How to Create a Toddler Bedtime Routine

Don’t know how to make a routine for your toddler at night? Use this sample to help you get starting in knowing how to create a bedtime routine for your toddler that boosts their social skills, character, and academic performance.

Everybody wants more sleep, especially parents of toddlers. If we allow our schedules to become chaotic, we actually make it harder for our children to get adequate rest at night and be in a good mood for the next day. To help your child set a healthy circadian rhythm, consider using the sample bedtime routine below. Here are some key points to remember when creating your routine:

  • Eat meals together. Studies show a risk for school drop-outs, teen pregnancy, and other at-risk behaviors for families that do not eat meals. The idea is that families that eat meals together at a table are more likely to socialize, enjoy connections, and eat healthier than those that don’t.
  • Don’t allow your daily routine to be without play time at home for your children. They need to play and not be neglected by your busy day.
  • Give your child things to be responsible for so they practice having good work ethics and character development. Age-appropriate chores are important.
  • Read a book with your child for 20 minutes a day. This boosts their vocabulary and language skills, and academic performance, as well as strengthens your relationship.

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