Toddler Sleepy-Time Script

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by Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI

Please see Please...please...go to SLEEP!, an article with steps you can take to help ensure success with your child's Sleepy-Time tape.

**Record the following script in a very *soft and low*, sing-song voice, (Mom or Dad, whichever you think the child will respond to most). Use soft, slow music in the background, like a lullaby or relaxation music but nothing that would be associated with play. Be enthusiastic and Barney-like while talking, but talk slowly and pause often. (Editor's note: DIE BARNEY DIE.) ;-)

You might want to show the child some cotton balls and maybe a picture of a fairy before the first time the tape is played. Have a quiet bedtime and naptime routine that is the same each night/day, and when the routine is completely over, turn on the tape, telling the child that it is time for their own very special story.

If your routine includes staying with your child for awhile until they fall asleep, you can both listen to the tape together, and be sure to make comments during it such as "Ohhh, wow! This story is just for you. What a beautiful sleepy fairy! etc."

You can personalize this script for an older child by finding a theme they might like - Pokemon, Barbie, Yu Gi Oh, etc. and use simple imagery and suggestions that would go along with those characters guiding the child easily to sleep.

Script:

(Music at the beginning for at least 30 seconds)
"....Wow......._________(child's name) it's time for your own very special story! Mommy (or Daddy) is going to tell you a story right now and all you want to do is listen and think about what the story says........................ and you're going to listen with your eyes closed, so that you can see the wonderful things in the story much better!........................It's so fun to have a story all your own, just for _________(child's name) so here we go!

Now........close your eyes....................and get all cuddly and snuggly in bed there..........with your favorite_________ (child's favorite doll, stuffed animal or blanket)..........Do you feel nice and soft and comfortable now?........Is your pillow just the way you like it?................Good.........Nice soooooft blankets and sheets............Mmmmmmm............it is so nice to just be resting right now with your favorite______________.............now remember that you're going to keep your eyes closed while you listen so you can see what's going on much better, so let's close them right now..........Great!!............O.K..

Now..........__________(child's name)...........Do you know what cotton balls are? Of course you do! They are soft and mushy and feel nice in your hand..........well...........clouds are as soft as cotton balls too but they're much bigger!.....so...............let's just think of a soft fluffy cloud........can you imagine that right now? A sooooft fluffy cloud............that's any color you want it to be....................What color would you like your cloud to be? .........Think about it for a minute..........your favorite color.............(PAUSE)

Yes, that's a verrrrry pretty color!.............Good.............. Now...............think of your soft fluffy cloud...........just the color you want it to be........... and pretend that you are now lying right down on it!...................Pretend the soft, fluffy cloud is on your bed and you are lying right on top of it!............ Wow! ...........It feels sooooooooo soft, just like cotton balls, all over.............(PAUSE).........Pretend your soft fluffy cloud is getting even softer, and it feels soooooooo nice to lay on it. You just love the soft feeling...........just like cotton balls...........

Now see.....your _________(child's favorite doll, stuffed animal or blanket) is right here with you on the soft fluffy cloud, just floating.........floating..............floating on the soft fluffy cloud with ____________(child's name). And just listen to the pretty music now..........

___________(child's name) Do you like fairies? ............This is a story about a fairy! .............Think of the prettiest fairy you can imagine!..................Can you see her? .............She is so pretty! .........She is verrrrrry small and has pink wings and a pretty pink dress on! ..............(PAUSE)............And...... she has a magic wand!............Can you see her magic wand?................Good!......................She helps people with her magic wand!......................She wants to help *you!*.............what would you like her to do wither magic wand for you now?..................

Think about it............Can she bring you something that you have always wanted?...............Good!..........Ask her nicely to bring you what you want the most...........(PAUSE)...........See her coming to you with it...........Here she comes...........and now she is giving to you what you want the most........Good...............how wonderful..............what a nice fairy!..................

