Establish A Bed Time Routine
If you don’t have a bedtime routine set up for your child, now would be a perfect time to implement a bed time routine.
- Set a Routine Bedtime – Put your child to sleep at the same time each night. This will help set your child’s natural body clock. Most children thrive on set schedules especially when it comes to bed time. Create a natural and consistent pattern for your child.
- Have a Bath Time Schedule – Give your child a warm bath and allow them time to play.
- Get Your Child Dressed for Bed – Put your child in jammies so that they are comfortable.
- Brush Your Child’s Teeth Before Putting Them to Bed – If you brush your child’s teeth too early, you might end up brushing them several times before your child ends up in bed. Instead, brush your child’s teeth a few minutes before their set bedtime.
- Read a Bed Time Story – If you plan on reading your child a bed time story, it is best to do this before their scheduled bed time. Story time is a great way to wind down and spend one on one time with your child but you want it to be low key.
- Avoid Giving Your Child Drinks or Bottles – A bottle that is filled with milk, juice, or formula shouldn’t be given to your child in bed if at all possible. If your child falls asleep with a bottle in their mouth they are at risk for getting cavities because the sugar pools on the teeth. Plus, if you brushed your child’s teeth before bedtime, giving your child anything other than water defeats the purpose.
- Give Your Child a Lovey or Stuffed Animal – Children often find comfort in sleeping with their favorite security object, security blanket, or stuffed animal. Offer your child their favorite item before you put them to bed.
- Keep Goodbye’s Simple – Give your child a kiss, hug, and tell them goodnight. Your child is smart and will continue to bargain with you if you let them. Once you have told them goodnight, it is best to leave the room. If you don’t believe in the cry it out method, this might be hard for you (of course this subject is for another post at another time). Once you leave your child will likely fuss for a few minutes or even call you back to their room. Try to avoid going back to their room unless they have been crying for a few minutes with no end in sight. Repeat the process.
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Does your child have any bedtime fears?