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Top tips for a peaceful bedtime | Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin

 

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a simple story that uses a unique and distinct language pattern that brings a calm end to any child's day, turning bedtime battles into a special end-of-day ritual. Here, author Carl-Johan gives his top parent-approved tips for a successful night-time routine with your little one. 

 

 

Be persistent

Even if your child doesn’t fall asleep after you have read the whole story the first time, try reading it again. Give the book a real chance, even reading it through a couple of times. I remember a letter from one family in particular who said that bedtime could take up to five hours each evening. So they started to read The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. The first evening, they read the whole story two and a half times before their child fell asleep. The following evening, they only needed to read the story once. Over the next few evenings, the length of time shrank further, and by the time they sent their letter, a week or so later, they were down to about eight minutes per evening. Bedtime went from five hours to just eight minutes, thanks to their persistence and faith in the book.

 

Create a habit

Read the book several times over a period of time in order to create a habit, which will help your child feel secure enough to relax into the story and want to go to sleep. Parents have told me how The  Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep has become a natural part of their bedtime, that both child and parent know the book by heart, and that the child quickly falls asleep each evening

 

Three... Two... One... sleepy now, sleepy now, I am sleeping now...

 

Prepare for Bedtime

In order to get the best results with the story, your child should be worn out before you read it. There are, however, examples where parents have said that their very active child has managed to fall asleep right at the start of the story. You can also prepare your child before you read the bedtime story by communicating in a special way. Here are a few examples of what you might say: 

“It looks like your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier. It’ll soon be time to go to sleep.”

“You’re getting sleepier and sleepier, aren’t you [yawn]?”

“Tonight we’re going to read a magical story that might make you want to fall asleep, maybe even before the story ends.”

 

Focus on Relaxation

Some children will want to look at the pictures while you read the story, and some prefer just to listen. If your child is able to lie down in bed and listen to the story instead of looking at the pictures, there will be less visual information to process and your child will be more focused on what you’re saying. 

 

Give the audiobook a try

My wife and I used the audiobook with our son before he was born. We started playing it when he was still in the womb, when we were going to sleep, so he made the mental connection between the story and sleep. After he was born, we played the audiobook every evening when it was time to go to sleep. Now, he is three years old and falls asleep easily in the evenings, with or without the audiobook, because he has learned to relax. Whenever he’s sick or if we’re travelling, we use the audiobook to help him feel safe and calm when it’s time to go to bed.

Listen to The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep: Reclaim Bedtime podcast

 

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin (and others)

Add variety to your child's bedtime routine with the latest book from the author of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, the global bestseller that parents have been raving about! Features all-new child-tested, parent-approved techniques to reclaim bedtime and provide a sweet and tender end to each day.

Your child joins Ellen the Elephant on a journey through a magical forest that leads to sleep. Along the way, children meet different fantastical characters and have calming experiences that will help your child to relax and slip into slumber quickly. The story works perfectly for either naptime or bedtime.

Children will love switching between stories about both Roger the Rabbit (The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep) and Ellen the Elephant (The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep), and parents will appreciate the diverse ways each character will help their loved ones fall asleep quickly and easily.

Includes never-before-seen material that will make a difference at bedtime, including insightful sleep tips and answers to frequently asked questions to help guide families to an even more satisfying nighttime routine!

Advance Praise from Parents
"Even better than The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep."
"It's nice to have an alternative for a bit of variety."
"You only have to read a few pages and you have a sleeping child!"
"A must-have book in our home!"

Praise for The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep:
Translated into 43 languages
Global sales currently exceed 1.5 million copies
"Tired parents of planet earth - this is what you've been waiting for... If you don't already have a copy, you need to order one quick sharp" - Metro
"The most peaceful bedtime we have had in months" - Daily Mail
"A book whose powerfully soporific effects my son is helpless to resist" - New York Times

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin (and others)

The groundbreaking No. 1 bestseller is sure to turn nightly bedtime battles into a loving and special end-of-day ritual. This child-tested, parent-approved story uses an innovative technique that brings a calm end to any child's day.

Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep?

Join parents all over the world who have embraced The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep as their new nightly routine.

When Roger can't fall asleep, Mummy Rabbit takes him to see Uncle Yawn, who knows just what to do. Children will join Roger on his journey and be lulled to sleep alongside their new friend.

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin's simple story uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep-at bedtime or naptime.

Reclaim bedtime today!

Praise for The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep:

"Tired parents of planet earth - this is what you've been waiting for... If you don't already have a copy, you need to order one quick sharp" - Metro

"The most peaceful bedtime we have had in months" - Daily Mail

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