My 4 year old is all about routine at bedtime. Daily life can change anytime, but do not touch her bedtime. She brushes her teeth. Asks for a snack. Has some milk. I carry her downstairs (nobody else is allowed to, ever.) Two to three books, depending on length. Two songs from mommy, and several rounds of the “hokey pokey” from daddy. Then sleep.
She is also very specific about what she will or will not sleep on. It has to be a certain type of soft blanket. If she has a bandaid on one of her legs, she sleeps with that particular leg out, (seriously. I wish I had a picture.)
Occasionally she allows a slight change. Recently she got to pick out a pillow for herself and her brother. The kind folks at My Happy Pillow sent each of my kiddos a new buddy along with their mini me’s for bedtime. My Happy Pillows are darling pillows that have a happy face on one side, and depending on the animal, a different face expression on the other side.
They are the brain child of 6 year old Isabella. She felt that with pillows likes these, children have a better opportunity to learn expressions and emotions and they can better share how they are feeling. Now, if that’s not a brilliant young entrepreneur, I don’t know who is. This young lady is going places!
My daughter chose Rosie the Dog for herself. Rosie has a happy face, and on the other side, a sad face. For my son, she chose Leo the Lion. On the side opposite his happy face, Leo has a scared expression.
My daughter got to choose for my son because he is indifferent when it comes to pillows, stuffed animals, and the like (except for his 12th Man Bear).
He surprised me in how quickly he became attached to Leo. When he wakes up in the middle of the night to wander the house, he takes his lion with him. Here’s Leo “protecting” him when my little guy fell asleep on the stairs. Leo looks exactly how I felt when I came across this scene.
My girl loves Rosie and her mini. She snuggles with the little Rosie and has used Rosie the pillow since she arrived and refuses to use anything else. And she will only sleep on Rosie’s “sad” side. I asked her why, and she said, “because this side is softer.”
Both sides feel equally soft to me. Also, if softer is what she actually wants, I’m surprised she hasn’t swiped Leo from her baby brother. Because that lion’s mane is crazy soft!
At 4 years old, my daughter has the ‘expressing her feelings’ thing down (“Mommy, you made me very angry!!!”). However, my son is just beginning to learn. These pillows will be great tools to help me and the rest of the family teach him. We’re working on facial features now, and next up will be facial expressions!
If you would like to see other animals and expressions My Happy Pillow offers, you can visit their website here.
Are your kids particular about their bedtime routine? Do they tell you what they’re feeling when they’re excited or upset?
*Disclosure-I received two My Happy Pillows and their mini me’s in exchange for a review. All stories and opinions are my own.
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