Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat
Review & Giveaway
Trying to get my son into a routine hasn’t been easy these days since I am expecting in January. I really need my son to be on my schedule, which is actually inconsistent and broken up sleep, but we’ve made it work (so far!). My son has outgrown his baby blankets and sometimes the comforter is too large and constricting, so I was very excited to learn about the new Pajanimals SnuggleUp Storymat!
Even though my son has (unfortunately) outgrown nap time, we still like to lay down and watch movies, read a book, or color on our living room floor. Although I will normally toss a comforter on the floor, I found the idea of a storymat to be a much more practical, fun, and useful option for my little boy. What would YOU pick if you were a little boy – boring comforter or a colorful storymat with all of your favorite characters? I’m an adult, so I should pick a comforter, but I secretly wish there was a storymat available for my height!
My 3-year-old son has been watching Pajanimals for as long as I can remember, which I love as the show always seems to help him calm down and get into the bedtime mode. The show features four adorable characters that have become a part of our nighttime routine: Cowbella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue and Squacky! Pajanimals airs nightly on Sprout during the Good Night Show!
The Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat is a perfect naptime or bedtime companion for kids! They will love the colorful characters on the front of the blanket cover and also go crazy over the adorable (and brilliant!) story pillow that turns into a colorful photo book, which seems to always inspire my son to making up a story of his own! There are only pictures, so your little one can decide for himself what sort of storyline to go with each day!
The story book pillow opens and closes with a velcro closure, which means it can transform from story time book to pillow without any difficulty. You can also roll-up the storymat and secure with velcro, too. Transports quite easily and a great asset for sleepovers at grandma’s house, daycare, or travel!
The storymat is perfect for parents to help their children transition from playtime into naptime. I love how the storymat has plenty of colors, fun, and entertainment packed into it – but will easily turn into a sleepy time pillow and blanket as your little one dozes off. The Snuggle Up Storymat from Pajanimals definitely stands in the borderline of playtime and naptime, which creates an excellent transition for child to go from toys to sleep!
Just as your kids were getting back into the regular routine, here comes the end of daylight savings time! Although the early arrival of darkness due to the time change on November 4 can often help in getting children to settle into healthy sleep-time routines, there may still be some transition time required. That’s where THE PAJANIMALS can help
PAJANIMALS features four loveablepuppets — Cowbella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue and Squacky — that have become so popular with children and parents alike, their own television series airs nightly on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout ® during it’s The Good Night Show and now also airs on NBC on Saturday mornings as part of the NBC Kids programming block.
The series follows this adorable quartet as they take young viewers on exciting imaginary adventures. With music and new friends in every story, PAJANIMALS teaches the skills that preschoolers need to move through their days successfully, especially getting ready for and going to bed.
Pajanimals’ sleep time experts, Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack from Sleepy Planet, offer these four simple steps to help your child transition through time changes:
Step One: It’s the Clocks! On Saturday, November 3, put your children to sleep at their normal bedtime. If it’s typically 7:30 p.m., stick with that. Then before you go to sleep, move every clock in your house back one hour.
Step Two: Early Wake Up – Your child will most likely wake up at the normal time, only you and your clock know it’s an hour earlier. No easy work-arounds here, so you’ll just have to take one for the team and get up early with the kids. It’s not realistic to ask them to stay in bed an extra hour so forget about going back to sleep.
Step Three: Stick to the Schedule – As difficult as it may seem, stay with your regular schedule. If you normally serve lunch at noon, then eat at noon. Your child will likely be ready to eat earlier, at 11am, but a midmorning snack will help stave off hunger. And the same goes for naptime. Keep your child busy until it’s time to nap, even if they start to slow down an hour earlier.
Step Four: Keep ‘em up – Bedtime should be at 7:30 p.m. as usual (or whatever time it is in your home), eventhough your child may feel sleepy earlier. They may be cranky and tired, but do your best to go by the time on the clock. And hopefully their little internal body clocks are adjusting to the time difference without them even knowing it.
It may take a couple of nights, but if you try to continue with your routine as usual, you and your child should be enjoying regular sleep patterns in no time at all.
Another valuable tool that might help at bedtime is to offer a transitional object and a brief cuddle before leaving the room. In childhood development, a transitional object is something, usually a physical object, which takes the place of the mother-child bond. The transitional object enables the child to have a fantasized bond with the mother when she separates for increasingly longer periods of time, such as in the evening. This transitional object serves as an important defense against fear and anxiety.
To thwart your child’s worries about going to sleep alone, try using a transitional object, such as a small stuffed animal, starting around the age of one. While what the child ends up choosing is up to him or her, recognizable objects can help provide a high level of comfort.
The Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat from TOMY has a suggested retail price of $29.99 and available now from your favorite online or local retailers. This would make an excellent holiday gift idea, too! Consider this Pajanimals Storymat as a gift for your little one to find under the Christmas tree this year! Learn more about Pajanimals and gain access to FREE age appropriate games and activities on the official Sprout Pajanimals website!
* Purchase the Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat online from FAO Schwarz!
One lucky winner is going to receive a Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat from TOMY! This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. and Canada; 18+. Winner will have 48 hours to confirm before a forfeit is assumed. This giveaway ends on November 25, 2012 @ 11:59pm (EST).
Good Luck & Happy Naptime!
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