Skip Nav
Little Kids
5 Things Your Child Should Know Before Age 5
Pregnancy
100 Unique Yet Beautiful Girls' Names
Valentine's Day
The Very Best Chocolate You Can Find on Amazon

Importance of Bedtime Routines for Kids

How Strict Are You With Bedtime?

Good night, sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite! If only getting lil ones down to dreamland was that easy! Children have a way of pushing their bedtime to the limits by thirsting for another drink, saying they need the bathroom and sweetly asking us to read "just one more book."

New research shows that providing tots with strict bedtimes can improve the quality and quantity of the shut-eye they receive and their overall health. According to the study, families with lower levels of income and education were less likely to enforce a strict end of the day (this was attributed to stress levels and fewer routines), and their children's health and sleep patterns suffered. The authors of the study also emphasized the importance of a nightly bedtime routine to help the tots fall asleep faster. Most parents dream their children would nod off to sleep without putting up a fight, but that rarely happens. How do you enforce bedtime in your home?

Got a few pointers you've picked up along the way for getting your tot into bed at an early time? Join our Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? group over in our LilSugar community and share your tips!

Image Source: Getty
Ace Mattress For Cosleeping
How to Stop Snacking at Night
How to Stop Hitting the Snooze Button
Why Sex Before Bed Helps You Sleep Better
How to Stop Alarm Anxiety
What Your Sleep Position Says About You
Foods to Help You Sleep
How You Know You Need Self-Care
Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss?
Why You Should Wake Up Earlier
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds