Netflix is offering five-minute videos to help your kids sleep

Netflix's five-minute video to help your kids sleep.
Netflix's five-minute video to help your kids sleep. Photo: Getty Images

Tucking kids in at night is a special moment between kids and parents, but it's the battle that ensues before bed that has parents tearing their hair out.

Survey results released by Netflix found 61 per cent of parents are struggling to deal with their children's creative tactics to avoid the land of nod, some spending 20 minutes a night negotiating. 

The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Netflix. Over seven thousand parents with a child aged between two and 10 in the US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, or Mexico, were interviewed online.

Interestingly, Australian parents are least likely to compromise with their children at bedtime.

According to the results, Brazilian kids are the best bedtime negotiator, parents in France spent the least amount of time getting children to bed and US parents struggle the most with their children being the masters of stalling. 

As far as excuses go the most creative include: My hair hurts, you didn't kiss my other cheek and now it's sad, and pretending to get married to the cat.

Stall tactics are something all parents can relate to, with "just five more minutes" being recorded as the most popular among kids around the globe.

To counter this common catchcry, Netflix and Dreamworks have come up with a solution to help parents combat stall tactics: five-minute bedtime videos.

Parents can offer up "five-minute-long 'favourites' of the hit series Dinotrux from DreamWorks Animation, to motivate little ones to get ready for bedtime, pronto," says Netflix in a press release.


But is TV really a good idea before bed?

Kids are already spending more than half their spare time in front of devices, with experts warning children under eight should have a limit of one to two hours screen time a day. 

A 2014 report also found screen time before bed could be negatively influencing the quality of children's sleep in many ways. 

Though a five-minute episode might be the perfect, witty response to children's stalling tactics, others might be hesitant to try this right before bed. It also doesn't solve all stalling tactics. Your child might still pretend to marry the cat to get out of sleeping.

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