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How to Have a Bedtime Routine Your Kids Will Love ~ #BeGoodGives



Bedtime used to be a constant struggle in my household. Whenever it was time for bed, Madison always had an excuse as to why she didn't need to sleep. It was either because she hadn't yet drank all her milk, or the infamous line of "I'm not ready, just 10 more minutes". After giving in and with her not being able to wake up in the morning, I'd had enough and had to put my foot down. I had to come up with a routine, and I had to come up with one fast. We finally have a routine that works amazingly well since she started Kindergarten. Today in partnership with Be Good, I want to share how you too can have a bedtime routine that your own kids will love.

This post is done in collaboration with Be Good, however all opinions are mine alone! 


Before getting into your routine, it's a good idea to have a transition period that your child can look forward to. You can start by turning the television off, and letting your child know that bedtime will be in 30 minutes. Whatever length of time you decide, remember to be consistent. Your routine will follow a sequence of events that your child will look forward to. Here's our routine that has been working wonders for us.

A relaxing bath
Start with a warm relaxing bath. The warm water will elevate your child's temperature slightly and make them more prone to falling asleep easily. Add a few bath toys in the water to make their bath even more fun. One thing to take note of is the bath product you use while giving a bath. I only use products that are safe for my child. I was recently introduced to Be Good products, which are free of harmful ingredients, and are suitable for children of all ages.


Be Good formulas are free of: parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, gluten, synthetic dyes, DEA, palm oil, added hormone disrupters, petrolatums, dioxanes from sulfates, phosphates, BPA, animal by-products and no animal testing. It's everything that I look for when I purchase a product for my little one. Madison just LOVES how it lathers up and we both love the smell. It leaves her skin feeling soft to the touch, even when she turns into a wrinkled prune.


Have comfy pajamas
There's nothing better than sleeping in a comfy pair of pj's. Make sure that they're not too small or too tight. If your child is outgrowing their sleepwear, it might be time to buy some new ones.

Pick out books and read together
Have your child pick out a book that you can read together right before bed. I personally have a selection of short stories that Madison can choose from. That way you won't be up all night reading a story. Longer stories are great for older kids who can pick up from where you left off if you need to cut the story short.


Say a prayer
While we're not a very religious family, I grew up saying a prayer before bed. A prayer doesn't have to be a long religious prayer, you can have your child say a few brief words of what they're thankful for. If you would love to say a prayer, there are prayers for children that you can say, or you can even create your own.

Say goodnight with a kiss
Keep your goodnight brief, but give your little one a cuddle and a kiss before leaving. Madison looks forward to me giving her a hug and a kiss whenever I say goodnight, and it always leaves me feeling so much better. I’m sure it does the same for her too.

Don't forget the bedtime friend and nightlight
Having a favorite doll or teddy bear close by sometimes give children that comfort they need throughout the night, very much like a nightlight for those who are afraid of the dark. Whether your child is afraid of the dark or not, having a nightlight available is always a good idea in the event that your child awakes at night.


Now that your little one is in bed, keeping them there is an entirely different story, and another post. However, we hope these tips can help you get your own bedtime routine going. And as with all good bedtime routines, don't forget that bath time and give Be Good a try!

10% of the net proceeds from sales on the Be Good's website goes directly to St.Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Annmarie John
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  1. We have so been there, too. While it has gotten better as my girls have gotten older, we still have our nights here and there. But do agree a bedtime routine does help, especially making sure that you have done the bedtime kisses, tuck-ins and that beloved stuffed animals are near, too. :)

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  2. All kids need a good bedtime routine. We’ve had ours for almost 13 years now and it always works like a charm.

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  3. We try to stick to a bedtime routine. I find it makes our evenings go a lot easier. These products seem great. I love kids products that don't contain harsh chemicals.

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  4. These are all such great ideas! Of course, there are things we need to do to keep everything running smoothly, but we can make it so much fun if we want!

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  5. These are some great tips not only for younger kids but for older too. It is important to have a winding down period and although we are not big on baths this looks very relaxing for a child.

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  6. bedtime routines are so important and relaxing for a good night sleep for kids. We do many of the same things :)

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  7. I don't have children, so I can't say I've experienced this very thing, but I agree that a bedtime routine is important for all of us, especially kids! Love her doll, by the way! Very cute!

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  8. I don't have kids but I do so many of these things for myself. It's important to wind down before sleeping and I benefit from having a routine!

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  9. These are super sweet ideas. I think the Be Good products are definitely good choices for safe bath times!

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  10. A relaxing bath, comfy jammies and reading a book or two are all great ideas. I'm going to start implementing these tips.

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  11. Bed Time Routine is so important. We follow a pretty steady routine here too. My youngest doesn't like to follow it so well. He's our Night Owl. I'll be sure to look into the Be Good Products

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  12. We've always had a bedtime routine since my girls were babies. A bath was always part of the routine.

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  13. A relaxing bath is definitely a must for a bedtime routine. We had to have one for our kids every night!

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  14. A bed time routine is so important. It helps the kids unwind and get ready for going to sleep. Taking a nice warm bath is a great way to relax before bed.

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  15. I would be rich if I had a nickel for every time I heard "Just 10 more minutes"! These are great tips! I have definitely found that a relaxing bath is a great way to initiate bed time. We will have to try the Be Good products.

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  16. Bedtime routine is so important, I would say ours is still a work in progress. I'll have to use some of your tips!

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  17. I love that Be Good doesn't contain any of those nasty ingredients that I try so hard to avoid. I'd feel good using them on my precious babies.

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  18. My kids are so bath-obsessed. A good bedtime routine lasts forever, I always say! The products look awesome. Good suds!

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  19. These are awesome tips! A good bedtime routine is a great way to get your kids to bed without any fight. :D

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  20. This is really great for parents and children. Families that go to bed at the same time are very healthy.

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  21. This is so great! Thanks for sharing this. My brother is going to love this post.

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  22. This was very insightful. A healthy bedtime routine makes a wonderful difference.

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  23. Very thoughtful tips for bedtime routine! Our son has a bath every night before bed. Definitely helps!

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  24. Fantastic bedtime routine tips! Love it! LOL! I think I need a bedtime routine too. I definitely will get consistent and restful nights if I have that!

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  25. I think it's great that 10% of the profit of Be Good goes to St. Jude. That's a great charity. I will say I hated taking baths as a kid. But they are such a luxury for me now.

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  26. All kids need a great bedtime routine. Some great tips here for getting the nighttime routine organized

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  27. It really is important to have a bedtime routine with your children! It is important that we make sure we do things like this that our littles will enjoy.

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  28. A routine for bedtime has been the only thing that works, but I have simplified it over the years. These pictures are so good by the way.

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  29. Bedtime routines are very important for younger kids. I love trying to use better for them bath products for my kids, too. I'll have to check out the Be Good stuff.

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  30. I think bed times routines should also apply to adults especially those who struggle with sleep. Like your kid, my daughter used to have a whole bunch of excuses too just when it is bedtime haha. I am impressed that Be Good products are free of all those things!

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