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Tips for Establishing a Bedtime Routine with Your Children

Baby Care and Wellness

Tips for Establishing a Bedtime Routine with Your Children

Nights at home with your children are often filled with family dinners, games and play time for the little ones and these nights are where you’re creating memories. These times, of course, do come to an end when it’s time for your little ones to head to bed so they get enough sleep to be alert and ready for tomorrow.

Some nights you’ll get them to bed on time, and other nights it seems to be too much of a struggle just to get them to brush their teeth let alone settle in bed. The best thing to do is to establish a routine around bedtime so your children can always get as much sleep as they need.

Here are a few tips for setting up the best routine for your children.

Pick One Time

The hardest part of establishing a bedtime routine for children is picking just one bedtime for every day. Often when it comes to weekends or special occasions, it is easy to say that just for one night they can stay up late. Your child will adjust much quicker to the routine if the time they go to bed is the same time every night, regardless of weekends or holidays.

Give Warnings

When kids are really young they may not understand how long 5 minutes is, so the best thing to do is to give signals as to the fact that the day is winding down and it’s time to get ready for bed. This could be tasks like putting away toys, running the bath water or picking out pajamas.

You could also do something like setting a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and when the timer goes off your little one knows it’s time to stop playing. No matter which type of signal you use, having one will help your children get used to the idea of winding down at a certain time.

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Draw a Warm Bath

Having a warm bath provides feelings of calm and makes you feel cozy and sleepy. Having bath time right before bed for children can help to calm them down and help wind them down so they aren’t really excited when it’s time to be quiet.

Read a Story

Hop into bed with your little one, cozy up and read one of their favourite stories together. This activity is not only a quiet one right before bed, but it also allows you to bond and share books together. If the story is associated with bedtime or sleeping it can help to put your children in the right state of mind knowing it’s time for bed.

Say Goodnight and Leave the Room

Prolonging you leaving the can confuse your little one. Once you’re ready to say goodnight and let them fall asleep, leave the room and do not come back. If your child takes a little while to settle, let them settle and fall asleep naturally.

Establishing a routine with your little one can be difficult but using these helpful tips can work in your favour to make sure your children get into a routine. You’ll feel better knowing your child is getting adequate sleep to help them grow and learn the next day.

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