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Use a bedtime routine chart each night to remind your child of her routine.

What You Need:

  • Printed/drawn pictures of different steps in the bedtime routine

  • Construction paper

  • Glue

  • Markers

What To Do:

  1. Talk with your child about the things she does before going to sleep. For example, taking a bath, changing into her pajamas, brushing her teeth, reading books, then saying goodnight.

  2. Next, take a photo of your child engaged in each of these steps and print them OR have her draw a picture of herself doing each of these activities on a small square piece of paper about 3”x 3”. You will need one small piece of paper for each of the activities in her routine.

  3. Put the pictures in the correct sequence and glue each of the pictures onto the paper. The pictures should be in the order of her bedtime routine.

  4. Number and label the steps of her bedtime routine under each picture. For example, under the first photo write, “1. I take a bath”.

  5. Tape the Bedtime Routine Chart to a wall where she can see it. Each night before starting the routine, go over the steps to remind her of her routine. You might also want to review the steps after completing them before saying goodnight.