Our children haven’t always been very good at going to bed when they are supposed to. In fact, it’s only been in the last few months that we actually had any sort of routine, despite over five years of bed time difficulties. Cementing a routine, along with a precise bed time has worked wonders on my kiddos.
Often times, kids who won’t go to bed aren’t at fault at all. It’s usually the parents who are to blame. A lack of planning and structure makes bed time stressful for everyone, and kids aren’t able to relax when they are stressed out. That’s why we have implemented the Three B’s – Brush, Book, Bed!
Scholastic and Orajel™ have teamed up to help encourage parents to make reading aloud to their kids and brushing their teeth a part of the family bedtime routine.
First up, it’s important to teach your kids how to brush their teeth. Giving them each their own tooth brush allows them to take responsibility for keeping good dental hygiene, which is SUCH an important part of good overall health and cleanliness. As soon as your child has his first tooth, you should be brushing it!
We love Orajel™ PAW Patrol™ products, as they are a great way to transition your little one(s) to fluoride toothpaste to help protect against cavities to keep young teeth and gums healthy. My kids LOVE PAW Patrol™, so they get super excited to brush their teeth each evening. It’s good to have something exciting as the first stage of a bedtime routine.
Did you know reading to your kids out loud builds vocabulary and fundamental literacy skills? Just like brushing your teeth, being read to every day is crucial to establish strong habits and foster healthy development. Make it part of your child’s bedtime routine. Your child will love it!
To further emphasize the Three B’s, you can head over to the Read2Me Tonight website and download a free copy of The Three Bees, a book exploring the wondrous micro-world of Bob, Betty, and Baby Bee as they learn the importance of a nightly routine. We’ve been reading it to our kids each night, and they can now quote every word!
Once you have finished brushing teeth and reading a book, it’s then time to put the kids to bed. My two older boys generally end up sneaking in each other’s beds at some point in the night, as they are as inseparable as twins (and often mistaken for them!). To that end, we have a set of bunk beds in one room and a queen sized bed in the other. That way they can sleep together when they want to without stressing each other out too much. After all, stress is one of the biggest things that stops them getting a good night sleep.
The Read2Me Tonight website contains tons of resources to get parents excited. Aside from the aforementioned e-book, you can find the 100 Best Read-Aloud Books, as well as essential articles from the editors of Scholastic Parents.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ORAJEL. The opinions and text are all mine.