Have you heard about the book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep? On Facebook, I recently shared an article from Babble that talked about a book claiming that "your child would fall asleep after hearing it". Wait, say that again? A book, that just by reading it to my kids, they will fall asleep? I told Derek about it. His immediate response was, "Sawyer accepts this challenge." Because, let's go back a few months. Remember when I shared this picture of my daughter every so preciously napping? Well, the lack of napping has made bed time a struggle with our overly tired soon-to-be-3-year-old. It also meant she was suddenly waking up in the middle of the night shrieking. Derek and I were ready to try anything to help our girl return back to the sound sleeper she used to be.
Enter The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. This book, written by Carl-Johan Foreseen Ehrlin, follows Roger the Rabbit as he is preparing for bed. The book explains how it is to be read, and gives you cues as what to emphasize, how to slow your reading, basically how to use the words to wind your child down and put him or her to sleep.
Does it work? YES! For us it works pretty good. The first night, Derek read her the book, she asked for her baby, and went right to sleep. No coming out of her room 15 times, or sitting by her door as she yelled "I'm not tired" for an hour. And, I'm happy to report that at 7:15am, she is still asleep in her bed as I write this. We have continued to read it, and continued to have success with it. (I'm still knocking on wood as I type, because, let's be honest, I don't want to jinx anything when it comes to sleep with my kids!)
In my book, thats the most you can ask out of a book. And as a parent who greatly enjoys her "quiet time" after the kids go to bed, I fully support anything that makes bed time run a little smoother!
P.S. Just a quick reminder to book your fall family photo session. September only has ONE more opening, and October is filling up. If you're expecting, make sure to contact me in your 2nd-3rd trimester to book you newborn session!
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