How to Create a Bedtime Routine for Your Little One

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Do you know how to create a bedtime routine for your child?

Bedtime routines can help parents and children enjoy the transition from day to night. But it isn’t always easy to establish a bedtime routine for yourself or your child. 

Here is how a bedtime routine for children works and some tips to prepare your little one for bed.

The Benefits of Having a Bedtime Routine

Having a toddler bedtime routine for your little one can have many benefits. It can help them wind down and prepare for sleep and can also help them feel more comfortable and secure. 

Based on studies, children that follow a bedtime routine have higher success in sleeping earlier and longer and seldom wake up during the night.

Moreover, besides improving their sleep, bedtime routines teach children about self-care and have more developed cognitive skills, memory, attention, and good academic performance. 

What Are the Health Benefits of Having a Bedtime Routine?

A reasonable bedtime and sleep routine can help to have a healthier heart. Enough sleep will give your heart and blood vessels time to relax and avoid heart disease due to high blood pressure.

An unhealthy sleep routine can also disrupt the hormone balance that controls appetite. This can result in unnecessary weight gain. 

Furthermore, an effective bedtime routine can benefit a child’s immune system and weight control and help their mood and behavior throughout the day.

Children who develop bedtime routines prove to be happier and healthier kids. Between anxiousness and excitement, they won’t have time to get worked up and will quickly settle down. Baby self-soothing can be achieved in no time.

How to Create a Bedtime Routine That Works for Your Little One

So the question now is how to get toddlers to sleep. How can we start with a healthy bedtime routine? Here are some tips for creating a bedtime routine for your little one.

First, start by choosing a  specific time that you would like them to go to bed. A few hours before their usual bedtime can be a good start.

Second, create a calm and relaxing environment in their bedroom. An hour before their scheduled bedtime, they start winding down the evening with quiet activities such as reading a book, playing soft music, or taking a bath. Once it’s time for bed, keep the lights low and avoid stimulating activities.

Third, put down electronic devices and screens an hour before bed. Getting kids to wind down and go to bed at night can be tricky, especially when they’re used to being entertained by screens all day.

Try putting down all electronic devices and screens before bed and replacing them with quiet activities like reading or playing with a soft toy. You can also try using a white noise machine to help your child fall asleep.

Fourth, establish a set of bedtime activities they will do every night. This could include brushing their teeth, putting on their pajamas, and saying prayers or nighttime thoughts.

Finally, be consistent with the routine and stick to it as much as possible. This will help your little one know what to expect and make it easier to settle down at night.

Tips for Getting Your Little One to Stick To Their Bedtime Routine

As your little one grows, so do their sleep needs. By the time they’re three years old, most kids need 11 to 13 hours of sleep each night. Enough quality sleep is key to your child’s physical and mental health, so it’s essential to establish a bedtime routine that promotes good sleep habits.

If your child resists going to bed, be patient and keep to the routine as best as possible. With consistency and a little time, your child will learn to love their bedtime routine and look forward to a good night’s sleep.

By keeping the routine exciting and engaging and giving them constant praise or appreciation, your child will be onboard in no time. 

What to Do if Your Kid Resists Bedtime Routine?

If your child resists a bedtime routine, don’t worry, it is normal. Follow the steps below to make the transition smoother.

One option is to sit down with them and explain why a bedtime routine is essential. This could include helping them wind down the day and preparing their bodies for sleep.

Additionally, introduce a short routine that includes just a few steps. You can gradually add steps as your child gets used to the new routine. 

Then, let them help you create the routine. This way, they will feel more ownership over it and be likelier to stick to it.

Finally, be patient and consistent with enforcing the routine. It may take some time for them to adjust, but eventually, they should come around.

Praising your child for completing the routine will encourage them to keep up with it.

This Guide Can Help Your Little One Make It Through the Night

There are many ways to create a bedtime routine for your little one, but some key elements are always the same.

Start by establishing a regular bedtime appropriate for your child’s age and application. Then, create a consistent routine leading up to bedtime, including winding down activities like reading or bathing.

Finally, establish a peaceful environment in the bedroom by dimming the lights and using calming music. Following these tips will help your little one (and you!) get a good night’s sleep.

If your child is resistant to a bedtime routine, try to make it as fun and relaxing as possible. 

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About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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