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The Floppy Sleep Game Book: A Proven 4- Week Plan to Get Your Child to Sleep Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399532005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399532009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dubbed "The Dream Maker" by People magazine and "The Sleep Lady" by Wall Street Journal, Patti Teel has helped thousands of families end the nighttime struggle of getting their children to go to sleep. She is an award-winning author, educator, singer and songwriter. She is a frequent guest of national and regional television shows, and she and her work have also been featured in the Washington Post, Parenting, Yoga Journal, Good Housekeeping, Los Angeles Times, and New York Daily News.

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Patti Teel is the fairy godmother of peaceful bedtimes. Dubbed 'The Sleep Lady' by The Wall Street Journal, and the Dream Maker by People Magazine, she is the creator of an award-winning system which eradicates nighttime struggles between parents and kids. Her highly acclaimed audio series teaches children a fail-proof way to relax themselves to sleep through relaxation exercises (based in yoga) visualizations, music & storytelling.

Praised by Good Housekeeping as a 'must-have for kids three to ten who refuse to snooze, 'The Floppy Sleep Game' has helped tens of thousands of families all across the country for whom bedtime had become a battleground. And now, Patti Teel has expanded her audio CD into a book for parents, The Floppy Sleep Game Book.

'In this increasingly hectic world, it's becoming more and more difficult for children to relax their active minds,' said Teel. 'And as I tell the children at the beginning of 'The Floppy Sleep Game,' bedtime is important because it's a time to rest our bodies. We need rest so we can be healthy and grow.'

Branded 'The Dream Maker' by People Magazine, Teel's unique combination of simple yoga techniques, deep breathing exercises and calming music has won critical and popular accolades across the country. She won the Oppenheim Gold Toy Portfolio Award for 'The Floppy Sleep Game,' as well as distinguished honors from the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA), the California Arts Council and the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Since the original release of 'The Floppy Sleep Game' through her own Dream Flight Productions, Teel has become somewhat of a media darling, winning praise from many influential publications and television programs. The Wall Street Journal called her 'a nap-time troubadour, bringing rest to the undrowsy.' She was also featured on the popular prime-time news series 48 Hours and has received stamps of approval from such notable publications as The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, the School Library Journal and People Magazine.

Teel came up with the idea for 'The Floppy Sleep Game' after learning that her young daughter regularly struggled with falling asleep at bedtime. Teel had practiced yoga for years and decided to try a variation of relaxation exercises from her classes to help quiet her daughter's active mind before bed. The approach worked so well that Teel began sharing her discovery with friends, as well as local preschool and kindergarten classes.
Soon, she was encouraged to add a bedtime-relaxation audio series to the collection of children's music releases she had already produced. Not long after, 'The Floppy Sleep Game' became a top-selling favorite in the world of children's audio. 'The Inside-Out Blessing Game' has followed; it focuses on blessings and teaches children to go inside themselves to discover love, gratitude and reverence.

'The Inside-Out Blessing Game' won the National Association of Parenting Publications gold award, and Dr Toy chose it as one of the top ten audios. Her latest release, 'The Christmas Dream,' takes on the daunting task of helping children relax and sleep the night before Christmas and throughout the holiday season.
Teel lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and their children.

