Monday, October 22, 2012

Helping to Transition Your Child Through the Upcoming Daylight Savings Time Change + a Review of the Pajanimals Snuggle Up Storymat from TOMY

"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 loveable puppets -- 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. 

In regards to transitioning your child through the time change, our PAJANIMALSsleep time experts, Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack from Sleepy Planet, offer these four simple steps:

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.

With a suggested retail price of $29.99, the PANJANIMALS Snuggle Up Story Mat is a wonderful way to help your child transition from playtime to nap time. Featuring all of your favorite, lovable PAJANIMALS characters, this mat includes a soft book that can be read to your child, which also transforms into a pillow."

My Thoughts:

This snuggle up story mat couldn't have come at a better time, as Savannah came down with a nasty head cold the day before receiving the sample for review.  We had picked up the cold while enjoying a day out at the pumpkin patch a few days prior. But, as soon as the cold hit, everyone in the house (except for my husband -- go figure) was affected.  So, what do you do when you don't feel well?  Lay around and rest, right?  Well, that is what the girls and I did, as we sipped on soup and watched movies.  When we weren't snuggling up together on the couch to keep warm, Savannah was using her new PANJANIMALS Snuggle Up Story Mat to stretch out on the floor.  

Prior to receiving this new nap mat, I had purchased a few others, only to be disappointed with their quality, and ended up tossing or packing away.  But, as soon as I took the PANJANIMALS Snuggle Up Story Mat out off the box, Savannah came over and asked me to lay it out on the floor for her. She loved the added bonus of the storybook, which doubles as the pillow when velcroed shut.  As her and Arabella flipped through the pages, Savannah made up a story and shared with her little sister.  Then, the girls took turns snuggling on the nap mat, and covering themselves with the attached blanket.  

With frequent washing due to runny noses, and to prevent the spread of the germs, I was impressed with how well the nap mat is holding up.  The fleece is staying intact and remains soft, while the rest of the mat looks like it did the day I took it out of the box for the girls to use.  

If you have a Pajanimals fan in your house, this would be the perfect gift to surprise them with this upcoming holiday season.  I will definitely be buying another nap mat for Arabella, so she will have her own and be able to camp out on the living room floor with Savannah, as they tune in daily to see their favorite Pajanimals characters on Sprout.



"Also,  a new super-plush line of cuddly stuffed animals based on the beloved characters featured in the  Pajanimals show may be the perfect transitional object for your child, helping to make bedtime a calm and comforting experience.  PAJANIMALS plush toys will be available in November, just in time for holiday, from TOMY.  The 9” and 15” plush versions of Sweetpea, Squacky, CowBella and Apollo, (with a SRP of $10.99 and $19.99 respectively), have already met with rave reviews and demonstrated that their hardy construction can stand up to the tugging, pulling and dragging of typical preschoolers and still remain as soft and as cuddly as when they first come out of the box.

 Pajanimals: Meet the Pajanimals!

Additionally, the MEET THE PAJANIMALS DVD (from NCircle Entertainment), PAJANIMALS’ may also be an asset for helping your preschoolers adjust to the time change.  The DVD debuted at retailers nationwide on September 11 at a suggested price of $6.99.

And for more PAJANIMALS fun, you might want to check out the recently released PAJANIMALSLight in the Sky” app, priced at $4.99.    Available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the “Light in the Sky” app allows your children to play and sing along with this fully 3D, highly interactive episode based on the actual THE PAJANIMALS show.  The PAJANIMALSLight in the Sky” allows youngsters to blast off in a rocket ship to visit the moon, set off fireworks and shooting stars in the night sky, play kickball with the PAJANIMALS, make their own melodies with musical stars and clouds; tickle the PAJANIMALS to make them laugh; and match the PAJANIMALS with their favorite toys.  And of course they can help the PAJANIMALS “stick to the plan” by brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed.  Other features include the ability to turn subtitles on to read along with the story, and you can even gift the app to a friend from within the app."

And just as a reminder, PAJANIMALS fans can access a number of fun and FREE ageappropriate activities and games on the Sprout® website,

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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