Henry has never been a great sleeper. He didn’t sleep through the night until he was 18 months, and even now, at almost 3 1/2, even a small change to his routine can make it difficult for him to drift off peacefully.
We stopped extended breastfeeding just before Christmas, and now we’re no longer nursing bedtime is a little harder. He’s also just started pre-school, and is often wired (and overtired) by bedtime.
I’ve resorted to reading stories veerry slooowly and quietly, but even when I know he is super tired it can take between 30 to 45 minutes for him to fall asleep, and that would be a good night. Some nights, bath and bedtime can take 3 hours from start to finish, which results in a tired pregnant mama, and a grumpy boy the following day – not good for either of us.
So, I was happy to hear about Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s book, The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep. The book emphasises certain phrases, and encourages the reader to yawn frequently, whilst Mummy Rabbit takes Roger to visit Uncle Yawn.
Henry is massively into audio books right now (Mog, This Is The Bear…), so we were excited to listen to the audio CD after bath time last night. I timed him, and he was literally asleep in 10 minutes – this has never happened before.
Have you read it? What are your tried and tested methods to help your little one sleep? Now we have another boy due in April, I’m keen to hear your tips and advice!