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General Tips

General tips for establishing an effective bedtime routine for your child

Look at what you would include in a bedtime routine and make sure you are getting started early enough, as bedtime needs to be calm and not rushed. Try to give yourself an hour for the whole process.

Try and pick a bedtime and stick to it so your child knows and feels comfortable with the routine.

Make a chart [link to chart download] f the routine until your child gets to know the bedtime process. Darkness causes an increase in the release of the body’s sleep hormone, so you can align your child’s sleepiness with bedtime by dimming the lights during the hour before bedtime.


"Children generally find comfort and security in bedtime rituals. A consistent good routine is the key to a good night’s sleep."

South Australian Children, Youth and Women's Health Service (CYWHS)

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