Last year (during the “terrible twos”), my son went through a phase in which he seemed to have a really difficult time transitioning from one activity to another. It made bedtime a real nightmare! He had no interest in using the potty, one TV show would turn into 5, he wanted to play longer, would put up an epic battle to brush his teeth… you get the picture. Even though we always followed a routine, the timing was getting longer and longer. After doing some research, I decided to try printing out a bedtime routine chart to hang in the bathroom so that he had a visual cue. It worked like a charm! He absolutely loved it!
All of a sudden he was excited and EAGER to pee in the potty and brush his teeth before bed. No more putting up a stink! In bed by 7:30pm! YAY! Now that she’s a bit older, my daughter also loves it. She gets a real kick out of pointing to the pictures and knowing what comes next. I’ve had a lot of compliments on it from visitors and other kiddos love to see it when they are here so I decided to share it.
This is the original printable bedtime routine is from PlainJaneLiving.com (it is available in word.doc, word.docx, and .pdf formats so that you can download/edit them):
This is the version I created for my son: