When my children were younger we had a very strict bedtime routine. It usually involved the Cbeebies bedtime hour, a bath, milk and a bedtime story, all by 7pm. These days our routine is much less rigid and I feel like it’s getting out of control as the kids are going to bed later and later.
The children no longer care for milk or CBeebies and they would much rather watch the iPad for a little longer than have a bedtime story. We do baths or showers every other day now, just because life is busy and we struggle to fit it in every evening.
In terms of bed times, Evie, who is 4 tends to be asleep between 8pm and 8:30pm. Max (6) can be anything from 8:30pm to 9:30pm! As he really struggles to switch off some days.
Ideally I would like the children to be asleep by 8pm at the latest so that they get a full 10 hours sleep, but I feel like to achieve that we need to start being a little more structured with their bedtime routine. I don’t think we need to be quite as strict as we were when they were babies, back then I think it was just fear that if we did something differently they wouldn’t sleep! That worry is no longer there but I think we could be doing more to help them relax and fall asleep easier.
I have recently been introduced to Qutee, which is a free data democracy service. It’s the next generation comments and social platform for any discussions and data analysis. Not only is Qutee a great place to get answers to any parenting queries you might have, via the parenting 101 hub. But you can also discuss any other topics you might want to, from news and politics to sport and celebrities.
I would love to know what bedtime in your house looks like. How old are your children and what time do they go to bed at? Do you have a strict bedtime routine? Let me know your thoughts using the Qutee form below and let’s get a proper discussion going!
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