- Set a regular Your child can help plan the routine.
- Be consistent when you set a new bedtime routine.
- Help your child prepare for bed in advance. Make the hour before bed a calm, relaxed, fun time to get ready for bed. Wash up, brush teeth, read a story, select a favorite stuffed animal and take time to enjoy the process together.
- Set a regular time to start your bedtime routine. You may try giving a cue to transition your child. “In five minutes it is time to get ready for bed.”
- You may want to chart the bedtime process so your child knows what to expect.
- Use pictures for preschoolers.
Be patient...you can’t force sleep! A normal, consistent and regular routine will help encourage healthy sleep habits. Remember that pre-school children need between 10-12 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.