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Bedtime with Elmo – Review, Giveway & Bedtime Tips for Parents

Bedtime with ElmoIt’s bedtime on Sesame Street and like all little children, Elmo doesn’t want to go to sleep yet, he wants to play.  After all the 4th of July festivities this year, children across the country will be feeling the same way, and Sesame Workshop is ready to help!  The nighttime routine gets a little easier when Bedtime With Elmo debuts on DVD July 7 from Genius Products and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

We received a copy of this DVD about  a week ago and it is now the favorite of all three children. The older children like to watch it and show their baby sister how to go to bed. It is so cute just to watch them. If it is possible to wear out a DVD, I am certain that this will happen soon.

Bedtime Tips for Parents

Bedtime can be a wonderful time to bond with your child and help them feel safe and secure. Here are some fun and simple ways to make bedtime enjoyable and to help your child get a restful night’s sleep!

-Establish a Consistent and Positive Bedtime Routine

Help your child transition to bed by having predictable activities that take place at the same time each night, such as going to the bathroom, brushing teeth, getting into pajamas and reading stories. Children can be comforted by routine and benefit if their bedtime schedule is followed as regularly as possible.

-Quiet Playtime
Help your child wind down from the day by getting him into pajamas earlier than usual and engaging in relaxing activities like reading, playing a quiet game, doing a puzzle, or drawing together. Give him extra long cuddles before putting him to bed!

-Sharing Special Moments
Talk to your child about her day before going to sleep. Ask her to choose a favorite part of the day and discuss why it was special. Encourage her to think of something that she is looking forward to doing tomorrow as she falls asleep.

-Bedtime Stories
Help your child choose a favorite book at bedtime. After reading the story, ask him what he thinks his favorite character might do to get ready for bed. Talk about ways his bedtime routines might be similar or different. Remind him that everyone needs a good night’s sleep to feel rested and energized in the morning!

-Glimmer of Light
Help your child feel safe when sleeping in the dark by placing a small night light in his room or hallway. You can also let him keep a small flashlight under his pillow to help him feel safe. Talk to him about how he is feeling and let him know that while it is okay to be scared, reassure him that there is nothing to be afraid of in the dark and you are always close by if he needs you.

-Sweet Dreams
Provide your child with a quiet, cozy and comfortable bedroom for her to sleep in. Your child should look forward to sleeping in her room and feel safe and secure. Allow her to have her favorite blanket or stuffed animal nearby for comfort when going to bed. You can also set up a CD player to play soft calming music or lullabies as she falls asleep.

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Giveaway ends Friday, July 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm EST

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  1. susan

    Having a consistent schedule and bed time really helps. My little one “knows” when it is time for bed.

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    I wish I had a good tip for bedtime! The newest thing that seems to work, sometimes, is leaving the gate off the door. For some reason my daughter is more apt to stay in her room and go to bed than if we left it up (and she finds something to use to crawl over it!).

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    I think it’s a great idea to only have certain books or toys available close to bedtime–this lets the child look forward to bedtime.

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  40. Having a schedule and being consistent always seems to help us.

  41. Shawn C.

    I think having a regular bedtime routine helps as well as a regular bedtime time. Our routine includes brushing teeth, bath, put on jammies, get in bed, and read 3 books. everytnight! even on vacation we try to keep it consistent.

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