Does The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep Book Work On A 6 Month Old ?

the rabbit who wants to fall asleep

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!


  1. Logan Can on August 20, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I have never heard of this book! I may have to try it on my 21 month old. Maybe it will work on him? Very interesting.

    • on August 20, 2015 at 7:45 am

      I think it’s the number 2 bestselling book on Amazon right now!

  2. T Austin on August 20, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I think it’s so important to read to babies! I read to C every night from the time he was born and he absolutely LOVES books. Great tips!

  3. Melissa on August 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I’ve never heard of it, but my 18-month-old is so obsessed with my iPad and iPhone that I can’t even imagine reading her an email to get her to sleep.

    • on August 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Ha, yeah… Maybe the book format would work better than the kindle ?

  4. Kayleen on August 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

    My son’s only 16 weeks but I bought it and tried it on my husband. ….. it ended up making me tired and I was yawning when I wasn’t suppose to lol

    • on August 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

      haha! Yeah, it made us both super tired… but not the little guy 😉

  5. annabelt - geeks diet on August 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Ha ha – got to love those books that put the parent to sleep while the kids are still wide awake! Funnily enough, we’ve got a different book about a rabbit trying to sleep that always makes me feel really tired too!

    • on August 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Hmmm… must be something with rabbits haha!

  6. Maggie on August 20, 2015 at 11:24 am

    OMG! I MUST try this! I’ve never heard of it. but I’m sold!

    • on August 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      It’s #1 on amazon! So crazy!

  7. Davina on August 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hey Lee Anne,

    Maybe a Tale of 2 Cities is more his thing.

    Cheers 🙂

    • on August 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Haha, I’ll give it a shot!

  8. Kitty on August 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Yeah, typically reading or singing will keep my little guy awake as well. I guess I’ll test it out, and I’ll let you know how it worked out.

    • on August 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Keep me posted 🙂

  9. Katie Brown on August 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve never heard of this book! I’ll have to try it when my guy is a little older

    • on August 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Yes, Im saving it for then 🙂

  10. Katie @ AMotherThing on August 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Oh man. I’ve been wanting to try this book out. I have a four year old, a two year old and a ten month old, so I was hoping it’d work on all of them! That said, the 10 mo and the 2 yo don’t have any problems going to bed anyway. Only my 4 yo refuses to go to sleep. 🙂

    • on August 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Oh man. It’s a never ending battle LOL

  11. Lily Nguyen on August 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    That’s so funny! As I was reading this, I was anticipating that Baby Noah was going to fall asleep, but that wasn’t the case. Thanks for the honesty! It seems as though you got more sleeping reading it 🙂 Great post!

    • on August 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Haha thanks Lily 🙂

  12. Sara on August 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I just saw an article on Facebook yesterday about this book but hadn’t read it yet. I am interested to find out more about it- then I’ll test it on my almost 4 year old (tear) 14 month old and I’ll wait for my 3 month old.

  13. Lauran on August 21, 2015 at 1:37 am

    You tried it!! Love the update. I gotta try this with Lils. She’s totally at the age where she understands what’s going on in books, and every bedtime is basically a scream fest. :/

    • on August 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Ha, hope it works on her! Noah wasn’t really into it… Maybe it’s because it was on the iPad ?

  14. Miranda @ Miranda Writes on August 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Oh no! Too bad it didn’t work. I would love to have someone read me a book until I fall asleep!

  15. Katie on September 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    If you’re still having sleep issues can I suggest a Zipadeezip? It’s a special sleep sack that worked wonders for my sleep resistant child. You can find it on if you’re interested.

    • on September 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Katie!

  16. Dana Swaab on December 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I read this book to my 2 year old last night and it worked like a charm. Bella has always been really good about going to bed and falling asleep on her own. Only problem i have with her is she wakes multiple times in the night. I read half of the book to her last night while she laid in bed then when she was starting to look sleepy i left the room before she fell completley to sleep like always and for the first time in a very long time she slept all through the night. This book is worth every penny.

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