The duration of your bed-time routine will vary from child to child and even for the same child at various ages. But, reading is a staple exercise for all kids at all ages . A parent who has taught their child to sit and listen to a good book has also taught them to calm themselves and concentrate on something. Soften your tone as you stroke his/ her hair with your hands smoothly. Remind him of how good it feels to be cozy in their bed. By the time you finish the story, he might even be asleep . Kiss him goodnight and they are off to sleep and dream.