A friend of mine called me the other evening desperate for some bedtime routine ideas. Her two-and-a-half year old son had suddenly turned his back on their nightly bath, book and bed ritual. The usually great sleeper had taken to screaming bloody murder for up to an hour and half while working himself up to a sweat. He was demanding to get up, refusing to lie down and couldn't even be calmed enough to discuss why he wouldn't go to sleep.
When she finally could calm him down, he insisted on her lying on the floor and singing the "Wheels on the Bus" until he fell asleep — usually another 30 minutes or so. Needless to say, she was exhausted and her son was falling asleep on his way to school each morning. After telling her about some of our nightly rituals, I got to wondering about other options. What is your bedtime routine?