>> Thursday, November 19, 2015
Ada is now four years old. And I wish I could say that our bedtime routine is down to a science. The thing is, with every new stage and every new age, we have faced different challenges. When Ada was a tiny newborn, it was figuring out why she was crying. As an older baby, she’d wake in the middle of the night and not want to go back to sleep. The toddler years were a mix of good and bad, solid months of shut-eye were interspersed with months of frequent wakings and bedtime resistance.
At the preschool stage, it’s the willpower that’s the most difficult to overcome. Ada has definite opinions on if and when she’s tired. She’ll flat out tell us she’s not going to sleep. Or she’ll get all cozy and then have us up in her room 10,000 more times before she’ll actually go to sleep. It’s an ongoing battle, and I won’t lie: There are nights we just dread bedtime.
And we even have a consistent routine!
BlogHer and Random House Children's Books gave me the opportunity to review The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep -- #1 International Bestseller / New York Times bestseller -- by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin and illustrated by Irina Maununen. I had actually read a few articles (including this one on HuffPost) and reviews of this book in the last several months -- so I knew I just had to see what it was all about.
My first impression of the book is that it was super cute and quite long. Ada’s attention span is good, but I didn’t know if we’d make it through the whole thing. But I quickly learned that’s not the point. What I found is that there’s a method of reading the text that helps lull your kids to sleep. In fact, I’ve read that some kids can only make it a few pages without falling asleep!
For example, anything that’s bolded is meant to be read in a strong, emphasized tone. The stuff in italics? Read it quietly and slowly. You can definitely pick up on the calm with the rhythm and cadence of the words. The author has even described the text as a verbal way to rock your child to sleep. I totally see that and feel that when I read it.
Heck -- I get tired!
Does it work?
It definitely helps. Ada didn’t magically fall asleep while we were reading the book or anything like that (I never thought she would -- she can’t even sleep if we’re in the room). But what it does is assist with is that difficult transition between waking and sleeping. The whole calming phase.
I love how the book puts Ada in the story. The nights when we read the book, Ada didn’t ask us to come back up after we turned the lights out. So, I’d consider that a success! It’s certainly a book worth trying and would make an excellent gift for your friends with younger children.
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