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9 Screen-Free Bedtime Routines

9 Screen-Free Bedtime Routines

Last updated on January 12th, 2024 at 09:57 pm

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The importance of a bedtime routine isn’t just for newborns. Developing good sleep strategies is important for babies as well as adults. Now that technology has become more accessible than ever, and we are raising a new generation of screen time lovers, we wanted to give you some alternative choices to replace your nightly Candy Crush game.

1. Family Book Club

No matter if it’s Goodnight Moon or the Twilight series, starting a family book club is a great activity. Reading a few pages each night before bed will help relax your mind and body and give you a great topic to discuss at the next night’s dinner table.


2. Drawing

Have you ever found yourself doodling while you were on the phone or in a meeting? Give your imagination a chance to really come out and play. Get yourself a lap desk and a big kid coloring book. Sit up in bed and let your mind go free.

3. Journaling

As they say, “There is a book inside everyone.” No matter if you are eight or eighty, journaling each night is a great way to get your thoughts out for the day and a great way to leave a small legacy behind. You can write fiction, fantasy, or literally a to-do list for the next day, but keep a journal and give yourself time each night to jot your thoughts down.

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4. Meditation

Meditation doesn’t have to be something you study, or even something you do daily, but letting your mind settle down with some breathing or mind relaxing music will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

5. Gossip

What tween doesn’t love to tell you all about who wore what at school or who told what to the teacher? Get the scoop on your kids’ lives by taking time each night to sit with them in bed and get the skinny on their day. It will give you an opportunity to have a real discussion on any issues they are having, and you can help them come up with strategies to deal with them.

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6. Story Time

Go old school! Grab your favorite book and read out loud to them. It doesn’t have to be a traditional kid’s book, it could be the Da Vinci Code or whatever you think your kids can handle. Have them lay comfortably in their beds and you can sit right beside them and channel your inner Orson Welles and read to them.

7. Play “Did You Know”

Bedtime is the perfect to capture your kids’ attention. Play a family favorite game of the Diaz Gang: “Did you know…” You start off by saying, “Did You Know…” and you tell them a true fact about a family or friend. Example: “Did you know your great-grandmother used to cut lace for 10 cents an hour while Meema was little?” This is a great way to share stories of previous generations and turn it into a fun game.

8. Plan Ahead

Bedtime is the perfect time to go over what you have to do the next day. Adults should do this right next to their kids. Being prepared is a great way to get a jump on the next day before the clock strikes twelve. Prepare them for any exciting events in the future, and try not to talk about anything that may be anxiety-producing, like a doctor’s visit or an upcoming school test.

9. Snuggle

Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly washed child? From a toddler to a (hopefully) clean tween, snuggling gives you a chance to reconnect with your favorite people on the planet.

With twins Anna & Johnny
With twins Anna & Johnny

Natalie Diaz is the Pied Piper of twin families around the globe. Founding Twiniversity — the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families — in 2009, she’s become a global influencer for this small niche community. Reaching over a half a million families a week through Twiniversity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube channels, she takes her Women In Toys Wonder Woman Award Nomination for Social Media Influencer very seriously. Moms and dads of twins flock to Twiniversity’s social media channels to find resources, ask questions, explore new products, and find community and support from other twin parents. Natalie is a true connector, bringing parents from all walks of life together, breaking past cultural differences, to share in the highs and lows of parenting twins.

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