but don’t see her often enough as she lives 200 miles away

  54. Gillian Holmes - June 7, 2017

    Sadly I have none.

  55. Katie Skeoch - June 8, 2017

    We aren’t as close as we were, but when we meet up its like I just saw her yesterday!

  56. Petra Hora - June 8, 2017

    I would love to be but I don’t have any siblings.

  57. Mandy Betts - June 8, 2017

    Yes, more so now we are all adults!

  58. Louise King - June 9, 2017

    I would say my sister is my best friend and my brother a close second. We killed each other an fought every day growing up. Feel so guilty now but thats sibling rivalry i guess.

  59. claire griffiths - June 9, 2017

    yes we are

  60. Stephanie Keill - June 9, 2017

    My little brother is my best friend, we have always been close

  61. Paul Halling - June 9, 2017

    Me and my sister were best friends 🙂

  62. Victoria Prince - June 10, 2017

    I am an only child, so the concept of siblings is alien to me! I’d have loved one though

  63. janine atkin - June 10, 2017

    i get on with them but we dont hang out

  64. Elizabeth Smith - June 10, 2017

    I rarely see my brother but we do get on OK

  65. sallyann Johnston - June 10, 2017

    I have a younger brother and yes we are friends now we don’t live in the same house! lol

  66. Samantha Atherton - June 10, 2017

    Not really no.

  67. Sadiyya Maryam - June 11, 2017

    I have 3 brothers and the relationship is varied with all 3. My youngest brother and I have a 10 year gap but we are incredibly close and he is always there for me and vice versa despite living a few hours away and he adores my daughter. With the other two it’s not as close but just mutual respect. My daughter is an only child and I do worry about her not having siblings and how it may effect her in the future.

  68. Teresa sheldon - June 11, 2017

    Yes my sister and i are best friends

  69. Kay Lou Smith - June 11, 2017

    Yes we are all really close 🙂

  70. Danielle Cresswell - June 11, 2017

    My brother is nine years younger than me and lives a couple of hours away but we are still quite close and we will always have each other’s backs x

  71. Tee simpson - June 11, 2017

    Yes. Im really good friends with my siblings

  72. Carly Belsey - June 12, 2017

    I am the eldest and my four brothers are all lovely. I am actually closest to the youngest one who is 15 years younger than me

  73. Emma Hussain - June 12, 2017

    I’m the youngest of three. Whilst we don’t see each other often we’re definitely still close

  74. ADEINNE TONNER - June 12, 2017

    I’m good friends with my siblings and funny enough my sister is my best friend.

  75. Jayne Townson - June 12, 2017

    Yes I’m best friends with sister, we grew up really close and stayed the same as adults.

  76. Michaela Campbell - June 12, 2017

    2 brothers and were all really good friends

  77. lynn neal - June 12, 2017

    Yes I am but see them less than I used to!

  78. Susan Smith - June 12, 2017

    Yes we have always been close, since we were little

  79. Jemma Dwyer - June 12, 2017

    yes best friends 😀

  80. Susan B - June 12, 2017

    Yes. She lives 12,000 miles away but we get on well.

  81. dr sion gibb - June 12, 2017

    yes, most of the time!!!!

  82. Robyn Clarke - June 12, 2017

    Yes, very good friends with all 3 of them.

  83. Deborah Mackenzie - June 12, 2017

    I have two older brothers who live in South Africa, it has been 25 years since we saw each other, but I do miss them. I speak to one of them on social media, but the other isnt connected there so it is more difficult.

  84. Rosa - June 12, 2017

    I have 2 sisters and 4 brothers and am friends with all but 1 of them!

  85. sharon martin - June 12, 2017

    yes we are good friends

  86. Lia Burns - June 12, 2017

    I’m an only child but my 2 kids are best friends x

  87. paula cheadle - June 12, 2017

    No I don’t get on with my sister, but all my kids/grandkids get on, we have great family days

  88. Lucy Chester - June 12, 2017

    I am the eldest of 7 and although we can argue we all do get on and move getting all the nieces and nephews together

  89. Marina Owen - June 12, 2017

    Unfortunately I’m an only child. I’d have loved to have siblings and as I get older and my parents get older it hurts even more. So I was determined to have more than one child and luckily I was blessed with two of them.

  90. Adrian Bold - June 12, 2017

    Yes, I get on well with my Sister.

  91. Diane Duggan - June 12, 2017

    No. My brother is an awful person. I don’t think I should go into the details here. I’m not joking.

  92. Natalie Crossan - June 12, 2017

    I haven’t got any siblings

  93. Karen Barrett - June 15, 2017

    Many thanks, I am delighted to be your winner! Olivia has a new little sister due in September, so perfect timing. Enjoy the sunshine and thanks again, Kind regards, Karen

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