Begin using a quiet voice an hour or two before bedtime. Encourage your children to do the same. Quieter, calmer voices can set the tone for your bedtime routine.
At least 15 minutes before actual bedtime, let your kids know that 'bedtime' is approaching.
Change into pajamas. Changing clothes helps with the transition to bedtime.
A lullaby is a proven method of helping babies go to sleep.
Take a little time with each of your children when tucking them in at night. Talk about the events of the day. Have them share their 'highs' and 'lows'. This undivided attention will make bedtime a 'special' time.