One of the best things I ever did was implement a “bedtime game” into my little one’s evening routine.
This was something my sister started with her son when he was a toddler. Every night, they would spend quiet time together, t.v. off, playing some kind of noise-free activity.
It wasn’t just reading, though, that might have been a part of it. The unique thing was that it was some kind of activity – a game, an activity book, or time with a favorite toy.
Here are some tips to make the most of your bedtime game…
1. Set aside only 10 or 15 minutes when you first begin.
No matter what your current nighttime routine is, you can add in this simple activity in just 10 or 15 minutes – don’t feel like you need to spend more time than this.
You’ll probably find that you and your child want to spend more time on the bedtime game but if not, that’s ok, too. Let it be natural and ALWAYS stress-free.
Just a few quiet minutes together before bed every day can be soothing and comforting for the both of you.
2. No Noisy Toys Allowed
I’ll say here that it’s specifically those LOUD, noisy toys I’m talking about. If what you want to play with makes a little noise – like those read-along books with sounds, talking, and songs – that’s fine.
But we really do make an effort to focus on books, simple songs and nursery rhymes, and quiet toys and games.
3. Rotate the Games and Toys You Use
Every once in awhile, switch things up and bring in a new or different toy, book, or game. You don’t have to do this all the time – especially if you find something you guys really like using.
We used this as our bedtime game for months! There were some nights here and there that we’d do something different but, for the most part, my little guy only wanted to do THIS bedtime game. It’s been played with so much that I need to replace it!
Do you have a special bedtime routine with your child? Have you tried implementing a “bedtime game” as part of your evening routine?
Let me know in the comments!