My two favorite times of the day, hands down, are eating times and bedtime, and I’m thinking most moms can relate! My life is an assortment of craziness, so when I finally tuck my little
trouble makers angels into bed and administer final kisses and “I love yous,” I am ecstatic! Don’t get me wrong. I love spending time with my loves, but by the time bedtime rolls around, I am in desperate need of a break— some sweet solitude! For a while, bedtime was a struggle. It was long and involved to say the least. By the time we waded through the excuses— “I’m thirsty. I’m scared. Can you sleep with me? I’m not tired”—two hours after bedtime, my husband and I were exhausted and frustrated. Something had to change. Recently, we began incorporating a better nighttime routine. We realized our children needed more consistency when bedtime drew near to prepare their little bodies and minds for sleeping. Now, bedtime goes smoothly most nights, and I’m here to share with you exactly how our children go down so easily. Here is what our nightly routine consists of:
Bath time and clean up. When my husband is home, we tag team after dinner. While one of us bathes the children in assembly line fashion, the other cleans up the kitchen and guides the children who are not being bathed at the time in putting away their toys.
The warm water in the shower/bath helps signal their bodies to relax, and the cleanup reminds them that the day is drawing to an end, allowing their minds to shift toward sleeping mode.
Teeth Brushing and TV. Of course, we can’t forget about brushing their teeth!
This is an “adventure” for sure. We have one child who can brush on his own, one who is learning but would rather us do it for him, and one who thinks she can do it all by herself but can’t! While we have them brush in shifts, we also allow them to watch a show on TV. Now I know that the general rule of thumb is to allow no screen time before bed, but we have found that this mindless activity calms them and makes them sleepy. Plus, it’s not the very last thing they do before bed.
Reading books. I’ve attempted to read more with my children because I love reading and desire to instill that love in my little ones. Plus, it’s National Reading month no less! We’ll be sneaking in some extra reading just for fun this month, and we have some brand-new books to help us do so. We received a gift set from IncrediBundles recently. If you haven’t heard of them, IncrediBundles is a company that curates bundles/gift sets for little ones.
They have sets with books, toys, diapers, and customizable sets that include a variety of these items. These make fun gifts for children and great gifts for expecting moms! We received a complimentary bedtime book bundle which happens to be perfect for our nightly reading routine.
My kids were thrilled to see their favorite book “Goodnight Moon” included in the set. Their smaller version of this book is tattered and even torn in half, so we have been enjoying reading this new book together every evening along with the nine other books that came in their bundle! Reading is such a sweet time for our family and helps calm the kids even more for bedtime.
Prayer. Last but definitely not least is prayer time. We ask our kids if they would like to pray every night. Sometimes they want to, and sometimes they don’t. We never push them to if they would rather not, but we always pray for our children. The peace that floods their faces as we call them each by name as we talk to God, brings us so much joy. This is always the perfect end to any day!
Since we began this general routine, bedtime success has been more common around our house. We don’t have any big secrets to share on how to get children down for the night other than consistency. Having a routine is key!
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