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Getting a toddler acclimated to a bedtime routine can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. Toddlers tend to become overactive and resist going to bed. There are many ways parents can create a successful toddler bedtime routine and in this post we’ve put together a list of 5 tips to help you do so.

1. Bedtime Routine Chart-Creating a bedtime routine chart helps parents get organized and toddlers get used to a solid bedtime routine.
  • Decorate-The first step is to decorate a bedtime routine chart with items and colors your toddler loves. Let your toddler help decorate the chart.
  • Less is Better-Toddler’s have short attention spans, so keep the bedtime routine chart simple. Only add a few things that toddlers should do to get ready for bed, such as take a bath, brush teeth, and get pajama’s on.
2. Utilize Down Time-Toddlers need to wind day after an active day. Their little minds and body will keep going if they don’t find a way to be still.
  • Read a Book-Toddlers love when mom or dad read their favorite book. Reading a book to your toddler before bedtime it a great way to wind down.
  • Relaxation Station-Create a relaxation station for your toddler. Let you toddler listen to relaxing music or watch their favorite television show. Relaxing helps toddlers wind down before bed.
3. Stick to it-Toddlers need structure. When you implement a bedtime routine for your toddler, stick to it. Don’t deviate from the routine. If you keep toddlers on a bedtime schedule, bedtime will be easier.
  • Keep on Schedule-Keeping your toddler on a schedule is important in getting them used to a bedtime routine.
  • Don’t Give In-Let’s face it, toddlers don’t like to go to bed. To keep your toddler on a regular bedtime routine, don’t give in to the demands.
4. Make it Fun-Bedtime does not have to be boring. Toddler bedtime routines can be fun. If you make nightly bedtime a game, toddlers will be willing to go to bed without whining to stay up late.
  • Play Games-Toddlers love to play games. Make bedtime games part of your toddler’s bedtime routine. Play hide-and seek under the covers or chase the monster from under the bed.
  • Movie Night-Let your toddler watch a movie and some fun snacks. Watching a movie before bedtime will make your toddler sleepy and ready for bed.
5. Set the Clock- A toddler bedtime routine won’t work without a set bedtime. Toddlers need structure and having a set bedtime gives it to them. Bedtime should be based on the age of your toddler.
  • Ages 1 to 2-For younger toddlers between one and two, the best bedtime should be between 6 and 7 p.m.
  • Ages 3 to 4-For older toddlers between the three and four, bedtime should be between 7 and 8 p.m.

Having a successful toddler bedtime routine is possible when following these five simple tips.