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With the time change coming upon us tomorrow, this is the perfect time to try some new techniques and tricks to get our children to sleep well. As a mother of three young children, I have first hand experience at how difficult it can be to get kids to not only go to sleep at night, but also take their much needed naps.

I’m excited to share with you this new product called the Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat from TOMY as a new way to get your children excited ready for sleep.  Pajanimals is a growing kids tv show on the Sprout  and NBC Kids channels that has four lovable characters featured right on the storymat that your children can snuggle up on.  The Pajanimal characters teach preschool children valuable lessons including getting ready for and going to bed.

As soon as the Storymat box arrived in the mail, my kids were begging me to open it. Once opened, the kids set it on the floor and took turns laying on the mat, putting the attached blanket around them, and reading through the fun pictured soft book that also doubles as a pillow.  When my husband came home, they proceeded to tell my husband the story they thought the picture book was telling. We had a lot of fun, and right away, the kids felt comfortable laying down and I could tell that even my youngest, who is 18 months old understood that this was for laying down and sleeping. The kids each took a turn ‘pretending’ to sleep so I could get a good picture! I laid the storymat in my son’s crib, and he is sleeping soundly on it as I write this! I think the best part of this mat, is that when he wakes up, he’ll have something to look at and be able to wake up in a calm and peaceful manner by looking at the snuggly characters and flipping the soft pages of the book.

I wanted to pass along some tips that the makers of the Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat, TOMY have sent me to help adjust to the time change:

Step One:  It’s the Clocks!  On Saturday, November 3, put your children to sleep at their normal bedtime. If it’s typically 7:30 p.m., stick with that. Then before you go to sleep, move every clock in your house back one hour.

Step Two:  Early Wake Up – Your child will most likely wake up at the normal time, only you and your clock know it’s an hour earlier.  No easy work-arounds here, so you’ll just have to take one for the team and get up early with the kids.  It’s not realistic to ask them to stay in bed an extra hour so forget about going back to sleep.

Step Three: Stick to the Schedule – As difficult as it may seem, stay with your regular schedule.  If you normally serve lunch at noon, then eat at noon.  Your child will likely be ready to eat earlier, at 11am, but a midmorning snack will help stave off hunger.  And the same goes for naptime.  Keep your child busy until it’s time to nap, even if they start to slow down an hour earlier.  

Step Four:  Keep ‘em up – Bedtime should be at 7:30 p.m. as usual (or whatever time it is in your home), eventhough your child may feel sleepy earlier. They may be cranky and tired, but do your best to go by the time on the clock.  And hopefully their little internal body clocks are adjusting to the time difference without them even knowing it.

It may take a couple of nights, but if you try to continue with your routine as usual, you and your child should be enjoying regular sleep patterns in no time at all

Another valuable tool that might help at bedtime is to offer a transitional object and a brief cuddle before leaving the room.  In childhood development, a transitional object is something, usually a physical object, which takes the place of the mother-child bond.  The transitional object enables the child to have a fantasized bond with the mother when she separates for increasingly longer periods of time, such as in the evening. This transitional object serves as an important defense against fear and anxiety.

To thwart your child’s worries about going to sleep alone, try using a transitional object, such as a small stuffed animal, starting around the age of one. While what the child ends up choosing is up to him or her, recognizable objects can help provide a high level of comfort.

There are also some more fun Pajanimal products that you might want to look into to help your child transition to better sleep habits, including the newest MEET THE PAJANIMALS DVD that just came out in September, their line of soft plush stuffed animals of each of the characters, or even the new Pajanimals “Light in the Sky” App from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  The “Light in the Sky” app allows your children to play and sing along with this fully 3D, highly interactive episode based on the actual THE PAJANIMALS show.

And you can also access age appropriate games and short videos for kids on Sprout’s Pajanimals website.

And now for the best part, there is also a giveaway! I’m happy to give away one of these fun Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymats to a lucky reader. The winner will be chosen through Random.Org.

Here’s how to enter:

1)  Leave a comment on this post telling me who you would give this adorable storymat to, OR leave a comment telling us your best sleep tip for kids!

2) For another entry,  ‘Like’ Jim Henson Company’s Facebook page, and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.

3) For an additional entry,  ‘Like’ Sprout’s Facebook page, and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.

4) For a final entry, Share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment telling me you did so!


This giveaway is open to US or Canada addresses only, and will end on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.  Best of Luck, and happy sleeping after the time change!!

By Kristen Stephens

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50 Comments so far

  1. Tami McDaniel on November 2, 2012 7:31 pm

    I would give this blanket to my 2 year old grandson. thanks for the chance to win. It’s adorable.

  2. Tami McDaniel on November 2, 2012 7:35 pm

    I liked the Jim Henson Company’s FB page.

  3. Robin Walkington on November 2, 2012 7:36 pm

    I think my daughter would love this!

  4. Kelly D on November 2, 2012 7:38 pm

    I would give this to my daughter.

  5. Kelly D on November 2, 2012 7:39 pm
  6. Tami McDaniel on November 2, 2012 7:40 pm

    I liked Sprout’s FB page.

