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We started our bedtime routine at a young age. My husband and I knew that we wanted to have something setup to keep the kids on track. It was hard for the first year and a half to get the right bedtime routine setup for them because they are on their own schedule pretty much. We found that around age 2 was when we could really get them both to understand that the time we set for bed is the time they need to go.
We have been practicing this one for years now. Ever since our kids were about 2, they always had a pretty strict bedtime schedule. Even when we are on vacation or if they are spending the night at a family member’s house. They have separate times for weekdays and weekends. Also, they start their bedtime routine 15 minutes apart (otherwise, they’ll distract each other being in the bathroom at the same time and will take forever!).
I will go into the bathroom with both kids to make sure they are actually doing what they are supposed to. But I talk and guide them through the process just in case they forget (which happens almost every night! You know how that goes…). I also show them how I brush my teeth and how I soap up in the shower to kinda guide them along.
Make it enjoyable
My go-to wind-down activities are reading and activity books. I try to ensure this part is nice and quiet. There is no running or horse playing! We also talk sometimes about anything they want or I’ll ask some questions about their feelings or what they like. I found a blog with more wind-down here, lots of great suggestions!
So what about you?
What bedtime routines have you set up for your little ones? What have you tried that didn’t work so well? Let me know!Click here for reuse options!
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