Develop The Perfect Bedtime Routine

bedtimeImportance Of Having A Bedtime Routine

When my oldest was little I really didn’t implement a bedtime routine.  After a while I noticed she would always get really fussy around bedtime. When I found out we were expecting again, I knew that it would probably be a good idea to start a routine of some sort.

After a few weeks of having a consistent routine in the evenings I was sold!

She was so much calmer and easier to put down in the evenings.  Why hadn’t anyone told me this earlier?!

Fast forward two years and I have spent some time tweaking our personal routine.

Here is a look at what our evening routine is:

5:00pm – I cook dinner while the kids play

6:00pm – We eat dinner

6:30pm – I clean up our dinner mess while the girls have some quality time with their daddy.

7:00pm – Toy clean-up

7:15pm – Bathtime (this usually includes the following: bath, brush teeth, go potty, diaper change, putting dirty clothes in hamper, washing faces)

7:45pm – Daddy usually reads the girls a story while I get their water cups ready.  They drink a lot of water at night.  NEVER put your child to bed with anything except water! (It rots their teeth)

7:55pm – Say prayers, turn on sound machine, say goodnight, last min hugs, tell them we love them, and lights out by 8:00pm.

We used to try and have them in bed and asleep by 7:30, but that just wasn’t realistic for our family, so we pushed it back to 8.

Here are some ideas of things you can include in your evening routine!

  • Homework
  • Stretching
  • Night Yoga
  • PJs
  • Brush Teeth
  • Drink Water
  • Last Minute Potty
  • Read Stories
  • Lights Out
  • Pick Up Toys
  • Put Dirty Clothes In Hamper
  • 10min Bedroom Pickup
  • Wash Face
  • Bath/Shower
  • Spend Time With Daddy/Mommy
  • Last Minute Diaper Change
  • Say “Goodnight”
  • Say “I love you.”
  • Massage
  • Say Prayers
  • Sing
  • Meditation
  • Comb Hair
  • Pack Backpack
  • Set Out Tomorrows Clothes/Shoes
  • Kisses

What are some things you put in your families bedtime/evening routine?