We were sent a copy of The Children’s Meditations In my heart – a book by Gitte Winter Graugaard, and two other products for the purposes of this review. It is such a beautiful book, and I encourage you to buy it, whether you have a child who has difficulty in falling to sleep at night or not. I have one copy to giveaway; see the bottom of the post for further details.
A while ago we decided that we would try to get Noah back into sleeping in his bed, rather than in ours every night. I don’t even start him off in his bed anymore, the midnight panic and screaming, with everyone awake just wasn’t for us. If Noah is in our bed to start off, he just sleeps right the way through, and everyone has a pleasant night. If he’s in his bed, at some point (usually around 11:30 or 2am) he wakes up, screams, and then panics. In his panic of not knowing where he is, he forgets how to open the door, and instead of pulling it, pushes it, and gets even more worked up. Of course then I’m awake and trying to push the door from the other side (it’s never closed, just pushed to the door finger jamb stopper thingy), with a little tot crying and shouting from in the room, essentially blocking the way through.
Fun. And. Games.
So, when we were in this dream land of deciding Noah might go back to sleeping in his own bed, I was sent some lovely items to help. They might help you, and I really thought they might help us. Probably they will, just we haven’t given them a great run at it yet.
Good bubble hair and body wash
The colourful collection of natural toiletries for babies and children is packed with nurturing superfruit extracts. Featuring loveable characters from far away lands, Dexter Dragon Fruit and Clara Cloudberry are sure to put the fun back into bath time. Excellent bubble beard making skills aside, their fruity allergen-free fragrances smell scrummy.
James has decided that cloudberry is his favourite, while Noah prefers smelling of dragons (not really, the scent is dragonfruit).
A warm bath before bedtime is good for getting the last little burst of energy out and calming and soothing little bodies for sleep.
Sheep Hot Hugs
This is a sheep with a hidden little pouch of lavender. Soothing smells and a lovely warm soft toy to cuddle sounds like the perfect sleep inducing combination for a toddler to drift off to dreamland. It is, Noah loves his “Lamby” – named after the sheep in Doc McStuffin.
Colour Changing Moon Lamp
We were also sent a colour changing moon lamp. Noah had complained that it was too dark and scary in his own bed, so a lamp with different colours sounded perfect. You can adjust it to a variety of settings, including strobe, glide between colours, fixed colour, and many more. There are loads of colours to choose from. Some are too bright for restful sleep, while others are just right.
In My Heart – a book that actually works to send kids to sleep for the whole night
We also were sent a wonderful book. Have you tried that damn rabbit book? The rabbit who wants to fall asleep yet bores the life out of the reader? It is such a boring book that many people buy the audiobook to read to their child instead. But really it’s YOU that your child wants to listen to at night time, and they don’t need boring to sleep.
I love this book, which is a joy to read. It feels lovely, and kind, and the boys drift off to sleep after I’ve finished reading, with a smile on their faces. They feel loved, and wake happy.
This book, In my Heart, by Danish author Gitte Winter Graugaard, has a simple trick to getting children to sleep in minutes: turn up the love.
When I started reading these meditations in the evenings, I was surprised at how much the boys, James in particular, enjoyed them. There are four stories, and you read one per night, or you can actually read them through the daytime. There are two endings, and you pick one depending on whether it’s sleep time or not. As a reader, they are interesting, and pleasant, no word repetition, or dull meaningless images.
There are no pictures in the book, so the children snuggle under their blanket and listen, imagining the scenes I read about, and interacting as required by the story. The stories are wonderful, for example the first is about filling your heart up with love, the second about loving people who aren’t next to you, and feeling loved by them even when they’re not nearby.
“Enjoy the ride to heartland with your child. My experience is that many children have a much easier time meditating to their hearts than adults. And in many ways children can help their parents turn up the love for themselves as well. I always encourage parents to pay attention to their child in meditation and learn from them,” says Graugaard.
I have one copy of this hard backed book to giveaway to one lucky reader.
UK entries only please. Ends 7 January 2018.