Children’s Sleep Project

Because we all need a good night’s rest.


Some kids need stories, relaxation skills or ambient sound to ease into sleep more calmly. Some may need a night light or a transitional object, like a stuffed animal, for comfort. Still others might even benefit from allergen-repellent bedding, air filtering or other health care products to address physical barriers to better sleep.

Check out the following products to see whether they might be helpful aids in your journey to better sleep. Click on the link to purchase, or check our more products in our Children’s Sleep Store.

Storybooks, Games and CDs

Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is the classic bedtime story that has lulled small children to sleep for 60 years. *Our child’s breathing gets slower and heavier with each page as the bunny says goodnight to each beloved thing in his room and outside his window.

Good Night, Monkey Boy by Jarrett J. KrosoczkaJarrett J. Krosoczka is a simply, endearing and encouraging story about a boy who doesn’t want to go to sleep — and his mother who must softly cajole him every step of the way. *Our son enjoys this book and identifies with the main character very much!

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban is a story both parents and children will identify with: a child who’s not ready to go to sleep when it’s time, the various strategies she employs to stay up, and the exasperation of her tired parents.

10 Minutes Till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann tracks ten minutes in which a whole hoard of hamsters descend on a child’s house — and that ends in goodnight kisses and lots of sleepy eyelids falling shut.

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber is the touching story of a little boy who worries about whether to leave his teddy bear behind when he sleeps over at a friend’s house.

The Goodnight Caterpillar: A Children’s Relaxation Story to Improve Sleep, Manage Stress, Anxiety, Anger by Lori Lite is a storybook that teaches children to relax their bodies and let go of stress, anxiety and anger so they can ease into sleep more calmly.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Edward R. Emberley — with its empowering ending (“And don’t come back until I say so!”) may help your child master fears that keep sleep at bay.

Go Away, Monster is a simple board game that gives children the power to send monsters away! *We received this as a gift when our son was in the height of monster-phobia, and playing it often helped to diminish the fears quickly.

Music, Meditation and Ambient Sound

Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children, Improve Sleep, Manage Stress and Anxiety blends ambient sound, bedtime stories and simple relaxation techniques to help children drift off more peacefully.

Visions of Sugarplums: A Sleep CD for Children features five guided meditations for children ages 4-12, designed to teach them meditation skills and guide them into the world of sleep and dreams.

Ambient Rain for Sleep, Ambient Music for Sleep, for Kids and Ambient Music Therapy are MP3 downloads specifically designed to help children and adults get to sleep.

White Noise Machine produces a low sound meant to soften or block other sounds of your house and neighborhood that could keep your child awake or awaken him or her prematurely.

Transitional Objects

Sleep Sheep is an adorable bedtime companion that lulls babies to sleep with ocean, rain, whale songs and mama’s heartbeat. It has a Velcro fixture so you can attach it to the crib rail.

Night Lights

Twilight Turtle Constellation Night Light and Twilight Lady Bug are plush animals with night light shells that project starry constellations across your child’s room to provide dim light and enchanting ambiance.

Touch Control Gradual Lamp Dimmer dims lights gradually over a 30-minute period so your child can fall asleep in the light but stay asleep in the dark.

Health Care Products

NOTE: Our family can definitely attest to the effectiveness of the following products!

Allergy-Controlled Full Size Contoured Mattress Cover and Allergen Barrier Pillow Cover are made of specially-designed, tightly-woven fabric that filters out dust, dust mites and allergy-causing particles while retaining the softness of regular bedding.

Allergen Reducer Air Cleaner is just one of many air purifiers on the market. It can help reduce the level of allergens in your child’s room and aid in easier sleep.

Hyland’s Calms Forte Homeopathic Sleep Tablets help young children fall asleep gently. Use only as directed. *These tablets have helped our child relax when it’s time for sleep.

Hyland’s Teething Tablets, also homeopathic, helped us tremendously when our son was younger and in a lot of pain from teething. Use only as directed.

For more products and resources that can help your child
and family sleep better, check our our Children’s Sleep Store.