Children don’t always get enough sleep, you can guess its something I have experienced in my own time, my blog is called Missing Sleep after all. Now the boys do sleep better through the night but they still get up too early or try and push their luck and stay up late. Once they are asleep they are pretty good, but you know there is always room for improvement!
The Junior Fine Bedding Company have put together a sleep guide for parents and getting 10-12 hours sleep a night is necessary for a child’s learning and development. Sleep deprivation can lead to all sorts of problems that could be easily avoided with a proper bedtime routine. We try and stick with a set bedtime but occasionally because of activities and holidays this does vary, we do however keep the agenda the same, bath, book, bed, so even when the time isn’t consistent the format helps give them cues its time to sleep.
If you can install blackout blinds to try and encourage sleep when its still light outside, the summer months can be quite tricky otherwise and you do find your children reluctant to go to bed because they think they are being short-changed with some of the day! It's amazing how good my boys are at resisting bedtime if they feel they are getting a raw deal.
Both my boys have a favourite soft toy each (youngest his lion and eldest his bunny) and that does assist with settling them, as they cuddle up together it gives them reassurance when the light goes off. So if you can get them attached to a toy it does make a difference.
‘The Cheshire Baby Whisperer’ Evelyn Burdon (a former midwife) said that the bedding should be lightweight and very soft, if its light enough children can get it off them to control their body temperature more easily. Mine grumble quite loudly when they are too hot and the last thing I want when I am tired is for them to find excuses not to go to sleep…
Fortunately the new Junior range from The Fine Bedding Company is now available to buy from their website. I am glad to hear they have expanded their expertise to include children, after all even if us parents have the most luxurious products in the world to help us sleep if our own children are awake then its pretty much guaranteed we are not getting a good nights sleep our self!
I would recommend owning waterproof mattress protectors, it’s not just in case of the odd accident it helps if your child is unwell with the dreaded sickness bug! Plus I love that its anti-allergy as an asthmatic myself I understand the importance of buying products that help in that respect. Everything is also washable and ultra soft, helping you create the right sleeping environment for your child.
Evelyn Burdon also recommended swapping sleeping bags for a duvet as soon as your baby can walk (over 1 year old). We did this as I was concerned when I saw them struggling to stand up in the cot and was worried they would hurt themselves whereas with a lightweight duvet they could move it and stand more freely. I do think its important to buy a duvet especially for children as you want to make sure you get a suitable tog rating and a product that is hopefully very breathable and anti-allergy for little ones sensitive skin.
Do you have any tips to add to help children go off to sleep?
This post was written in collaboration with The Fine Bedding Company, but all thoughts are my own.