Our bedtime routine with Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories app | Review

After a crazy busy day – which is most days in our house. Wind down time is by far, my favourite part of the day. Everyone has nice filled bellies from dinner, we’ve all had a little chill time. Now it’s time to get ready for bed. I don’t ask my children to bath every night, because it’s just not necessary. However, having a good bedtime routine in the evenings is {in my opinion} very important.

I think I have mentioned this somewhere else on my blog, but due to have three children at home, at different ages, our bedtime routine is a bit like dominoes. The youngest, Annabelle goes to bed first, followed shortly after by Jacob & then the eldest, Ellie goes to bed last. It’s just a routine that works really well for us, and the kids then get a little time either with us Parentals or by themselves. 

My youngest, Annabelle has always been great when it comes to bedtime. She has no trouble falling over to sleep – she’s so much like her Dad in that respect. But, even though bedtime is easy with her, she still loves a little cuddle time with a story. However, on the odd occasion she is too wired {or overtired – which we can all agree is a nightmare!} for bedtime and needs a little extra winding down, I use the Moshi Twilight sleep stories app from Mind Candy. 

Sleep stories

The Moshi Twilight sleep stories app is available via iOs & Android devices for free, however, it does have a paid membership section to have all stories {& sounds} within the app, available. The app itself is in collaboration with Calm and it has a collection of relaxing stories and comforting sounds to help your child wind down and drift over to sleep. 

If your child is familiar with Moshi Monsters, they’ll be happy to see some new moshis known as the Sleepies. SleepyPaws the snoozy Koala is the main mascot for the Twilight stories, however with the help of his friends; Nodkins the bedtime bunny & Prof. Feathersnooze the Owl of Nod {along with a few others} they can help your little one fall to sleep peacefully.

Sleep stories

This app is aimed at children aged 4 to 10year olds and I love that it can help to calm your child’s mind. I don’t know about your children, but this is something all of my children have experienced. It can really affect their ability to sleep and no one appreciates a child that has had little sleep. Poking a bear would be more fun! 

However, I feel as though I should mention that, I wouldn’t opt to use an app as a replacement for reading an actual book. Although, as a busy Mum, with multiple children at home, sometimes I need a little help. This is where the app becomes useful. Sometimes I will be helping Jacob with his reading or having a ‘girly’ chat with Ellie and I’ll need a few extra minutes before I can read a story to Annabelle.

The melodic storytelling alongside the calming soundscapes really does make you sleepy. So, on those evenings when Annabelle is infected with dreaded overtiredness – it’s Moshi Twilight to the rescue. It really does help to soothe her and in no time at all, she’ll be asleep, dreaming of swings & cupcakes.

Sleep stories

Overall, I think this app is quite good. The animations are pretty, the stories & sounds are soothing. However, the only downside I can see with this app is being a nonsubscriber. Mainly because you’re quite limited on choice. You will have access to two sleep stories; Close your eyes Sleepypaws & Mr Snoodles Twilight Train. As well as two relaxing tracks to choose from.

As a parent, I think the subscription costs are on the expensive side. There are three options; Monthly – £5.99,  Annually – £29.99 or Lifetime – £149.99. Having a Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories subscription means you’ll have access to all stories, tracks & soundscapes. As well as having access to the new weekly content.

Sleep stories

The monthly payment option is personally, the only one I would opt for. However, if you do have a child who fights sleep like an absolute boss. Or has a child who will lie awake, tossing and turning for hours before they finally drift off. Then, perhaps trying out this app, for even a month is worth a try.  The experience we have had with it has been nothing but positive, so the Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories app gets a thumbs up from us!

Disclosure: I was kindly sent a 12m subscription in return for this review. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own

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4 Comments

  1. 15/05/2018 / 9:39 AM

    I’m not sure what I think of handing a child a screen before bed. We’re always advised on no screen time for at least an hour before bed and this goes against that. All children are different though and I’m sure it will be really helpful to some parents.

    • 15/05/2018 / 11:42 AM

      I know what you mean, however, you’re not handing your child a screen before bed. You can choose to have it on the bedside table for them to just listen too, which is what I did. It really is soothing to listen too.

      • Kendrea
        18/09/2018 / 5:56 AM

        Yes, this is what I did. Played the stor, sat it face down on the dresser and put my 3 year old down asking him to just listen to the story quietly while I put little brother down. When I came back 10min later big brother was sound asleep before the story was over.
        (I would usually need to sit or lay with him reminding him to relax, close his eyes, take a break)

        We as well, will not be using this app in place of story time before bed, but it does help when I need that extra hand!!

  2. Jeff
    18/09/2018 / 2:11 AM

    I’ve been using the Moshi app for several months now, and while it gets expensive ($7 per month adds up over time), I have not found a more pleasant, reliable way to get my twin 5-year old girls to fall asleep fast. Most evenings when we get them in bed, I sit in the rocker between the beds and let them choose which story to listen to (Shi Shi and the Tree of Slumber is the slight winner here most nights, but Night at the Snoozeum is a close second!).

    I still read a few pages from our book each night before they lie down, to get them calm and sleepy, and then Moshi does the rest. They don’t look at the screen since I just play it from my phone and set it on the dresser. The rule is that they must lie down and close their eyes if they want to hear the story. They are usually fast asleep before the story/song ends about 10-15 minutes later.

    I am very aware how fast time flies, and that many years from now if I hear these songs again I will cry. The melodies are catchy, whimsical, but also poignant. I do wish there was an option to just outright purchase the songs. At the current rate, it’s a bit expensive just to have something that is only used for a few minutes in the evening.

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