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Updated: October 23, 2012 11:43 AM | By iVillage.ca
Real Moms Share: 14 Bedtime Routines and Rituals That Will Get Your Kids to Sleep

Got a kid who just won't go to sleep? These proven tips from iVillage moms can help you streamline your bedtime - fast!



Kids' Bedtime Routines That Really Work!
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Ever have one of those nights when you feel you've tried everything to get your kid to sleep? Whether you've got a baby who doesn't seem to want to rest, a toddler who refuses to get into bed or a preschooler with the negotiating skills of a litigator, these proven tips from iVillage moms can help you streamline your bedtime.

Sing a Song
"My best tip is to sing, 'The Ants Go Marching.' Something about the rhythmic repetition would calm my son right to sleep. We had a nightly bedtime routine with our son, which included two short stories and some snuggling. Then we'd put him in the crib, and pat his back to the song 'Ants Go Marching' and by the time we went from 'One by One' to 'Ten by Ten,' he'd be asleep. Now that his little sister is 9-months-old, we use the same technique with her." -- Patricia, Jersey City, NJ

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Nov 3, 2012 3:13AM
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RE: STICK TO A ROUTINE .... Hi Amy, That's a wonderful plan you use at bedtime, you really make it a calming and family experience for them, I congratulate you with utmost respect. I have a daughter with 3 girls, and each one has a different excuse for not wanting to go to bed, however, the youngest one practically Velcro's herself to mom's leg. I will definitely pass on your excellent piece of wisdom to her, it seems like a VERY reasonable way to do it Amy. Thank you again, and God bless you and your family. -- Manny & Darlene. Orangeville Ontario, Canada 
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