Toddler Bedtime Tips + Nurturing Steps Series Sleepy Kit Giveaway


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Bedtime can be such a hectic time in our household. Having ten people under one roof is not only fun but chaotic. When kids are all different ages and stages bedtime gets busy. While some kids are getting their teeth brushed to jump into bed, others want to have showers, and it gets a bit disruptive to the younger ones while the older ones seem to want to do all their nightly things around the time the little kids head to bed. I get asked often how we deal with bedtime. Do we have tips and tricks to share to help our toddler, who most days refuses a nap get ready for bedtime? I sure do, we’ve finally figured out how Hanna will get to sleep on her own at night without one of us laying with her. It’s been one of our goals since Mia arrived, but it has been a slow process. Here are my tips for a smooth bedtime with a toddler.

Toddler Bedtime Tips:

  1. Warm Bedtime Bath: We start our bedtime routine off with a nice warm bath. Hanna loves her baths and would stay in all night if she could so sometimes it’s a struggle to get her out but using bedtime bath wash with lavender often helps calm her down and get her ready for bed.
  2. Bedtime Snack: Toddlers are like big kids. They want snacks once it’s time for bed so I make sure to give her something filling, but that won’t keep her up at night: Toast, Crackers, Veggie Slices and/or Cheese cubes.
  3. Hair Brushing: After her bath and snack Hanna knows it’s time to jump up on the bed to have her hair dried and brushed. This not only prevents going to sleep with wet hair but tangles and knots once her hair has dried!
  4. Teeth Brushing: Teeth brushing is a sign that it’s time for bed. Hanna loves brushing her teeth, she does it by herself then mom or dad comes to help (and actually get the brushing done!) letting her “brush” her teeth first helps with allowing us to take over and get the job done properly. (tip: let them feel like big kids brushing their teeth first it makes the job get done easier when mom and dad come to help!)
  5. Cuddle and Read a Good Book: Jumping in bed, usually mom and dads with a good book to cuddle with and read is one of Hanna’s favorites that she looks forward to every night after bath time. At the moment her favorite to read come from the Nurturing Steps Series. Read more below.
  6. Hugs, Kisses and Night Nights: After all 5 steps above are complete we give hugs, kisses, and night-nights. Tell Hanna we will be in soon to check on her, to lay down and rest does the trick. She falls asleep quickly, and when we go in shes already fast asleep.

About the Series

Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith launches Nurturing Steps™, a new infant and toddler series with a simple mission to provide parents and grandparents with music and books to enliven a young child’s journey with hope and faith through song and storytelling. The first new album, Lullaby, and book, Nighty Night and Good Night, from Nurturing Steps released on May 4th and May 8th, 2018.

These projects also mark the first-ever children’s album and book by Michael, each crafted in collaboration with renowned VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki.

About Nighty Night and Good Night

Nighty Night and Good Night is the first book in a series of bedtime books by multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. In Nighty Night and Good Night, the stuffed animal band the Nighty Nights are called upon to help their friend Ben try to fall to sleep. This cute and sleepy adventure leads Lamby, Bear, and Sleepy Puppy to discover that a classic lullaby might just do the trick.

This book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith sing the same lullaby that helps put Ben to sleep.

Founded by Michael W. Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

The cover of Nighty Night and Good Night includes an adorable image of the Nighty Nights and a title that shines with foil.

About Let’s Get Ready for Bed

From Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith and the co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki comes Let’s Get Ready for Bed, the second in a series of bedtime books in the Nurturing Steps line. This sweet and sleepy picture book will lull your little one to sleep with their favorite stuffed animal characters the Nighty Nights.

As an added bonus, this book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith singing the lullaby from the story.

Founded by Michael W. Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

This picture book features a cover that shines with foil.


Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Zonderkidz.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Zonderkidz for the giveaway of Hanna’s two new favourite bedtime books!

One (1) winner receives:

  • Copies of both Nurturing Steps books
  • 1 Blue-tooth enabled Sight & Sound sleep soother!

GOOD LUCK! Winner will be notified by email 12/6 – winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is chosen.

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  1. The bedtime tips are so helpful. I remember having a hard time to go to sleep when I was a child and my parents used to read me bed time books, and it really helped. I will continue doing that to my kids too.

  2. We tend to do our baths in the morning but you are so right… I think we would all benefit if we started a bedtime bath routine. Bedtime is getting a little bit harder now that our little one is a toddler and wants to play all the time.

  3. I remember when my daughters were younger and I would read them bedtime stories. I sure do miss those days. Now, my girls are pre-teen/teenagers! Time sure does fly!

  4. These are great tips because it’s important to get toddlers on a great schedule for a good nights sleep. I try with my toddler so hard and he wakes up multiple times a night. I’m sure soon he will sleep through the night and we can get him on an even better routine.

  5. Bedtime routine is most important especially for kids. Thanks for sharing such useful tips. we love reading book just before going to bed.

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