What are some good tips for helping my child go to bed on time?


Ruth - posted on 11/01/2011




Try a routine like a bath, story, warm drink and/or snack, then bed. Also, I think a small stuffed animal that the child only has at nap time or bed time is a great transitional and comforting object to have near bedtime.

Lindsay - posted on 03/20/2009




I found that implementing a predictable routine led my son into sleep.  Around 8pm he gets into his jammies, brushes his teeth, and then we lay down and read 3-5 books.  After the books, we say goodnight and turn off the lights, and then either I or my husband lays with him until he falls asleep (usually about 10-15 mins). 

Before we started the routine, it would take ages to get him to fall asleep.  But now, the series of events that leads up to bedtime tells his brain to start winding down and he knows that sleep is on the way.


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Sarah - posted on 10/29/2011




Help him relax. Put on some relaxing beach music etc. and let him /her read a book or watch t.v.!:) about 30 min. befor bedtime!:)

Esther - posted on 03/22/2009




Routine is definitely important - I agree. Part of my routine these days is that we also say goodnight to all the stuffed animals in my son's room and then we put them down on their backs as if they are going to sleep as well. We also wave "bye bye" to the animals in the pictures on his wall. My son is almost 15 months old now and he's really into it. And he's been sleeping more soundly since we started doing that.

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2009




routine!! i had to go to a sleep clinic with my oldest son as nothing we did worked, one night spent there and we have not had a problem since. our routine is.

5pm- 5:30 dinner time 5:30-6 bath/shower 6-7pm quiet playtime- either drawing or playing with a toy, "homework" (he is 4 and is learning to write) or watching tv. 7pm he is in bed reading a book and by 7:30 is asleep. i find with him that if i do allow him to stay up any later it is hard to get him to bed and he gets up very early the next morning,

my daughter has the same routine but is in in bed by 7, she is 17mnths old.

my other child- 6 weeks old is now getting into a routine as well and has been going to bed at 7:30pm each night and putting him self to sleep.

once a routine is set and the child knows and understands it then bedtime should be easy for both you and your child.

Ankia - posted on 03/21/2009




it seems the most replies are of the same nature, and i agree. my boy will be 3 in april. we have found starting as soon as he sleeps through the night, to get him in his own room and into a early bed routine. but it has too be done from an early age and needs to kept steady. 7 pm is my child's bedtime. and i have to admit, it is indeed my saving grace today, i got divorced last year, being a single mother is very tough and because of that i have no problems with my child what so ever. he goes to bed very obediently and is refreshed when we have to get up at 5 am. so timing and routine very important.

Antoinette - posted on 03/20/2009




the things we have done is we pushed the last nap to be a little earlier in the afternoon and if he stills seems a little antsy we encourage some tag or other physical game then a bath and snack (no juice 2 hrs before bed, a few sips of water that is it, otherwise wet dipar in an hour). But also what time are you putting her to bed. My son has always been a real early riser so if i do not want to be up at 6 am i put him to bed between 9 and 10 pm. he then gets up at 7:30. He is 21 months old. Some times he has 20 min in bed of quiet play before he falls asleep. Not all children go to bed by 8, my never has. hope this helps. best wishes

Jamie - posted on 03/20/2009




I'm not bargaining with my child.  She just doesn't fall asleep...some times she'll lie there for over an hour!

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How old is she? with my son, i started a routine very early...he eats around 7:00, is in the bath by 7:30 and right after that he gets his jammies on, brushes his teath, says goodnight to daddy, we read a book and he is in bed by 8:00. he is allowed a 4-5 oz. bottle of warm water wen he goes to bed. please take no offence, but i am wondering if it is the child that is making it that difficult to get her in bed...? your the adult, you shouldnt be barganing with your child.

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