Bedtime Routines

Bedtime in a Box is a routine kit around nightly bedtime routines that supports children to have a better night's sleep. It is also academic and supports parent-child bonding and social and emotional learning. Children in low income or poor communities experience more trauma than most, and the Bedtime in a Box routine can support with a consistent bedtime routine that provides time for bonding, and learning. It also promotes safe sleep for children and adequate nightly sleep time.  

General areas and concepts connected to Bedtime in a Box include:

  • Family Literacy
  • Family Bonding
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Oral Language Development
  • Family Education
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • School Readiness
  • Healthy Children
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Safe Sleep

We provide boxes to families in low income communities in Baltimore, but are expanding to other regions in the United States. We work closely with the following groups to distribute Bedtime in a Box.

  • Judy Centers
  • Early Childhood Centers
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Family centers
  • Community Centers
  • Schools
  • Preschool Programs
  • Pre-K Programs
  • Kindergarten classrooms
  • Learning organizations
  • Non-profit organizations

Parents often ask us these questions to better understand the bedtime routine and their child.

  • My child won't go to bed. How can you help?
  • What time should my child go to sleep?
  • What should a bedtime routine look like?
  • How much reading should I do with my child each night?
  • How can I prepare my child for school?
  • What learning activities can I do in the tub?
  • What can I do to help my child learn?
  • Why is Bedtime important?


The contents of Bedtime in a Box are carefully chosen to enhance learning, comfort, and the health of your child. Creating a routine for going to bed is critical to a better night's sleep. Items are provided around key components of a bedtime routine that include Bathing, Brushing Teeth, Changing into Pajamas, and Saying goodnight. We also include a routine log and helpful hints to help you and your child keep track of each step and make bedtime fun.