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Bedtime Routine

Bedtime Routine Tips: Video Summary

Establishing a set bedtime and routine will provide predictability and a comforting, familiar pattern. A good bedtime routine will a child calm down, relax, and be ready to go to sleep.

  • Start winding down about 30 min before bedtime.
    • Start talking about bedtime.
    • Be calmer and quieter.
    • Turn down the lights.
  • Turn off electronics 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Use a bedtime routine schedule.
  • Read a book or tell a story.
    • Books mentioned in video:
      • I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller and Susan Schade
      • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
      • Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox
  • Put toys to bed.
  • A night light is a good way to let your child know when to stay in bed and when to get out of bed. When the light is on, your child knows he/she needs to stay in bed. When the light is off, your child knows he/she can get out of bed.

 

Bedtime Routine Visual Supports

Picture routines can be made using Google images, photographs, or drawings.

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Examples of Bedtime Routines

These are examples of different bedtime routines. Links are provided in case you would like to download a routine.

Integrated Learning Strategies - HOMEMADE BEDTIME SCHEDULE FOR KIDS CAN BE  A POWERFUL VISUAL REMINDER Having a child draw their own bedtime schedule  may eliminate the struggle some parents experience when it's time for bed  Bedtime Routine Chart by All Things Special Ed | TpT

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