5 Tips for a Stress-Free Bedtime

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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Bedtime

When my son was a toddler, we created a bedtime routine that ushered in a peaceful and relaxing transition to sleep. Sometimes, he would just pass out after a long day of going to the park or a swimming pool. Other nights, he was WIDE AWAKE for unknown reasons. It was a puzzle. But we knew that it was essential to create a routine around bedtime that would help ease him into dreamland.

I tried everything to create a calm bedtime and eventually discovered that sensory signals like light, sound, and smell helped my child to subconsciously prepare to sleep. We religiously stuck to certain bedtimes because, of course, consistency is essential. As he has grown, we’ve tweaked parts of the routine to suit his developmental stage. But, for the most part, the routine is still there. So, here are five…

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