About the importance of a bedtime routine

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Because of recent discussions I felt motivated to write about this rather tacky subject and get all the important information into one post:

  • Regular bedtimes are recommended by experts and should be between 7 and 8:30 pm. The later it gets the more difficult it will be for the child to fall asleep.
  • Overactivity is a sure sign that the bedtime is exceeded and your child is tired
  • Bedtime routines are also important for a child’s development and help to prevent later sleeping problems
  • Don’t let your child stall, they’ll always try to prolong the time they spend awake.
  • Especially toddlers like their independence. Let them make choices like which story they want to hear or what they want to wear to make them feel like they’re a part of the routine.
  • Never ask your child “Do you want to go to bed now?” because the chances are that the answer will always be no.
  • Having a consistent bedtime is extremely important for keeping the circadian rhythm functioning appropriately, which benefits the body as a whole, including the brain.
  • Inconsistent bedtimes can have long term effects on the child’s (cognitive) development
  • They will need bedtime and wake up routines throughout their entire life and the sooner they learn them the easier it will be
  • And last but not least: You deserve a break too and a consistent bedtime will make sure you get it!

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