How Netflix Can Help Your Kids Settle Down at Night

Dave LeClair 06-11-2015

Any parent in the digital age Parents and Teens Don't Understand Each Other's Internets There comes a time in every parent's life, when you realize that you're finally out of touch with what kids are "into" these days. Read More  will tell you how difficult it can be to get kids to settle down and go to sleep What Is a Blue Light Filter and Which App Works Best? These blue light filter apps for Android will help you get a better night's sleep, even when using your device at night. Read More . Once bedtime strikes, the excuses come pouring out. “But Mom, I’m hungry,” or, “Dad, let me watch just one more TV show, pretty please.”


But for that second excuse, Netflix aims to let parents actually say yes by offering quick 5-minute shows that kids can watch in preparation for bed.

The brand-new feature currently contains three episodes of Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites. This allows parents to strike up a deal, letting their kids watch one more episode of TV as long they go to bed right after.

It’s all done by DreamWorks Animation, a company responsible for the full-length Dinotrux show, along with films like Antz, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda.

Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorite

To get access to these videos, parents simply need to search for “5 Minute Favorites” on Netflix.


If you’re having a problem getting your kids to bed, don’t feel bad, because Netflix conducted a global survey of 7,000 parents from seven different countries and found that 61% of parents experience kids who try to stall bedtime. You certainly aren’t alone.

Of course, not all parents will want their children watching additional TV before bed Extreme Digital Addiction Is Destroying Kids' Lives Around the Globe With children in all corners of the globe becoming immersed in technology from ever-younger ages, it's about time we reflected on the startling impact this is having on their development. Read More , but it’s always nice to have options, and this is definitely one that’s worth a shot.

Does this sound like a good solution to you? Would you let your kids watch these 5-minute favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I already use this with my grandsons, eight and six, with what seems like great results. But I do have one worry... Recent studies have suggested that people who watch or read for a few minutes on a modern TV, phone, tablet, or PC within an hour of going to bed have a much harder time falling asleep and then even sleeping well. The scientists postulate that the light emitted by modern screens and LED bulbs signals our brain that it is full day and to wake up. They found this was true but less so with incandescent bulbs and old CRTs. Anyway, not sure that it will change the way I get the kids ready for bed or stop me from reading the Kindle app on my phone before I fall asleep... but it is something to think about.