According to The Amercian Occupational Therapy Association, a bedtime routine can help both parents and children make the daily activity of going to sleep a pleasant experience. We offer a standard bedtime routine chart with six tasks before bedtime but you can also use our online chart maker to make your own bedtime chart with your specific routine. This will also enable you to use the terminology that your child is used to whether it is “go potty”, “go to the toilet” or whatever term you want to use.
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Sticking to a bedtime routine is one of the best ways to get your children to get into bed when the time comes. Keeping a bedtime routine chart will help you stick to the bedtime routine and even make it fun for your kids. Make sure that your child knows exactly what to expect and repeat the bedtime routine every day. Give her enough notice before you start.
Make your child’s bedroom a place that he wants to go to
Make your child’s bedroom a place that he enjoys going to. If he doesn’t have his own bedroom then try and designate an area just for him. Let him help arrange the furniture and decorate his room. You want this to be a special place that he enjoys going to.
Make it clear to family members that this room or this part of the room belongs to her. If others want to enter then they should only do so with her permission.
If he is afraid of the dark then make sure that you have suitable lighting that can be left on all night. Either use a nightlight or leave a light on outside his room. If he is scared of the dark then it makes no sense for the room to be dark at night.
If you have the room then keep toys in a separate room so that the bedroom is a place for sleeping and not playing. It will also help keep the bedroom tidy and the mess in the playroom. Your child’s bedroom will be a place to go and sleep and it will be clearer that she is not going to her room to play but to sleep.
Teach her how to make her bed and tidy her room. You might want to use our free printable chore charts to help you do this.
Don’t use her bedroom as a punishment room. If you send her to her room for misbehaving then it will become a place that she doesn’t want to go to.
Read a book together every night!
Reading to your child is very important and an integral part of the bedtime routine.
Read the story or book in bed. This gives your child something to look forward to in bed and signals that the day is officially over. They must understand that there will be no more TV or games and he cannot leave his bed. It must be clear that leaving the bed is NOT an option. If they need something important then they can call you. They need to know that you are there for them if they have a real problem. Knowing that you will come if they really need you will make them feel safe. Of course, you will need to ensure that they do not take advantage of this.
Check out our morning routine charts as well!