Points to remember when setting a bedtime routine:
- Decide on a bedtime, then inform your child.
- Be consistent in enforcing this bedtime or your child will constantly test it.
- Make it clear that a later bedtime is a special privilege – it could be used as a reward for good behaviour.
- Establish a winding down routine e.g. a warm bath, read a story, listening to quiet music, quiet play and a snack. Try to keep to the same order each night.
- Give a warning 10 minutes before bedtime that it is nearly time for bed.
- Once your child is in bed, be firm and ignore calling out.
- If they get out of bed, return them, telling them calmly and firmly it’s bedtime – don’t get caught up in a conversation or argument.
- If they take a while to settle suggest they read a book or listen to music until they are sleepy.
Note: Some children need less sleep than others so consider eliminating a day time nap or establish a later bedtime.
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