Bedtime Routine: How to Get Kids to Sleep Ever wish you could get back all those naps you refused as a child? As adults, we crave and appreciate sleep, but as children, it's common to fight against this natural need. Young children who are used to playing and exploring all day can naturally want to avoid the lack of excitement that comes with bedtime. After all, nothing fun happens while you sleep. Couple this with a toddler's desire to exert independence, and you may have a nightly battle on your hands.