With a new school year on the horizon or started for many, you might be getting nervous about easing your child into a bedtime routine again. Making sure children get a good night’s rest can be an essential key to a successful school year, which is why we have included some bedtime success tips below. Below you will find some tips on how to establish a back to school bedtime routine, so your child can enjoy a school year feeling well rested and ready to take on the day.
1. Don’t wait.
It is probably is best not to try establishing a routine on the first night of school. Instead start now so that when school does begin, your child will be well into the groove of things. It really is never too early to get into a routine.
2. Start winding down 30-60 minutes prior to bedtime.
30-60 minutes prior to bedtime, start winding things down. Turn off the television, lower music, dim lights, and let children fall into a state of relaxation. By toning down some of these stimulants, you can help the child feel more relaxed and sleepy.
3. Make a bathroom stop.
Before bedtime, get kids into the habit of brushing their teeth and washing their face. Have them try using the bathroom even if they say they don’t have to. Have them take a few pieces of tissue in case they get a runny nose during the night.
4. Put on pajamas.
This may seem obvious, but a change of clothes can help children prepare for bedtime much better. Invest in some cozy pajamas that children enjoy wearing, so it gives them something to look forward to at bedtime.
5. Enjoy a story.
Now is the perfect time to enjoy a book with your child. Choose something short and simple, and read it in a hush tone to help relax your child.
6. Offer some ambiance.
A soft night light can set the room aglow and help the child feel safe. Some soft music can also help them relax. Do all you can to make their room feel safe, cozy, and the perfect place to drift off in.
7. Set expectations.
Let your child know that it is now time to sleep. If they can’t drift off right away, allow them 1-2 books to enjoy until they can.
By following this routine each evening, you can help your child get a better night’s sleep which can ultimately lead to great mornings.
How do you establish a back to school bedtime routine?