Night time routines are so vital and if you’re having a hard time getting your child to settle down at night you might want to reassess your child’s night-time routine. I started a night-time routine with my daughter when she was a newborn. Jasmine slept in her crib from the second night we had her home from the hospital. I might have taken her routine a little overboard but what can I say, Jasmine was my first child. I admit I was a little anal with keeping her on schedule. I never veered from her schedule and we would always have her meal times and naps at the same time everyday. I remember I would run my errands in between her breakfast and afternoon nap just so I would be home in time to get her fed and down for her second nap of the day.
Once Jasmine got a little older she would actually ask to be put to bed and I remember my husband and I looking at each other flabbergasted. I never had a problem with Jasmine staying in her bed either. Once we shut her door she rarely came out. Jasmine would happily jump in bed and stay there all night long. I really think a nice warm bath before bed is the key. She loves to splash and I know it really relaxes her too.
Jasmine’s Night-Time Routine:
- Movie in her room for a little while enjoying a little snack
- Potty & Brush teeth
- Bedtime story
- Prayers & Pledges
- Sip of water
- Turn her music on
We usually have dinner around 5 pm and by 8 o’clock Jasmine is sound asleep. Jasmine’s night-time routine has stayed the same but of course we have to adjust it here and there as needed. After our nightly rituals Jasmine is out like a light and the husband and I can enjoy some must need unwind time. Children do good when they know what to expect day-to-day and having a set schedule in place at bedtime definitely helps settle them down. For more check out The Value of a Child’s Bedtime Routine.