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How to Establish a Bedtime Routine with Your Toddler

Happy toddlers and happy moms are the productions of a sound and healthy sleep. Hence, as a parental disciplinary act, it is essential to routinize our toddler’s bedtime schedule. If you haven’t done that yet, this could probably be the right time to start improving your baby’s sleeping habits.

When Is the Right Bedtime?

Figuring out the right bedtime for your toddler
“…..but I don’t wanna go to bed, Mommy!”

Before forcing your toddler to sleep, you need to signify the most applicable time in which she feels fatigued.

  • If 7:00 p.m is too much to ask and 9:00 p.m. is too late, between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. will be the right time to expect her to fall asleep.
  • If you feel that it takes her 30 to 60 min to fall asleep, know that she isn’t tired for bed. On the other hand, if she wakes up looking tired in the morning, this means her bedtime is too late.
  • If you wish to determine the correct bedtime for your toddler, moving 15 minutes every two to three days can be helpful.

How Do I Set Up a Bedtime Routine for My Toddler?

Dim the lights when your toddler sleeps.
Dim the lights.

The first thing you need to know is to be #consistent with a routine that is not meant to be changed. Healthline Parenthood believes that a routine is unique to every family and differs between every child. For instance, if a bath boosts the energy of your toddler, do not bathe her before bed.

Below is a sample routine that most parents follow to put their toddlers to sleep.

  1. Make the right transition. Transfer your toddler away from the state of activity by shuffling away from toys that boost her energy. Then, give her a healthy snack before her bath.
  2. Give your toddler a warm bath, for warm baths are great for soothing a baby.
  3. Read a bedtime story or sing lullabies. You can also induce white noise by humming or using white noise machines.
  4. Dim the lights. Consequently, your toddler will distinguish day from night.
  5. Cool the room. Set the temperature at 23 degrees celsius.
  6. Leave the room and shut the door. Try not to answer your toddler’s calls except when necessary (That’s for sure!).

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What Am I Doing Wrong?

Giving a baby a healthy bedtime routine

If you feel that there is miscommunication with your toddler, it is possible that you are mistaking when trying to routinize her sleep. Therefore, Keep in mind the following.

  • Do not miss the whole point of a routine. As mentioned above, be consistent and settle on a specific time with your toddler for bathing, eating, and sleeping.
  • Do not play with your toddler or look her in the eye when changing her at night. No matter how much you feel like kissing her chubby cheeks, bedtime is bedtime!
  • Set the routine according to your toddler’s schedule and not yours. Time for outings should be sacrificed until your baby sets on a healthy sleeping habit.
  • Do not assume that your toddler will outgrow her poor sleeping habits. If you do not work on a healthy sleeping routine with your toddler, SHE NEVER WILL.

Settling on a sleeping routine could be one of the toughest jobs; yet, it is one of the most important for your toddler’s development. Be consistent, stick to a routine, and help your toddler sleep soundly, for we all believe in Leo J. Burke’s saying, “People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.”

References:

https://www.happiestbaby.com/blogs/toddler/toddler-bedtime-routine

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/toddler-bedtime-routine#Common-mistakes-when-starting-a-toddler-bedtime-routine

https://www.verywellfamily.com/kids-and-bedtime-routines-2634260

5 thoughts on “How to Establish a Bedtime Routine with Your Toddler

  1. Lea karam
    August 4, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Love it!!

  2. Suzan
    August 21, 2020 at 6:44 am

    I use the below routine since he was 30 days old and now he is 5 months old and am still stick to this routine and it has been very helpful despite I consistently sacrifice a family gathering or go out, my routine as below:
    Turn off 70% of home lights
    Warm bath
    Massage with olive oil and lavender oil
    Cloth on, ac on and turn light off in the room
    Breastfeeding
    Sometimes he fall asleep directly and other times he stays in my arms until he fallas asleep(may need to use specifier)
    Then I keep him another 5 to 10 mins in my arms
    Then I put him back in his bed
    No matter how many time he wake up in the night, I keep the lights off, breastfeed him then I put him again in his bed 🙂

    1. Nancy Khalife
      August 21, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      Love your routine!

  3. Silvana Hakim
    August 21, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Very helpful information !

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