Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TheraBreath. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
Our household is not the place to be if you are noise sensitive or can’t stand lots of action. From the moment the boys wake until the moment they fall asleep, they are screaming, jumping, wrestling, and balling. The good part about the nonstop movement is that the kids are often wiped out by 6:30, giving little resistance to starting the bedtime routine.
Eat an Early Dinner
The biggest challenge we have to our bedtime routine is timing dinner right. On nights when the boys have sports, we are often out of luck, but on all other nights we plan dinner together for 5:30, so that we have eaten and are cleaned up by 6:30.
Take a Shower
I know folks love the idea of baths for kids, but we are not one of those families. With three kids that cannot fit in a tub together, a bath routine could take an hour. Instead, our boys love to hop in our master shower with their “stick on shower letters” and rinse off, wash their hair, and scrub the dirt off of their bodies. We are teaching them to be independent and conserve water at the same time!
Each of the boys has a different idea of nighttime comfort, so we let them pick out their own clothes or pajamas to sleep in. As they have gotten older, they have moved away from traditional pajamas to lounge pants, t-shirts, or shorts. It is not worth the fight, so if it is clean and safe, they can sleep in it!
Brush Those Teeth
With three kids, dental mistakes on our part can be really costly in the long run. We have to be particularly careful with our oldest who has some real issues with his smile. He has weak teeth and had a few cavities when he was younger. In addition, he has had three or four teeth pulled already to try to make room for his other teeth. Making sure brushing is a part of his regular routine in the morning and at night is very important to us.
Swish that Mouthwash
Given my oldest’s proclivity for cavities, the dentist recommended using mouthwash daily. Finding a flavor he will tolerate (no mint!) and a brand we trust for our kids was not the easiest task for us. Recently, we were introduced to TheraBreath for Kids, an anti-cavity oral rinse that keeps my sons’ breath fresh and their mouths clean.
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Read a Book
Each night, the boys choose a book they want to read. The two little ones snuggle into our bed for a story and some cuddles, while the oldest reads or writes in his room.
Lights are off for the littlest as soon as his story is done and we tuck him in, where the older boys are allowed to read or write in their room for another 20 minutes after we put them to bed.
By 7:00, we have completed our half hour bedtime routine and everyone is in bed. What are your best bedtime routine tips?