The parenting tips Millie Radford can learn from her mum-of-22 Sue, from strict play times to how to get a baby to sleep

MILLIE Radford has recently given birth to baby Ophelia and can certainly learn a thing or two from her mum Sue, who has raised a staggering 22 kids. 

Sue, 45, and Noel, 49, Radford are parents to Britain’s biggest family, and will definitely be passing on their top tips to their 19-year-old daughter. 


Millie gave birth to Ophelia in September and still lives in the family’s 10-bed former care home in Lancashire. 

In a YouTube Q&A, the new mum revealed that Ophelia’s father isn't currently a part of his daughter's life.

However, there is more than enough help to go around as Millie’s siblings include Chris, 31, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 25, Jack, 23, Daniel, 21, Luke, 20, Katie, 17, James, 17, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 13, Max, 11, Tillie, 10, Oscar, nine, Casper, eight, Hallie, five, Phoebe, four, Archie, three, Bonnie, two, and Heidie who was born in April. Sadly the couple's 17th child Alfie was still born.

Here are Sue’s best parenting tips that she will likely be passing on to Millie as she raises Ophelia…

How to get kids to bed


It can’t be easy to get throngs of excited kids to bed when they are all under one roof, but Sue has found a way to take it in her stride. 

Speaking to Sleepy People, she said: “My top tip for getting your children to bed is ‘Routine Routine Routine.’”

The busy mum said that not only do her kids like it, but it makes your life “easier” when they get a bit older. 

Give kids supper

Sue said that one of her vital tips is making sure her children eat supper before bed. 

She explained: “To us, this is important as the children always seem to be hungry and they won’t want to go to bed feeling that way. 

“Just a small snack (i.e cereal) will help them have a full night's sleep in our experience.”

Reduce screen time before bed

Another handy hack Sue has is to limit the amount of TV the kids watch before bed. 

She said that only her eldest two boys have TVs in their rooms – and she bans laptops and tablets from the other bedrooms too. 

Sue said this prevents them spending a few hours watching movies under the covers at night when they should be sleeping. 

Ignore mess during the day


Sue said that keeping on top of their house can be chaotic, but she has found a way to tackle it. 

She said of the school holidays: “The house does get messy. It’s the school holidays, I think you’ve just got to accept that.

"I gut the house when the kids go to bed, rather than constantly doing it during the day.

"You would be constantly cleaning up after them, all day long, otherwise.

"It takes two to three hours to clean up after them all, the kids can make an awful lot of mess very quickly.

"The laundry is non-stop during the school holidays, too. I do about three loads-a-day in my 18kg washing machine."

Get organised the night before


Sue revealed that the key to making sure her household runs smoothly is preparation in advance. 

As the kids went back to school after the summer holidays, Sue revealed she had laid out their uniforms and bags the night before to get ready for the school rush. 

She wrote: “All set for the 5 primary school children going back tomorrow.

“I also can’t believe it’s Phoebe’s first day at school tomorrow she’s so so excited bless her. #bigfamilylogistics.”

The Instagram photo showed how everything was organised in advance, from their water bottles to socks laid out on top of their uniforms. 

Co-sleeping can help

Sue said that she has used a co-sleeping cot in the past to help get as much sleep as possible. 

She said that sometimes your baby doesn’t actually need a feed when they wake up but just reassurance that you are there. 

The co-sleeping cot allows her to hold their hands to comfort them. 

Bulk buying to keep costs down

Sue told Closer magazine she bought in bulk, explaining: "We buy in bulk things like wash powder, toilet rolls and we shop about for things and see what's on offer.

"It's all about planning and being savvy."

Meanwhile, Noel is no stranger to using cheap products to whip up meals for as little as 40p a head.

And the dad regularly shares his simple recipes on the family YouTube channel to give inspiration to fellow families.

Here are some of his offerings – tuck in!

Previously we shared how Sue DOES charge her kids rent.

In other Radford news, the couple recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary by buying a holiday home.

And Sue Radford shared a snap of ‘three generations’ of Britain’s biggest family as she cuddles baby daughter & granddaughter.

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