Bedtime Rituals

Hello Friend,

The transition from daytime busy-ness to sleepy and relaxed bedtime can sometimes be a stressful period of the day to manage.  But with the help of a regular routine, including one or two cherished rituals, bedtime can truly become a treasured time of day.

Every night before bed, after pyjamas have been put on, teeth brushed, and faces washed we all sit together and read a story.  The girls are still a little too small for chapter books, so instead we have been steadily working through every picture book known to man, thanks to our local library!

After the story has finished, we have a round of ‘Favie Thing’ – a quick review of each person’s best thing of the day.  Sometimes a little prodding is necessary – if you let her, Lola will say that dinner was her favourite every day of the week!  On the other end of the scale Ava will list every single thing that happened to her that day, but I think it is a nice way to end the day on a positive note, and also let the girls take the time to process their day.

And some lovely links…

Tell me, how does your family make bedtime a special time of day?  Please share in the comments section below :-)

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4 Responses to “Bedtime Rituals”

  1. September 15, 2012 at 2:03 am, stayathometerritory said:

    Favie thing is great. And i love the links, thank you, some great ideas there. Here are our traditions….
    During dinner we take turns sharing the Best and Worst thing about our day, then we share something or someone that we are grateful for that helped or made our day better.
    After baths, teeth and toilet, books are a special bonding time. I’ve started reading Harry Potter to my 6yo and it’s such a joy to see his amazement and excitement as this new world opens up to him.
    The kids also like ‘special mummy tucks’ where I put the sheet and/or quilt up over their heads one at a time, then fold them back down to tuck under their chins.
    BTW, just finished our passports and OMG they look SO good! You’re a genius : )


    • September 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm, Hana said:

      Oh, I just love the idea of sharing a gratitude moment – that is a good one – I might just have to steal it!

      And, can I just say how excited I am that you’re reading Harry Potter to your 6YO already!! I thought I’d have to wait a few more years, and I’ve been itching to read that series since before I became a Mama!!

      So glad that the passports look good – I’m super-excited to post some new pages and activities to add!!

      Hana xo


  2. September 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm, Elizabeth Rago said:

    I love the bedtime ritual. We always have a bath b/c the kids have always loved splashing around and getting all fresh and clean and lotioned up.:) We love reading too, so we read 3 books before bedtime and then turn on our nightlights and snuggle for a few moments. Usually, the kids ask us to tell them a story that we make up about them, which is something I always did with my favorite grandma, so carrying that tradition on with the kids is dear to my heart.

    I am so impressed with your creativity and the new look of your site, Hana!


    • September 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm, Hana said:

      Elizabeth, how did I know that you would have a great bedtime tradition!? Love that you are carrying on something that you did with your grandma as a child – I think that makes it extra special. Lots of love, as always…

      H xo>


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