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.
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...
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.