Bedtime Tips for Back to School (The Routine Returns!)

We're beginning to nudge ourselves back into routines and with my sweet 6-month-old being part of that mix I thought a post about bedtime tips for back to school was appropriate.
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5 Bedtime Tips to Help Baby Sleep Better (And Bond with You!)

This is a sponsored post by Huggies OverNites Diapers. All opinions and advice are my own.

Every year it seems that simultaneously summer will never end and school starting somehow surprises me, all at the same time. I don't even understand how that works, but that's how it goes and it's happening all over again. We're beginning to nudge ourselves back into routines and with my sweet 6-month-old being part of that mix I thought a post about bedtime tips for back to school was appropriate. Sleep definitely helps my baby and family thrive. That’s why it is important to provide babies with hugs that settle and soothe at bedtime with a diaper designed specifically for sleep. Huggies OverNites Diapers keeps baby dry all night for a sounder sleep, guaranteed. (Visit Huggies.com to learn more about the sounder sleep guarantee.)

Here are some suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation that we tried this year to get back into a normal sleep routine heading into a new school year:

1. Start Early.

Kids need a chance to shift gears from the lazy days of summer, to the hustle and bustle of back to school. About two weeks before school starts, start nudging your kids into a more rigid bedtime routine. Every night, set an incrementally earlier bedtime, and every morning, an incrementally earlier wake-up time. Make sure that when school starts, they'll wake up with the amount of sleep they need for their age-group. (Did school already start for you? No worries! Commit to using the next two weeks to make a dedicated effort to realigning the family sleep schedule with the school agenda.)

Bedtime Sleep Chart for Children and Kids and Adults by Age

Image via SleepCenterInfo.com

2. Stick with it!

It's tempting to make an exception to go see one last late movie in the park, or hit the hiking trail, but it's pretty critical to establish a pattern for little bodies. Once your child's sleep schedule is established, stick with it! This means making corrections along the way and sticking with them as you go-it's hard at first but it pays off!

3. Establish a calming bedtime routine.

Before bedtime, start a "quiet time" to allow your child to unwind. The routine should include relaxing activities, such as a bath, a Huggies OverNites Diaper and jammies and a bed-time story (for young children) or a reading time (for older children).

4. Keep It Calm and Avoid Screen Time.

Limit television, video games, and other electronic distractions before bedtime. Doing so can significantly improve your kid's ability to fall asleep and settle down for the night. We've found success in maintaining a peaceful bedroom environment by removing electronics from children's bedrooms to cut down on any temptations.

5. Eat Earlier.

This one has been a challenge for us so far with our school routine starting. Avoid big meals close to bedtime - a heavy meal can prevent your child from falling asleep. Also, we've found that having "dessert" be just for weekends can help too. 

6. Be a role model.

Setting a good example for your child is so important. Try to establish your own regular sleep cycle and maintain a home that promotes healthy sleep.

5 Bedtime Tips to Help Baby Sleep Better (And Bond with You!)

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5 Bedtime Tips to Help Baby Sleep Better (And Bond with You!)

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