Make Bedtime More Fun These Tot-Tested Finds
Getting your kids to go to bed can be a nightly chore, but these special finds help promote comfort, relaxation and a good night’s sleep.
How many times have you told your kids “Time to get ready for bed!” only to be met with groans and “Not yet!” and mad scrambles down the hall. Bedtime might signal the end of playtime, but it can be fun in its own way — a time to cuddle, chat, read and connect.
Here are our favorite picks to inspire a restful sleep and sweet dreams:
Remember those soft, cozy PJs you loved as a kid that only got softer with wear? We do, too, which is why all the pajamas we offer are soft, breathable and scrumptiously soft. How about a pair of Lila & Hayes’ Pima cotton pajamas printed with blue tigers, blooms or stripes? Or Petite Plume’s yarn-dyed cotton pajamas printed with nautical whales or English roses, both brushed for added softness? Baby Noomie’s buttery Pima cotton jammies are offered in an array patterns your kids will love, from groovy tie-dye, to space ships and unicorns. If possible, save these garments for bedtime so your child will associate them with nighttime rest.
A beloved stuffed animal, doll or blanket offers tactile comfort, helping children relax and get to sleep. These cherished items also offer companionship, so kids feel less alone at night. Alimrose’s Floppy Bunny is especially cuddly and available in pink, blue and gray to coordinate with any nursery. Olli Ella’s Dozy Mini is a soothing sleeping companion, with a sweetly embroidered face, soft flannel outfit and charming tuft of hair. Made with a textured tag to provide added sensory comfort, Olli Lime’s Lovey Blanket is the perfect size for snuggling at night, in pure cotton percale.
Available in more colors
Reading to your child — even when they’re infants — makes a profound and positive difference. Not only does it help you bond, it also expands your child’s vocabulary, builds concentration and inspires their imagination. There are so many wonderful board books and children’s books available these days, from Good Night Gorilla and The Going To Bed Book, to How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and I Dare You Not To Yawn. For a special treat, read your child an I See Me! personalized Goodnight Storybook, and when they’re a little older, introduce classical music while reading with The Story Orchestra’s version of The Sleeping Beauty.
Put the fear of darkness to rest with a nightlight that gently illuminates your child’s bedroom. Little Lights’ nightlights are handmade works of art, each individually crafted from natural pine to become a treasured heirloom. Available in an array of charming designs — from a cloud and hot air balloon to giraffe and swan — they serve double-duty as decorative treasures by day and glowing friends by night.
Lotions & Potions
After bathtime and before bed, soothe dry skin with Kiss Kiss Goodnight’s balms and lotions, all made from cold-pressed plant oils that nourish even the most sensitive skin. Knours Be Kind Double Duty Mist helps promote relaxation and regulate sleep with a gentle spritz. Aromatherapy helps lull little ones to sleep with soothing scents, all made from natural botanicals — and will help calm and ground you, too.