I know that it is important to have a bedtime routine. I have seen all these wonderful bedtime routines that parents create for their children. I have read how to do all the right things. I had this perfect bedtime routine all worked out in my head, but none of them worked for us.
Our bedtime routine (with the twins) just evolved and it works for us:
- bath (if it is a bath night)
- brush teeth
- have a drink of water
- give out allergy meds as needed
- check the diapers (potty training is just over the next horizon for us and who knows, I might even blog about it)
- change into jammies
- cream down hosanna’s ankles (she has eczema)
- put socks or leotards on hosanna
- snuggle and cuddle and be silly on mommy and daddy’s big bed – this usually involves them jumping on the bed – they can be quite goofy when they are tired (okay most of the time)
- we finish off bedtime with nummies (nursing – and yes – we are in the process of weaning – we had a little setback recently when everyone got the flu) with me singing to the babes
Now the special part of the routine is that we started singing songs together at bedtime, which transitioned into me singing them to calm while they nurse. Secretly, I hope we can transition from nursing at bedtime into singing at bedtime.
One evening while they were getting ready for bed, I started singing all of these little songs that I learned in my childhood. What ended up happening is that I sing one or two lines from each song and they all flow together and have become our bedtime song.
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon, I love you.
I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family, with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too.
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red, brown, yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His site, Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.
The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.
As I am singing, I sing very slowly, to get the twins to calm. This seems to be a signal to them to relax and settle for bed. If they don’t settle the first time through (which they usually do) I will sing it one more time.
I love it that they are hearing such important words every night before they go to bed, but I love it even more that I am hearing the words around the house during the day.
I often hear Hosanna singing, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me,” while she is playing with her dollies and the other day, Zion sang the whole song with me while we were getting ready for bed (he knew every word!).
I have always wanted one of those special bedtime routines where you bond with your kids and I tried to imitate other people and their routine, but they never stuck because they were not “OURS.” Our bedtime routine evolved, it created itself. I love it, the kids love it, and it works for “US.”
Do you have a special bedtime routine that works for you?