Thanks to our sponsor HarperCollins! We are celebrating a new book release from the creator of Goodnight Moon. Read below for my calming bedtime tips.
I have been that mom scrolling through articles on the internet searching for a bedtime routine that would work for our kids. Bedtime for us can go one of two ways, a sweet conversation while cuddling as they quietly drift off to sleep or we have some tantrums, endless amount of excuses or intentional delays. I have found that our evening can go either way and it is even dependant on what happens right before bedtime.
Here are 4 things that I have found that help us move in the direction of a calmer and quieter, more peaceful bedtime.
Routine – Make it a routine. This has to be something that you do every night and keep it consistent. A nighttime/bedtime routine should start before you hit the bed. It should start an hour or so before bedtime. One thing that my kids have started loving to do is play games, so we will turn off the TV and play one of their favorite card games or our version of Pictionary. Once you do hit the bed you must continue your routine. Do your kids love to be sung to until they fall asleep? Do you have a storytime? We have to have bedtime stories before falling asleep. Even if it’s the same books for a week, I read what they pick out before they go to bed.
Relaxation Techniques – I have found over the years that simple relaxation techniques can help my kids fall asleep faster. This can be something as simple as a foot massage. Our fav thing is a rubbing essential oils on their feet or hands. This can also be something like yoga stretches or even mind meditation techniques. We have tried this and it works. We have an app on my phone that we sometimes start after we turn out the lights that helps us focus our minds and helps our minds relax and it seems to help us all fall asleep.
Clearing Thoughts – This is piggybacking off the tip above but I sometimes feel like my oldest daughter who is in school, can’t fall asleep because she is thinking about the next day ahead, whether she is excited or anxious, I sometimes sense that her mind is racing from thought to thought which makes it harder for her to fall asleep. To help her clear her anxious thoughts I will sometimes try to help her simplify her thoughts by helping her focus on something else something simple like her favorite ice cream, the rain outside or a sunny day. The key is to keep it simple, focused and happy.
Don’t Overstimulate – The kids LOOOVE to play with daddy when he gets home from work. They play chase, they wrestle and play hide and seek. He can tickle them for days.. Some days dad doesn’t get home until 6:30 PM from work and on these nights it’s so hard to get the kids ready for bed on time. Mostly this is due to the delayed playtime with dad, which means more overstimulation right before they are supposed to be winding down getting ready for bed. Try to avoid too much activity an hour or two before the kids need to wind down for bed. This also includes screen time such as TV’s and tablets!
See below for the giveaway!
Our storytime is one of our favorite parts of our bedtime routine. This week for storytime we are reading one of our new favorites Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown with beautiful illustrations by Loren Long. Good Day, Good Night is the previously unpublished book release from the author of the classic bedtime book, Goodnight Moon. You might already have Goodnight Moon in your library, and if you don’t then it’s something you need to add to it because it’s one of our personal favorites. There’s even a new padded board book version out now with the same classic illustrations from Clement Hurd. It’s perfect for even the littlest of hands. Read more about the new release, Good Day, Good Night, below!
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight. In this classic of children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day, complete with a soft, padded cover and sturdy board book pages.
See the official book trailer below and get the the Good Day, Good Night Activity Booklet here. Plus read on for the giveaway!
One (1) winner will receive copies of Good Day, Good Night and Goodnight Moon
1 Good Day, Good Night– themed event kit
1 Branded bunny rattle provided by KidsPreferred.
Use the entry form to enter below and Good Luck!!
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