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Bedtime Routine for a Toddler
Bedtime is the best part of a long day, but most toddlers don’t seem to agree with that. They would much rather fuss and fight about sleep until they pass out from exhaustion. Thankfully, we have a bedtime routine that works. (Most of the time.) I love our routine because it offers a chance for Little Bean to calm down, realize exactly what’s coming, and it helps him have uninterrupted sleep. Plus it is a great chance for some one-on-one time with him. This is our bedtime routine for a toddler, but remember that what works for us may not work for you. Use these ideas as a base and then develop a routine based on your toddler’s needs.
We start with bathtime. I make sure to give him time to splash and play in the bath. This doesn’t really calm him down, but I do use calming shampoo and bath wash when it’s wash time. After the bath is when he really starts to calm down.
After bathtime, it’s time to get ready with his bedtime diaper and pajamas. In order to make sure he is able to sleep through the night, I need to make sure he doesn’t wake up with a leaky diaper. That’s where Sposie Diaper Booster Pads come in. I simply insert the Sposie Booster pad into the diaper. They add 8 oz of capacity to a normal diaper, which is 2/3 of a tall latte, if you’re keeping track. So even if your little guy or gal can power through juice like our Bean does, they will still stay drier, longer. I also don’t have to worry about diaper rash, because they wick away moisture to keep his skin dry.
Little Bean loves books, so storytime is a special time for us. We usually curl up on the couch and share a story together. His favorite book right now is about animals so this is also a great learning time for him. I’ll call that a win/win.
Bedtime prayers are important to us. He folds his little hands and repeats each word after we say it. This is seriously the cutest part of my day.
Going to Bed
Now it’s time for bed. We always leave a nightlight on for him. He has just recently started saying, “Scared Dark.” The nightlight leaves a soft glow on the room so he doesn’t get scared.
Does it really help?
Most days this routine comes together perfectly. Other days one of a million different circumstances lead to bedtime disaster. He may be cranky, I may be tired, the big kids may need me, and/or I gave him the wrong color cup at dinnertime. At least I know he will stay extra dry thanks to Sposie Diaper Booster Pad. They’re specially designed to work with all brands and types of baby diapers (even cloth!) They are available at Walmart, Target, and on Amazon.