Bedtime story books for children are readily available, but now there is one that claims it will make your child fall asleep! Seriously, a book to get your child to sleep? Is it too good to be true? Does it really exist?
Apparently it does and it is called “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep”.
Have you heard of it? I hadn’t until a friend told me about it and swears it works like a charm. Luckily my kids do not have any issues falling asleep. They used to, but at ages 6 and 8 they are pretty good now.
I know that many parents are struggling to get their little ones to fall asleep when bedtime comes around, so I thought I would do some research about what others think of this book and then you can decide for yourself if you want to give it a try.
Bedtime Story Books For Children – Why This One Is Different!
The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep stands aprart from all of the other bedtime story books on the market because it claims to use a form of hypnosis or psychological techniques along with positive reinforcement to help children fall asleep quickly. It was created by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin who is a Swedish behavioral psychologist and linguist.
The book is self published and contains very few images. The pictures it does have are basic line drawings with a bit of color. According to some reviews the pictures are “creepy”. However, Forssen Ehrlin does say that the child should only be listening to the story (preferably while laying down), so they don’t need to be looking at the pictures.
This means, if you have an e-reader (or e-reader app on your phone) you can get the digital version of the book. I am not a fan of digital books for young children because children don’t relate with these books the same was as they would with a paper book, but with this book, it wouldn’t be an issue as they are not supposed to interact with it. Listening to the story is the key.
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Here’s How This Bedtime Story Got Started
According to an article in the Telegraph, the author stated that his book is the verbal equivalent to rocking a child to sleep. He went on to say that he has written personal development and leadership books for adults using techniques similar to those in “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep”.
Forssen Ehrlin mentioned that he got the idea for this book while driving with his mother who had fallen asleep during a long car ride. He decided he wanted to use his techniques to help children who had sleep problems.
How To Read The Book To Your Child
In order for this book to work best, make sure you follow the instructions provided in the book. Some of the advice provided by the author for getting the most out of this book includes:
♥ Read the story from beginning to end even if the child has fallen asleep
In the real world, this one could be tough. If my kids fall asleep while I am in the room, I try to sneak out as soon as possible. However, I guess you probably shouldn’t say the book didn’t work if you didn’t follow the recommendations.
♥ Avoid disruptions while reading
Again, easier said than done. If your kids are anything like mine they love asking questions during story time. So, you would need to explain to them that they must listen to the whole book. Perhaps tell them it is a magical book and the magic will only work if they are quite while you read. If your child is young (under 4) then this explanation probably won’t work. If you read more than one book to your child, save this one for last.
♥ Yawn often and emphasize certain words
This tip is pretty straight forward and should be doable in all situations.
♥ Speak in a slow calm voice
This one shouldn’t be too hard.
♥ Include your child’s name where applicable
This could be challenging if you are reading the book to more than one child. You could try alternating their names, but I don’t know how effective this would be.
Do you want to see what others are saying about the book? Click here.
Helping your child sleep is important for many reasons. Children need quality sleep in order for proper development to occur. And as I am sure many sleep deprived parents can attest, they need sleep as well.
If you are still not sure that this book would work for your little one(s), check out some of these reviews from Amazon.
As I mentioned, there are thousands of bedtime story books for children on the market today. However, this one is definitely stands out from all of the others.
Do you think a book to get your child to sleep is too good to be true? If you have tried this book please let me know if it worked for your children.