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Bedtime routines help little ones settle down from a busy day and get ready for bed. A recent study that we just conducted found that a bedtime routine not only helps children fall asleep faster but also helps children sleep better through the night.
The best bedtime routine is one that has 3-4 quiet activities that are enjoyable to everyone and head in the direction of bed. For example, a bath, brushing teeth, pajamas, and two bedtime stories make a great bedtime routine. To help little ones (and parents) stay on track, make a chart that depicts each step of the bedtime routine – including pictures of two books. A chart will help solve the stalling and let your daughter know what is expected at each step.
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