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Fairy tales and fantasy adventures are a great way to get your little one ready for dreamland. Go ahead and pick your favourites below!
Get your child’s name on his or her very own storybook with their chosen avatar and set sail on an intimate adventure with Captain Sleep!
Take a break from reading and let Captain Sleep tell bedtime stories for you! With his enchanting audio adventures that will also help your little one build good bedtime routines, they will be lulled to sleep in no time.
What better way to get ready for bedtime than read a storybook? Join Captain Sleep on his bedtime adventures with his friends like the Toothbrush Fairy, Teddy the Bear, Bigfoot and more!
Let the voice of Captain Sleep and his forest friends guide your little one through relaxation exercises to make bedtime a snuggly sleep fest for your little one.
Turn your little tykes into sweet sleepyheads with this handy “Captain Sleep’s Guide to Zzzs”, filled with facts, tips and steps to help build a good bedtime routine for your child. It’s perfect for parents who want to learn more about sleep!
Keep your child’s eyes away from the screens and get their hands busy with these special DIY props that you can print out!
When your little one has enough sleep, he or she should feel refreshed and have enough energy to go out and play! Having suﬃcient hours of sleep means at least 10 hours a day if they are 3 to 5 years old and at least 9 hours a day if they are 6 to 13 years old.
Sleep Duration Recommendations
Source: National Sleep Foundation
Knowing when your little one isn’t getting
enough snooze time
Learn how to spot whether your child is suﬀering from a lack of sleep! Yawning and droopy eyes are the most recognisable signs, among others:
- Being cranky, whiny or fussy, especially in the late afternoon on a regular basis
- Acting especially clingy or needy
- Waking up groggy; falling asleep after being woken up and needing to be woken up again
- Desiring to lie down or nap during the day
Do note that these signs may change as your little one gets older.
STEPS TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR BEDTIME
Creating a regular bedtime routine lets your snugglemuﬃn know when it’s sleepy time! Some fun bedtime routine ideas include reading your little one’s favourite fairy tales to them, brushing teeth or saying goodnight. The key is to keep this routine consistent and within an hour, so as to ease your little one to dreamland!
Give your child cups and bowls so they can pretend they are serving you drinks.
Challenge your child to finish changing into their pyjamas before you finish singing their favourite song!
Make it fun by letting your kid choose the colour of their toothbrush!
DO A WIND-DOWN ACTIVITY
Let your little one choose their bedtime story and cuddle up with them in the same spot every night and read to them!
Encourage them to say “Goodnight!” to the things that are important to them, like the family pet or their soft toys!
Create an environment fit for sleepytime
Your little one’s bedroom should be a cosy cocoon of comfort that’s quiet, cool and dark. The room shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Some kids might not like complete darkness so you could either have a dim night light, or leave the hall light on and the door open.
Keep those ZZZs routine consistent
Be it weekday, weekend, school night or holiday, you should maintain your child’s sleep routine to keep his or her sleep pattern consistent.
A snuggle buddy always helps
Providing your child with a soft toy friend or blankey can give your little one a sense of comfort when you are not in the room.
Snooze those devices for sweet dreams
Keep your little tots away from devices like smart phones and tablets before bedtime. The bright screens can keep your little tot up and aﬀect the quality of their ZZZs.
Naps are a no-no
Avoid naps close to bedtime as it may prevent your little sleepyhead from falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night.
Stay away from stimulants
Avoid things that may stimulate your child near bedtime, as they may disrupt the sleep cycle and aﬀect their quality of sleep. These include physical exercises and other vigorous activities. Help them stay away from caﬀeinated food and beverages like soft drinks, tea and chocolate. If they are feeling hungry, you can give them a light snack such as banana or wholegrain crackers instead.
Your child’s bed should only be for sleep
The bed is meant for bedtime and bedtime only! Get your little one to play or do other activities elsewhere in the house as non-sleep related activities will distract them once the lights go out.
I hope that you and your child have enjoyed my wondrous world of sleep. If you haven't checked out my amazing stories or audio relaxation guide, what more are you waiting for? Good sleep for your child is just a click of a button away!
Until the next adventure,