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The Importance of Sleep for Children… and You!!

As a parent, I reckon that around 95% of my conversations revolve around sleep (or lack of!) It’s funny, isn’t it? As soon as a baby is born we turn the parents and one of the first things we ask them is how are they sleeping? We continually look for solutions to supposed ‘sleep issues’, we heavily discuss it amongst our new Mum friends and spend hours working out which sleep tactics are the best. And so begins the never-ending cycle of talking about sleep… Continue reading “The Importance of Sleep for Children… and You!!”

Sleep Sanctuary: Turn Your Bedroom into a Parent’s Paradise

A child-free bedroom is something of a dream for many parents. From co-sleeping to your toddler crawling into your bed in the middle of the night, it’s hard to keep them out. But parents should still be able to get some time to themselves, and your bedroom can be a sanctuary where you get to relax and have some peace – at least, some of the time. If you want your bedroom to be somewhere you can feel is mostly yours, if not entirely your own, a redesign could be what you need. While baby things have their place, moving most things to another room could be the best idea. Continue reading “Sleep Sanctuary: Turn Your Bedroom into a Parent’s Paradise”

why I was wrong about co-sleeping

Why I Was Wrong About Co-Sleeping

Before you become a parent you know it all, don’t you? I mean, how many times did you look at a parent and think my kid wouldn’t be stropping in the street like that, my kid will eat all their dinner, no fuss from my amazing imaginary children! My baby will be in a great routine from early on, oh and they will never, ever sleep in the bed with me. Yeah, this was me all over and I’m here to admit it because at the end of the day I had no clue, not one at all. I assumed far too much, I had never experienced the type of sleep deprivation that comes with children (only from drunken nights out!). I had never had a tiny person rely on me 24/7 and I never had to question every decision I made throughout the day– over and over and over again. Continue reading “Why I Was Wrong About Co-Sleeping”

21 Signs That You’re A Sleep Deprived Parent

I thought my first child was a sleep thief but the latest addition to our family really, really doesn’t want me to close my eyes at night! Sleep deprivation has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning and I’m living life through blurry-visioned eyes each day. We’ve all done and said daft things when we are tired beyond words and here are a few of the classics… Continue reading “21 Signs That You’re A Sleep Deprived Parent”

Pets — should they be in your bedrooms or not?

Do you have a cat or a dog? Do you let your dog or cat sleep in your bedroom or on your bed? You are certainly not alone, as a survey commissioned by leading pet insurer Animal Friends found that nearly half of owners sleep with their pets. My dog has always slept in, or next to my bed and she is now 15 years old. I personally have no issue with sharing a bedroom with a pet because I view them as part of the family.

 

So, do you think it is good idea to welcome your pet into your bedroom? Fitted bedroom specialists DM Design has analysed the arguments both for and against this decision: Continue reading “Pets — should they be in your bedrooms or not?”

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How We Have Been Tackling Bedtime With Belightful Music

As you are probably aware by now, Jake does not sleep well. The issues vary from refusing to go to bed, getting up several times once we have put him to bed to waking up at a variety times during the night. There is no rhyme or reason, the health visitor could not solve the issue by changing meal times, varying his food or by introducing a gro-clock and as he doesn’t do it at the same time every night so it isn’t a habitual issue. I have tried every trick in the book, even resorting to Continue reading “How We Have Been Tackling Bedtime With Belightful Music”

my sleep thief asleep on the sofa

Dealing With A Sleep Thief

I am currently on a few parenting pages on social media and have noticed that sleep is one of the most popular topics being discussed and alongside that, the term sleep regression is cropping up more frequently. Being a Mum who never read any baby books or who never signed up to baby websites (because I chose to ‘learn on the job’!) there are times Continue reading “Dealing With A Sleep Thief”