I don’t like to admit it, but Back to School shopping in stores seems to be in full swing. It drives me a little batty, as I work in a school and that means that eventually I will have to return back to school and leave my boys again until our next holiday.
When school starts in September, that means one of two things for school aged kids: they are returning to school or they are just starting it for the first time. School can be very scary if you have no idea what to expect.
Let’s look at it for a second…
You head into a building full of people you don’t know, new things all over the place and many unfamiliar smells and noises. To a four year old, that can be a nerve-racking and overwhelming experience.
I have always found with my oldest the most important thing I could do to help him with his anxiety about change and new places was to help him get a good night’s sleep. I have had a routine from the time he was roughly a couple of months old until now. We have changed it here and there as he gets older, but the basics have always stayed the same.
Back to School Bedtime Routine Ideas Include:
1) Bath Time: This is the signal to Daniel that it is bedtime. He gets about 20 minutes of water time. I usually use a calming body wash with lavender in it to help him get in relaxation mode.
2) Quiet Time: 30 minutes before bed we have quiet time. This includes colouring, drawing, chatting about his day, and sometimes a special movie to help get him in the mode of calm. I am not really picky on what he does during this time, as long as it is quiet and gentle.
3) Story Time: I always read him a story in bed. Story time is a nice time that we share between us, and of course, it helps to build a positive relationship in the literacy area.
4) Snuggles: A couple of minutes of snuggles and then it is a kiss good night and lights out.
Before I leave the room, I always put white noise on in his room. It is something I find that he needs to help him get a good nights’s sleep in order to have a successful day the following day. I am super happy to learn that the folks at cloud b have such a great variety of products for various areas of needs for me to pick from.
I was sent the Tranquil Starfish to test out. The Tranquil Starfish is for kids aged 0+ and, with its sturdy plastic design you wont have to worry about it being knocked off the night stand and getting broken.
I love the textured design on the Starfish as it projects a very calming, underwater affect that helps my son relax while drifting off to sleep. You are able to adjust the brightness with a switch on the side so you can have the light as bright or as dark as you would like.
The next great feature is the choice of two melodies: either surf or serenity with six adjustable volume levels. I personally enjoy the surf option the most as it sounds like I am on a beach listening to the waves crash against the shore. There have been many times where I find myself tempted to relax with him as we snuggle!
Basically, I pick the melody, set the brightness of the light and leave. There are no worries about going back in and turning it off as it has a built in timer and the light shuts off after 23 minutes. I love little gadgets that make it easier I just set it and forget it till the next night.
Overall I have really enjoyed this product. It has truly helped us at sleep time to make a sometimes stressful time into a more relaxing and soothing experience not only for my son but for me also. I will let you know that I have even used it myself a couple nights and truly felt a sense of calm come over me as I stared at the ripples projected on my ceiling and listened to the waves.
This would be on the top of my Back To School list if I hadn’t already received it. Help take away the stress and anxiety and give those kids what they need most a good nights sleep with Cloud B’s Tranquil Starfish.
Over the past few years, I have written a few other articles about Kindergarten parents that you may wish to read as this is a topic that I am very passionate about, having spent a number of years as a Kindergarten teacher and having two children of my own complete Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Parent Support Group
Getting Ready for Full Day Kindergarten
Preparing for Kindergarten – Part 1
Preparing for Kindergarten – Part 2
A Kindergarten Visit – Who Needs More Preparation, Mom or Child?
For all NEW Kindergarten Moms and Dads, This is For YOU!
Back to School – Mommy, I Don’t Want to Go