Whether it's a soothing lullaby, a glass of warm milk or a calming nightlight – we all have little tricks to help get our little ones to sleep. But a new children's book promises to send children to sleep without fail "within minutes". Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin claims his story about a rabbit will send children to sleep without fail.
The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep: A New Way Of Getting Children To Sleep by the Swedish behavioural psychologist tells the story of Roger the Rabbit, the Sleep Snail and Uncle Yawn on their quest to help the rabbit get to sleep. The book uses psychological and positive reinforcement techniques to help children drift off. Parents are instructed to yawn frequently and emphasise certain words while drawing out others.
The author describes it as "the verbal equivalent of rocking a baby to sleep". He told MFM it's been written using a variety of disciplines, and that his motivation for it was to help parents with the bedtime routine. "It felt so right," he said.
The self-published book has become a sensation – climbing Amazon's book charts – and has had rave reviews from mums.
"I'm actually speechless. I'm sat here waiting for someone to pinch me. Bedtime just went from taking two-to-three hours to taking 12 minutes. We made it to the middle of page two," one mum wrote.
"Of course this is not a miracle cure for bedtime, you still need a calm environment and to tackle the sleep avoidance tactics however, it has certainly made our bedtimes swifter, calmer, less clingy and, dare I say it... she's been consistently sleeping through in her own bed," another added.
While another mum said it's important to follow the instructions. "Thank you. Worked first time and my daughter actually fell asleep half way through. But I think it's important to read and follow the instructions of this book," she said.
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But not all reviews have been quite so positive.
"My four-year-old child did not like it from the get go," one mum commented. "She asked me to read something else but I carried on with Roger Rabbit. She then asked me to stop saying her name as she didn't want to be in the story. I left her name out and kept reading.
"She complained further that she didn't like the book. I kept reading. She inched her way down the bed, got up and walked out of the room."
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