Now,_____________(child's name)..........See the nice fairy flying around.............as you float on your soft fluffy cloud with ___________(doll, blankie)...............She has the cutest little pink shoes on her feet!..............This beautiful fairy really likes you.................and the best thing about her is that the more she flies around, the happier you feel..............and.............the sleepier you get!.................... It's magic!.................

Where is she going now?................Flying around....................and the more she flies around..........the sleepier you get........Wow! That's soooo neat..........(cool, nice, whatever words you usually use)..............

She wants to be your friend and give you another gift!.................She flies all around a beautiful garden, now, looking for the prettiest flower, just for you!.......................There are pink flowers.........................and blue flowers............and white flowers..............even some purple ones......................Which color flower would you like her to bring you?......................Oh, that is such a nice color!......................... Look........she's bringing you a pretty flower, just the color you wanted!.................... It smells soooooo nice and she gives it to you!...................and as you smell it, you see that it is a magic flower..............and you get even sleepier...................yawning.........................much sleepier now......................

Now the pretty fairy is flying around and waving her magic wand..................and Look!...............she waves it one more time...........and Poof!, now there is a ________(puppy, kitty, bunny, whatever the child is not afraid of) for you to play with! .....................What a cute little ______! .....................It has such cute little ears and eyes and a waggly little tail and look! It really likes you!.................How fun!......................................

What color is the little sweet ___________?.....................Oh, it is sooooo cute.....................The little ________is coming right up to you now and giving you a night-night kiss! How cute! You can pet it now..........pretend you are holding it in your lap and petting it. ..................Feel how soft the little _______is. Soooooooooo soft, just like your soft fluffy cloud!.....................And the funny thing is.the more you pet the sweet soft little ________.......the sleepier you feel right now........................

Sleeeepier and sleeeepier as you touch the sooooooooft fur of the little__________............

My goodness, that little _________ sure is sleepy too!............. Look how it is yawning and lying down next to you. I think it wants to go to sleep!....................How, cute, it is going to sleep, right there, next to you,...............all soft and warm. Isn't that nice? Soooooo sleepy, little ___________, going to sleep, right next to _________(child's name).

Wow, you are feeling sleepy now, too! (Softer, slower voice now) You are feeling soooooooooooooooo sleepy, just like the little ___________. Soft fluffy cloud...........soft warm little _______ next to you and your __________(blankie, doll, stuffed animal) with you too. Soooooooooo sleepy.........................

Here comes the pretty magic fairy again, and she is waving her wand. Out comes some pretty magic fairy dust......................... she sprinkles it over you and it comes down and tickles your nose..............

Wow.....the magic fairy dust is making you feel even sleepier. Sleepier........ and sleepier.............you want to go to sleep soooooooo much now, and sleep all night long in your own bed................... you feel so good lying here on your soft fluffy cloud, with your _________ and the little _________ all soft and warm next to you. Sooooo sleepy now.................sleepier and sleepier. You are going to have such nice dreams tonight............. and sleep all night long in your own bed................... sleep all night long in your own bed................... sleep all night long in your own bed................... and when you wake up tomorrow morning, you are going to feel soooooo good and be verrrrrrrry happy.

****(Lower voice now) Sleepier and sleepier............................... soooo sleepy now, so warm and feeling so good........................... sleep all night long in your own bed................... sleep all night long in your own bed................... sleep all night long in your own bed...................

**** Repeat several times.

(Let the music play on for the rest of the tape............)

Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Childbirth Educator, and Founder of Hypnobabies Network in Cypress, CA. She teaches Hypnobabies Childbirth classes, Hypnobabies Instructor Training Courses, Hypno-Doula Workshops, Pregnancy Nutrition and Breastfeeding workshops, Birth Hypnosis Specialty Courses and gives seminars in her community on natural pregnancy and childbirth options.

Kerry also created the Hypnobabies Home Study Course for women who need self-study options for hypnotic childbirth, and is the author of Pregnancy Hypnosis the Hypnobabies Way, The Introduction to Childbirth Hypnosis Workbook for Professionals, and The Hypno-Doula Training Workbook. The foremost expert in Hypnosis for Childbirth, she is also an international conference speaker and lecturer.

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