How to Nail Your Child’s Bedtime Routine

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As parents, we start hearing about bedtime routines the moment our child arrives. I’m here to tell you that they are important! 

It is not just a “fluff” word in parenting. Bedtime routines are cueing systems to the brain and body that sleep is coming.

To encourage that, it is important that the steps in your bedtime routine happen in the exact same order every night, so your child comes to predict what comes next and knows that at the end of that routine they will be placed in their crib or their bed and expected to sleep.

{Read More: 4 Ways to Create More Connection in Your Bedtime Routines and Rituals}

Length is also important. If routines are too short, your child’s brain and body don’t have time to transition and prepare for sleep. And, if they are too long, the steps will get muddled and drawn out and your child won’t be able to keep up. The ideal length of time is around 30 minutes, and no more than 45.

Here are recommended bedtime routines for your child based on age. Screenshot these and save them for later!

 

 

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Hilliary grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in many places across the U.S., settling in Dallas in 2018 with her husband and (now) two sons. She is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist and Family Coach, and owner of Tranquil Beginnings. Prior to this, she spent much of her professional career working to improve the lives of children and families, utilizing her education in psychology, social work, and nonprofit management and fundraising to provide care for children, support little ones with developmental disabilities, teach trauma informed yoga and mindfulness to youth who have suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and raise money for healthcare systems and mid-sized nonprofits. When she isn't changing families' lives through her work, she can be found enjoying the city's kid-friendly activities, working her way through Dallas' culinary scene, exploring the outdoors, practicing yoga, and enjoying live music!

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