Kristin Davis Shares Her Bedtime Routine—On Single Parenting in a Pandemic | #parenting

We’re always on the hunt for the next great bedtime routine. In our Sleeping With… series, we ask people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life how they make sleep magic happen.

We have Kristin Davis to thank for some of Sex and the City’s most laughable, cringe-worthy, and relatable moments. Davis, who played endearing socialite and gallerist Charlotte York for all six seasons of the show (and two feature films thereafter), immortalized lines like “I’m nice. I’m pretty and smart. I’m a catch!” and “Maybe we can be each other’s soulmates?”

Though the show has long since ended, Davis’s legacy lives on: In the Internet age, her character has widely resurfaced, but this time as “Woke Charlotte,” a meme by the popular Instagram account @everyoutfitonsatc (for great examples, see here and here). In January, HBO Max confirmed a revival of the show, titled And Just Like That, is set to begin shooting in late spring 2021 with Davis reprising her role as Charlotte, alongside former costars Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon. Most recently, Davis hosted Labor of Love, a dating game show that premiered on Fox last spring, and starred in Deadly Illusions, an erotic psychological thriller that was released on Netflix March 18.

Davis lives with her two children, Gemma, 9, and Wilson, 2. “Lately, there’s a lot going on, so I feel kind of emotional,” Davis tells SELF of parenting in a pandemic. Her daughter is currently distance-learning, which has been difficult to navigate. And Davis’ me-time comes infrequently, if at all—usually, she falls asleep in bed with her daughter.

Currently, Davis is partnering with Dupixent, an eczema biologic suitable for children, after dealing with her own child’s atopic dermatitis diagnosis—commonly known as eczema—for years. “When there is a flare up, you’re just so frustrated and sad that you can’t fix it for your child,” she says. “People didn’t understand really that it was a major disease. And for us, it was. It’s not just a little itch or something. It’s not just a little dry skin—at least it wasn’t for us. So that’s also why I like talking about it, for other parents out there who may be trying to deal with it and doing all the different things that they hear might work.”

Below, Davis walks us through her bedtime routine, including the books her daughter loves, how she handles attending to two kids at once, and the low-maintenance wellness habits she does before bed.

Since I have a little one and then the older one, I put the little one to bed first.

My older one is either listening to music or I let her watch one show. She’s currently into horses, so she gets to watch one episode of Spirit, this horse show, while I’m putting [my son] to bed, and then I put her to bed. That’s the good thing about having different ages.

I know people who have single children who are like, “Oh, you’re so lucky you have two.” And I’m like, “Well yes, that’s true, unless they’re tired of each other.” Occasionally, they want independent time but there’s only one of me.

[My son] is to this point where he’s like, “Mommy, where are you going to go?” And I say to him, “I’m going to go put Gemma to bed.” He’s like, “Why?” Last night he said to me, “Mommy, I’m ready for you to put me in the crib.” And I was like, “Okay.” He said, “The crib is very comfy.” And I said, “Yes.” He said, “Why?” And I said, “Because the crib is made for sleeping. It’s a good thing.” And he was like, “But why?” I mean, they’re just so funny.

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