Lisa is a lawyer by education and a homebody by inclination. She is married to a wonderful man who knows his way around a washing machine and who has the legs to look awesome in a kilt, mom to two busy boys whose interests range from video games and lightsabers to Thomas the Tank Engine, and personal pincushion for the family's diva cat, 18-year-old Oscar. She worked in the financial services industry for a number of years, and before that, was privileged to serve as an assistant county and district attorney in two different Texas counties. In her spare time, Lisa likes to cook, play the piano, and read (favorites include sci-fi/fantasy and mystery/suspense, but anything is fair game). Random trivia: her parents made up the spelling of her middle name.

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Can Netflix help your toddler get to sleep?

In our case, yes, it can!  Let me explain….

We have two boys, both of whom have never had a particularly easy time getting to sleep.  The oldest is eight now, so he’s old enough to understand when it’s time to start settling down, even if he doesn’t particularly think he should have to go to bed then.  Our youngest is not quite two, and lately he’s taken to fighting bedtime for all he’s worth.  Crying, fussing, wanting to get down and run around, the whole nine yards of bedtime misery.

A couple of weeks ago we got Netflix.  I’d told my husband that I was able to link my Pandora account to it, which I thought was just the height of coolness, since that meant I could now run awesome workout music through our TV.  A few days after I’d told him this, he said, “Hey, here’s a thought – can we play some restful music from your Pandora account on Netflix at bedtime, and see if that will help the little boy settle down more easily?”  I said sure, I can set up something that would be good bedtime music.  I made a station based on the music of Constance Demby, but you can pick your favorite laid-back instrumental music.  We gave it a whirl, and what do you know?!  It worked!  Our toddler settles down much more quickly, falls asleep much more easily, and I dare say he sleeps better most nights, too.  Genius, absolute genius!  Credit to my husband for making that connection – I know he’s glad he did, since he’s the one putting the small boy to bed most nights.

So if your little one is having a hard time giving it up for the night, and you’ve got Netflix and Pandora, make yourself a nice quiet set of music and play that when bedtime rolls around.  You may be pleasantly surprised at how much easier it makes that nighttime routine!

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  1. Jacey 06/05/2011 at 4:31 pm

    Where do you go to link the two accounts? I tried Googling it and have found nothing so far, but I’d love to be able to do this!

  2. Tammy 03/15/2011 at 6:10 am

    What a great idea!! I’m going to have to try it out. I love Netflix and Pandora.

  3. michellepowell 03/03/2011 at 2:28 pm

    WHAT?! Link Pandora to Netflix!? I was NOT aware of this! We ♥ Pandora, and we ♥ Netflix….I am SO doing this RIGHT THIS SECOND! 🙂 Thanks for the info!