Customer Reviews

This book was recommended for my 4 year old son.
TD's Mommy
I stay in the room to help with the stretches, but can walk away after the story and he will soon fall asleep, on his own, without me in the room!
Not what you'd expect
Our son is really quite mellow and I thought that these would be an effective way to get him ready for bed.
C. Harrell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J Graves on March 26, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My 5-1/2 year old son has a lot of trouble falling asleep, owing to a severe auditory processing disorder. We have tried everything we can think of and read every sleep book. We have a bedtime routine, no TV, a weighted blanket, tryptophan-rich foods before bed. Even Benadryl does not help! Needless to say, I bought this book with a high degree of skepticism. At the time, I had an appointment pending with a pediatric sleep specialist. My son is frequently unable to translate instructions he hears into action for his body; he processes more like a younger child. After the musical intro and reading out the floppy sleep game, my child was asleep within 20 minutes! Compare to 2 hours! This has gone on night after night after night. We don't even need to do it anymore. We recently went out of town--always a sleep disaster--and he did great! He even took a nap one day! (completely unheard of!) It seems to have helped him recognize when he is tired and to respond to that with relaxation instead of resistance. He welcomes sleeptime and last night even told me he was ready for bed and did not want to stay up and watch a movie for a special treat with his brother! I can't say enough good things about the book. I wish the CD had more relaxation/intros because all my kids, 7 yr old son and 2 yr old daughter included, really like moving and stretching and doing the yoga-style poses. We did not do the entire program, but it all looks pretty good. Now we include reading or telling a "dream" after our bedtime reading every night. In addition to Teel's book, which we love, we also use "Moonbeams" and "Starbright" two books of meditations for children. We adapt those to meet our needs. I even told the sleep specialist about this book.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By amanda weynschenk on February 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was a little skeptical about this book and cd even though I had read some positive reviews. I bought it used and spent under $7.00 bucks thinking it was worth the try. The reviews were all on children much younger than my 10 yr old daughter so that was another reason I wasn't sure it would work for an older child. My daughter has always had problems falling asleep alone and I was starting to get impatient because this was taking alone time away from me at the end of each day. Well I am so impressed with this cd. We have only had it for 2 weeks but every night she falls asleep alone earlier and earlier in the cd. Our next step is to get her to sleep through the night. I haven't finished the book but so far it has taught me alot. I highly recommend parents with the same issues to give this book/cd a try. My daughter asked me what the recommended age was for the cd and I was able to come up with a quick answer of 0-99 yrs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Not what you'd expect on September 5, 2007
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After a disappointing 2 year check-up when our Doctor informed us that we needed to take away my son's bottle and let him cry it out in bed rather than rocking him to sleep, I was desperate for an option. I found this book and liked that is gives very specific, step by step instructions on exactly what to do at bedtime. I love her idea of relaxing stretches, deep breathing and using your imagination to go off to sleep on your own. You will actually teach your child how to fall asleep, instead of just leaving him to figure it out on his own. Brilliant and much kinder than that horrible Cry-it-out method. My son is 2 and we have adapted the book to fit his age and understanding, some of the ideas are a little old for him right now. But it does work! This is 6 weeks from starting the book and we now use the CD for the floppy game stretches and the story. I stay in the room to help with the stretches, but can walk away after the story and he will soon fall asleep, on his own, without me in the room! A huge change for us!! I can take a wide awake 2 yr old who doesn't want to go to sleep, lay him in his bed, use the CD and then leave him in his room awake and he will fall asleep on his own without crying!! That's worth more than gold to this Mama! (Getting him on a good consistent nap schedule has been important too - floppy game works for naps and bedtime!)

I just wanted to add that it is now almost a year later it is still working!! My son will be 3 at the beginning of July. He was never a good sleeper but now he can fall sleep on his own without us in the room! We have a bedtime routine of bath, read 3 stories (short board books), say a prayer, give hugs and kisses and then he climbs into bed and we play the floppy game with the cd.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Claus on January 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Floppy Sleep Game Book : A Proven 4- Week Plan to Get Your Child to Sleep

When my daughter was 4 yrs old she had difficulty falling asleep(she'd had difficulty from the day she was born), taking 4 to 4.5 hours to do so most nights. We tried everything, but nothing worked. She would lay in bed, unable to hold still, starring at the ceiling. I knew that if I could just get her to relax, she could fall asleep. I had to do something because her little brother was due a few months later. I found this book and decided to try it. It worked beautifully! After only one week, she was already learning to fall asleep in half the time. By three weeks, she no longer needed help. This book, the accompanying CD, and both her father and I taught her the skills she needed to use in order to relax each night. Every once in a while, like on Christmas Eve, we find she could use a little help so we pop the CD in again and she's asleep in minutes. I highly recommend this book and CD.
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