Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bedtime Tricks

Twitter Moms and challenged the Twitter Mom bloggers to give their top five tips and tricks for getting kids to bed on time and keeping them there. This was a BIG CHALLENGE for me as a new mommy but we have down our routine now and it has really been smooth sailing. What do I do?
  1. Routine- I have developed and tweaked my daughters routine until we figured out what worked and now we do this every night. This breeds familiarity and sets her up for relaxing her way to sleep.
  2. No JUNK!- she never gets snacks or even juice before bed time. Anything with sugar in it is off limits.
  3. Winding Down- Before bedtime we stop playing, pick out an outfit for the next day, read a book, sing "Castle on a Cloud", take a bath. We don't do anything stimulating- it all supports the goal of drifting off to sleep!
  4. Established Bed Time- Unless there is something very special going on, my daughter goes to bed at the same time every night. There is no arguing with the clock- when its time, its time.
  5. Turn it all down- When its my daughters bedtime, we turn off lights in the house and turn down the tv. I don't think its fair for her to be laying in bed while it seems like we are up having a great time.

I hope that this is helpful for you! This works for us very well and has since she was just a newborn! What are your tips and tricks??

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