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bedtime-with-elmo-dvdIt’s bedtime on Sesame Street and like all little children, Elmo doesn’t want to go to sleep yet, he wants to play.  After all the 4th of July festivities this year, children across the country will be feeling the same way, and Sesame Workshop is ready to help!  The nighttime routine gets a little easier when Bedtime With Elmo debuts on DVD July 7 from Genius Products and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

Here are some of their great tips for getting kids in bed…and keeping them in bed:

-Establish a Consistent and Positive Bedtime Routine
Help your child transition to bed by having predictable activities that take place at the same time each night, such as going to the bathroom, brushing teeth, getting into pajamas and reading stories. Children can be comforted by routine and benefit if their bedtime schedule is followed as regularly as possible.

-Quiet Playtime
Help your child wind down from the day by getting him into pajamas earlier than usual and engaging in relaxing activities like reading, playing a quiet game, doing a puzzle, or drawing together. Give him extra long cuddles before putting him to bed!

-Sharing Special Moments
Talk to your child about her day before going to sleep. Ask her to choose a favorite part of the day and discuss why it was special. Encourage her to think of something that she is looking forward to doing tomorrow as she falls asleep.

-Bedtime Stories
Help your child choose a favorite book at bedtime. After reading the story, ask him what he thinks his favorite character might do to get ready for bed. Talk about ways his bedtime routines might be similar or different. Remind him that everyone needs a good night’s sleep to feel rested and energized in the morning!

-Glimmer of Light
Help your child feel safe when sleeping in the dark by placing a small night light in his room or hallway. You can also let him keep a small flashlight under his pillow to help him feel safe. Talk to him about how he is feeling and let him know that while it is okay to be scared, reassure him that there is nothing to be afraid of in the dark and you are always close by if he needs you.

-Sweet Dreams
Provide your child with a quiet, cozy and comfortable bedroom for her to sleep in. Your child should look forward to sleeping in her room and feel safe and secure. Allow her to have her favorite blanket or stuffed animal nearby for comfort when going to bed. You can also set up a CD player to play soft calming music or lullabies as she falls asleep.

We are lucky enough to have three copies of Bedtime With Elmo to give away to three lucky winners on our site. Please leave a comment by Tuesday (07/07) at 8PM EST and tell me one tip/trick you use for getting your children in bed.



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    We just try to get them settled down a little before bedtime… come in from playing outside, clean up and put pj’s on, have a bedtime snack, brush teeth, etc. And make sure all those special stuffed animals are safely tucked into bed and not scattered around the house.

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    We use the exact same routine each night for our three year old daughter — we’ve been using the same routine since she was about six months old with little modifications along the way (for example she is no longer nursing, but she may now have a sip from a cup before bed if she is thirsty). But we do the exact same order of brush teeth/put on pj’s/pick out books with daddy/read stories/prayers/tuck in/lights out each night. She knows what to expect from us and knows what is expected of her. We allow one parent return to the room for another sip of water or “re-tucking in” then expect her to go to sleep on her own. 99 percent of the time, she complies (this is all different if she is sick of course!) But establishing a routine from very early has really seemed to help. I remember thinking 6 months seemed early for a routine like that, but it’s worked well for us!

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    I would love to have this dvd for my grandkids.

    Thanks for a chance to win and have a wonderful day.

    pscole3467 at gmail dot com

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    Consistency is the key in our house hold. We do our best to put the kids to bed at the same time each night and keep a routine: bath, devotions, song, bed!

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    We try to let our daughter wind down slowly, then announce that it’s “time for kisses” rather than saying “it’s time for bed.” She then kisses all of us good night before going down for the night.

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    We have a pretty strict routine, and so far it works for our 2-year-old twins. They love to brush their teeth, so we can always get deviations back on track by telling them it’s tooth brushing time!

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    We have been doing the bath, book, bed, routine with my daughter since she was tiny. She is 14 months old now and still likes that routine, it doesn’t mean she’ll go to sleep afterwards though. She seems to have a neverending battery that goes long past when we want to sleep even though she rarely even naps during the day! We would love to have this cute and educational DVD for her.

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    would love to have this dvd to start a collection for my grandson when he visits. he is 10 months old and already loves elmo. thanks for the great give away!

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    Our son’s nightly routine consists of bath, then pj’s, a little play, then some cuddle time w/momma in the “big bed” (our bed) reading books.

    About 15 min before bedtime we set a timer to go off in 7 mins. When the “beep” goes off he knows it’s time to brush teeth and then go to bed. He gets a music box to play until he falls asleep.

    Works *most* of the time!

