What if her bedtime changes?
In an ideal world, you would absolutely be able to get your little one to bed at the same time each night. But you and I live in the real world – and we know that getting your little one to bed at the same time each night is not always possible or realistic. If you can’t get your little one to bed at the same time each night, aim for getting her to bed within an hour of her bedtime. Another thing you can do to help set a bedtime is to have a consistent bedtime routine. Even if bedtime changes, try your best to do that bedtime routine as often as you can – nightly if possible. Studies have shown that the more often you do a bedtime routine the better your child will sleep – so the more nights you get that routine in there, the better. Also, think about what might be getting in the way of having a regular bedtime. Problem solve with your family and other caregivers as best you can to see if you can change some things to help get a consistent bedtime, such as making sure that everyone is home for dinner at the same time every night. The last thing to keep in mind is to keep your little one’s morning wake up time consistent. This will help set her body clock so that she becomes sleepy at about the same time each night.About Dr. Ariel Williamson