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Corrie’s Helen Flanagan defends two-year-old daughter’s 11pm bedtime

Actress already faced a storm after revealing she co-sleeps with little girl

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Watch any interview with Helen Flanagan or follow her social media and you will be in no doubt just how besotted the Coronation Street actress is with her little girl, Matilda.

But when it comes to parenting, everyone likes to have an opinion and pass judgment on others’ techniques.

Helen and her cute-as-a-button toddler (Credit: HF Instagram)

So the mum-of-one has doubtless laid herself open to criticism after her latest revelations about their home life.

Helen has admitted that she doesn’t put her two-year-old, who she shares with football player partner Scott Sinclair, 28, to bed until 11pm.

After getting back from work at 7pm, she explained, she wants to spend time with her little girl.

The 26-year-old added that she didn’t want to risk Matilda crying if she put her down early, labelling herself a “softie”.

Speaking to Fabulous magazine, she continued: “I’m not strict at all. Scott says she has me wrapped round her finger, but she’s my little princess and I adore her, so I don’t mind.”

Helen dotes on Matilda (Credit: HF Instagram)

Last year, the Bury born beauty was slammed for admitting she allows her daughter to co-sleep; she explained that she did not advocate the practice for newborns.

But she does still sleep with her toddler, reasoning in this new interview: “They’re not young forever and it’s quite special having them there.”

Helen in action on the Corrie cobbles (Credit: HF Instagram)

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The actress – who first hit the cobbles of Weatherfield when she was just nine years old – spoke movingly about the impact motherhood has had on her during an appearance on Loose Women in the summer of 2016.

“I was lost before I was a mum,” she said.

“My life has changed massively. But completely for the better. I’m in my element being a mum.”

Helen’s beautiful little family (Credit: HF Instagram)

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“She has made me so much happier. It changes your priorities and you realise what’s important but I am completely besotted with her.

“It is really full on but you don’t realise how much until you actually become a mother yourself.”

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