Develop The Perfect Bedtime Routine
Importance 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!
- Night Yoga
- Brush Teeth
- Drink Water
- Last Minute Potty
- Read Stories
- Lights Out
- Pick Up Toys
- Put Dirty Clothes In Hamper
- 10min Bedroom Pickup
- Wash Face
- Spend Time With Daddy/Mommy
- Last Minute Diaper Change
- Say “Goodnight”
- Say “I love you.”
- Say Prayers
- Comb Hair
- Pack Backpack
- Set Out Tomorrows Clothes/Shoes
What are some things you put in your families bedtime/evening routine?