Our family grew from one to four children over night when we adopted.
We had four children five years old and younger to put to bed. I often solo parented because of the children’s father’s long work hours.
Bedtime was CRAZY! Children ran from room to room, bounced out of bed as soon as the lights shut off, and sometimes a child crying on the floor.
It was nothing like the peaceful bedtime routine I shared with my first child where our hour long bedtime routine peacefully passed with bath, board games, and bedtime stories.
Eventually, we settled on a bedtime schedule that worked to get all my kids to bed by 7:30 p.m. Now, that my kids are older I miss that early bedtime.
Connecting with my children in a calm way before bed helps them feel the love and security to sleep well. Sometimes we read, snuggle, or listen to guided meditations.
We have always shared the bedtime ritual of Mama singing them a special bedtime song. No matter what shenanigans happen at bedtime, we reconnect before sleep with this song.
If you don’t already have a bedtime connecting ritual, choose one for your bedtime routine.
The list below shares simple bedtime bonding activities that encourage connection, relaxation, and love with your chid at bedtime.
How to Connect with Your Child at Bedtime
- Lie Down with Your Child
- Bedtime Wishes Mindfulness Routine
- Sing a lullaby
- Share Pillow Talk
- Read a Bedtime Story
- Say a Bedtime Prayer
- Practice Bedtime Yoga
- Use Guided Relaxation Meditation
- Ask Your Toddler These Questions
The practice of a sharing a simple bonding activity with your child is manageable even with a busy and hectic family, and it will help your child sleep better.