What Is a Bedtime Pass & How Does It Work?

What Is a Bedtime Pass & How Does It Work?

Does bedtime with your child seem like a tennis match? You constantly watch your child bounce back and forth between their bed and your location. They are thirsty, they need to use the bathroom, their tummy hurts, they are scared, they had a nightmare, their night light went out, they want one last hug. Do we need to keep going? 

All About Bedtime Passes

Although some reasons are legitimate, most parents know when their child just does not want to stay in their room. Try using a bedtime pass to help your child stay in bed and promote a good night's sleep without the constant back and forth. 

One Trip Out of the Bedroom Per Night

A bedtime pass allows your child one opportunity to leave their room for any specific reason, like a trip to the bathroom or maybe to get one last hug before finally falling asleep. The pass is then handed back to either parent to expect they will not leave their room the rest of the night.

If your child does call out after the bedtime pass is handed over, they will not receive a response. If your child leaves their room, they will be escorted back with little to no communication.

Of course, all of this is discussed before the pass is officially implemented, so your child knows what to expect while using the bedtime pass. Having this agreement with your child lets them know that their feelings are valid and heard, and they understand the next steps that happen after the pass is turned in. 

Bedtime Passes Boost Your Kids’ Confidence

Kids thrive off of being allowed autonomy in their own lives. When it comes to using bedtime passes, your child is allowed to seek your comfort, but on their terms. They decide if and when they need to leave their room. This allows them to begin the process of self-regulating feelings. 

Your child’s confidence will be boosted by being able to self-regulate and gain your praise whenever they use the pass appropriately. 

Your child can even use the bedtime pass to their advantage. If your child doesn’t use their bedtime pass during the night, they can trade the pass for a small prize. This can be a sweet treat, some extra screen time, extra time at the park, or maybe their choice of lunch or dinner. 

You know what motivates your child the best, so a wide range of options is available. To avoid your little one from feeling overwhelmed at making the entire decision themselves, offer two or three prizes that they can choose from.

Does Someone Need a Hug?

Sometimes all our kids need is a hug. With a bedtime pass, they can freely fulfill their emotional needs while avoiding multiple “encores” of finally going to bed. 

Implementing a bedtime pass can help make bedtime a more calm and positive end to the day. You have set clear expectations, and your child can be an active participant in the decision-making process.

Helping Your Kids Build Good Bedtime Habits

Building good bedtime habits is an important skill set that will set your kiddo up for success through their life. As we know, sleep is essential for our physical health and our mental health too! You are more than aware of the impact a lousy night’s sleep has on your thinking ability and general mood. Your mind feels like fog is passing through it and you may feel grumpy. 

One important way to make sure that your kid has healthy bedtime habits is to get enough sleep for their age and development needs. Then their bedtime will need to be determined. 

Begin instilling good sleep habits while your child is still young. It is more beneficial for your child if you stay consistent to get the best quality rest.

  • Keep a consistent bedtime 
  • Create a nightly routine to follow before bed
  • Turn off any electronics at least an hour before bed
  • Keep a comforting room conducive to sleep, think cool temperatures and little to no light

When your kid has good bedtime habits, they will likely be in a better mood, fulfill their potential, and have a healthier immune system. A well-rested child can cope with the day’s schedule better, resulting in less fussiness during the day. 

Make Your Own Bedtime Passes – It’s Easy!

Consistency is key with bedtime and wake-up times. It may be tempting to want to stay cozy and sleep in on the weekends, but this can throw off your child’s schedule. It’s best not to deter more than an hour of your child’s normal bedtime and wake-up time. 

Create Bedtime Passes With Craft Materials

A fun way to bond with your child on implementing the bedtime pass is to actually make one. They do not need to be super elaborate or big, a small index card or thick piece of paper will do. Using craft materials like glitter glue, ribbon, crayons, and markers will make the pass stand out.

Let Your Kids Customize Their Bedtime Passes

The ultimate buy-in is having your child customize their bedtime pass to their liking. They can choose all the colors and materials used to create the pass. 

If your child is currently into princesses or superheroes, finding themed stickers is a great way to create a bedtime pass that best matches their personality. 

Although it may be quicker and less messy for you to make the pass, lay out some newspaper and let your kid go crazy on creating their perfect bedtime pass. They will love being involved, and you’ll love watching their creative side come out. 

What To Do When Your Kids Still Won’t Sleep Through the Night

If you have tried the bedtime pass for a few weeks, and it is still not helping your child sleep through the night, it may be time to reevaluate your child’s routine leading up to sleep. 

Build a Calming Bedtime Routine for Your Kids

A calming routine helps unwind your energetic and excited kiddo to get ready for bed. Before bedtime, gradually dim the lights and enforce quiet time in the lead-up. Turn off screens and play some soothing music at a low volume. Try not to fit in too many steps. 

An elaborate bedtime routine can rewind your child up and make it harder for them to calm down. 

Try Kid-Friendly Sleep Drops

Relaxing after a jam-packed day can be challenging to do. Your body may be tired, but your mind can still be racing with all kinds of thoughts and ideas. Kids can have these same feelings too, and fussiness can result when little bodies deal with big emotions. 

When your child needs a little encouragement to reach a calm state, Calming Probiotic & Organic Chamomile Sleep Drops are the perfect way to help encourage restful zzzs – without feeling too groggy the next day. Probiotics can help calm the occasional digestive upset, and chamomile has gentle relaxation properties that help to reduce fussiness. 

These naturally sourced sleep drops are also melatonin-free and sugar-free, so you can rest easy knowing that your kiddo is safely snoozing away.

Have a Soothing Bath Time Before Bed

A long day calls for a warm bath. Soaking in the bathtub is a soothing way to relax and let our worries slip away. For adults and kids, it is a time to let any tensions melt away in the warm water and experience some serenity. 

Bathtime is also a fun time to get squeaky clean and enjoy a little one-on-one time with your child. Your little one loves splashing around and having your undivided attention. Little Yawn Collective has the perfect bath time products to cleanse your child from head to all their cute little toes. 

Our Soothing Shampoo & Body Wash with Calendula is gentle on your little one’s skin. Infused with our NaturalSnooze fragrance, your bright eyed buddy is sure to feel soothed and relaxed as the scents of organic lavender, sandalwood, and cedarwood float in the air. 

Time for the Best Bedtime Ever With Little Yawn Collective

Little Yawn Collective is here to make bedtime a breeze for you and your little one. Our melatonin-free sleep products are formulated specially for children to help your sweetest buddy fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer throughout the night. 

From our dreamy Body Lotion with Oat & Shea Butter to our Relaxing Pillow & Linen Spray, Little Yawn Collective can help you make bedtime easy and relaxing. 

Sweet dreams, and sleep tight! 


What Is Sleep Hygiene? | Sleep Foundation

Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need? | HealthyChildren.org

The Bedtime Pass | APA.org


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