Back To School Sleeping Woes

Well we are nearly back into the whole school routine thing and I am finally coming to terms with all my babies being in full time education! We have nailed the homework, have been leaving the house in the mornings with plenty of time to spare, there have been no phone calls for forgotten books and ‘touch wood’ everything seems to be running smoothy…well aside from bedtimes!

The summer holidays made way for long bright evenings and a much more relaxed routine when it came to bedtimes. This was perfect at the time and I loved those few extra hours it gave us all to be out and about or relaxing in the garden; but this has all backfired on me with a certain little boy now that the school term routine is here.

The problems start as soon as dinner is over and the realisation that bedtime isn’t to far away. The tummy aches and headaches appear, the bedtime drink takes an eternity to get finished and then once finally in bed the real issues start.

Frankie gets so worked up about going to bed that the minute I leave the room he got foots it out of bed and is right behind me, refusing to stay in his bed and pleading to come downstairs. At the moment we seem to have two options which is to continually lead him back to his bed until he his finally to worn out to fight it anymore or spent half the evening sitting in his room until he falls asleep.

Both of these options are time consuming and hugely stressful for all of us and its really something we need to get on top of as the lack of sleep is breaking us all.

Below are a few tips that I’m going to be trying out to see if we can finally crack this before I crack myself:

Routine, Routine, Routine – This is one of the things that was always a big priority but over the years and the more children I had the relaxed and calm bedtime routine I once inforced has stacked somewhat and it is all a little manic. A definite routine of bath, book and bed are certainly going to be put in place again.

Security – A know that a big problem from Frankie is the anxiety of being left on his own at bedtime so finding a toy or a blanket to snuggle up to may help to make him feel a little more secure.

Calming Environment – I know for me I get a much better nights sleep when my room is clean and tidy and free from the clutter of the day and I’m sure that for children this is the same. Making their room a calming and inviting place make for a good starting ground for a restful night. Making sure that all the toys are put away and there is a cosy and inviting bed for them to jump into is a must.

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Turn Off Electrics – I definitly fall down when it come to limiting electronics before bedtime and it is actually advised that anything stimulating such as TV, computers and tablets should be turned off an hour before bed.

Choose The Right Foods – Try not to give children any sugary or caffeinated foods before bedtime. They work as a stimulant and can be a good reason as to why they are still bouncing off the walls when you are trying to get them to sleep.

I am really hoping that some of these tips are going to work for us and we all finally get some much needed rest. I would love to know if you have any other top tips to help me out.

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Ergo Pouch Sleepsuit Giveaway

All of mine have been crazy sleepers in the sense that they can’t keep still in bed for more than a few minutes! From tiny babies it was always the relentless task of going into their rooms at night to cover them back up before they got woken by the cold.

This is where the discovery of baby sleeping bags with my youngest two was an absolute game changer and the ability to keep them warm all night was finally discovered!

As they grew though we still had the issue with missing bedcovers but a real lack of anything to use once they outgrew the sleeping bag stage.

However the clever people at ergoPouch have got this covered with their amazing Ergo Pouch Sleepsuit.

Ergo Pouch in fact start with baby swaddles and sleeping bags for little ones and then allow older children to progress to the sleep suit.

All their products are made with natural, skin friendly fibres that allow both temperature regulation and breathability which gives the child comfort and you peace of mind.

Oscar is probably on of my most wiggly little ones who also feels the cold terribly so trying out the sleep suit bag on him made for the perfect candidate.

The bag is easily converted into a suit from a bag allowing the child freedom to move around or the perfect way to move them from car to bed in one easy movement without having to fuss around.

Being avid campers this is also the perfect alternate to the traditional and somewhat uncomfortable sleeping bags we usually use for the children and we will be testing ours out at Camp Bestival in a few weeks time.

If this sounds like the perfect solution for your little ones then please feel free to enter my completion below to win one of your very own!

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No Sleep Even When The Children Do

I can’t put everyone into the same category here but out of all the people I have recently asked the answer has been ther same…after having children they are completely different sleepers.

I was asked recently by www.mattressnextday.co.uk what kind of sleeper I am and to be honest when I had a good long thing about it as I’ve aged and had children my sleep patterns and the depth of sleep I have, havecertainly changed.

