Friday, January 14, 2011

Of all the bedtime rituals out there, the most helpful to me has been the bedtime song. When my children are little more than newborns I start singing the same song to them every time I put them to bed. For both of them it has been "God is so Good." This simple song quickly becomes the signal that it is time to sleep. We can skip baths, read three book or no book, be in a plane, car, someone else's house, in the daytime or the dead of night, but if that song is sung, they know it is time to sleep. It has allowed me great flexibility and has helped both my children transition to "big" beds with barely a hiccup. (About the age of 1.5 - 2 I ended up not needing to sing the song anymore to signal bed time). My husband says some day it will be sung at church and our kids will fall asleep in the pew.


Comments (3)

On January 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM , Java with the Johnsons said...

haha...i love this! very funny hubby you have too! :)

 
On January 15, 2011 at 8:38 PM , The Røsviks said...

What Christoph said was soooo funny! :-) But we also chose 2 bedtime songs when ours were infants and have kept them the same over the years and through the countries, and we've had the same experience as you in it helping during transitions, changes, traveling, etc...didn't really do it on purpose or plan for that "ritual" to last this long, but it's really helped and they still expect those same 2 songs every single night. :-)

 
On May 3, 2011 at 5:34 AM , Karen said...

Doesn't the song work like a charm? My children, on occasion, would fall asleep before the song was done (and they didn't even seem tired before we walked in their bedroom). I wonder if Pavlov had children as well as drooling dogs?