Ms. Anne’s Tip of the Week: Bedtime Routines


Dealing with challenging bedtime routines can be a common struggle for parents. Establishing a consistent and positive bedtime routine is crucial for children’s well-being and helps create a peaceful bedtime experience. Here are some tips for parents to manage challenging bedtime routines:

Consistency is key:

Maintain a consistent bedtime schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps regulate the body’s internal clock.

Keep the routine consistent even on weekends, holidays, or vacations to reinforce the habit.

Create a relaxing environment:

Make the bedroom a comfortable and calming space. Dim the lights, use soft bedding, and maintain a comfortable room temperature. Establish a calming pre-bedtime routine, such as reading a book or listening to soothing music.

Limit screen time before bed:

Reduce exposure to screens (phones, tablets, computers, and TVs) at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light emitted from screens can interfere with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

Set clear expectations:

Communicate the expectations for bedtime clearly and consistently. Let your child know what is expected of them and what the routine involves. Be firm but gentle in enforcing bedtime rules.

Involve your child in the routine:

Allow your child to have some choices within the routine. For example, let them pick out their pajamas or choose a bedtime story.

Establish a winding-down period:

Start the bedtime routine with calming activities to signal to your child that it’s time to wind down. This might include activities like gentle play, a warm bath, or quiet reading.

Avoid stimulating activities close to bedtime.

Address fears and concerns:

If your child expresses fears or concerns about bedtime, take the time to listen and address them. Offer reassurance and comfort. Consider a nightlight if your child is afraid of the dark.

Be patient and understanding:

Understand that bedtime resistance is a common phase for children. Be patient and stay calm during bedtime struggles. Respond to your child with empathy and understanding.

Seek professional advice if needed:

If bedtime challenges persist and impact your child’s overall well-being, consider consulting with a pediatrician or a child psychologist for additional guidance.


Remember, every child is different, so it may take some trial and error to find what works best for your family. Consistency and a positive, calm approach will contribute to a more successful bedtime routine over time.