Bedtime routine: It's crucial to set a nighttime routine and stick to it. A child's biological clock functions best with a specific daily schedule, and going to sleep at the same time every day helps her body know when to wind down. Research has also shown that kids who have rules about bedtime have higher scores on tests of language, literacy, and math skills. Make your bedtime pattern a special time to bond. Choose a few calming activities, like braiding your child's hair after her bath, reading, and saying good night to her toys together. And remember to take your time; if you rush through the process, it could create tension and may just make her less sleepy.