Benefits of playing
Why play the Bedtime Board Game?
Designed as a parenting and caregiver tool to playfully help children learn good bedtime routines and gain a healthy transition into sleep.
There are a ton of studies that validate the importance of an evening routine for kids. And the Bedtime Board Game creates that routine for you. It creates a relaxed, calm ending to both of your days.
Board games are a simple way to get quality, screen-free time with the kids — and you might be surprised by how much they love playing. And playing teaches social skills like cooperation, empathy, and communication.
Parents & Grandparents
Parents and Grandparents who play with their children form a stronger bond with them. Even simple games can become a special bonding moment for both adults and children. Playing also provides opportunities for children to learn social interaction. While playing, children learn to cooperate, follow the rules, develop self-control, and generally get along with others.
Continuity throughout all Caregivers
- Toddlers absorb information through their relationships with the people around them, and caregivers play
a particularly important role. Family members being present and active in a toddler’s life helps establish a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Bedtime Board Game provides a setting and tools for such a relationship.
- The game provides a connection cornerstone that:
- Is consistent with Parents, Grandparents, Aunt & Uncle, Cousins, and Older Siblings.
- Is an established setting for a toddler in which they are present and focused on the moment.
- Begins a practice of talking and sharing feelings.
- And these happy, playful moments are some of the most precious gifts we can give our children and ourselves.
- A final note on gameplay. Our game is terrific at establishing a routine, and we’ve also found that children play the game for several months, and then their interest ebbs. Then, after a break, they are excited about playing again. This pattern has lasted for over 3 years for some kids but every time they return to play, the gameplay seems richer, and the connection is deeper.
Is a routine important?
A bedtime routine is a common recommendation by over 90% of pediatricians for parents whose children have sleep difficulties. Research shows that a consistent routine leads to a less stressful environment for young children.
Studies show that children sleep better when they have a nightly bedtime routine. A routine also results in children falling asleep quicker with less disruptive behaviors at bedtime.
Benefits of a routine for children are shown to include:
- Gaining a sense of belonging and self-confidence
- Feeling safe, secure, and comfortable
- Feeling in control of their environment
- Reducing evening power struggles • Winding down before they head to bed, helps children fall asleep right away.
- Makes daily communication a habit and establish a regular time to talk with your child one-on-one before bedtime.
- By maintaining a routine, over time, kids begin brushing their teeth, picking up toys, etc., without constant reminders. And kids love being in charge of themselves. Plus, kids who feel more independent and in charge of themselves have less need to rebel and be oppositional.
Being a parent is hard. Our game can help!
- Bedtime struggles are real, frustrating, and exhausting! It’s no secret that parental stress levels are at their peak during dinner, bath, and bedtime. So, good news: if you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown every night while trying to get pajamas on your squirming toddler — you’re not alone. We have been there and that’s why this game was born!
- A 2015 U.K.-based survey of 1,000 parents found the few hours each evening that contain bedtime activities were the most frustrating part of the day for parents. The study revealed that “instructions have to be repeated up to 30 times during the 70-minute evening ordeal, with antics kicking off minutes after mealtime.” The study calculated that parents spend a total of 177 days – almost six months – of their lives feeding and bathing their children, as well as struggling to put them to bed before they reach the age of 10. That’s a lot of time.
- The evening’s chaos can be exhausting… chasing kids around to get their pajamas on and the endless begging for “one more story.” Going through this last struggle at the end of your day may make you feel a sense of hopelessness. Days are long, kids are hard, and it’s perfectly okay to feel like you’re at the end of your rope after a long day of dealing with work, kids, or both.
Annie Field, mother of Max, 4
Before playing the Bedtime Board Game with my son Max, I did not know it was possible for him to pick up toys without whining! The first time we played, I was in total awe of how fast, efficient, connected and FUN the Bedtime Board Game was to play. We get to share feelings from the day, while also sailing into bedtime in a collaborative, meaningful way together. I am so thankful for this addition to our family routines and cannot recommend this game enough.
Elizabeth Schechter, mother of Sophia, 5
I just wanted to let you know that Bedtime Board Game has been amazing! I tried so many other ways to conquer the bedtime struggle and nothing worked until the Bedtime Board Game. It has actually created a bedtime routine that is fun, and my daughter looks forward to. Thank you!!
Stephanie Bartis, board-certified educator
As a career educator, auntie and godmother, I can say with certainty that a solid sleep routine is a cornerstone to developing happy children who are physically and mentally healthy. Bedtime Board Game is a beautiful tool for just that. The intentional, routine-building game is visually appealing, tactile and flexible. It invites an opportunity for families to create a calm, loving ritual that children will love and look forward to.
Kathryn Rieck, mother of Rosie, 4
Before Bedtime Board Game, getting ready for bed was a battle at our house. By the time she got ready for bed, our daughter was worked up, and my husband and I were exhausted. The game gave her a reason to look forward to “winning” the nighttime routine, and we all won the sweet, stress-free goodnight parents wish for their kids.
Tona, grandmother of Asa, 5
The game is beautifully done, and I enjoyed playing it with my grandson."
Cool Aunt Lindsay
I bought this game for my niece, who struggles to wind down before bed. She loves the game; it’s a perfect way to get her to go from an energy level 10 down to a 2 or 3. She has adapted the rules a bit to her liking, but it’s just as fun, and I love hearing her creative and quite frankly hilarious answers to the Cloud Cards. Thanks for creating such a great game – makes being the “cool aunt” even more wonderful.