Bedtime Made Easier Thanks To Snuggle Monsters, Sleepylights, & Emoji-Notes #GiftGuide

Do your kids give you trouble when it comes to bedtime? So many parents dread bedtime, as it is fights, tears, and kids not wanting anything to do with going to sleep. Sometimes, they are afraid of the dark, of monsters under the bed, or other childhood fears related to bedtime, and it can be a trying time for both parents and children.

To make bedtime a bit more palatable, we have a few suggestions you might want to try. These are great gifts for the holiday, check them out and see what you think will work best for your family .

Continuum Games introduces four Emoji-Notes Color & Shine craft kits at $19.99 each. These kits allow you to color your nightlight as you’d like and write your own messages.  When your child is ready for a change, they can wipe it clean and color it again.  This is a light up message board, night light and craft kit all in one.  The kits join distributor Continuum Games’ line of Lumenico SleepyLights ($29.99) that offer soft lighting for a goodnight and sleep-tight bedroom atmosphere.

If the kids are looking for something so snuggle up with, or perhaps need a monster to help them fight off the baddies under the bed, check out Snuggle Monster Hide & Seek Bedtime available at $29.99 each. They come in Purple, Pink or Blue Monster shades, and have a storybook as well as fun night time activity designed to help parents get their kids to bed at night.  Introduce your child to their very own snuggle monster and read them the story about how snuggle monsters are super silly creatures that hide in the closet or under your bed during the day because their eyes are made for nighttime and sunlight is like dark to them. At night, it is your child’s job to find them and let them know it is okay to come out and play.  Each night, mom and dad hide the monster somewhere in their child’s room. Yes, very “Elf on the Shelf” like, and you know how the kids love those. When it is time to go to bed, parents let their child know it is time to find their snuggle monster.  That’s where the child can search for and find their nighttime pal Snuggle Monster before going to bed.  Parents have a transition tool (one fun activity before bedtime) they can use to help get their child to bed with no fuss.

The boxed set features a nighttime storybook, lovable plush monster as a sleep companion and a hide-and-seek game. Watch the nighttime ritual turn the nighttime struggles into snuggles. Fun and easy, and worth it to get the kiddos to bed without tears.

Worry Eaters- for Those Kid Worries @haywiregroup #WorryEaters

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Got a kid that won’t sleep due to nightmares?  Maybe they are really freaking out about that first day of school, mom having a new baby, or learning to use the potty.  Perhaps you don’t know why your child is experiencing anxiety. Kids worry about a whole lot of things- it’s a big, bad world out there.  Enter Worry Eaters, adorable, plush, flat-ish toys that kids can snuggle and confide in.  More then that, these toys snack on worries, so have your child tell it what he or she is worried about, or write it down (or you can help with that part if they can’t write yet) and let the Worry Eater chow down- worry, all gone!  (Burp)  It’s also a good way to find out what your kiddo is fretting about if you weren’t sure or you have a quiet child that might be keeping it to themselves- they are likely to tell their new pal, who can help ease the worry. A new snuggle buddy that keeps worries at bay is something a lot of grown ups might like, too.  Get a big one and a little one, why don’t you, and you can both sleep better tonight.

According to parental website, “having fears or anxieties about certain things can also be helpful because it makes kids behave in a safe way. For example, a kid with a fear of fire would avoid playing with matches.”  As experienced with the blogger’s son, preschoolers have anxiety about things that aren’t based in reality, such as fears of monsters and ghosts. “As kids grow, one fear may disappear or replace another. For example, a child who couldn’t sleep with the light off at age 5 may enjoy a ghost story at a slumber party years later.”

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That sort of strong emotional quotient (EQ) is as important as academic intelligence (IQ) in raising a healthy child. According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others” including “harnessing emotions and applying them to tasks like thinking and problems solving; to regulate your own emotions, and the ability to cheer up or calm down another person.” This video from Speech & Language Expert Sherry Artemenko helps tell the story.

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Putting The Kids To Bed

Getting kids to go to bed is no easy feat- many parents dread the nightly routine of the kids whining, crying, and tantruming to stay up.  Looking to make getting to bed sweeter?  Here are some of our current favorites.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Snuggle and Glow Plush Toy is great for fans of the hit TV show, as well as any child who is afraid of the dark.  This cute tiger comes with his own toy, Tigey that glows. Daniel Tiger is dressed for bed in his trolly PJ’s, and ready to say helpful and comforting phrases as well as singing the “Goodnight” song from Mommy Tiger.  When you push Daniel’s hand, he will talk, sing, or just glow, depending on which “mode” you have him in.  Tigey lights up and begins to fade as the “Goodnight song” winds down, which kids will love.  It’s nice to have a familiar friend with you when you get scared, even better that it can glow in the dark. Requires 3 (AAA) batteries (Included). You can get this toy for around $25 at Amazon.


