Sleeping is now easier and more fun with Disney


Parents know that bedtime can be a daunting time for little kids. But help is on the way, courtesy of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. These classic Disney characters are on hand to give your child a special bedtime message, but don’t wait too long. They are only available until August 31. Simply call toll free 1-877-7-Mickey.

Disney has also teamed up with pediatric sleep coach Lauren Olson (founder of “Sleep and the City”) to provide tips for distraught parents.

“As a mom of two extremely busy toddlers, I know keeping consistent napping schedules and bedtime routines can be a major production – from stall tactics to short naps and pre-dawn wake ups, it can be hard on everyone in the household,” Olson said. “I love that Disney store is providing families with some easy, fun tools, like a sleep rewards chart and light up plush toy, to try and alleviate some of the stresses associated with sleep!”

Lauren’s top tips for common sleep challenges:

Early Wake Up
This is common! If your child is waking up every morning before 6am, it’s time to invest in a black out shades and a light or clock that illuminates when it’s time to get out of bed in the morning.

Won’t Go to Sleep
If your child suddenly refuses to fall asleep on their own or is waking up in the middle of the night, consider introducing a “friend” which is only offered a sleepy time. This can be a blanket or favorite stuffed animal, like the new Cuddleez! This oversized plush can even double as a pillow for toddlers when traveling.

Be Consistent
Consistency is key. Decide on a consistent, yet flexible schedule that works for your life and stick to it as best possible.

Scared at Night
If your child tells you they are scared at night, introduce a “nighttime friend” that is only offered at bed time, and encourage your child to hold, squeeze or sing to their friend should they wake worried at night.

ShopDisney and Disney Stores have great nighttime products besides adorable pajamas and slippers. The plush Belle and Alien light up to give children a little more comfort about being in the dark. There is also a sleeping Stitch and Angel Cuddleez for cuddling and sleeping. These large plush “alien experiments” as so cute, even older kids will love them.

The Disney hotline (available until August 31) along with bedtime tips and products ( will help parents when it comes to bedtime. And as we all know, a good night’s sleep is important – for all of us!

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Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. She also writes about products and travel. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books.

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