Toddler Bedtime Routine

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Toddler bedtime routine. Oliver is three and he has always been a great sleeper. Emmitt, who is one, on the other hand, has always been our little night owl. Ever since he was a baby he would wake up throughout the night and just want to play and have a good time.

bedtime routine

We had established a decent bedtime routine with Oliver so we kept the same routine. Keep in mind this is just our experience with our kids. I just want to share what has worked for us in hopes you might find something that works for you too.

Bedtime Routine

Experts say that toddlers should get 10-14 hours of sleep per day. Usually taking one nap during the day. Most toddlers will need about 9-10 hours of sleep at night.


Consistency is key. Make sure you have a set time to start their bedtime routine. We usually start around 7 pm to get the boys ready for bed. There are some nights that the boys stay up past their bedtime and sometimes it makes them cranky and they might fight sleep.

Bath Time

Bath time is a great way to calm down a toddler. Emmitt has sensitive skin, so he gets a bath every other night. We like to use Johnson’s sleepy time baby wash and lotion. It is a calming wash and lotion that is clinically proven to help toddlers/babies fall asleep faster.

sleepy time

Brush Teeth

Toddlers will eventually lose their baby teeth but that is not a reason to avoid brushing their teeth. In our house brushing teeth sometimes is a battle, but we want our boys to grow up and have good personal hygiene. So, if that means we will battle over brushing their teeth, we will. We like the Colgate toddler toothbrush and toothpaste. It is safe for them to accidentally swallow it.


Read a Book

We started reading books to Oliver before he was even born. Experts say that it is a great way for baby to hear your voice. Now, it is something that both boys enjoy and look forward to. Check out my post on Favorite Children’s books.

reading books bedtime routine

Goodnight hugs and kisses

We allow some time for the boys to give hugs and kisses and say goodnight. Then, they climb into bed or put into their crib and get tucked in. They each have a little animal lovey that they go to bed with. We do not spend too much more time in their room after saying goodnight. Otherwise, they will not lay down and go to sleep.


Each of the boys has a sound machine in their room. That constant noise or sound is soothing and will help your toddler drift off to sleep. We have recently bought the Hatch Rest+ for Oliver and he really likes the colors and sounds to help him fall asleep. Check out my post on Toddler alarm clocks to see how we like the Hatch Rest+.

hatch rest +


We are creatures of habit. Even as adults we like routines. I am sure if you thought about it, you have a bedtime routine of some sort before you lay your head down on your pillow. Toddlers are no different, they thrive on routine and structure also.

I hope you found something useful to help your little one fall asleep. Toddler bedtime routine.

Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite part of your bedtime routine is. Also, let me know if you have anything else that helps your toddler go to bed.

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