I have always been lucky in the fact all three of my children have slept through from quite an early age. It was a shock to the system each time I had another baby. I forgot how precious my evenings were with James, or even just chilling with the TV and some wine. Each time a new baby was on the scene, I missed my child free evenings so much, but the novelty of a gorgeous new baby boy made it easier to accept, and I knew it wouldn’t be forever. When Kinley was born, we had two other children that slept fairly well. Hayden had the odd bad night, but other than that they were both in bed by 8pm and weren’t up again until between 6 & 7am. As an autism parent I felt quite lucky we still had positivity on the sleep front.
Then it all changed. I’m not sure when, It was roughly around the time Kinley started sleeping through I think. Bedtimes became a battle with Hayden, and before long every night was a challenge. I tried putting a more structured routine in place, to help him wind down ready for sleep, but it had no effect. There was the odd night without a fight but on the most part it would take us about 3 hours to get him settled. It got so bad, we started worrying his meltdowns and tantrums were going to wake the other boys up, so we stopped putting him to bed. Not exactly an ideal solution for him or us, but one that made the evenings a little less painful.
We follow the same routine every night and get him tucked up on the sofa, in the dark with a film on by about 7pm. At first he had the iPad for an hour to calm him down and keep him still, but before long the iPad seemed to excite him again so we stopped allowing him that hour of screen time. He can fall asleep any time from just after 8, to near on midnight. As you can imagine the midnight nights are incredibly hard work still, but generally he falls asleep between 9 and 10pm. If he is really, really tired he sometimes falls asleep before 8, but that usually means he will be awake by 2am and up for the day.
When I first heard about the book ‘The Rabbit Who Wanted To Fall Asleep’ I wished there was a magical thing to fix our problems with bedtime and didn’t really give it a second thought. The book is claimed to completely change difficult bedtimes. It is written in a way that promotes relaxation and in turn will make falling asleep so much easier. Hayden’s issues aren’t the same as your average child, but yet I don’t think his issues are severe enough for the need to be prescribed melatonin (a post I will write soon!) I didn’t think a book would make any difference. But when I heard there was an opportunity coming to review the book I thought why not give it a chance? It could be just the thing! We will have to introduce the book slowly, as routine changes aren’t always welcomed immediately, but I have everything crossed that it will work. Keep an eye out for my review in a couple of weeks!
You can win a copy of The Rabbit Who Wanted To Fall Asleep below!
If you would like a chance to win, what sounds like an incredible book, click the link below! The competition is open until midnight Friday 15th January. Winner is chosen at random and will be contacted about the prize soon after the result, but through a third party. Please note: This means the winners contact details will be shared.
Have you already tried this book? Ladybird have a great opportunity for you…
Ladybird have a fantastic opportunity available for anyone that has already seen a difference after reading The rabbit who wanted to fall asleep with their children! See below!
Do you have problems with your child sleeping? Ladybird Books are looking for parents who would like to road test their book, ‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’. The book has already had a huge impact for thousands of parents all over the world who find it difficult to get their children to sleep on a night. The book is written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, a behavioural scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a teacher of communications at a Swedish university, he uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep-at bedtime or naptime.
If you have a child aged 4-7 who finds it difficult to fall asleep at night, would like to give The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep a try and feature in our film, then we’d love to talk with you! Send Ria Holland a quick email at email@example.com, and we’ll be right back in touch. We are particularly looking for families living in the UK who originate from the US
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I will be receiving the above mentioned book to review as a thank you for writing this post. But all opinions and experiences are my own