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!