How to Establish a Good Nighttime Routine: For Families with Small Children

Establishing a good nighttime routine can be difficult for families with children of all ages. If

you start introducing a routine early in life; your kids may be more likely to stick to a

routine later in life.

Establishing a routine that keeps your household running smoothly can be a challenge at

first, but doing so will result in that peace you desire and deserve.


We all need sleep to function well. An essential part of your nighttime routine is

establishing a consistent bedtime. Enough sleep is vital for your success and the success of

your children. Set yourself up to experience life's victories by planning for enough rest.

Seek to start your nighttime routine at the same time every day and allow enough time for

sleep. For instance, if your bedtime routine takes approximately 1 hour and you want your

kids in bed by 8 o'clock, you'll want to start your nighttime routine around 7 PM.

Nighttime Activities

Set up a sequence of activities that you do in order right before bedtime each night. That

way, your kids know what to expect and when it's time to wind down for bed.

Start your nighttime routine with hygiene. Start with bath time, and allow a little extra

time for your kids to play. Make the bedtime routine as fun as possible for your children.

After bath time, have your children brush their teeth.

Next, build bonding time into your routine. For example, younger children might enjoy an evening walk

in the stroller. It might help to relax them and help them become sleepy.

Read to your children right before bedtime. Choose a shorter book if your kids are

younger. Your children will soon look forward to storytime and recognize this as a signal

that the day is coming to an end.

Sing a lullaby or say goodnight to your children in your own unique way. Your

children will remember the evening routine for a lifetime. In addition to providing structure

and a way to lower the stress level in your home, your evening routine will show your kids

that you love and appreciate them.

Multiple Nighttime Routines: If you have multiple children of different ages, it's still important to establish a routine. While your children will be going to bed at different times, you can still use those times to bond

with each other and wind down for the evening. Plan your routine to accommodate multiple

bedtimes if necessary.

Older children can also help with some of the younger ones: The important thing is

that everything gets done in an orderly manner and that your family takes time to be

together and enjoy each other.

Bless your family by establishing a nighttime routine: Stick to it initially, and

you'll soon notice that the routine is second nature. Automatically, you'll be bonding every

night and getting everything done with a minimum amount of stress. Begin experiencing the order and peace that you deserve by starting a nighttime routine today.

Love & Sleep,