5 Ways to Get the Kids Ready for School the Night Before

With a little planning on my part and with help from the kids, we should all easily adjust to the school routine.

School is just around the corner for many of us. My kids start school next Wednesday. WHERE DID THE SUMMER GOOOOO?! For the past few nights, I’ve been laying awake at night fearing getting my kids out of summer mode and into school mode. The morning madness is the most stressful part trying to get both kids dressed, fed, teeth brushed, shoes on, lunches packed, and out the door by 7:30 a.m. with smiles. I WEEP.

I have been planning how to make the morning madness a little less hectic by preparing the night ahead. With a little planning on my part and with help from the kids, we should all easily adjust to the school routine.

Help Your Kids Get a Good Night’s Rest

To make the transition easier for the kids, they have been going to bed and waking up earlier to get them prepared for those early school-day mornings. My kids both require a full 10-11 hours of sleep to function properly the next day. That means that if I wake them up at 6:30 a.m, I have to put them to bed the night before NO LATER than 8 p.m. Obviously, every child is different, but helping your kids get enough sleep will do nothing but help them have a great day at school.

Make sure to make time each night for brushing teeth and rinsing. My kids are old enough to brush on their own and have started rinsing with Listerine. They love to swish, swish, swish, and spit! Once their done, it’s off to bed!

Choose Outfits the Night Before and Set Them Out

Even at ages five and six, my kids are very particular about their fashion. As much as I cringe at some of their outfit choices, it makes for fewer tears for everyone involved if they choose their clothes the night before — and it saves SO MUCH time the next morning.

Pack Lunches the Night Before

My kids occasionally buy lunch at school, but most days they want their standard sandwich, chips, milk, fruit, and yogurt. I make their sandwiches and get the fruit cut and ready right after cleaning up from dinner. Once their lunchboxes are packed, I put them in the refrigerator so that they won’t spoil overnight. The next morning, I grab the lunchboxes out of the fridge and put them in their backpacks as we walk out the door.

Pour Cereal in Bowls the Night Before

Both of my kids love cereal for breakfast, and thanks to a wonderful tip from a fellow blogger, 4Evermom, they can more independently get their breakfasts ready in the morning. The night before, pour bowls of cereal and cover them with plastic wrap. Save a few of those Starbucks Frappuccino bottles, wash them, remove the labels, and fill with milk. These small bottles are a manageable size that the kids can pour themselves into their cereal bowl. In the morning, my kids can independently get their milk bottles out of the fridge in the morning to pour on their cereal. GENIUS.

Have Shoes and Backpacks By the Door

We have spent far too many mornings frantically searching the house for lost shoes. This school year, I’m going to insist that before the kids go to bed, they put their shoes right by the door that we leave from in the mornings. Last school year, the kids completed their homework after school, then put everything except their lunchboxes back into their backpacks and placed them right by the door and this worked really well to help keep us organized.

What are some tips you have for helping kids get ready for school the night before?

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion

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