Preparing for the First Sleepover

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My little girl loves to cuddle and sleep with mommy. She’s five now and is known for sneaking into my bed at all hours of the night. Truthfully, I love to cuddle her but her elbows are sharp and oh the knees hit my back to the point where I’ve had bruises! It’s a terrible night sleep for me but a terrific one for her – or so she claims! There’s no doubt that bedtime can certainly be a struggle in our home but being consistent, having a bedtime routine and being calm leading up to the bedtime hour helps.

Now that she’s five it seems like we’re receiving pleas from her to stay over without mom and dad. Being the independent little person that she is this doesn’t surprise me one bit. Preparing her to miss mom and dad at night is another story. She’s mostly only stayed with grandma’s or aunts and they quickly console her and give her the well needed cuddles and rocking to soothe her.

Sprout TV

I’ve recently discovered Pajanimals on Sprout TV and their videos are really helpful for children to watch and begin to learn about how to deal with fears, self-soothing, the importance of a good night’s sleep and more. An extra bonus is how adorable and fun they are to watch! For me, trying to help my little girl learn about how to deal with missing mom at night I especially liked this video of the character, Sweet Pea Sue, trying to sneak into mom and dad’s bed because she misses them. Her friends come to her rescue and distract her with a cute make believe story. My own little Sweet Pea and I enjoyed watching this and talking about these feelings.

If you’re struggling with bedtime drama, getting ready for that first sleepover without mom and dad I highly suggest watching the Pajanimals videos with your child and utilizing the resources and tools Sprout provides for.


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The Pajanimals, available only on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout, features four fuzzy friends who wind down for bedtime in a cozy and reassuring way. The show helps you tackle common bedtime issues like getting out of bed, bad dreams and scary monsters. Check out Sprout’s bedtime tips! Also, by replying below four of my lucky readers will win a prize package – including a Pajanimals DVD and The Sleepeasy Solution book, proven by Hollywood’s celebrity parents and written by the sleep experts at Sleepy Planet.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

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