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We’re the parents who never formally started a bedtime routine until our child started Pre-K. Honestly, up until then we didn’t need a bedtime routine. I was a stay at home mom with very few commitments during the week and Harper went to sleep whenever we did. I personally preferred to sleep in and it worked for us. However, when school was approaching quickly, I found myself yearning for some extra adult time after 8:00PM where I could watch my shows, finish up work, and just hang out with my husband. Before we implemented our plan, my husband and I both asked ourselves what do we do to start a bedtime routine? It wasn’t a foreign concept to us, but seemed so simple yet so hard at the same time.
Let’s just say that the first night was the worst experience ever with more crying than sleeping and nothing seemed to work. Did I mention we were also trying a peaceful transition to get Harper to sleep in her own bed? Mistakes were made. Midway through the week of a lot of bedtime failures, I made a list of what had to be completed at bedtime to help Harper wind down and get enough rest for her school day.
How We Decided to Start a Bedtime Routine
- Family Dinner
- Brush Teeth
- Put on Pajamas
- Wind Down (We read bedtime stories)
- Yummi Bear Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin
- Last Sip of Water
- Go to Sleep
The key to a successful bedtime routine is consistency and being willing to make minor adjustments to your plan to keep it working. I was never a fan of a water before bed because I feared there would be a potty accident that could easily be avoided. Harper loves having the last drink of water and has proven she can wake up and get to the bathroom if she needs to go.
What Bedtime for a Four-Year-Old Looks Like
While there is still a lot of learning going on for adequate bathing and teeth brushing, I find that this established routine is perfect to start letting go a little bit. We’re working on balancing parental help and independence. For example, I supervise my child’s bath time and give her instructions on how to wash her own body. I still tackle the big job of washing her hair (it’s long), but we’re teaching her to tackle that task too. We split teeth brushing time with Mommy doing a thorough job all around and Harper gets to continue brushing until she is done. It’s a great way to show her where and how to brush inside her own mouth. She’s four so it’s not always the best brushing job, but we always make sure she gets lots of praise and backup brushing whenever needed.
In the month we’ve had our bedtime routine in place, Harper has accepted the routine and now is more eager to complete each task. She’s been more willing to eat most of her food at dinner time, gets her pajamas on without a fight, and loves picking out books for story time. Her favorite time of the night has to be taking her daily Yummi Bear Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin. It’s a little treat for her before bed that packs a big punch for her daily health.
What Makes Yummi Bear Organics a Good Choice for Our Family?
Not only does the Yummi Bear Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin taste good with it’s natural fruit flavoring of strawberry, orange, and pineapple, but it includes 16 essential nutrients the promote growth and development in children. Recommended for children age 2 and older (if they can chew and swallow without issues) these are some of the best multi-vitamins that we’ve tried in our household. Not only to they feature the cutest bears for Yummi Bear Organics, but they could work for most families because they’re:
- Gelatin Free
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Moms Who Start a Bedtime Routine Need an Energy Boost
Hero Nutritionals, the parent brand of Yummi Bear Organics, also sent over something for me to try. How did they know that starting a new bedtime routine and school routine would leave this mom feeling tired every day?! I received the Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12 chewables. I was hesitant at first to give them a try because I honestly didn’t think they would boost my energy during the day. However, after the first week of school Harper and I got really sick. Hello school germs! I had to keep going and getting her better and to school, so I decided to give them a try. Even sick, these chewable boosts of energy were delicious! They use natural berry flavors, organic colors, and are fruit pectin based.
I felt amazing after taking my Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12. It helped me tackle my day along with some cold medicine, and I wasn’t stuck on the couch all morning while Harper was in school. Adults can take up to two chewables per day, and I noticed a difference in energy when I would space mine our during the day. What makes Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12 so appealing is that it is USDA Certified Organic with so many great supplements included:
- Methylcobalamin (form of B12 that is easier for the body to absorb)
- 100% of the Daily Value of Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid
Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12 is also free of GMOs, gelatin, gluten, and dairy. It’s a small addition to your day that can promote a healthy heart and circulatory health, as well as, a boost to your energy metabolism!
You can buy Yummi Bears Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin (affiliate link) and Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12 (affiliate link) on Amazon. They can also be found in-store at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Ralphs, Kroger, Smart & Final, GNC Vitamin Shoppe, Jimbo’s, and Costco.com.
We’re so excited about the Hero Nutritionals products we’ve been using to start our bedtime routine and had the opportunity to try that we’ve been following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for their latest updates and you should too!
What has worked for your to start a bedtime routine? Let us know in the comments below!
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