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Bedtime Routine for Toddlers

bedtime routine for toddlers

A bedtime routine is essential for good sleep habits. We begin bedtime with our youngest children between 7:45 and 8pm. The routine usually last 30 minutes ( 40 minutes on bath nights)

Our bedtime routine for our 18 month to 5 year old children

- Go potty (We ask our boys to sit on the potty at bedtime and this helps them completely empty their bladders.)
- Bath (not every night)
- Get dressed in pajamas (4 year olds and up dress themselves)
- Brush teeth
- Read books - We usually do two short books. Often picked out by two different children.
Say Prayers
Second time to potty for those working on staying dry at night
- Place in beds. We simply ask our older children (3 year and up) to get in their beds. Our younger kids are placed in their cribs.
- Turn on night light and turn off overhead light
Cover them with their blankets - kiss, hug, and “I love you”

When children resist the bedtime routine

When our children refuse to behave during their bedtime routine we simply put them in their beds and end the routine. The lights are turned off and they must settle themselves down. This is the natural consequence for not behaving at bedtime. Practically speaking, this rarely happens as our children seem to enjoy the individual attention and have learned to expect their bedtime routine.

When children refuse to stay in their beds try the “two gate system” described in moving to a toddler bed.

 

See all sleep topics in sleep for children

 

Written May 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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