Our bedtime routine tips is a sponsored post but these are some of the things that have helped us begin to develop a bedtime routine that works for our family so we hope they might help you out too!
Bedtime Routine Tips
No family has the same bedtime routine but every family should have one! It helps everyone settle down and wind down from the day! Here are a few of our bedtime routine tips we think about every time we have to tweak our routine!
Plan It Out
To get the peaceful, sleeping child, you have to have a plan! Or they will try to thwart you at every turn! You might not stick to it exactly as planned out but it gives you some structure. Your perfect bedtime routine might not look at all like ours but it’s all about what works for your family.
Some things you might include are bathtime, brushing teeth, changing into pajamas, talking about the day, and reading a book together. The most important thing is that your routine helps everyone relax and wind down from the day.
Think about making a check list or visual of each step to help your kids take some responsibility during the bedtime routine too!
Take Care of the Basics
One of the best way to develop good habits with your kids is to have your bedtime routines include some of the basic life skills we want them to be responsible for. Many people include bathtime in their routine. We don’t because baths always seem to get a bit fun and crazy around here so they happen at other times of day. But other self care habits like washing their face, brushing their hair, and brushing their teeth are part of our night time routine.
We make it all more fun by letting the kids choose new toothbrushes every month actually. This month we’ve got some Orajel™ PAW Patrol™ action going on and they’re having a blast brushing their teeth before bed!
Share a Story
Take some time at the end of the day to talk about the day. Share stories and spend a few minutes talking quietly about what’s going on in your lives. Those quiet moments can be some of the best times to connect with your child after a busy day or at the end of a busy week.
Then make reading a habit. One of the best things we can do to help our children develop as readers is to read with them! One warning though — be sure to be specific about how many books you’re going to read before bed. Weston is always trying to beg another book! It’s one of his favorite ways to try and stall bedtime!
If you’re looking for some great reading resources, Read2Me Tonight is a great site to bookmark! They have so much available for us, including a free Scholastic e-book called The Three Bees, the 100 Best Read-Aloud Books, and essential articles from the editors of Scholastic Parents!
Give It Time
This means two things really and is one of the most important things to keep in mind! The first is that you need to give any new bedtime routines a chance to work. The first few days of any new routine can be rough, so give it some time before you decide it doesn’t work for you!
The second thing is to give yourself plenty of time with your bedtime routine. Give your child enough time to really wind down and transition to bedtime. If you rush through it, you might find your kids begging for more time or doing their best to stall.
So overestimate how long you’ll need to get through everything you want to get done before bed. As you settle into your routine, you can fine tune the timing but it’s better to start out with more than you need and not be rushed!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ORAJEL. The opinions and text are all mine.