Do you and your kids dread bedtime? You’re not alone! According to a survey conducted in August of 2017 by OnePoll, about 77% of parents are exhausted after putting children down for the night. The Disney Store and shopdisney.com has introduced a way to get kids excited for bedtime with Disney Character Calls!
Bedtime Disney Character Calls
With the new Sleep Shop Hotline from the Disney store parents and kids will start to look forward to their evening routine. There are five fun messages from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy available when calling the toll-free number, 1-877-7-MICKEY. These calls are available starting today until August 31st, 2018 in the US and Canada.
New Disney Sleep Items
To promote a fun bedtime routine, the Disney store and shopDisney.com has added a new assortment of kids sleep items across Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel including sleep rewards charts, light up drinkware and plush, slippers and new pajama sets ranging from $14.95 – $29.95.
5 Tips Common Sleep Challenges
~From Lauren Olson, a certified pediatric sleep coach and founder of “Sleep and the City”
Early Wake Up
This is common! If your child is waking up every morning before 6am, it’s time to invest in a black out shades and a light or clock that illuminates when it’s time to get out of bed in the morning.
Won’t Go to Sleep
If your child suddenly refuses to fall asleep on their own or is waking up in the middle of the night, consider introducing a “friend” which is only offered a sleepy time. This can be a blanket or favorite stuffed animal, like the new Cuddleez! This oversized plush can even double as a pillow for toddlers when traveling.
Consistency is key. Decide on a consistent, yet flexible schedule that works for your life and stick to it as best possible.
Scared at Night
If your child tells you they are scared at night, introduce a “nighttime friend” that is only offered at bed time, and encourage your child to hold, squeeze or sing to their friend should they wake worried at night.
Bedtime can be tough at any age. My tween hates going to bed – ugh, Fortnite. But starting a set routine and sticking to it has helped us avoid the meltdowns. I wish we had the bedtime Disney character calls when he was a little one!