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What Is Your Bedtime Routine

Tell Mommy: What Is Your Bedtime Routine

A friend of mine called me the other evening desperate for some bedtime routine ideas. Her two-and-a-half year old son had suddenly turned his back on their nightly bath, book and bed ritual. The usually great sleeper had taken to screaming bloody murder for up to an hour and half while working himself up to a sweat. He was demanding to get up, refusing to lie down and couldn't even be calmed enough to discuss why he wouldn't go to sleep.

When she finally could calm him down, he insisted on her lying on the floor and singing the "Wheels on the Bus" until he fell asleep — usually another 30 minutes or so. Needless to say, she was exhausted and her son was falling asleep on his way to school each morning. After telling her about some of our nightly rituals, I got to wondering about other options. What is your bedtime routine?


Purple-Damsel02 Purple-Damsel02 9 years
My mom, little brother, and I used to say "Goodnight, see you in the morning, I love you." Every night. I'm 22 and she sometimes still calls to say it. If it was a busy night and we were all rushing around and ended up going to bed without it being said, you'd hear at least one of us scream it from our beds and then we'd each repeat it a few times. :)
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
aww bluepup that sounds nice. so far our lil guy has been cooperative w/his sleep/nap routine (i just jinxed that i bet), but our bedtime ritural involves letting him play in his room, w/whatever toy he's interested in at the moment (except for the cars because he'll zoom them around the room and get worked up) and when he reached for his blanket hanging over his crib railing, we know it's time... and we'll read him a book or two or three (or the same book three times if he's liking it)... in the rocking chair, then it's lights out, bottle for a bit (and if i'm putting him to sleep i'll sing to him) & then bed... it's been like that for months. as he gets older im sure this will change but i think the quiet time before the story and bed... is essential... if they're all worked up, you can't get em down...
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
My 2 year old daughter has quiet time routine as well. Sometimes she likes to color, play with her blocks, or look at her books. Then we shut down the lights, gather her bedtime loveys, and go and rock for about ten minutes and sing songs or talk about her day, or a special day that she can remember. Then I lay her down. One nights that none of this works we will put on her Cinderella movie which has a calming effect.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
the last half an hour before bedtime is quiet activity only. reading a book, coloring, that type of thing. then they brush their teeth and then they are in bed while i read a story. now we read chapter books because they are a little older. 1-2 chapters a night, about 15 minutes. then they can read in their bed until they fall asleep, usually 15 to 20 minutes. so the routine starts about an hour before we want them asleep. the one thing about the routine is that you have to make sure all books are agreed on BEFORE bedtime or that gets every body all worked up again.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
We're not very good at routines and luckily our kids never thrived on them either. Although that may have been out of necessity on their part. *lol* However, during the school year we try to stick to the same bedtime, and they get a small snack and then prayer time before we tuck them in.
Boogaloo Boogaloo 9 years
Kids are like that, huh. :P
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