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    Routines have been most helpful for us. We pretty much do the same thing w/ our son each night… bath, stories, prayers and lights out. It’s not always perfect but he does seem to know what to expect.

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    Schedules, and routine and schedules and routine, and (you get the idea…)

    Pajamas, brush teeth, reading/devotions, and prayers and cuddles all preparing for tucking in…

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    We are struggling with bedtime for my 11 month old. But one thing that has seemed to help is a bath before bed. It seems to relax him.

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    We try to stick to the same routine every night, bed, massage, pj’s, pray, bed!

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    My daughter dosen’t get an allownace but has a jar next to her bed. I let her put .25 in the jar for going to bed without complaining and she loves it. She saves the money to Buy a new Build A Bear to sleep with. I did this with my other daughter and she grew out of it.

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    My kids have a regular bedtime and a regular routine prior to bedtime. That makes a huge difference. If, for any reason, we deviate from the routine we quickly find out what a difference it makes! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    everything slows down and quiets down….

    bubble baths, snuggles, books, songs, stories…lights out and more snuggles…the same routines every night…

    Also, we try to make sure that our kids get plenty of physical activity during the day and have full bellies before they start their bedtime routines…

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    I read to my son every night then I sing him to sleep. That always put him to sleep.

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    We use a routine too: tubby – jammies – prayers – kisses. She knows it’s time for bed, but lately (since she started walking/running) she would rather play. It’s hard to get her to calm down sometimes!

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    I’ve just added “going potty AND putting pajamas on by themselves” as a way to earn a sticker for their sticker chart. At this point, they love earning stickers. They get to choose their reward for getting 4 stickers in a row. This has allowed me to do something else other than monitor both of them and they really focus on getting it done instead of piddling around in their rooms.

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    Routine and special bedtime fun helps to calm, ease fears and lessen the number of times getting up. Tucking them in like burritos, tucking in their stuffed animals or dolls, special drink cups for middle of the night thirst, and we read Good Night Moon very often!

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    My daughter gets to pick out a few books, and we read until it’s time to go to sleep. We have a prayer bear that you can press it’s hands and feet to hear a prayer. We do that after reading and then it’s lights out!

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    It’s been a struggle in our house for a while now. My 3 year old loves to be with us all the time and will find any excuse to be up (I need more water, I need this…) But lately, I’ve noticed that it’s been easier as my husband and I spend time in her room praying, singing, reading, and sharing the highlights of our days. She feels safe and her room becomes a place of warm memories!
    (now if it were so “easy” for my 1 year old :)

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    My son is almost 2 and after the usual bedtime routine of pj’s, diaper, and teeth brushing, we rock in the glider while I sing songs to him. My voice is not good, but he doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, he makes requests. It’s our special time together and then he goes hapily into bed where his special blanket and Elmo doll are waiting for him. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Like many others, we use a consistent bedtime routine with our 20 month old daughter. It seems to help! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    My 2 year old knows that as soon as the lights are out in the kitchen it’s time for bed. My 7 year old knows that when I tell him to brush his teeth it’s time to sleep!

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    We give our children plenty of protein and very little sugar for dinner and we put them to bed with a book to quietly wind down with.

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    My name is Tiffani and I have a 3 year old stepson. We have him on the weekends and bedtime has become a constant battle. I’ve read the tips and comments posted and am going to try some tonight. He loves to read and watch movies. I’m hoping the bedtime with Elmo DVD will help us get him into bed and asleep easier.

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    Consistancy is huge, we have the same routine everynight, but if for some reason my 4-year-old is giving me a hard time, she goes to bed without her music. I have only actually had to use this tactic twice, but that was enough. I tell her that she can go to bed with or without her music, it’s up to her.

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    We have a time of quiet play while we have our snack. Then it’s time for PJ’s and stories. Lights out and kisses follow. This works most of the time for us.

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    I try to stay with a schedule… My husband and I take turns reading and singing to him before we put my son to sleep.

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    I am a mother and Foster Parent of little children. I would love to use this video to help me get the kids to bed in a way that’s enjoyable for all of us. Thank you.

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    I daughter loves massages! She will lay perfectly still amd calm if you are willing to rub her shoulders before bed. She usually tuckers out after 15 minutes of this. This is my tactic…just so happens it works everytime!

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    We have a bedtime routine posted on the fridge so our 3-year-old knows what’s coming. It doesn’t always work, of course. But it has helped a lot with babysitters. ;)

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    We try to get our daughter to bed around the same time every night and read her a nice, quiet story or two to get her wound down. Then we say prayers, give hugs and kisses, and she usually sings or hums herself to sleep in her “big girl bed” that’s on the other side of the room from mommy and daddy’s bed. I think routine is the key to easy nights!