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Now you all know I have a baby who sleeps through the night and is easily relaxed.
…..THE ABOVE SENTENCE IS A COMPLETE LIE!
In fact, it’s the complete opposite. Tom’s paediatrician described him as ‘hyper-alert’ and he is definitely that. While he is now sleeping better thanks to our osteopath visits, he can still take hours and hours to wind down so that he can get to sleep. Everything is too exciting. What’s that on the wall? I wonder if I can reach for that thing over there? And did you hear the dog bark? I’m pretty sure these are all the things going through his head as he looks around in a million directions and moves around at the speed of light when he is supposed to be sleeping.
Dinosnores offers a possible solution to a child like this. Relaxtion and meditation for kids.
These CDs are designed by child and language experts and contain stories and soundscapes to encourage relaxation and visualisation. The sounds in the background are calming and the narrator talks in a soothing, soft way.
I really like that the background sounds blend in with the story and drown out household noise at the same time. It helps for a distracted child such as mine.
I also like that the CD runs for 30 minutes and the story starts to wash away as the soundscape takes over – leading (hopefully) into a blissful sleep.
The teacher in me really likes the fact that the stories contain bite sizes bits of fact that the child is more than likely going to learn when hearing it night after night and the instructions are simple and specific.
So you might want to know…is my little guy falling asleep listening to this? No. But he is 12 months old and for me that just isn’t going to happen. I do put it on to help him wind down in his cot though, before I come in and feed him etc. He gets enchanted by the voices.
I think for all ages this is helpful, especially when used early on. I’d be keen on trying out the range for school-aged kids! It could be fantastic for ALL children but especially those with special needs. I think learning to ‘stop’, ‘breathe’ and lay still, really is a learned skill. Not even I am good at it. Meditation can reduce stress, anxiety and lead to a more peaceful existence. Who doesn’t want that?
COMMENT: In 25 words or less share what you do to relax to sleep