Have you got a Bedtime Routine?
Now that dinner is finished it is time to get the kids ready for bed. Some nights this can be really hard work. Kids fighting to have a bath, not wanting to get in their PJ’s and not wanting to go to bed. By setting up a routine both the parents and kids know what is coming and hopefully it can happen with ease.
Firstly our routine starts with the kids washing off the days dirt and dinner that they have all over their face. Then they get between 15 -30 mins quite play time and then into bed with a story and lights out. Dinner is generally around the 5.30 to 6pm time, which puts the bed time routine to start about 6 to 6.30pm. Aiming for the kids to be in their beds for stories around the 7 to 7.30pm and lights out and asleep by about 8pm.
How much sleep does your child need?
Depending on your childs age they will require a certain amount of sleep. The below has been taken from sleeping foundation
I have a 5 and 3 year old. The 5 year old no longer has a day sleep and generally gets about 10 to 11 hours of sleep. And the 3 year old she occasionally has a day sleep and gets anywhere between 10 to 12 hours of sleep. This depends if she has a day sleep.
We generally get up around 6.30am so for the kids to get a minimum of 10 hours they need to be asleep by 8.30pm. We definitely see a difference in the kids behaviour if they have had a late night and haven’t got a minimum 10 hours.
Our routine looks like below.
Dirty Clothes to Laundry, Bath Time, Pj’s On, Pick up Toys, Quiet Time, Brush Teeth, Toilet, Story Time, Cuddles and Kisses and Sweet Dreams.
Tips for setting up a Bed Time Routine
- The number one thing is to work out roughly what time you want the kids to be asleep. Have a look at the chart above dependent on you child’s age. Use this to work out what time they need to be up in the morning and work backwards.
- Write down a list of what you would like the children to do between dinner and bed. Are they old enough to help with chores, do they need time to wind down and also story time.
- Depending on how many children and their ages you may need to stagger bed time. Younger ones getting some one on one time and into bed a little earlier than the older kids.
- Don’t Stress if the routine doesn’t go to plan. Some nights won’t be easy. The kids won’t have a bath, or refuse to go to bed, or need to go to the toilet 100 times. And other nights you may have activities or an event that makes the routine later than expected. Go with the flow. If the toys don’t get picked up or the kids skip the bath there is always the next day to nail the routine.
One thing I also do is I diffuse essential oils to help the kids relax at bedtime. I usually have one or a combination of Lavender, Peace and Calming, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver or Cedarwood. If you are interested in essential oils I use Young Living. If you would like to know more about Young Living and how you can buy them wholesale please let me know or check them out here. (affiliate link)
Good Night Sleep Tight
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