Having a bedtime routine is essential for children, but it’s also very helpful for grown ups.
- Start your routine early enough to enjoy it
If you or your child are over-tired, reading together can become a chore instead of a nice, calming activity.
- Pick a calming place to read
If siblings have different bedtimes, try to make this routine happen in a quiet space. Reading in bed is the best, but it may not always be your most peaceful option in your home.
- Get rid of distractions
Turn off or put away anything with an on/off button, including noisy toys
- Negotiate how many books you’ll read before you start
Agreeing on a limit to the number of books you’ll read may help avoid the “just one more” begging that pushes off sleep time.
- Bedtime reading isn’t always the best time for teaching
Generally speaking, bedtime books shouldn’t be super challenging… especially since you both might be tired!
- Get the whole family involved
Anyone who wants to read or tell a story can help – mom, dad, older sibling, auntie, or grandpa. Routines are a great way for other to help you put your child to sleep.