The Beauty of A Bedtime Routine + Free Printable!

I am a believer in bedtime routines, especially for children. If you do not have one for your child then I suggest that you get one right away. Seriously, in the beginning, it may be a bit difficult to get them to follow through. However, if you stay consistent with it then your child most likely will adapt and want to follow their bedtime routine each night.

Bedtime routine are essential for children in getting the amount of rest that they need each night.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, establishing a nightly bedtime routine significantly reduces sleep difficulties for infants and toddlers, such as the number of night wakings that occur. Not only will a routine improve a child’s sleep, but a mother’s well-being since feeling fatigued or depressed can decrease. Another impact that late or irregular bedtimes can have on children are behavioral difficulties. On,ย it is stated that an inconsistent bedtime is compared to a child having jet-lag. This can cause a child to act out more, hit others, become emotionally withdrawn or not get along with peers.

I started a bedtime routine with my son when he was about five months old. Then when my daughter was born my son’s routine did change. It was my fault though because a lot of times I was so tired from handling a newborn that I would just let him fall asleep downstairs with me. As my daughter got a little older and started to sleep through the night our routine started to get back to normal and then she was included.

My kids love their bedtime routine. So much that if I try to bypass a step my son will remind me and say something like, โ€œWait mom, we didn’t read our book yet.โ€ It really does run smoothly. We usually start between 8pm and 8:30pm and the kids are asleep by 9pm at the latest. They know that at the end of the bedtime routine that they are expected to go to sleep. Once I close their door I may hear them talking a bit, but it doesn’t last that long. Most days as soon as the door closes it is silent.

Having a bedtime routine ensures that your child is getting the amount of rest that they need each night. It minimizes the risk of sleep and/or behavioral problems that can occur as a result of inconsistent bedtimes. It is also good for the parent because you plan this out to be a part of your schedule. Therefore, if there is something that you want to do or need to wind down yourself when the kids are asleep having a bedtime routine makes it easier.

Below you can download a printable of our bedtime routine. Feel free to print and incorporate this into your child’s bedtime routine. Bedtime routine printable that can be used as a checklist for children at bedtime

Sidenote: Goodnight snuggles are what my children like to go to sleep with. For my daughter, it is her blankets and for my son, it is a shirt of mine and my husband’s.

Does your child have a goodnight snuggle? Please share in the comment section below.

The Beauty of A Bedtime Routine includes a printable that can help children in preparation for bedtime.




15 thoughts on “The Beauty of A Bedtime Routine + Free Printable!

  1. Interesting post. Controversially I don’t really have a bedtime routine for little one. I mean he always cleans his teeth, has a new nappy and stories and songs but it’s not a specific time/length. I find that because he doesn’t have a set bedtime he also doesn’t have a set wake up time which for our lifestyle (not everyone) works well. Last night we were home late so he slept 10pm till 10am so I’m confident that he’s getting the rest he needs. I always think the thing with the research about early to bed etc doesn’t really take into account how long they slept and of course there are some children who are going to bed late because they aren’t getting the care they need. I’ve experienced lots of cultures where it’s normal to have a flexible bedtime though and it seems not to have a negative impact. It would be interesting if the research looked in to this more. I say whatever works for you though – routine or not. #KCACOLS

  2. yes, I agree with this, having a bedtime routine really DOES help sleep patterns. I started my bedtime routines when my children were around 5 months old, too! #KCACOL

  3. I do really agree wit this – I’ve had my little one in a bed time routine from an early age and it really relaxes him and soothes him. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    1. Yes, a bedtime routine has the same effect on my children. I also look forward to it because I know this is more time getting cuddles and having precious moments with my children.

  4. I really believe this. Children need routine and bedtime is no different!

    Laura xx

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday:)

  5. I had a sleep routine with my daughter when she was younger but it never worked with her she wasn’t a great sleeper until she hit 7. Now she knows when she should be asleep by for school and usually is asleep when it comes #kcacols

  6. We’ve had a routine with Arthur for a long time and he also anticipates what will happen next and reminds us if we forget something. It doesn’t help him stay asleep though unfortunately! #KCACOLS

  7. Yes I do agree that having a bedtime routine is super important. We follow one and yes it works although my problem is that my eldest daughter would appear in my bed in the middle of the night. She does thaf almost every night. I recently met Jo Frost (The Supernanny) and she gave me some tips that I would love to use soon. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  8. Bedtimes are so important for the parent-child relationship. This is a GREAT time to spend together–talking, laughing, sharing, singing, reading, praying. Kids (and parents!) cherish their exclusive time with their parents, especially when they are little. It is a golden opportunity to bond! Make sure to carve out those minutes and treasure them! The routine is wonderful for getting them to sleep, but there are so many added benefits of that time together!

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