A book that gets your little one to fall asleep? Sign me up! I’ll try just about anything at this point. As soon as I heard about the Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep book I immediately grabbed my iPad and hit download. I was so excited to put this baby to the test I didn’t want to wait for shipping.
The following night after we did our regular nighttime routine with Noah. We gave him a bath, changed him into his pajamas, nursed him, and then instead of reading him his normal Going To Bed book that we’ve red a million times we popped out the iPad.
We followed all of the rules. Emphasizing the words when we were supposed to, using Noah’s name when we were supposed to, and sounding sleepy when we were supposed to. About two pages through I was feeling sleepy, but Noah was kicking his legs against the bed like he wanted to have a dance party. I remained confident and kept reading. I quickly thought to myself wow this book is pretty long for a baby’s attention span, maybe this isn’t for his age group. I remained confident again and kept reading.
About halfway through the book Noah still wasn’t showing signs of falling asleep or even looking like he was getting close. In fact he was starting to get pretty whiney. I was starting to get discouraged, but thought to myself that maybe there was some special wording at the end that would do the trick. Plus I was getting more and more tired from each page that I read so maybe this was a good sign.
Fast forward to the end of the book and Noah was completely uninterested and rolling around on our bed. He does this thing where he sort of plows into the bed trying to crawl and it totally cracks him up. He ends up spitting all over our sheets and he loves it. He basically was doing this the entire time I read through the second half of the book.
To put it frankly… No, the rabbit who wants to fall asleep book does not work on a 6 month old. In fact, my 6 month old was more awake after we read him the book. His milk buzz had worn off, and he was ready to party again. I’m not saying that this book won’t work for your child, but I think a lot of the claimed psychological effects of the book didn’t work on Noah simply because he doesn’t understand a lot of the words being used in the book. I sort of knew this going into it, but thought I would give it a shot anyway. I think this book would work well on kids 2 and up, so if you do have a a little one in that age range I give it a try!
Have you tried reading this book to your child? Did it work? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!