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Bedtime Routines Dos and Don’ts. There is no absolute right way to set up a bedtime routine. Some kids like to hear a bedtime story, others may want to talk about their day, and some may just want to say their prayers and go to sleep.

As long as your child falls asleep easily and sleeps all night, then your bedtime routine is likely working well. Your Child’s Bedtime Routine: Dos and Don’ts Some experts advise that before you start to practice a new bedtime routine, or before you change an existing one, it helps to gather information about your child’s sleep habits. Keep a diary about your child for several weeks prior to making a change, so you can assess what will work best.

Children thrive on consistency. They need to know what to do and when to do it. You can establish this routine in whatever way that you need to do it. If you need to brush their teeth and hair before bed, do that at the same time each night.

If you have medicine, vitamins, or other health-related routines before bed, do them at the same time. Have a Bedtime. We ARE talking about bedtime. Keep in mind, too, that there are some things that can make introducing a new bedtime routine more difficult. Here are a few things to avoid: Don’t use TV, tablets, or handheld devices as part of your kids’ bedtime routine.

The light they emit can be stimulating and cause your kids to. Dos And Don’ts For Your Toddler’s Bedtime Routine. Bedtime is a special moment in the day, and bedtime routines are quite specific to each family.

Below are a few guidelines to consider when creating a bedtime routine for your toddler. Some will jive with your family and others won’t, but they’re all important to keep in mind!10 Dos and Don’ts When Setting a Toddler Bedtime Routine 6 Comments / By Sierra When you’ve got a spirited toddler who challenges everything from putting toothpaste on a toothbrush, to insisting they sleep with the entire collection of PJ Mask figurines, to say setting a toddler bedtime routine is a struggle, would be an UNDERSTATEMENT.

Toddlers do well with a calming and familiar sleep bedtime routine. “Routine is crucial during toddlerhood. The best sleepers tend to have excellent routines,” notes Mary Beth Cunningham. Here are the elements we have found to be important to include (and exclude) from our toddler’s bedtime routine.

Tips for effective toddler bedtime routines. Do start their routines before they are tired. Once toddlers start yawning, they are already sleepy.

Sleepiness makes it difficult for toddlers to make it through routines (even short ones) without fussing. Don’t include activities that will rile them. The solution: Make bedtime a priority. A predictable, calming bedtime routine is key to a good night’s sleep. Avoid active play and electronic devices, which are stimulating.

You might give your child a bath and read stories. Talk about the day. Play soothing bedtime music. Then tuck your child into bed drowsy but awake and say good night. This is a list of 30 do’s and don’ts you can follow in the hours leading up to bedtime to help ensure that you are getting a good night’s rest.

This is a list of 30 do’s and don’ts you can follow in the hours leading up to bedtime to help ensure that you are getting a good night’s rest.

List of related literature:

■ Establish clear bedtime rules, including activities involved in getting ready for bed (e.g., change into pajamas, brush teeth).

“A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems” by Jodi A. Mindell, Judith A. Owens
from A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems
by Jodi A. Mindell, Judith A. Owens
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

One parent must schedule the time to assist them with a routine each night, such as washing and brushing teeth, changing clothes, and reading a bedtime story.

“Family Medicine: Principles and Practice” by A.K. David, S.A. Fields, D.M. Phillips, J.E. Scherger, Robert Taylor
from Family Medicine: Principles and Practice
by A.K. David, S.A. Fields, et. al.
Springer New York, 2002

Encourage parents to adopt a bedtime routine for the last 30 minutes before bedtime that is quieting to the child, and to follow a similar routine every night.

“Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions” by Michael L. Perlis, Mark Aloia, Brett Kuhn
from Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions
by Michael L. Perlis, Mark Aloia, Brett Kuhn
Elsevier Science, 2010

Routines can include a bath, massage, and other calming activities (see Figure 27-1A).151 Parents may move bedtime closer to the child’s naturally established time to fall asleep and then gradually move bedtime earlier and earlier until the child is able to fall asleep at the desired bedtime.

“Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book” by Jane Case-Smith, Jane Clifford O'Brien
from Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book
by Jane Case-Smith, Jane Clifford O’Brien
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

If your child is awake far longer than the wake times suggested in this book, move bedtime earlier by 15 minutes a day until (a) you hit the zone or (b) bedtime turns into a monumental battle.

“Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents” by Alexis Dubief
from Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents
by Alexis Dubief
Lomhara Press, 2017

Start with bedtime late enough so that the child is able to fall asleep within 15 minutes; wake the child the next morning at a predetermined time.

“Therapy in Sleep Medicine E-Book” by Teri J. Barkoukis, Jean K. Matheson, Richard Ferber, Karl Doghramji
from Therapy in Sleep Medicine E-Book
by Teri J. Barkoukis, Jean K. Matheson, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

• Establish a quiet time prior to bedtime for reading, rocking together in a chair, singing quiet rhythmic songs, or giving the child a back rub (no electronics, television, roughhousing, eating, or exercising right before bed).

