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Creating a Stress-Free Bedtime Routine for Kids

It's no secret that getting kids to bed can be a nightmare and then some. Whether they're stalling, fighting, asking for their thousandth glass of water, or just plain refusing, bedtime is often a battle for both parents and children. But it doesn't have to be this way!

Creating a bedtime routine can help your child (and you!) relax and get ready for a good night's sleep.

Here are some tips for creating a stress-free bedtime routine for kids:

1. Start with a bath. A warm bath is not only relaxing, but it can also help your child transition from playtime to bedtime.

2. Follow up with some quiet time. Once your child is out of the bath, give them some time to wind down with a book or some quiet play. We started something called wind down time in our household. This is where the children have an hour before bedtime to use for quite time. Like reading or coloring.

3. Keep the lights low. As it starts to get close to bedtime, dim the lights in your house to signal to your child that it's time to start getting sleepy.

4. Make sure their bedroom is cozy. Create a space that's comfortable and inviting for your child to sleep in. This means making sure their bed is comfy and that the room is dark and quiet.

5. Stick to a schedule. Try to stick to the same bedtime every night, so that your child's body gets used to a regular sleep schedule.

6. Keep things calm. Avoid any exciting or stressful activities in the hour leading up to bedtime. Instead, focus on calming activities like reading or taking a bath.

Creating a bedtime routine can seem like a lot of work, but it's worth it! Not only will it make bedtime easier for you and your child, but it will also help them get the quality sleep they need to grow and thrive.

Why Is a Bedtime Routine Important?

​If you're like most parents, you probably don't give much thought to your children's bedtime routine. After all, it's just a few simple steps that help them wind down for the night, right?


The bedtime routine is actually one of the most important things you can do for your child. It's a time for them to transition from the hustle and bustle of the day to the peacefulness of night. It's a time for them to reflect on their day and release any pent-up energy or emotions. And it's a time for you to bond with your child and create precious memories.

So, why is a bedtime routine important? Let's take a look.

1. It helps your child wind down.

After a busy day at school or running around outside, your child's mind is probably still going a million miles an hour. A bedtime routine helps them to slow down and transition into a restful state.

2. It gives your child time to reflect on their day.

The bedtime routine is a great time for your child to talk about their day. You can ask them about the highlights and lowlights and help them to process any difficult experiences. This reflection time is also beneficial for you as a parent because it gives you insights into your child's life that you wouldn't otherwise have.

3. It allows you to bond with your child.

The bedtime routine is a special time for you and your child to connect. Whether it's reading a story together, singing a lullaby, or just chatting before lights out, this bonding time is crucial for your relationship. It's a time when your child feels safe and loved, and it's a time for you to cherish.

4. It promotes better sleep.

A bedtime routine helps to prepare your child's mind and body for sleep. By establishing a regular routine, you'll help your child to fall asleep more easily and stay asleep for longer. This is because their body will start to associate certain activities with sleep, such as brushing their teeth or reading a book.

5. It helps to prevent bedtime battles.

When you have a set bedtime routine in place, there's no need for negotiations or arguments at bedtime. Your child knows what's expected of them and they can simply follow the steps. This can help to avoid power struggles and meltdowns, and it can make bedtime a lot more peaceful for everyone involved.

So, there you have it, five reasons why a bedtime routine is important. If you're not already doing one with your child, now is the perfect time to start. Establishing a routine now will only benefit you and your child in the long run.

Tips for Making Bedtime Fun for Kids

​It's no secret that getting kids to bed can be a bit of a challenge. But it doesn't have to be a battle. With a little creativity, you can make bedtime fun for everyone.

Here are some tips for making bedtime fun for kids:

1. Make a bedtime routine chart.

Get your kids involved in the bedtime routine by making a chart with all of the steps. Let them help you decide what order the activities should go in and let them decorate the chart. This will help them feel ownership over the process and make it more fun.

2. Incorporate some fun activities into the routine.

Make sure to include some activities that your kids enjoy in the bedtime routine. This could be reading a favorite book together, playing a calm game, or singing silly songs together. (our 6-year-old loves to create silly songs before bed.)

3. Make sure they have everything they need for a good night's sleep.

Part of the bedtime routine should be making sure that your child has everything they need for a good night's sleep. This includes a comfy mattress, cozy blankets, their favorite stuffed animal, and any other special items they might need.

4. Give them some time to wind down before sleep.

Rushing straight from playtime to bedtime is not going to help anyone get a good night's sleep. Make sure to give your kids some time to wind down before sleep. This could be 20 minutes of quiet time to read or play by themselves, or a relaxing bath.

5. Keep the lights low and the environment calm.

Once it's time for sleep, keep the lights low and the environment calm. This will signal to your child's body that it's time to sleep. Avoid screens in the bedroom, as the blue light can make it harder to fall asleep.

following these tips should help make bedtime more enjoyable for everyone involved. By making a few small changes, you can turn bedtime from a battle into a fun and relaxing part of the day.

None of us are perfect and not everything that works for one person will work for another. However, if we make these steps work for us and how our household runs, we can all look forward to better sleep and happier mornings.

Happy sleeping everyone.

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla

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