Toddlers need a routine…At least mine does. It lets them know how the day is going to be planned out. They are more willing to cooperate with you and routines help us take control of our life so that it doesn’t overwhelm us.
Toddlers don’t need a strict schedule because they can be quite unpredictable but a routine is a must, especially a bedtime routine.
Like I mentioned, having that routine can help your child be more cooperative which includes going to bed….sometimes. Haha.
My daughter is strong-willed so it can be a struggle at times but she knows the routine and knows what to expect. So I would like to share what our bedtime routine is like.
My toddler’s bedtime routine
After dinner, which is usually around 7:00 pm, we have free time which is either playing with toys or watching a little t.v.
When it gets to 8:00 pm, we start bath time or rather shower time.
Then we put on pajamas, brush teeth and head to her room to read some books.
It is around 9:00 pm at this time so it’s time to go to bed and go to sleep. Depending on how tired she is, she will fall asleep pretty quick. Sometimes I will stay with her until she does.
And that’s it! That is our bedtime routine and we try our best to stick to it. What is your routine like for your child?
I made a cute printable to use for a bedtime routine. Click the link under the picture below to get a copy!
You can use this printable to have a visual guide for your child so that they know what their routine is. To avoid tears and stains, I suggest getting it lamented. I hope this printable provides to be useful and helps your little one with their bedtime routine.