“Case-Smith's Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book” by Jane Clifford O'Brien, Heather Kuhaneck
from Case-Smith’s Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book
by Jane Clifford O’Brien, Heather Kuhaneck
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Maintain expectations around bedtime (e.g., must be in room by 10:00 P.M.), but allow flexibility (e.g., can have quiet time—read, listen to music—and turn off lights when ready).

“Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience Through Attachment, Self-regulation, and Competency” by Margaret Blaustein, Kristine M. Kinniburgh
from Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience Through Attachment, Self-regulation, and Competency
by Margaret Blaustein, Kristine M. Kinniburgh
Guilford Press, 2019

Educate an older child about sleep stealers and then encourage her to revise her schedule so that she gets a better night’s rest.

“The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries” by Michele Borba
from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries
by Michele Borba
Wiley, 2009

Bedtime routines should last no more than 30 minutes and include a set combination of activities that might include bath, teeth brushing, story, and cuddle.

“Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics” by Karen Marcdante, Robert M. Kliegman, Richard E. Behrman, Hal B. Jenson
from Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics
by Karen Marcdante, Robert M. Kliegman, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

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  • How early should I try to put my baby on a routine? My baby is a month old and hes very attached and struggles to sleep at night when hes not in my arms. What things can I try to help with this?

  • Because our baby spits up easily, we usually feed first, hold her off, take a bath, read a book, then put her to sleep. Is that ok?

  • You are a Superwoman! Whatever routine works for you continue to do it, some people don’t realize that it’s not an easy job raising so many children and with your motivation you are truly an inspiration.

  • What a supermom!!! True inspiration! ♥️♥️ I had 3 under 3, I know how busy things can get being a mama, but you have things so organized, hoping to get to this level of organization one day(they’re now 5,4 and 3)

  • I love this video so much. Such a sweet family routine. I love that his daddy is so involved. And that clip at the end is ADORABLE.

  • So all your kids use a sippy? Even oldest? Do you pray before eat at dinner?
    PS great idea sleep In school clothes…
    Do kids help pick up clean up before bedtime? Or have weekly chores during school days?
    Sorry I mom of 4 kids been using parenting books and videos and classes to learn to be better parent. To make sure I am doing it right ��…. I have no parents no family.. I do it just me… Your videos really help me..
    Awesome on reading ��
    Awesome on routine
    I do routine too…
    Your super women ��

  • Your Faith in the Lord clearly shows in every video and I keep thinking of the Father sign in your living room…I love you all…❤❤

  • I lie with my son till he falls asleep. He’s two (almost three). This can take hours. Help! What have I got myself into?!? Can’t complain as I adore him and it’s lovely spending time together but I get no time to clean and study. I’m a single parent too.

  • Hope fivetwolove are doing great?
    Been a while since u guyz dropped a vlog…lyk 2 days ago
    Jus wanna check on U guyz
    One love from Nigeria❤️

  • You Loves this channel, I found it watching a video and then…. I saw that there was Quintuplets and pressed pretty fast I couldn’t feel it. You guys are the best and I really enjoy watching you guys.

  • Be careful of the oleander trees, which is what the “hello trees” looked like.. They are toxic.
    Are you a descendant of Andrew Hunter Scott? If so, we are related.

  • Teeth aren’t for biting…hands aren’t for hitting! Good one for kids. Unsually in a big family or daycare there are one or 2 kids, who would rather bite & hit first, than talk..so true! Lol. I am A peds nurse & early childhood educator/ plus an older sister of 4 boy siblings close in age. Lol. I will refer all my parents to you 2! Common sense you 2 have loads of..plus you 2 really love each other.

  • You guys raise those 5 babies so well!!! I know you have help but still!! It’s amazing how their day is so structured and scheduled. I have a 10 month old and another on the way and I’m stressing about having 2 kids on a routine ��
    Y’all are an inspiration for sure!

  • I heard you say one of the babies can’t have dairy I can’t have dairy and gluten! That’s going to be hard when she gets big enough to eat! Dairy is in a lot!

  • you will probably wont see this, but you could do a mexican meal time… that sounds weird haha, but here in México we have lunch around 2 pm and dinner at 8, this so you could eat in peace and with no rush.

  • When I saw that a Five Two Love video was uploaded, I thought “yay!”. When I saw it was over 18 minutes long, I said “YIPPEE!!!!” Never worry about your videos being too long. It’s great to get a good update on everyone. xoxox Heather ����

  • Dana great video. Can you talk about how to break bad sleep routines.. Mines is sleeping in the breast and even worse sleeping in the bed:(