My daughter doesn’t sleep much. When she was a baby, she consistently slept an hour less than the minimum amount of time a baby her age should sleep. So while other mothers’ babies slept 18 hours a day, hers only slept 13 or 14 hours a day.
I’ve Googled everything from “baby won’t sleep” to “baby won’t nap for more than 20 minutes at a time,” and along the way I’ve discovered that the following symptoms are actually associated with frequently waking babies: I read an article that said. higher level intelligence and better mental health. And since she uttered her first words at 10 months old and was able to speak in complete sentences by 18 months old, I decided that this study was correct and that the downtime and lack of sleep I consoled myself with what I was doing.
That trend continued as she grew older. When she went to daycare, we asked them not to nap. Because even on the rare occasions when I was able to get her to bed in the afternoon, she would easily stay up until 10 or 11 p.m. And she turned 8 years old. , her mind is still always racing with ideas, anxiety-provoking questions, and big dreams for her future, and even though her schedule is packed with dancing, swimming, and hiking, until 10 p.m. Good luck if she falls asleep.
We’ve tried it all: a regular sleep routine, turning off devices at least an hour before bedtime, and reading a bedtime story together every night. So we turned to sleep apps, and lo and behold, they worked! She falls asleep faster and her bedtime soundscapes, sleep stories, and meditations fill her mind with beautiful thoughts and images as she drifts off to sleep.
Top 3 sleep apps for kids:
Moshi– Sleep Mindfulness App for Kids
Moshi is an award-winning audio-only app that claims to help kids fall asleep better and sleep longer.recently study Scientists at New York University studied 30 children over a 10-day period and found that using Moshi helped them fall asleep an average of 28 minutes faster and sleep 22 minutes longer. And it works!
The first mindfulness story we chose was Goldie the Mindful Moshling Narrated by Goldie Hawn. “Do you remember that Christmas movie you saw with Santa that was so cool?” I asked her daughter, referring to the 2018 movie. christmas chronicle Kurt Russell plays the lithe and super cool St. Nick. “The one who sings Santa Claus is back in town. The woman who reads him this bedtime story is his wife, both in the movie and in real life! ” Added. I know Goldie Hawn has done much more exciting and challenging acting than her cameo in that movie, but I’m thrilled that my daughter has some ideas about Goldie Hawn and -I want my daughter to feel the same connection and recognition that I feel for Horn. A familiar voice.
Goldie transports listeners to “the sleepiest and dreamiest corner of the magical world of Moshi”. In her beautiful, soothing voice, she talks about this magical place where nothing seems to exist, especially at night. This is where Goldie and other mindful moshlings discover that mindfulness and sweet dreams go hand in hand. Moshling is a very cute cartoon-like character, and one look at the artwork sets the tone for the soothing, atmospheric music and accompanying meditative feel. The length of the recording is her 30 minutes, but even my restless daughter falls asleep in about 20 minutes.
Other favorites of the app include: Patrick the Performing Moshling The narration is done by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. “Friends, moshlings, sleepy ones, lend me your ear,” he began. He then goes on to tell listeners a rhyming story about his very good friend, a little moshling named Patrick. Moschling His Patrick is a performer whose mission is to calm busy minds at bedtime. Calming music and Sir Patrick’s deep soothing tones are specifically designed to induce sleep and are highly effective. Sir Patrick’s performance, subtly referencing Shakespeare and Star Trek, was absolutely magical, and the story captivated both his daughter and me.
The Moshi app also includes soundscapes – we love it seagulls on the coastand moosic sounds, a medley of cowbells chimes on the hillside as the Mosi cows return to the barn (what can I say? Working for CMT in the mid-2000s left an indelible impression). But if cowbells and seagulls are your thing, Moshi’s music tracks also include a playlist of chilled beats, 80s fantasy, jazz, and a magical symphonic overture. magnificent mosiphonic orchestra. These beautiful tracks remind me of weekend mornings spent at the cottage as a child. Soft, classical beats reigned in the living room until around noon, when popular music took over.
You can try Moshi for free for one week, after which it costs $8.99 per month.
Calm– sleep stories, soundscapes and meditations
If you read my “Top 3 Apps That Actually Work” review, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Calm app. So does my 8 year old. Her favorite sleep story is dream with me Narrated by Harry Styles.Yes, singer, songwriter and actor Harry Styles, former boy band member one direction According to Coco and her friends, her soft British accent is “a dream come true.”
