This post is sponsored by Random House Children’s. All opinions are 100% my own.
In my house sleep is very important! From the beginning, getting enough sleep has been a priority with my kids, not that they have always agreed. I have other moms who ask me how on Earth I get my kids to go to bed on time every night. It hasn’t been easy, but I have learned a few tips and tricks over the years to get your child to sleep. Once these are habit in your house they won’t fail.
Routine – With busy schedules this can be hard. Having a bed time routine and and set bedtime is a must. This adds consistency to your child’s day and they know what to expect. When they have a set bedtime it helps their body clocks naturally wind down at the correct time.
Bath – Like clockwork my kids get their baths/showers before bed each night. The warm water helps relax them and get them ready for bed.
Calm – The whole family needs to calm down. If the entire house is hustling and bustling you can’t expect your kids to calm down to go to sleep. Everyone needs to wind down, quiet down, and create a sense of peace in the house before bedtime.
Music – This trick has worked wonders for my kids. Having a small speaker in their room playing classical music or calming sounds while they fall asleep each night helps them fall asleep and stay asleep. The background noice helps drown out any other noises in the house creating a feeling of calm and helps their minds relax to dose off.
Book – Reading to kids is very important and there is no better time than before bed. My favorite book right now is The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. The book was just released on October 4, 2016 by Random House Children’s Books. This title is perfect for ages 3-7.
The author wrote the book specifically for bed time and to help children naturally calm down and drift of to sleep while you are reading to them. This book is not only great for your own kids but perfect to give as a gift to a new parent to help them build routines with their own kids. I have already picked up an extra copy to include in a baby gift.
About the Book
Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s first book for children, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (2015), was a runaway success, with international sales exceeding 1.6 million copies and widespread media attention for its reported success in lulling children to sleep by employing positive-reinforcement techniques to promote relaxation.
With his second picture book, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, Ehrlin has the same objective of helping children fall asleep and improving families’ bedtime routines with all-new child-tested, parent-approved techniques.
Beautifully illustrated by Sydney Hanson, the new book features Ellen the Elephant, who is on a journey through a magical forest that leads to sleep. Along the way, she meets different fantastical characters and has soothing experiences that are meant to help children relax and slip quickly into slumber. The book also includes tips from Ehrlin for using the techniques successfully.
About the Author
Carl-Johan Forsseìn Ehrlin is a behavioral scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teaches communications at a Swedish university. He is also a life coach and leadership trainer. Carl-Johan has combined all of these skills and experiences in developing the techniques in this book.
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