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Bedtime Routines

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Bedtime Routines routine should include activities that will occur consistently every night, so when they begin, your little one’s body will know it is time to prepare for sleep. Make sure the bedtime routine can be used consistently, even in your absence.

Young children respond more readily to sounds, smells and touch. The following are some suggested activities for the bedtime routine:

  • Give your child a warm bath.
  • Use the same body lotion after bath time.
  • Read books to/with your child.
  • Rock your child to calm and relax him/her.
  • Sing songs with your child.
  • Say prayers with your child.
  • Snuggle with your child.
  • Play soft music in your child’s room.
  • Rub your child’s back.

From Nebraska DHHS

All children need good, sound sleep every night to play and learn well during the day. These resources can help your family create successful bedtime routines so your child can fall asleep quickly and awake feeling rested and alert.

Successful Sleep Time

  • Bedtime Routines
    Watch these videos with your child and read the tips for an easier evening routine.
  • Good Times at Bedtime
    Find out why your child might not want to go to sleep and learn ways to ease the bedtime process.
  • Blue’s Bedtime Routine Cards
    Print out these cards and use them to make bedtime routines fun!
  • Bedtime for Baby pdf
    Learn songs, discover books, and explore fun activities to make sleep time easier.
  • Sleep Soundly pdf
    Use this guide to establish good sleep habits for your child.
  • Sleep For Kids
    These articles help you understand your child’s sleep habits, sleep problems, tips for good sleep, and more!

Just For Kids

  • Head to Bed Maze
    Print this page for a fun maze. Can you find your way to a good night’s sleep.
  • Where Do Slippers Sleep?
    Read the interactive book to find out where slippers sleep. Do they sleep in a closet or out on the porch?
  • Goodnight Bird
    Read the story about a bird who would not go to sleep.

Lullabies

Families all over the world use soothing lullabies to calm a child and put them to sleep.

Book Ideas

These webpage have great recommendations for books to read with your child about bedtime routines.