A Good Bedtime Ritual


In the Night Garden has teamed up with Mandy Gurney, Founder of Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic to provide top tips on ensuring a good bedtime routine for little ones. 

Following these same steps every night will let your child’s body know that it’s bedtime, and help them naturally drift off to sleep. 

 

A Warm Bath
Give your child a warm, relaxing bath lasting no longer than 10 minutes. But this should not be playtime as this could over stimulate your tired child. Washing hands and cleaning teeth can be done in the bathroom before you go straight into the bedroom. Avoid going back into the living area, as you will lose the focus and magic of the bedtime routine.

 

Lighting 
Dim the lights in the bedroom ready for your return from the bath, as this will help with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

 

Dress for Bed
Have all your little one’s night clothes ready for your return from the bathroom
so they can quickly get dressed and climb into bed.

 

Storytime
Read one or two stories or sing a gentle lullaby. Have a cuddle and kiss goodnight and tuck them in with their favourite soft toy so they are warm and cosy.

 

Time Alone 
Now that they’re drowsy, leave the bedroom so that they learn to fall asleep independently. Your child should be asleep about 15 minutes later.

Download this In the Night Garden top tips page and reward chart, to help your little one drift off to sleep soundly every night. 
 

For more information and advice, visit the Millpond Sleep Clinic's website.

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