Positive bedtime routines to encourage sleep in toddlers; a short guide


If you’re looking to help children get to sleep at night, one of the best ways to manage this is to set up positive bedtime routines that you follow each night. This can help calm and soothe your child in the 20 minutes before bedtime, helping them to feel settled in for the night. If your child is getting to sleep later than you would like, you can start the routine earlier each night, gradually moving the bedtime earlier each night, until the desired time is reached.

The key to positive bedtime routines is to do similar activities in the same way each night, at least 20 minutes before your child’s bedtime. The activities can include things like having a bath, brushing teeth, reading a book or listening to classical music. For example, after dinner your child could take a bath, then spend 15 minutes reading a book or having a story read to them, before being put to bed with a goodnight kiss and cuddle. With positive bedtime routines in place, you can improve settling problems, decrease the number of times your child calls out to you at night, and this will in turn lead to better parent-child relationships.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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