When they are done consistently overtime, bedtime routines can help children to fall asleep easier. Being structured can also help reduce the push back and power struggles that are common around this time of the day. Here are a few general guidelines.
- Same time, same place, same order every night. For a long time in our house this was bath, jammies, teeth, story, bed. When there have been changes like my older daughter wanting to shower in the mornings, the change became the new consistent routine.
- Spend the last 10-15 minutes (at least) in their bedroom.
- If there are issues with the child falling or staying asleep, avoid screentime and rough-house play in the last two hours before bed.
- Routines should be at a minimum 20 minutes and a ballpark maximum of an hour long.
- Building reading into your bedtime routine can be an easy way to hit the Department of Educations goal of children being read to at least 20 minutes a day.
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