A new, fun toy that my son loves (and is great for home, and travel) is FlipAZoo.  This toy is really a 2-in-1, where you can transform it from one animal from another.  Examples are dragon to unicorn, husky to polar bear, cat to mouse. It’s easy to do- jut flip the top over and bam- new animal.  It’s soft, crudely, and makes a great pillow for car rides, airplanes, and road trips. They come in three sizes, and kids will love them.  My son has brought his with him traveling, and likes to snuggle with it at home on the couch while watching movies as well. You can get yours at for $20 (for the medium/regular sized).


Based on the popular book “The Little Prince” by Antoine Saint-Exupery (soon to be a movie as well), YOTTOY’s has created the plush endearing The Little Prince collection to fly this Little Prince home to yours. You can choose between the “The Little Prince Figurine in Gift Box”, which is a 4″ Little Prince Figurine for $13  if your kids are a little older or more collectors, and the “The Little Prince & Fox Soft Toy Pair”.  My son loves this stuffed toy duo, and it is fun to recreate the stories and episodes out of the book.  The toy inspired us to re-read the story, and of course the Little Prince and his fox enjoyed being a part of that.  They loved “showing me” all the mischief they got into. Plush Little Prince is 12” plush and comes complete with Fox. You can get them for $27 at


If you prefer the traditional, you can’t go wrong with Aurora’s line of Teddy Bears. They vary from “baby’s first” to the fuzziest furs and interesting colors that kids will enjoy.  Some of the latest are Smiley Buxley (with, of course, a fantastic teddy smile), and the fantasticly detailed Horace and Smokey.  The faces on these bears are just too sweet (you might get an extra for yourself- you won’t want to put it down either), and your children will be delighted.  Place one of these huggable cuties on your child’s bed in secret, so that when the bedtime protests start, they will quickly be derailed once they see the new fluffy friend that is waiting for them to come snuggle into sleep.  A fun bedtime surprise that will get your little one happily drifting off to sleep.  You can find these and more at

Win a Frankie the Fox Twilight Buddies Sleep Cuddle Toy

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So, what does the fox say?  This one doesn’t say a thing, thankfully- but it will help your little one drift off to sleep.  One of the latest from Cloud B, trusted maker of bedtime buddies, this super soft and snuggly friend is part stuffed animal, part soothing sound machine, but all calming, routine keeping, rest inducing cuddles.

10 13 14 091Frankie the Fox is a plush that offers tranquil sounds to help calm and comfort children to sleep, a perfect companion for a calm and restful night for both kids and parents.  Every child needs a special lovey when they go off toy bed, why not choose one that will help them drift off to sleep as well?  With all the travel that comes with the holidays, this little guy is perfect, and your child won’t want to be without him.
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Bedtime with PULL-UPS®

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PULL-UPS Night*Time for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bedtime in our house is an ever evolving ballet of movement, slowly running down to Little Man sleeping. This ballet has always had a few main components-

1)bathroom visit



4)bathroom visit


The initial bathroom visit is supposed to be the only one, before bed but usually isn’t. This visit includes teeth brushing,face washing and a use of the facilities. This is very important especially in potty training. Initially there is resistance in this step because this signifies the end of the day and the beginning of bedtime. With a few fun thing thrown in this step could be made allot more enjoyable for all involved. Take a look at PULL-UPS Night*Time Glow in the Dark . These diapers will glow in the dark after half a minute of light exposure and come in some cool character designs like Disney Princess and Lightning McQueen from Cars. Little Man loves anything Cars, especially Lightning. There are also coupons available which start at $1 value but can build up to $2 if you share the offer with friends and family. A nifty contest to win a $100 [Read more…]

PAJANIMALS DVD Review and Giveaway

We just watched the cutest DVD- my son is in hog-heaven- called the PAJANIMALS. This is just the cutest thing- and right up his ally (cute, fuzzy stuffed animals that sing and wear pajamas? DONE!)

I thought it would be cute to see what Little Man had to say- he may not be old enough to type, but he has a mouth, and he sure knows how to use it, LOL.

As summer begins its transition into fall and children return to pre-school, kindergarten and other daytime routines, getting young ones back into healthy bedtime habits can be a real challenge. But thanks to The Jim Henson Company and Sprout, there is plenty of help for parents from the adorable PAJANIMALS.

The all-new season of PAJANIMALS on Sprout, premiering August 27, has more adventures with Cowbella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue and Squacky. This inseparable quartet takes young viewers on more exciting imaginary journeys with music and new friends on every adventure, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully, especially getting ready for and going to bed. . PAJANIMALS can also be seen on weekends on the NBC Kids block.

And also BRAND NEW for PAJANIMALS! The new PAJANIMALS “Light in the Sky” app, priced at $4.99, is another wonderful way for your young ones to experience the PAJANIMALS up close and personal. Now available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, this app allows your children to play and sing along with this fully 3D, highly interactive episode based on the actual show. Kids can poke, tickle and swipe as they discover all the fun toys they can play with in the Pajanimals’ room. They can also feel the rhythm while tapping along with their favorite Pajanimals’ songs. The PAJANIMALS “Light in the Sky” allows youngsters to blast off in a rocket ship to visit the moon, set off fireworks and shooting [Read more…]