BTDT: What is your child/ren's bedtime routine look like and how long does it usually take?
FTM: What is your bedtime routine?
We brush teeth, make her milk, go upstairs drink her milk while im change her diaper and pjs if she's not in them already, say prayers and kiss goodnight. It's usually abt 45 min,
My kids are older so it's pretty much we just say it's time for bed and they go. Usually we go and check for electronics a few minutes after they are in bed. They aren't supposed to have iPads or Leapsters in bed but sometimes they "forget".
if we have enough time he can play for a few minutes (naked, lol, the kid LOVES being naked)
PJS and nighttime diaper on
One show, right now it is usually Little Einsteins or Dora
Up to Bed
tucked in, prayers and kisses
He's allowed to read in bed as long as he STAYS in bed
.......if it ended there it would be about 1:30 mins
But, most nights it is a up and down routine from the moment I leave his room at 8:30 is till 9:30 or 10. Very frustrating, but we are trying to be consistent.
It will be interesting when the baby comes.
Similar here! I pretty much just look at the clock, and when I see that it's time, tell them to get in bed. They know to get their pjs on and teeth brushed. They are not suppose to have "toys" in bed but dolls/stuffed animals and books are fine. Sometimes I find one sneaking a toy in. The two younger girls like to be tucked in, so after they are all in there, I go and give hugs and kisses and then tuck in the little ones.
Aidan just stays out until he's tired. Some nights I just go and lay him down (he will cry for 5-10 minutes and then go to sleep). Other nights I just lay down with him on my bed, and let him fall asleep next to me. We actually both prefer this, but sometimes I have other things to get done, so I just lay him down on his own.
Bathtime (not always every night)
Stories (we read our bedtime chapter book, our scriptures, and sometimes another story as well)
Quick bedtime snack
Into bed, lights out! Usually they chatter and talk or look at a book in bed for a while. DS2 is in his crib in his own room, so we just plop him in the crib, lights out, make sure he has his soother and glowing seahorse, and he goes right to sleep.
DD is a really great sleeper so we don't have a super structured routine. She baths every second day so those days are a bit different.
- snack on non bath days
- 5 minute warning to go upstairs
- bath (if applicable)
- snack and a tv show to wind down on bath days
- brush teeth (first her turn, then ours)
- into bed
- story (depending on time and if she wants one)
- turn on GroClock
- turn on ladybug star projector
- mommy hugs and kisses
- wind mobile (she loves her mobile song right now, lol, hated it as a baby!)
- mommy leaves
- daddy comes in for kisses and a chat about her day
- daddy winds mobile
- lights out
She has taken to trying to stall by asking for water or pee or something so we try to get that done before she gets into bed so she has nothing to ask for. Last night she didn't even call us once!
My kids get into PJs then watch a show with DH (which generally turns into a wrestling match or something). Now that their rooms are on different floors, I have to take one at a time to brush teeth, potty (for DD), read 2 books, and have tickles (they both like to be softly tickled before bed). Then I go do the other one.
They don't settle down for DH very well because they are used to me putting them to bed. DD is getting to where she'll let DH do some of it which helps but I usually spend a half hour putting the kids to bed which I'm not a big fan of. Oh well I'm sure it'll get easier at some point...
Reed is a pro at the stall tactics! Needs water, has to pee, needs a new blankie, lost his favorite book under the bed, the dragons in his room are hungry (we don't have scary dragons, just hungry ones that like PB&J)
You name it, I hear it, lol!
Golly our routine seems so short, but maybe it's just because he is older. About 9 I tell him to go brush his teeth and get in bed. Sometimes if we are in the middle of a show, or if he feels like cuddling me he stays up a bit later, but I have found that if I put him in bed at 9 or at midnight he still wakes at the same time every morning, so I try to put him to bed as close to 9 as possible.
Bathroom, pyjamas, teeth, into bed - one story, 2 songs and then lie with her for up to 1/2 hour (story and songs are included in that time). If she's sleeping sooner, I leave, if she's not, I tell her I will check on her while she's sleeping and then leave - that took WORK since up until a month ago we had to stay til she fell asleep (which was sometimes taking more than an hour!). We are not so strict on bed time since we will do it much earlier if she doesn't nap (like last night she went to bed by 6) and later if she has a really late nap (sometimes not until 8:30/9). But we prefer getting her into bed between 7:30 & 8 with a decent nap during the day.
the dragons in his room are hungry (we don't have scary dragons, just hungry ones that like PB&J)
Oh man, that's awesome! We haven't discovered any bedroom creatures yet...but she watched some Winnie the Pooh on youtube yesterday and there were Heffelumps and Woozles under the bed. She cried for me to turn it off. Ohhhhh no. I hope that doesn't start anything.
We had a night or two of scary monsters (shortly after watching Monsters, Inc. which we have retired for a bit now), but he is too funny about the dragons.
It started that they were scary dragons on the ceiling and then I convinced him that they must just be cranky because they didn't eat any dinner. He decided they like PB&J sandwiches the best, so we feed them those and send them back to their mommies. It's totally cute. I was afraid of everything as a kid (still am as an adult, lol) so I'm trying to give him options to change up his imagination into something more friendly.
Oh man, that's SO cute. I agree, it's great to teach kids they can change it up in their imagination!
I was so excited to find a new Strawberry Shortcake DVD for DD at the thirft store last week. It was about camping too! How perfect! Then I got home and read the back...one kid is afraid of the dark. UGH! I'm not opening THAT can of worms thanks!
My DD does fine with Monsters, Inc and whatnot, but then my niece (who's a year older than DD) tells my DD that there are real monsters hiding in the closets and under her bed. Nice, thanks niece. Took literally a month for me to convince her that her cousin wasn't all-knowing and was making it up. UGH!