6 Tips for a Better Bedtime Routine

Written by: Jilly Blankenship, Neonatal Nurse, Lactation Consultant, & Mom. Visit her at babysleepmadesimple.com


Summer is all about loose routines & late bedtimes. But once your kids are gearing up to return to school (in-person or online) they need a routine to prepare them!

Kids need sufficient sleep & proper nutrition to grow, thrive & LEARN!

A relaxing bedtime routine is a great way to help your little one transition back to school easily.

Get outside

Sunlight, fresh air & exercise help your child burn energy & blow off steam. Kids that spend time outdoors find it easier to sleep at night. Try to get 1 hour minimum outside everyday.

Avoid screens & sugar 3 hours before bedtime

Screen time & sugar stimulate our kids, making it harder to fall asleep. Offer TV earlier in the day & opt for a low sugar snack using Healthy Height instead of processed food.

Fun fact: Kids who consumed Healthy Height shake mix as part of a clinical study, fell asleep faster than those children that didn’t consume the shake mix.

By serving a Healthy Height shake or one of their simple recipes, parents can provide a great snack to their kiddos and be sure they have a restful night of sleep.

Give a Healthy Dinner

Include complex carbs, vegetables & lean protein in your child’s dinner. Salty processed foods can interfere with sleep.

Don’t Forget the Bath!

15 minutes in the tub helps kids relax & prepares their body for sleep. Include calming scents like lavender or chamomile.

Read Together

Reading with your child at bedtime is a great way to connect. Choose happy stories as even the simplest “villains” can increase bedtime fears.

Spend a few minutes talking to your child about their day & their thoughts about returning to school. This time of day is when kids are likely to share their feelings.

Keep a strict bedtime

Little kids are masters at delaying bedtime. But your child needs 10-12 hours sleep to be their best. Ensure all requests for the toilet & sips of water are fulfilled by bedtime.

 

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