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Getting the kids to bed can be chaotic and exhausting. After the kids are all tucked in their beds you may just want to crash on the couch or head straight to bed. If you are like me, you probably still have a few things on your daily to-do list to check off. Maybe clean up the kitchen, put away the last bit of laundry, or even catch up on the shows waiting for you on the DVR. Creating a bedtime routine can help create a more relaxing evening instead of a crazy and tiring one.
Here are some tips that have worked for me OR I am currently trying out and liking:
+ Get the kids excited for bedtime. My 19-month-old loves bedtime, and she runs into her room to her crib when she knows it is about that time. My kids LOVE bath time, so I make sure that is a part of our bedtime routine.
+ Just roll with it. Sometimes you have to switch things up when it comes to a child's night time schedule. Moving bedtime times is something I am sure parents everywhere run into from time to time. Having to skip a bath that night or skip on cleaning up their room, whatever it is, just roll with it.
[ This is what my girl's room looked like when they went to bed last night. We totally did not have time to clean it up before bed nor take a bath because dinner clean up was ridiculous! I am totally okay with it. I know that we can get to it today. ]
+ Smile, laugh, snuggle, and say "I love you" a lot. Let your kids know how much you love them and are happy to be their mother. During prayer time before bed be sure to thank God for them, I am sure it will warm their little hearts hearing that! I have heard that when it gets close to bedtime that you should not be loud or play any. I do not agree with that at all.
+ You do not have to be perfect or have it all together. Tonight may have been a hot mess, but that does not mean you are not rocking it as a mama. Showing your children love and taking care of them is so very important. More important than having a set schedule for them that is NEVER messed with.
+ Comfort them. If they have issues with sleeping in their rooms or WHATEVER... figure out something that works for you all. Having a night light, the t.v. on til they fall asleep, or whatever makes them feel safe. I am currently trying to work with my 3-year-old on sleeping in her bed again. Right now what seems to work is me laying with her til she falls asleep. My youngest daughter has a stuffed puppy that she has to sleep with. Actually, she keeps it with her all day long. If she does not have it when it is time to go to sleep she freaks out. It is white so that means I end up having to wash that thing once a week!
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+ Use a bedtime chart. Teach your children about their bedtime routine and have them check off what they do every night. That will help create a routine and they will be excited to do everything on the list. Maybe reward them at the end of the week or just let them use cool stickers to check off every day. I have created a bedtime schedule printable chart for boys and one for girls. Feel free to download and print them.
Download Princess printable here.
Download Prince printable here.
+ Team work is important. If you have more than one child, having them do everything together to get ready for bed may make things run more smoothly. If my oldest is using the potty or brushing her teeth, you best bet my youngest is right there doing the same thing & smiling ear to ear.
+ Breathe & remember that you got this mama! Even when things are crazy and you are just super tired and ready for the kids to go to sleep. Parenthood was never said to be perfect and pretty. Also rememeber once the kids are in their beds it is mama time FINALLY!
* Nothing makes bedtime and bath time more enjoyable than fresh, clean laundry -bedding, pajamas, and bath towels. Your kid's skin is super important and using the right laundry detergent can make such a difference! all® free clear is the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for Sensitive Skin. *
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Do you have a set bedtime routine for you child[ren] or do you just wing it?