  7. Robin Walkington on November 2, 2012 7:42 pm

    I like Jim Henson Company Facebook page

  8. Tami McDaniel on November 2, 2012 7:42 pm

    I tweeted this giveaway on twitter @tinkertambo https://twitter.com/tinkertambo/status/264557810354896896

  9. Robin Walkington on November 2, 2012 7:42 pm

    I liked Sprout Facebook page

  10. Robin Walkington on November 2, 2012 7:45 pm

    I shared this page on my Facebook page

  11. Linda on November 2, 2012 11:09 pm

    I would give this to my 2 year old daughter. She has trouble sleeping and often has nightmares, so anything I can do to help her is great!

  12. Linda on November 2, 2012 11:10 pm

    I liked Sprout’s FB page.

  13. Christina on November 3, 2012 2:47 am

    I would love to give this to my nephew.

  14. DEBBIE Cassell on November 3, 2012 4:07 am

    My grandson would love this(grandaughter also…they watch this everynight then off the lala land…

  15. Anne Marie Haun on November 3, 2012 4:36 am

    I would love this for my little grandson who is 3 – how perfect.

  16. linda on November 3, 2012 6:08 am

    would love to give this to grandson

  17. linda on November 3, 2012 6:11 am

    l liked jim henson’s company facebook page

  18. linda on November 3, 2012 6:16 am

    i liked sprout’s fb

  19. linda on November 3, 2012 6:18 am

    twittered 2x4xl

  20. Kim on November 3, 2012 6:58 am

    I’d give this to my youngest grandaughter, she’s yet to sleep through the night!

  21. Deborah Jennings on November 3, 2012 7:02 am

    I have 15 grandchildren. But there are only three that this would be ideal for. This is such a great thing for children. Especially when they visit their grandparents. Yes, that’s a hint. LOL

  22. Brooke B on November 3, 2012 7:44 am

    My Grandaughter would love to snuggle in the story blanket!

  23. Sara on November 3, 2012 10:21 am

    I would give this to my little niece. She’s 2, and does have napping and sleeping issues sometimes. :)

  24. Knitting Teresa on November 3, 2012 12:55 pm

    I would give the blanket to my nephew for his 2 kids. He has a 4 year old and a 5 month old. He probably needs all the help he can get with the 4 year old about going to bed.

  25. Mary Mac on November 3, 2012 1:25 pm

    This would be for my great niece.

  26. Mary Mac on November 3, 2012 1:25 pm

    I liked Jim Henson on Facebook.

  27. Molly on November 3, 2012 9:28 pm

    This would be perfect for my 2 year old!

  28. Molly on November 3, 2012 9:29 pm

    Liked Jim Henson Company FB page.

  29. Molly on November 3, 2012 9:30 pm

    Liked Sprout on FB. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. Jeanette Andre on November 3, 2012 11:14 pm

    This is the perfect little sleepingbag to sit beside and read a little story with my little grandson as he takes a nap. The vibrante pictures and colors will intrigue my grandson as I read to him, and lull him to sleep.

  31. Paula C. on November 3, 2012 11:39 pm

    My youngest granddaughter loves the show. I know she would love this, too. It might just make nape time a little easier.

  32. Sandra Waldron on November 4, 2012 6:45 am

    This would be great for my great-grandson.

  33. caroline Kunkel on November 4, 2012 5:19 pm

    I love this my grandchildren will love this

  34. Tammie Rice-Doughty on November 4, 2012 5:22 pm

    My grandson would love this

  35. briana on November 4, 2012 7:18 pm

    I would probably give it either to my nephew or to the little girl I babysit. They are both a good age for that:)

  36. Patricia Keenan on November 5, 2012 5:55 am

    I would give the snuggle mat to my 17 month old daughter who is fascinated by the pajanimals!!

  37. Patricia Keenan on November 5, 2012 5:57 am

    I liked the Jim Henson page on Facebook!

  38. Patricia Keenan on November 5, 2012 5:58 am

    I liked sprouts Facebook page!!

  39. Nancy Bobo on November 5, 2012 6:37 am

    Yes, even though I have 9 Grandchildren, I would send this as a donation to some little one that was affected by Hurricane Sandy! They really need help, even just one little blankey might help one little guy get some sleep for a while!

  40. Gwyn on November 5, 2012 8:50 am

    I would gift it to my niece.

  41. Lili on November 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    This would be great for my niece!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  42. D Schmidt on November 6, 2012 10:51 am

    I would give this to my son!

  43. D Schmidt on November 6, 2012 10:52 am

    Like Jim Henson Company on Facebook as D Schmidt

  44. D Schmidt on November 6, 2012 10:53 am

    Like Sprout on Facebook as D Schmidt

  45. D Schmidt on November 6, 2012 10:53 am
  46. Marlene on November 6, 2012 12:11 pm

    This would be perfect formy first Great Grandson Brayden.

  47. Marlene on November 6, 2012 12:12 pm

    I Liked Jim Henson and Co. on FB

  48. Marlene on November 6, 2012 12:13 pm

    I liked Sprout FB page

  49. Mimzy Wimzy on November 6, 2012 8:06 pm

    For our 10 month old granddaughter we actually watch the Pajanimals every night at 8pm after we get her in her pjs. She drinks her last bottle and when the show is over we Give hugs and kisses then tuck her in. I always tell her “good night, sleep tight see you in the morning light” just like the Pajanimals do! Of we are running late getting home we connect our phone to our slingbox and watch it with her that way. She is a creature of habit and knows her bedtime routine.

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