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Bedtime is probably the least favorite time of day for kids. Who wants to go to bed when you can be bouncing off the walls instead? Plus, children often want to be in contact with people and their room is often a lonely, dark place. Children learn young that bedtime is the perfect time to whip on out all the stall tactics they have stored in their back pocket. At bedtime I often hear things like “I’m thirsty”, “I need to go potty”, “I forgot to brush my teeth”, “Will you sleep with me?”. The list could go on and on.
One of the best ways to make bedtime easier is to stick to a schedule. Make bedtime the same time every day of the week. Children do much better with things once they become predictable. Making a bedtime routine will help with this. I like to start things about an hour or so before their bedtime. We have a last snack, brush teeth, get ready for the next day, clean their room, and listen to a story. Once kids go through a couple of the routine items they get an ah ha moment and usually just go with the flow.
Ever since my oldest son was maybe one or so he has been extremely attached to stuffed animals. I’ve had to get rid of so many (I always keep the special ones though). He’d never let me do this willingly so I have to sneak them out when he’s not around. His room doesn’t need to be a stuff animal factory. When he was younger he would throw huge fits if we forgot them at home when we were just going out for a bit. These days they are mainly for sleeping with. For my younger son, he likes blankets, a certain pillow, and to be in his room to go sleep easier. Personally, my bed just isn’t sleep worthy without my pillow. Most children (and even some adults) have some comfort item that helps them sleep at night. Make sure you know what this is and it will make bedtime tons easier.
Also, most children do not like sleeping completely in the dark making the Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight a great night time companion. The Snuggle Stars TM Bear Constellation Night Light is like a mini pillow pet that projects stars and a moon onto the ceiling. The moon and stars can be changed from blue to green to orange or you can set it to change between those three colors every 8 seconds or so. The colored lights seem to vary in brightness blue being the brightest and orange being the least. To change from one color to another or to turn off the nightlight all you do is press the dome that’s on the back of the bear making it super simple for young children to use.
I love that this night light projects decent sized stars. I’ve tried other star projection toys where the stars were so tiny they just looked like dots. These projected stars are probably a good 8 inches or so and the moon is over a foot it seems making the room a starry paradise. The Snuggle Stars bear is soft and can either be folded up with Velcro or laid flat out like a pillow.
I love this product overall. The only I wish was a little different was the battery concealer cover. The battery compartment is just covered by Velcro so it will be easy for children to change the timer from off to on. You how kids love buttons and switches. It might of been better if it was zippered or had more Velcro.
Also, the velcro that keeps the bear folded in half could be a little bigger. It almost doesn’t want to hold the bear in that position but it does. The Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight would make an excellent birthday or baby shower gift. Perfect for children scared of the dark, any outer space lover, or heck I’m sure any young child would love this!
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.