Having a kids bedtime checklist can make the bedtime so much easier for parents and help kids to have a great night’s sleep. Children thrive on routine and order, especially at the end of the day when they may be overtired and in need of comfort.
9 Things To Add To Your Kids Bedtime Checklist
Each family will have unique things that they may want to add to their bedtime routine, so feel free to add those to your kids bedtime checklist, and if any of these are of no interest to you and your kids feel free to scratch them off. It is important to create a bedtime routine that works well for you and your kids, you may need to tweak it as you go along. As your kids get older you may need to make adjustments.
This can involve your child tidying up his room and getting his pj’s ready. Sleeping in an untidy room is not relaxing and it is great to get your child into good habits of a tidy room before bed. It also means that if you have to go into the room at night it will prevent you tripping over toys and standing on Lego blocks.
The same goes for your child if he wakes up at night and comes charging into your room. A tidy room means less chance of nighttime accidents.
It is so important to get your child into the habit of brushing his teeth every night before bed as soon as possible. Dental health is so important and you want to put off that first filling for as long as possible.
Go To The Toilet
Children will often forget to go to the toilet before bed and this can lead to accidents and night time wake ups which can so easily be prevented. If your child is doing night time potty training make sure to get your child to go to the toilet just before he goes to sleep every night.
Depending on your child’s age it is also a great idea to get them into the habit of going to the toilet before they get in the bath to prevent accidents in the bath.
Having a bath before bed is so much more than getting your child clean. A bath can be incredibly soothing for your baby and help your child to wind down after a busy day and get him mentally ready for bedtime.
Massage offers many benefits for your child and you can start including massage into your child’s routine from a very young age. It is a fantastic way to bond and to help your child wind down.
Play Soothing Music
My kids just love listening to music when they go to sleep. So I am always on the look out for relaxing, quiet time, soothing sleep music. You can put together a night time play list or have a look on Youtube for Sleep Music For Kids | Sleep Little Baby.
It is a well known fact that listening to soothing music is a fantastic way to help kids switch off and relax, letting them transition gently into sleep. There is a reason why mothers sing lullabies to their babies.
There are so many reasons why you should be reading to your kids every day, from being beneficial for language development to boosting your child’s creativity. It is also a fantastic way to bond and cuddle with your child at the end of the day. Children love being read to and you can create some beautiful lasting memories for you and your child.
Award Daily Stars
We use a kids reward app and every evening one of the last things we do is go through their day and awards stars for all their achievements. It is a lovely thing to do and ends the day off on a good note because it is something they always look forward to. No matter how our day has gone, if we can end it on a positive note they go to bed happy and content.
Saying prayers before bedtime is a great thing to add to your kid’s bedtime routine, it is not only for those that are religious. Prayers can be a way of giving thanks and showing gratitude for all the things that you have. You can also pray for those that you love.
For me praying is not about religion, it is about mindfulness and gratitude.