Are you trying to make your child’s bedtime easier? Using this printable bedtime routine chart will help you to create a more calming evening routine for your child(ren).
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Better Bedtimes Start with a Routine.
Our nightly routine usually looks like this:
- Go to the bathroom
- Brush teeth
- Put on PJ’s
- Dirty clothes in the basket
- Book time
- Lights out
This might seem like such a simple routine but if you have even partially distractable children then our Printable Routine Chart is for you! Having this visual list helps the children to stay on task. Simple, yes but a powerful tool in our home.
Like our other charts, you can print this out, fill in your own routine and laminate the chart. We keep ours in the children’s bedroom but you might find that the bathroom or hallway are better locations. Pair these routines with our tips below and we hope that you notice an improvement in bedtime in your home.
3 Tips for a Peaceful Bedtime in your Home:
1. Don’t Rush Bedtime
This is one that I’m very guilty of. When the clock hits 7:30 I usually dive right into our bedtime routines. I need to chill out and maybe you do too. Stressing and rushing through the bedtime routine helps no one. Those last few minutes before bed help to relax your child and are sweet, special moments together. Don’t miss out. Read a book with your child, cuddle a few minutes longer or use those few minutes to sit on their bed and just talk about their day. Slowing down sets the tone for the night and creates a more quiet, peaceful sleeping environment.
2. Set the Scene for an Easy Bedtime Routine
Make sure your child’s room is set up for good sleep. A cooler, dark, quiet room will help your little one to sleep better. We would often play a quiet instrumental CD before bed for the children. This was not only calming but also blocked out some of the sounds from the rest of the house.
We don’t put night lights in our children’s rooms, we found that the darkroom really does help them to sleep better. We avoid drinks of water after dinner and that helps with the bathroom breaks in the middle of the night.
3. Be consistent with your child’s routines
Our bodies get into a rhythm and like routine. Putting your children to bed at a regular bedtime will create a routine that their bodies can expect. Studies have found that going to bed very early or very late didn’t affect cognitive performance, so long as the bedtime was consistent. Do your best to stick to a regular bedtime and see if that has a positive effect on your child’s bedtime.
If you’d like to try introducing a bedtime routine we have a free printable to get you started!
Yes, You Can Edit the Bedtime Routine Chart
The PDF file that you will receive (via email) can be edited using Adobe Reader, a free program. If you are using a Mac you can also edit this file using the Preview program that came with your computer.
On Adobe Reader, you will see blue text fields; these are the only areas that can be edited. This file will allow you to personalize your child’s routine with tasks to be completed each day.
Download your Printable Bedtime Routine Chart for Kids:
Once you submit the form above, you will receive your download link via e-mail within the hour. Be sure you check your SPAM or Promotions folder if you’re not finding the e-mail. If, after an hour, you have not received your link, please contact me and I’ll help you figure out what happened. You can open and edit this PDF in Adobe Reader or Apple Preview.