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Home Grown Monday: New Bedtime Rituals

January 28, 2013

Chris and I are both latenight people.  Usually, we don’t even come upstairs until after 11 and then are in bed around midnight.  With our newest addition, however, our bedtime routine has changed significantly.  And it has been a change for the better.  Our schedule now revolves around Miss Ruthie Jeanne, but we are trying to create some sense of routine for her, especially at night as we try to get her to sleep through the night.  (She did 6 1/2 hours last night!  Woo hoo!)

It is my hope that these routines will develop into rituals that we will keep throughout her childhood, allowing us that time as a family to be together, to share with one another, and to be faithful together.  Although she is only 8 weeks old, we have started reading a story or two every night.  She’s not too terribly engaged just yet, but Chris and I are having a great time with it.

Storytime 1

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After storytime, we have a prayer together.  Right now it’s pretty basic, saying thanks for all her family members, asking for a good night’s sleep, etc.  I’m thinking we will add the Lord’s Prayer to it soon as well.  After that, it’s kisses from Mommy and Daddy, a good swaddle, and some relaxing noises from either her Giraffe or Sleep Sheep.

The routine may get interrupted here and there due to a spit up or a nice dirty diaper, but we’re trying to stick to it.  Considering it’s a highlight of my day, I think we have a good chance of making it last.

I’d love to hear your stories of bedtime rituals with your children or when you were a child!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 19, 2013 1:12 am

    We always listen to children’s audiobooks before bed. It’s really a fun and cozy thing to do with my kids. There’s lots of great sites to download them, but we use this one a lot because all of the stories are original and free. Here’s the link if anyone is interested.

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