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Does your child resist bedtime? Hear about the bedtime routines that parents use to get their child to sleep without a fuss.
Routine is really important. So, you do the potty. You get on the pajamas. You brush teeth. You go and you read stories. We say prayers. You tell them you love them. You sing songs. And then—and we give her a little flashlight. She has a little flashlight that’s rechargeable that we plug in every morning. And then she can still turn on her light and read in her bed if she wants.
We take a bath. We brush our teeth. I read him a book and he goes right to sleep. And he does stay in bed.
We usually cuddle up and we’ll say our prayers. And then we’re like, “Hey, let’s go to bed.” And I usually fall asleep before she does. And then she goes to sleep. And I’ll put her in her room and just—or she’ll go to sleep because she’s so tired in her room or wherever she is. And I’ll take her to where she needs to be.
We keep a tight schedule. And after bath time, we’ll put him in jammies. And we will read to him. We set boundaries that after the second or third book, it’s time for him to sit quietly in his bed. From time to time, he can choose to read a book if he likes. And usually that’ll calm him down, so then he’ll fall asleep.
If I feel that my son is wide awake and we need to go to bed, I’ll give him a bath. And I feel like that has soothed him in the way to start to relax.
Currently, she doesn’t like to sleep by herself or with her sister. So, she often ends up in bed with mommy and daddy. I think we’re just going to have to put her in her room and let her cry it out because right now it’s not working.
To me getting them to sleep, it’s consistency and commitment. Because as a parent, we tend to just give in when the kids start whining and crying, wanting this and that. And you try to accommodate but in my household, lights off. It’s lights off.
Usually, kind of maybe bribe her with rewards. So, if she doesn’t get out the bed that night, then maybe the next day she can pick out a sticker. Or she can have a treat or a bag of chips.
I let them know that we’re going to get ready for bed and they know that we’re going to do books. And then they know that they’re going to climb in bed and they might ask for something to drink. And if they do, that’s kind of the last thing. And then I just say, “Go to sleep,” and they do.
I really don’t put my daughter to sleep at night. Oftentimes, I go to bed before she does. She pretty much self regulates because we do home school. There’s no set schedule that she has to be on.
We have a specific routine that we have in place. And there’s an expectation. Brush your teeth. Wash your hands. Get your pajamas on and go to bed. And if she deviates from that, we just—we take more of a consequences type approach. We just cut back on TV time. Cut back on playing with the Xbox or just any other activities. And we just take away 15-minute—30-minute increments.
I get my daughter to go to sleep by using my firm voice. “It’s time for bed. Good night. I love you,” and say a prayer.