“I know how hard it is to fall asleep when you have a busy life,” he says in his beautiful, deep voice. “So thank you for choosing this story and me.” With Harry, your children will wonder about what happens when you sleep and when you start to leave . Supported by soothing music that lulls you to sleep, they journey together to more heavenly places until they fall asleep. This sleep story is 40 minutes long, but her daughter was only able to stay awake once because she “wanted to know what was going on.” She usually comes out within 20 minutes.
Another favorite at our house is The Magic Hotel Narrated by Eva Green. She is a beautiful French actress and model who has played many roles including one of the three Bond girls in the 2006 film adaptation of Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig. played. casino royalehas a wonderful voice that can only be described as a cross between Angelina Jolie’s soft British intonation. tomb raider and journalist and TV presenter Christiane Amanpour’s beautiful, husky speaking style. Her sleep stories are about half an hour long, but her daughter hasn’t heard the end of the story yet.
Other sleep stories include the classics: jack the beanstalk The narration by Trekkina White has a warm, sincere, and down-to-earth voice. beauty and the beast Narrated by deep-voiced Alan Sklar – I love that guy’s pitch. velveteen rabbit Narrated by Anna Acton easterners Fame, to name a few. Other familiar voices include Eric Buller, Nick Offerman, Levar Burton, and more. Understood. Enough about actors with to-die-for voices. I’m starting to feel like a groupie.
The soundscape includes all the standard stuff, from white noise and pink noise (not my thing) to evening crickets and quiet island sounds (which I love!). And finally, the app also has age-appropriate meditations for children from her 3 years old to her 17 years old, including abdominal breathing exercises for younger children and body scans for older children and teenagers. It encourages you to explore everything from concentration to kindness.
headspace for kids– bedtime stories, sounds and meditations
Headspace is also an app with content for adults and children. It also includes bite-sized meditations that teach children the basics of mindfulness. They practice breathing techniques, visualization, and even try meditation to improve their concentration. Meditation is divided into five categories: stillness, concentration, gentleness, sleep (yes, please!), and wakefulness. This session is customized for her three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-12, and lasts 3-9 minutes.
If you’re already a Headspace user and want to involve your kids in a mindfulness practice, this could be the app for you. The meditation set for under 5s is 1 to 5 minutes long and includes Sesame Street mindfulness activities such as Belly Breathing with Rosita and Saying: good night body With Elmo. Other meditation exercises for that age group include calming the mind, cooling off, resting and relaxing, and practicing kindness and gratitude. I know some adults who could use that.
The length of meditation for 6-8 year olds is 3-6 minutes, with the average being about 3 minutes.after the first good night While meditating, my 8-year-old son said, “Is that all?” In her defense, it was only two minutes long and she had become accustomed to her half-hour long sleep stories. Therefore, we sleep soundly One did the same, but then decided to switch the meditation to a set geared towards 9-12 year olds. These she lasts between 3 and 9 minutes and echoes the same theme with slightly more “adult” language. She didn’t fall asleep right away, but she visibly calmed down and she asked to be heard again the next night and the night after that. good night and sleep soundly For children aged 9 to 12, this story has become part of our bedtime routine, setting the tone for the sleep stories that follow (and ultimately lulling her to sleep). Masu).
Headspace also includes interesting soundscapes – Ocean Pier, Frog Chorus and Indoor Fireplace are at the top of the favorites list, while Sleepcast and Soundscape/Meditation combos put a fun spin on them, such as: I am. coin laundry at midnight. We found that washing machine sounds are a frequent theme in sleep apps. I think this is quite interesting. Because it’s laundry for Pete. Who wants to hear the washing machine shake after washing six times a day? Apparently some people do. If the smell and sound of clean laundry transports you to a happy place or takes you back to the days when you and your kids were little and loved “laundry day”; I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to this song. coin laundry at midnight To wash away all the worries of the day. The laundromat atmosphere combined with the man’s deep voice will help you relax and relax your mind, helping you fall asleep.
Have you tried sleep apps to get your child to sleep? Which sleep stories, mediations, and soundscapes does your child prefer?