Mumsnet Survey March 08

1. How old are you?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Under 18
0.2% 4
18-24
2.3% 39
25-30
16.3% 278
31-35
32.3% 552
36-40
29.1% 497
41-45
12.6% 216
46-50
3.8% 65
51-55
1.6% 28
55+
1.7% 29
  answered question 1708
 
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2. How old are your children?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Do not have any children (yet) - NB this survey is aimed at people with children
1.8% 31
Between 0 and 6 months
10.0% 172
Between 6 and 12 months
10.7% 184
1 year
23.4% 401
2 years
25.3% 433
3 years
18.4% 315
4 years
16.4% 281
5 years
12.1% 208
6 years
9.8% 168
7 years
6.6% 113
8 years
6.7% 115
9 years
5.3% 91
10 years
4.0% 68
11 years
3.4% 59
12 years
3.7% 63
13 years
2.2% 38
14 years
2.3% 40
15 years or older
8.2% 141
  answered question 1713
 
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3. Where do you live?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Scotland
7.2% 123
North East England
8.9% 152
North West England
11.4% 195
Midlands
11.4% 195
East Anglia
6.7% 114
South East England
20.6% 353
London
15.1% 258
South West England
12.1% 207
Northern Ireland
0.9% 15
Wales
3.3% 56
Outside the UK
2.5% 43
  answered question 1711
 
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4. Which of the following illustrators of picture books have you heard of? (please tick as many as apply)
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Quentin Blake
80.5% 1281
Michael Foreman
18.7% 298
Shirley Hughes
49.7% 791
Raymond Briggs
80.4% 1280
Oliver Jeffers
12.2% 194
Mini Grey
3.5% 55
Polly Dunbar
14.6% 232
Lauren Child
52.6% 838
Alexis Deacon
8.2% 131
Maurice Sendak
23.9% 381
Eric Carle
46.9% 746
Lydia Monk
9.7% 154
Axel Scheffler
49.4% 786
Anthony Browne
16.9% 269
Lucy Cousins
44.6% 710
Helen Oxenbury
58.3% 928
Emily Gravett
7.2% 114
Joel Stewart
2.1% 34
Catherine Rayner
8.0% 128
John Burningham
17.3% 275
Martin Waddell
20.9% 333
David McKee
20.7% 329
Nick Sharratt
39.1% 622
Eric Hill
36.9% 587
Tony Ross
40.8% 649
Janet and Allen Ahlberg
61.7% 983
  answered question 1592
 
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5. When choosing a picture book, what most influences your choice? Please choose up to 2
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Publisher
1.3% 21
Author
29.2% 479
Illustrator
26.0% 426
Nostalgia (you read it as a child/ or read to earlier children)
36.4% 597
TV/Film link
4.8% 79
Familiar brand/character eg Maisie/Spot
19.5% 319
Subject matter/ what the story is about
59.3% 973
Review
7.3% 119
Word of Mouth
14.3% 235
The Cover
16.2% 265
Want to try something new
5.8% 95
 Other (please specify)
6.5% 107
  answered question 1640
 
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6. Where do you usually get your picture books? Please choose up to 2
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Library
33.2% 544
Chain bookshop
46.4% 761
Independent bookshop
25.7% 421
Supermarket
19.1% 313
Internet
38.3% 627
Given as gift
20.7% 339
 Other (please specify)
8.1% 132
  answered question 1639
 
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7. Do you have a child aged 1, 2 or 3? If so, how old is the child you will answer the following questions about?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
No child aged 1, 2 or 3
36.3% 598
Yes - Aged One
22.2% 366
Yes - Aged Two
24.4% 402
Yes - Aged Three
17.1% 281
  answered question 1646
 
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8. Where does your child usually sleep (ie for the majority of most nights)?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
In their own room, on their own
70.3% 726
In a room shared with siblings
17.1% 177
In the same room as parent(s) but in a separate bed
4.5% 47
In the same room as parents(s) and in the same bed
7.9% 82
Somewhere else
0.1% 1
  answered question 1033
 
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9. At what time is your child usually in bed and asleep? If this varies, please say what time they were asleep last night
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Before 6pm
0.4% 4
Between 6 and 6.30pm
2.3% 24
Between 6.30 and 7pm
14.0% 145
Between 7 and 7.30pm
40.9% 423
Between 7.30 and 8pm
25.1% 259
Between 8 and 8.30pm
11.3% 117
Between 8.30 and 9pm
3.6% 37
Between 9 and 10pm
1.5% 16
After 10pm
0.8% 8
  answered question 1033
 
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10. Would you say your child regularly sleeps all through the night? Please exclude odd times when the child may wake, for example when ill or if they need the toilet.
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
74.8% 776
No
25.2% 261
  answered question 1037
 
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11. What age was your child when they first started to regularly sleep through the night?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Under 6 months
33.1% 256
6-12 months
38.0% 294
1-1.5 years old
16.8% 130
1.5-2 years old
7.6% 59
2-2.5 years old
3.0% 23
2.5-3 years old
1.2% 9
3-3.5 years old
0.3% 2
3.5-4 years old   0.0% 0
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12. Which, if any, of the following methods did you (or your partner) find most effective in helping your child sleep through the night?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Sleep training (putting them down awake and letting them cry and going in at intervals till they settle)
28.4% 219
Just letting them cry themselves to sleep
4.5% 35
Strict routine from early days
23.1% 178
 Dream feed eg waking a baby for a last drink at around 10.30/11
19.9% 154
Always putting them down awake
35.6% 275
Always putting them down asleep
3.4% 26
Dummy
18.8% 145
Bottle/beaker of milk/breastfeed
21.5% 166
Sleeping bag/ special bedding
25.9% 200
Nothing special, they just did
19.7% 152
 Other (please specify)
13.9% 107
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13. Which of the following statements best describes bedtime for your child? If it varies, please say what happened last night
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
They have bath/milk/story (or similar variations) then settle to sleep on their own
78.1% 802
They are cuddled to sleep
0.9% 9
They are fed to sleep
2.2% 23
They fall asleep with parents (eg in another room) and are put into bed asleep
1.9% 20
They have bath/milk/story (or similar variations) but need to be fed to sleep
3.2% 33
They have bath/milk/story (or similar variations) but need to be cuddled to sleep
7.7% 79
They go down awake and cry themselves to sleep   0.0% 0
 Other (please specify)
5.9% 61
  answered question 1027
 
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14. Does your child usually go to sleep without a fuss?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
90.5% 933
No
9.5% 98
  answered question 1031
 
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15. Approximately, how long does it normally take your child to settle to sleep? If this varies, please say how long it took them to go to sleep last night
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Less than 5 mins
1.1% 1
5-10 mins
7.4% 7
10-20 mins
21.1% 20
20-30 mins
30.5% 29
30-40 mins
23.2% 22
40-50 mins
8.4% 8
50 mins  1 hour
4.2% 4
 More than an hour  please elaborate on what happens!
5.3% 5
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16. How often, if at all, do you (or your partner) stay in the same room as your child while they fall asleep?
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Always  most, if not all nights
18.4% 187
Sometimes  a few times a month
8.1% 82