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How to Avoid Bedtime Battles with your Child

Why is bedtime a battle?

Bedtime can often turn into a battle with young children. They may resist going to bed, ask for one more story, or constantly get out of bed. This can be frustrating for parents who just want their child to get a good night's sleep. So, why do bedtime battles happen?

Understanding your child's needs

The team over at SleepFoundation.org notes that it is important to understand that bedtime battles are a normal part of a child's development. They may be testing boundaries or simply not want to miss out on any fun. However, there are ways to avoid these battles and create a peaceful bedtime routine.

The power of a bedtime routine

One effective way to avoid bedtime battles is by establishing a consistent bedtime routine. This routine can include activities such as taking a bath, brushing teeth, reading a story, and saying goodnight. By following the same routine every night, your child will know what to expect and feel more secure.

Tips for a successful bedtime routine

Here are some tips to make your bedtime routine more effective:

  • Set a consistent bedtime: Choose a time that allows your child to get enough sleep and stick to it.
  • Create a calm environment: Dim the lights, play soft music, and make sure the bedroom is comfortable.
  • Limit screen time: Avoid screens, such as tablets or smartphones, before bedtime as they can interfere with sleep.
  • Use a bedtime routine: These routines are specifically designed to help guide children towards the bed while avoiding a meltdown.  There are many options to consider when it comes to bedtime routines, from the DIY versions, to a printable template, and let's not forget the Beautiful bedtime routines available from DreamRoutines.com for those of us that don't have time to make one. 
  • Be patient and understanding: It's normal for children to resist bedtime occasionally. Stay calm and reassure them that it's time to sleep.


Bedtime battles can be challenging for parents, but with a consistent bedtime routine and a supportive approach, you can create a peaceful bedtime experience for your child. Remember, it's important to understand that these battles are a normal part of their development, and with time, they will outgrow them. So, stay patient, be consistent, and enjoy the precious moments of bedtime with your little one.

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