The Ultimate Toddler’s Bedtime Routine: A Recipe for Sweet Dreams


Bedtime with toddlers can sometimes feel like navigating a messy but well-loved minefield of toys blindfolded. Just when you think you’ve got the routine down, they throw you a curveball!

But fear not, weary parents, for we’ve crafted the ultimate bedtime routine guaranteed (well, hopefully!) to have your little one drifting off into dreamland faster than you can say “goodnight.”

A mom and her young daughter reading a book together in the mom's bed as part of their bedtime routine.Toddler Bedtime Routine

1. Feed Baby Two Hours Before Bedtime

Start off by ensuring your little munchkin has a full tummy. A full dinner two hours, or a light snack about an hour before bedtime will keep those hunger pangs at bay and prevent any midnight cravings.

2. Clean Up and Shower/Bath Time

Next up, it’s time to wash away the day’s adventures with a soothing bath or shower (Make sure you are in there with them!). Not only does this help your toddler relax, but it also signals to their brain that it’s time to wind down for the night.

3. Fresh Nighttime Diaper

Nobody wants to be stuck in a soggy diaper all night long! A fresh nighttime diaper ensures your little one stays comfy and dry throughout the night, promoting uninterrupted sleep.

4. Bedtime Story or Short Playtime Routine

Now comes the fun part – storytime! Choose a favorite bedtime story and snuggle up with your toddler for some quality bonding time. Let their imagination soar as you embark on magical adventures together. Or have interactive toys for a short playtime in their nursery room to play with before they shut their eyes!

5. Get Room Ready

Create a cozy sleep environment by dimming the lights, turning on soothing music or a noise machine, and setting the room temperature just right. Make sure the crib is set up with their favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or pacifier for extra comfort.

6. Hugs and Kisses

Give your little one a big hug and a kiss goodnight, reassuring them of your love and presence. This simple gesture can help ease any anxieties and prepare them for a peaceful night’s sleep.

7. Slowly Walk Away

Now for the moment of truth – gently lay your toddler down in their crib and slowly tiptoe out of the room. With any luck, they’ll drift off to dreamland in no time, leaving you free to enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

A toddler sleeping in bed with her teddy bear.There you have it – the perfect recipe for a toddler’s bedtime routine! With a little patience, consistency, and lots of love, you’ll have your little one snoozing soundly in no time. So go ahead, tuck them in, and enjoy a peaceful evening knowing that you’ve mastered the art of bedtime bliss. Sweet dreams!


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