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The rabbit who wants to fall asleep: Win!

Bedtime in our house is chaos. It’s everything the experts say it shouldn’t be. The girls have a nice, sedate story downstairs with their dad while I’m working. Then they both come bombing up the stairs giggling and it’s all down hill from there.

Luckily, Libby is somewhat of a pro when it comes to sleeping. She started to sleep through the night at 8 weeks old and however chaotic bedtime is, she’s usually asleep within a couple of minutes of her head hitting the pillow.

Lia is a different kettle of fish. Until she was 7 months old, she would wake up in the night every single night. We found that rain noise was an instant solution to this – the night I put the rain noise on, she started sleeping through every night.

But even now, Lia is never keen to go to sleep. She tends to spend around an hour singing, dancing, jumping and shouting, “Help, help I’m stuck!” “Hair in my eye!” “Nose wipe!” “Bumped my head!” “Hurt herself!” “Crying!” (No children were harmed in the making of this blog post, she’s making it up).

This odd routine is despite being totally exhausted before bedtime. Remarkably, Libby’s bed is right next to Lia’s cot and none of these shenanigans wake Libby up.

So, whilst they do tend to both sleep through these days, bedtime leaves a lot to be desired. I’m hoping that the solution will be the highly acclaimed “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin.

The rabbit who wants to fall asleep

We will be reviewing this book over the next few weeks, but in the meantime you can win a copy by heading to the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

Ladybird Books who publish The Rabbit Who Wants to go to Sleep in the UK are also looking for children to feature in a film about how effective the book is. Here’s what they had to say about it:

Do you have problems with your child sleeping? Ladybird Books are looking for parents who would like to road test their book, ‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’. The book has already had a huge impact for thousands of parents all over the world who find it difficult to get their children to sleep on a night. The book is written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, a behavioural scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a teacher of communications at a Swedish university, he uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep-at bedtime or naptime.

We’re making a short film following the experiences of parents using ‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ to help their 4-7 year olds get to sleep and reclaim bedtime!

If you have a child aged 4-7 who finds it difficult to fall asleep at night, would like to give The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep a try and feature in our film, then we’d love to talk with you! Send Ria Holland a quick email at, and we’ll be right back in touch. We are particularly looking for families living in the UK who originate from the US.

To win a copy of the book, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


1 Comment

  1. Debbie
    January 7, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Hi Natalie, I loved bedtime when my two were small (probably because they were both more like Libby than Lia!). I used to read to them whilst cuddling them in their beds and it wasn’t unusual for me to nod off before the end of the story ( I’m still like it now).

    I do hope this book is a success for you and helps to tame bedtime and encourage sleepiness.


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