Pre children a rhino could have come bounding into my bedroom and I wouldn’t have battered an eyelid, I would frequently sleep through my noisy alarm and I could lay into until midday without all the hustle and bustle of the rest of thehouse  having any affect on me whatsoever.

I think along with a whole hosts of other changes having children gives you that need to be on guard 24/7 thus making sleep a lot lighter than it is pre children.

We always have to be on alert for that cry if they get distressed in the middle of the night, be there for them if they have a bad dream and all those nights of restlessness when they are ill forms completly different sleep patterns once you are a parent.

On the odd occasion that I am child free these patterns are still present and the slightest noise will have me wide awake within seconds.

I remember visiting a spa a few years ago with a full nights sleep being one of the biggest pulls of the trip, when in reality I still woke several times a night which I’m sure was just out of learnt behaviour that has built up over the years.

I often wonder if this will be a sleep pattern set for me for the rest of my life or as my children grow and responsibility becomes less will I naturally fall back into that wonderful restful deep sleep or will I be a twitchy restless sleeper forever more.

There are a few fun facts on sleep below and I would love to know if you have the same feeling as me towards sleep and children or do you still sleep like a log regardless.


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Getting The Kids To Bed On Christmas Eve

 

“‘Twas the night before Christmas and all though the house every creature was stirring, yes even the mouse”

Sound familiar to you?

This is my house nearly every Christmas Eve.  A house full to the brim with super excited children to hyped up to go to sleep and a list as long as my arm of things to get done once they finally drift off.

The excitement was in fact so great one year that my eldest daughter was crying she needed an ambulance; I kid you not she had got that worked up she was actually having a panic attack!

Over the years I have used some tried and tested methods and for the last few years things have been a little more smooth sailing.

I have a few tips here to try and get your little ones off to sleep as easily as you can:

Limit The Sugar What! No sugar at Christmas I hear you say. This is admittedly an extremely tricky one at this time of year, but keeping the sugar at a low on Christmas Eve will make sure that the bouncing off the walls is only from excitement and not a sugar high!

Wear Them Out this is one of my biggest tips. We always try to include plenty of outdoor fun on Christmas Eve that includes as much running, jumping and climbing as possible to ensure they will be greatful to get their heads on their pillows.

Quiet Rituals make family traditions that will become familiar each year so they are used to them. Quiet crafts, a bit of baking, a Christmas movie a board game. Anything that will draw their attention away from the main mans appearance that evening is a good thing.

Milk For Santa, Milk For Them as well as putting out that mince pie and a glass of milk for Santa, pour one for the children too. The amino acids in milk add sleep and let’s be honest every little helps.

Create A Restful Room there is no good trying to put them to sleep in a room full of flashing fairy lights and noise. Limit any stimulation and make their room as peaceful and dark as possible. Blackout blinds are perfect for this and might even get you a extra bit of time in bed on Christmas morning.

The ‘He Won’t Come’ Threat ifall else fails the threat of him only coming if they are sleeping always works wonders!

 
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Bedtime Fears


A couple of months ago number four woke up and and came downstairs to discover the mouse that we had been trying to get rid of scoot across the front room.

Understandably he jumped out of his skin and convinced himself it was a bat.

I tried to explain to him it was just a tiny mouse that had lost his way and had gone to find his way back outside again to find his family.

For a few weeks he was a little apprehensive about going into the front room but nothing more was said.

That is until the past week when he has been refusing to go to bed and has been getting up countless times through the night.

I have tried everything I can think of from saying bats can’t come upstairs which he thought about and replied with the fact they could get in through an open window during the day, my eldest son came up with the idea he had an app on his phone that if it was left in a room for five minutes it would make it bat proof, I even tried to tell him bats don’t come out at night which yes I know is feeding him completely the wrong information but I am now at my whits end with it!

We all have fears and these must feel so real to him and  be causing him such anxiety and worry and I now feel helpless.

I was a real worrier as a child and recall many nights laying in the darkness, unable to sleep and imagining all sorts of scenarios that prevented me sleeping which make me feel his pain even more.

If there is anyone out there the can suggest some ways to cope with nighttime fears I would be so grateful.