How to Develop a Back to School Bedtime Routine

One of the hardest things for me to do as a single mom is getting my two girls ready for school!  I am not kidding —  fighting to get them out of bed, fighting them to get dressed,  yelling at them to stay focused, and to quit fighting over clothes!  This is why this year I decided to come up with a PLAN to make things easier – a back to school bedtime routine. #kidgoals

It’s a well know fact that children need routine in their daily lives – they thrive in a structured environment.  Giving a child a routine to follow actually teaches them how to be in control of their emotions and their environment.  A good routine helps children feel secure – and a great bedtime routine is a great way to start (at any age).

Establish a set bedtime.   The amount of sleep a child needs depends on several factors,  including age of the child.  Sleep is important for their developing brains and bodies –> so here is a handy reference chart to go by.

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This chart was first posted by Wilson Elementary School of Kenosha, WI.

Give a bedtime warning to start the wind down process.  I know my girls do well when I give them a warning that bedtime is approaching.  I always let them know an hour before hand, so they can start their bedtime routine.

Turn off the technology.  Studies have shown that by turning off electronics an hour before bedtime helps you fall asleep easier and faster.

Use books and music to help relax children before bed.  Using books and music before bed can help your children relax.  This is also a wonderful bonding time for parents and children.  It can also help strengthen their reading and other learning skills as well.  Bonus.  Check out our kid book reviews for some book suggestions.

Create a tasks checklist for children to use.  We created this laminated task list together.  The girls can consult this chart before bedtime, and cross off things as they complete them.   I think it’s a wonderful way to help the girls take initiative and help in the bedtime process.

Take baths at night.  I prefer giving my girls their baths at night.  I have found that it not only saves time in the mornings, but it helps relax them before bed.  It also gives them a last minute “play session”.  I always have lavender bubble bath, lotion, or bath fizzes on hand for the nights they are especially wound up!  Check out our other bath time posts for fun ideas.

Lay out your clothes and bags the night before.  Save yourself some time and effort in the morning by having the kids pick out their outfits for the next day.  I also check the weather at this time.

One of my favorite stores to find the perfect school clothes is Gymboree.  They provide quality, coordinated outfits for every occasion – including the first day of school.  I love how their clothes are super comfy, and mix and match perfectly.  This is a plus on my list because the girls wear the same size, so this keeps them from fighting over clothes.  Everything just mixes and matches perfectly!

Are you ready to get a back to school bedtime routine established? Give these tips a try and see how they can help your child get their best sleep – and start this school year off right!

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89 comments

  1. Oh such great tips and ideas! I love the idea of the checklist for them! We love to read before bed…and that bedtime chart is so wonderful!!! I always wondered how much he needed! Thank you!

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  2. My goals are to have my kids stay organized through out the year. It seems like the last month or two they give up and aren’t as organized as they was at the beginning. I love so many outfits!

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  3. My granddaughter’s goal for this year is to start reading Chapter Books.

    Super cute at Gymboree — really like the fuzzy striped cardigan and the pink sparkle cardigan. Their leggings and jeans are really nice too!

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  4. When my daughters were little my husband worked evenings. We had our little routines in the evening ending with reading books. They thrived on our schedule.

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  5. Our goals for our three boys is for them to read more. They always drag their feet when it comes to reading, but end up enjoying it. I love to read and hope that my kids get more into it.

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  6. A bedtime routine is definitely important! I usually like to start it before school starts but with my husband traveling it kind of went by the way side. We’re working on it now the kids are in school.
    Love Gymboree! Their clothes are so cute! I’ve been eyeing that Heather Grey Peplum your daughter is wearing. It has all my first grader’s faves on it.

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  7. Love the chart! I think I might make one with real pictures of my kiddos doing the task. My 2,3 and 10 year old all have a different bedtime and it just works.

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  8. I like the wind down time I use that with my kids I’ll send them to bed a hour earlier than they’re actual bedtime to give them time to wind down and fall asleep.

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  9. That chart is awesome! I wasn’t sure when I should be getting my girls to bed. That was really easy to understand and helpful as were the other tips. Hope I can implement them now.

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  10. To get good grades and make new friends at a new school. I love the speed demon for boys or any of the elastic waistband pants.

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  11. We have a routine very similar – however, as any parent knows, the plan can quickly change depending upon the circumstances. We let them pick out clothes the night before, bur many times they change their minds in the morning – so having them have a morning routine is extremely helpful.

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  12. Newbie here! Love your blog! This post was vary helpful my son has gone all summer on his device! We went camping this summer for a whole week at walkinsglen campsite and went to darien lake with my in laws and my 8year old had to leave his device home and it was the best thing for him! I can’t get him to so anything when he has it I’m just waiting for hu I’m to brake it by mistack so he doesn’t get a new one thats pretty much how I feel about it lol I also have a two year old boy to and its hard getting him to bed when he sees brother up on his device so things are gonna have to change quick before school stats here in Baldwinsville NY! 3rd grade here he comes! I also put him in soccer so he wouldn’t be looking at that darn screen! Looking forward to seeing more of tour blogs!!!

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  13. Newbie here! Love your blog! This post was vary helpful my son has gone all summer on his device! We went camping this summer for a whole week at walkinsglen campsite and went to darien lake with my in laws and my 8year old had to leave his device home and it was the best thing for him! I can’t get him to do anything when he has it. I’m just waiting for him to brake it by mistake so he doesn’t get a new one thats pretty much how I feel about it which is sad to say lol I also have a two year old boy too and it’s hard getting him to bed when he sees his brother up on his device 😦 so things are gonna have to change quick before school starts on September 6 here in Baldwinsville NY! 3rd grade here he comes! I also put him in soccer so he wouldn’t be looking at that darn screen everyday! Looking forward to seeing more of your blogs!!!

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  14. I got to see my nephew the other day was so great. He is in kindergarten and then I have one that just started head start as well. Max and Penny. They live with the mother’s family, her mom (their grandma) actually, and I know this would really help them. My family has a lot of kids and it’s been a blessing on us and we sure would appreciate this.

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  15. I love the constellation dress. I hope my children will do well in school..for my son learn how to play the trumpet. For my daughter, continue excelling in school, 2nd grade.

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