7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime

July 12, 2018
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Picture it, you put your kids to bed.

You’ve done the whole bedtime routine.

Teeth were brushed, songs were sung, and hugs exchanged.  You shut your child’s door ready to tackle the rest of your evening.

When about 20 minutes later you hear a little voice singing from the bedroom.

Your kid is not asleep.  That’s okay.

It happens to Ben a lot.

I make sure he is indeed in bed, but then I leave him to his own devices.  I actually think it is good for him to have this special time.  There are benefits to this special time.

Here are 7 reasons I want my kids awake after bedtime.

7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime

Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime

1) Kids need time to wind down

I need time to wind down before bed, and I know my kids do too.

However, my kids aren’t really great at creating that downtime for themselves.  They love to play and run around.  Our evenings are not exactly quiet.

It would be a good idea for me to create a more soothing evening routine, but that is easier said than done.

We love our evening play time!  And sometimes it just isn’t feasible.

Going to bed and getting to relax in the dark soothing quiet?

That I can do every day.

Keeping an early bedtime gives my kids that quiet awake time to settle into sleep without being awake too late.  So if I hear my kids awake after bed I leave them alone to unwind.

2) It provides quality imagination time

That time when your child is laying down not doing anything but not asleep yet is a special time.

Their minds can just be free.

I hear Ben making up songs and stories, talking to himself about his day. This time before he falls asleep is special.

His mind is free to imagine and create worlds of his own. That is a joy of childhood that I don’t want to take away from my children.

3) It forces kids to learn to handle alone time

While having the freedom to explore your imagination is a wonderful thing, it can also be tough to just be alone and still with your thoughts.

Being able to just be with your own thoughts is a skill, and this time before children fall asleep is the perfect time to practice this skill.

I think this time can be especially helpful if you have a very extroverted child.  It gives them a chance to practice being alone in a safe and comfortable environment.

4) They are still resting, even if they are awake

Even if my kids are not sleeping, they are still laying down and resting.

That is important to note.

If I kept them up they would still be running around and playing, which is not restful.

Keep in mind that their bodies are still getting valuable rest time, even if they aren’t actually asleep.

Read more at –> Team Cartwright

This week is a big week of blogging for the ladies of the Babywise Friendly Blogging Network (read more about it –> HERE). Our topic is Babywise and sleep. Every day Mon-Fri there will be at least one post on the subject. You can find the links to all of them below:


Val – Chronicles of a Babywise Mom

How To Solve Sleep Problems For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Once you move on up into the toddler and preschool years, sleep troubleshooting often looks different to troubleshooting sleep issues for babies.

Val does a wonderful job of clearly outlining how much mental and physical exercise affects the sleep of toddlers and preschoolers.

She gives helpful tips to work through any issues you might be having.


Caitlin – Twin Mom and More

7 Ways To Establish Good Sleep Habits From Birth (must-read for expecting moms)

Sleep training is often recommended to be started only after a baby is 4-months old. Really, it is up to the parent’s discretion. However, it is never too early to start establishing healthy sleep habits.

Caitlin has written a brilliant post that gives practical and helpful tips to get you started.

This is a perfect post for the new or expecting mom!

Natasha – Let’s Be Brave

Dropping To One Nap

This is often a transition that moms dread because they’re not sure how to go about it.

It can also be daunting wondering what you’re going to do with your child during the hours that they would normally be asleep for.

Natasha has written a great summary of how to know when your child is ready for this transition, as well as how to go about implementing it.


Katrina – Mama’s Organized Chaos

How To Know If Your Child Is Ready To Drop To No Naps

The transition that daunted me more than the 2-1 nap transition was definitely the one where naps are said goodbye to entirely.

Dropping the final nap does not mean that your child does not still need some amount of rest during the day.

Katrina has written up a post that will help you as the parent identify if your child is indeed ready for this last nap transition.

Kim – Team Cartwright

7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime

Our kids go to bed at the same time almost every night. They very rarely fall asleep straight away, and I personally have no issue with that.

Kim has written this post to address why its totally okay and actually something you might want! Kids don’t have to fall asleep straight away.


Christine – Christine Keys

5 Powerful Reasons Babywise Is Effective For All Kinds of Babies

Has your baby got colic, reflux, or is just high needs?

You may write Babywise off because your baby is considered outside of the range of ‘normal’.

This post is written to encourage you to reconsider as Babywise has been known to be successful for all kinds of babies. In fact, many moms give testament to it making their lives so much easier!

Carrie – Wiley Adventures

Continuing Healthy Sleep Habits With Older Children

There is a ton of information out there about how to implement healthy sleep habits for babies, however, I love that Carrie has written a post about how to continue that with older children.

Older children still have difficulties with sleep at times and still require healthy boundaries in order to flourish.


Emily – The Journey of Parenthood

How to Tell if you Have a High Sleep Needs or a Low Sleep Needs Baby 

Believe it or not but babies are not all the same. Rocket science, right?

In all seriousness, this post from Emily on addressing levels of sleep needs is incredibly helpful as a parent.

It is so important to be able to recognise in the individual needs of our children so that we can do our best to set them up for success.

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