I know well the struggle that many parents have with bedtime–kids coming in and out and asking for ALL THE THINGS. A few nights each week my husband is still at work, so bedtime is all up to me. Gone are the days when I just had myself to get ready for bed–now it’s me plus three littles, and I’ve got to make sure everyone can relax and get a good night’s sleep. I can see a big difference when my kids have time to wind down and get to bed at a good time. Keeping a good bedtime structure has made all of my kids great at going to bed, which is not just good for them, it helps me SO MUCH too. Here are three tips that I have added into our routines to make it a little bit easier on me and soothing for them.

Consistency 

Like almost everything in my kids’ life (and mine too), consistency is key. When all my kids know what comes next, they adapt to it better. When other adults are helping with bedtime routine too they should be able to keep with the routine to help kids feel less anxious about having to go to bed. This doesn’t mean it can’t change over time, but try to keep your bedtime routine as familiar and consistent as possible.

Quiet Time 

Putting away loud toys and turning off the TV earlier in the evening helps my kids wind down. Switching between a book some nights or a quiet puzzle has made it so my kids get some one-on-one time and they aren’t getting over stimulated before I put them to bed. You could even have your kids start stories with their siblings with the