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Dreading Bedtime? Let’s Change That!

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September 19, 2022

Keep reading for 5 Bedtime Mantras.

If you know, you know. It doesn’t matter if your little one is 4 months or 4 years old, if your little one fights bedtime time then it is very likely that you dread it.

Guess what? You don’t have to dread bedtime. It can actually be a very sweet time of day for you. My three-year-old tells us “night night” as she heads to the stairs to go up to brush her teeth. She usually grabs either my husband’s or my hand to lead us to the stairs. My husband and I typically switch bedtime nights with the kids, one night I have Finn and he has Charlie, and then vice versa. Lately, Charlie has been in a phase of only wanting mama for bedtime and to be honest, I don’t hate it. As we finish her bedtime routine she said “night night mama, love you” as I close her door.  My heart melts each time.

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My sweet girl with one of her favorite bedtime books! Chicago mama of two and owner of The Bakery Box is the author. You can find it on Amazon here.

A friend once told me to put it into the universe, and now I live by that! If I want something I “put it into the universe”. I speak it and think it. This is what I think of when I say a mantra. A mantra is something that you say on repeat to have concentration, but I also feel that it is the act of putting the thought into the universe. Another thing to remember is that feelings are contagious. If you are anxious about bedtime, then it is very likely that your little one will be too. Confidence is key!

I am giving you permission to look forward to bedtime. Give one of these mantras a try:

I am doing my best and so is my baby.

This feeling will pass soon.

My baby is perfect.

I am the best parent for my baby.

This is a phase. This will not last.

I am doing the very best for my baby.

Give one of them a try tonight. Let me know how it goes.

Oh and mama, you’ve got this! Dada, you do too!

your sleep gal,

tegan

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