This Night Time Routine Checklist will change everything! Use the chart with kids from toddlers to teens to establish strong bedtime habits.
Do you dread putting your kids to bed every night? Is it a terribly slow and painful process? Do you constantly have to nag them to move from one task to the next?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, or if you’d like your child to start being more independent with their existing routine, we have a great tool for you to try.
Our free printable Bedtime Routine Chart will help your child establish a strong natural routine before they go to bed. Not only will it reduce the hand holding and time spent getting them tucked in for the night, but it will give them a sense of accomplishment, and having this structured routine will ultimately result in them falling asleep faster too.
This free checklist is completely customizable to your family’s night time routine, and visually shows your child what tasks they need to do next.
Your kids can easily stay on track, and work towards completing their chart by themselves. This will relieve a lot of stress for you both, and help set-up a more relaxed, calming environment that leads to sleep!
Pin for when you’re ready for smoother, quicker bed times:
WHAT YOU GET (FOR FREE!)
The Bedtime Routine Printable includes everything you see here: the chart template that you’ll use to build your child’s routine, plus the task cards.
The chart comes in two colors (purple and aqua), and 2 sizes. You can choose from the regular Letter size (8.5″ x 11”) that’s easy to print at home, or opt for the larger Ledger size (11” x 17”) that some at-home printers can handle, or can be uploaded to an online printing service.
We’ve also included lots of blank task cards so you can add anything you’d like to create a customized night time routine for each child.
HOW IT WORKS
First, you’ll need to grab the free printable – simply fill in your email below and we’ll send an easy-to-print PDF copy straight to your inbox:
Print the chart color your child prefers + all of the task cards. We recommend printing on a thicker stock paper so it can handle some wear ‘n’ tear. Alternatively, if you have one of these handy laminators, you could laminate the chart and cards!
For the next step you’ll need these Velcro stickers. Attach one side to the task card, and one side to the chart. Just make sure that you don’t mix and match the sides (ie. the “hook” side should always be on the chart, and the “furry” side should always be on the cards) so you can easily move the cards around.
Now you can start building your child’s night time routine on the “To Do” side.
Place the cards in order so they can quickly transition from one task to the next. If you need more spaces for tasks, we’ve included a 2nd chart that you can stack below.
Instruct your child to move the task card from the “To Do” side, to the “Done” side once they have completed it.
And once all the cards are on the “Done” side, tuck them in and congratulate them for completing their bedtime routine!
The more they complete the tasks, the easier they will become, until one day, they won’t need the chart at all! It will just have become their established routine.
If you haven’t already downloaded the template, add your email to the box below and we’ll send it to you right away:
Need help with your morning routine too? Grab our free printable Morning Routine Chart here!