5 Tips To Get Your Baby To Sleep

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Since the beginning of time, mothers have tried different techniques to try and keep their little one(s) to sleep and stay asleep, but it’s still very much a trial and error procedure.

As summer is now upon us, it can be harder to encourage some shut-eye for your baby, so here are 5 tips to get you going:

1. Keep your baby cool

Of course, the warmer you are, the more lethargic you tend to get, but being too warm can also be a problem, and can result in your baby becoming restless and agitated. Cradle your baby in your arms with a fan on low nearby and see how that works. Also, keeping a blackout blind in the bedroom can help to minimize the heat.

2. Keep outside and artificial light to a minimum (esp. during late afternoon and evening)

If your baby is napping during the day, the sun can often hinder what should be a restful sleep. Our blackout blinds not only help to keep the room cool, but it will block the outside light, encouraging your baby to have an undisturbed nap-time.

3. Hydrate your baby and wind your baby before a sleep

Too often do babies wake earlier than they should because they are slightly dehydrated, hungry or need winding. The rubbing of the back will calm your baby; perhaps even a light massage can help too. If you’re still having trouble, just try keeping your baby in your arms as the warmth, comfort and the smell of you will promote ultimate relaxation!

4. Pop the washing machine or hoover on

This is a trick that can sometimes work like magic, but it depends on the baby as some will only rest when there is complete silence! Many people have tried and succeeded, and even my Mum used the technique when I was small! The droning and consistent sound is almost hypnotic to some, so why not give it a go?! Alternatively you can download apps and CDs that will do the trick.

5. Talk/Read whilst stroking them

The first 6 months is the most important time for building that special bond with your baby. They will never tire of hearing your voice, so reading to them or talking to them is recommended as much as possible. Even just stroking their arms or their head whilst they doze off is calming and comforting, especially since they can still smell and feel you.

If you have a technique or two that has worked for you, why not share it with us on Twitter? We’d love to hear from you @easyblinds. 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, Children's Sleep Problems, Sleep Routines

Children’s Sleep Problems: When Should I Seek Further Help?

We have covered several Child Sleep Problems most can be dealt with at home with the help of the parents but sometimes further help is needed:

Nightmares

Nightmares are often caused by seeing something scary like a film or a story. If your child has recurrent nightmares you may need to seek help and should make an appointment with your GP.

Night Terrors

Most children will grow out of night terrors, however if they are happening several times a night or frequent then you should visit your GP.

Wetting The Bed

Wetting the bed is quite common and most children grow out of it. If you are concerned you can make an appointment with a school nurse or bedwetting (enuresis) clinic.  ERIC is a childhood continence charity has lots of useful information and help in their website.

There are several places you can go if you need further advice or help on any sleep problems:

If you are concerned about your child’s sleep then contact someone for help.

 

Posted in Children's Sleep Problems, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep

6 Posts for Parents of Toddlers

Toddlers can be a handful; they go from cute babies who don’t do much to little rockets tearing around.

We have chosen 6 of our toddler post to share with you which might make life with a toddler that little bit easier.

Sleep Routine for Your Toddler

It’s important for your toddler to have a good bedtime routine; this means they are less likely to be grumpy throughout the day.  And you will be much more relaxed

Perfect Bedtime Books for Toddler

A bedtime story is an essential part of your toddler bedtime routine. Here are our pick of 5 great bedtime books

3  Children Sleep Problems: Early Risers

Is your child an early riser? We have some advice for experts on how to deal with them and get a bit more sleep in the morning.

SnoozeShade Buggy Blackout Blind

A must have item for any mother to ensure a sleeping toddler stays sleeping.

5  Blind Cord Safety and Black Out Blinds

Every year, an average of two young children in the UK are strangled to death by looped blind or curtain cords. Make sure your child stays safe.

Better Sleep for Toddlers

How to get a better night’s sleep for your toddler.

 

 

Posted in Benefits of Blackout Blinds, Better sleep for toddlers, Children's Sleep Problems, Early Risers, How To Get A Good Nights Sleep, Toddler blackout blinds

Children’s Sleep Problems: Nightmares and Night Terrors

Last time we discussed wetting the bed this time we are tackling nightmares and night terrors.

At some point your child may have a nightmares or night terrors, they will grow out of them but it can be a scary time for them.  Nightmares and night terrors are different:

Nightmares

Nightmares are bad dreams and often occur in children aged 3-8 years old. They occur in the lighter stages of sleep and will often wake your child up. The can normally recall the bad dream.

Nightmares are often caused by seeing something scary like a film or a story. If your child has recurrent nightmares you may need to seek help and should make an appointment with your GP

Night Terrors

When a child has night terrors they may scream or shout and jump about in a panic. They will not be awake and you should not attempt to wake them. They occur in the early stages of sleep.

Night terrors can be triggered by many things such as tiredness or fever. It is more common in children whose family have a history of night terrors or sleep walking.

Naomi Richards, author of The Parent’s Toolkit. www.thekidscoach.org.uk advises:

As a parent keep calm. Reassure your child that they are ok and guide them back into bed if they are still asleep. If they are awake after having a nightmare – give them a cuddle and reassure them that they have had a bad dream and that it was only a dream. You are going to look after them. Again get them back into bed thinking of something nice so they are relaxed and drop off again

 

 

Posted in Children waking in the night, Children's Sleep Problems

Children Sleep Problems: Wetting the Bed

Last time we covered Early Risers and today we are going to discuss wetting the bed.

Wetting the bed is a common sleep problem, it happens when a child wets themselves involuntary while they are asleep.

There are many reasons why a child may wet the bed:

  • UTI
  • Constipation
  • Lack of ability to wake from sleep to the signal to empty the bladder
  • Inherited trait from family
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Overactive bladder
  • Small bladder

It is not caused by your child being lazy.

If it is a regular occurrence and you are concerned you can get help from a bedwetting clinic. Wetting the bed only becomes a concern once the child is over 5 and wets the bed more than twice a week.

Assuming there are no underlying conditions bedwetting is easy to deal with.

 

Simone from Baby Planners advises:

“Limit all liquids after 5 o clock, take the child to the toilet before bed and lots of praise when the there’s no accidents”


Naomi Richards, author of The Parent’s Toolkit. www.thekidscoach.org.uk advises:

“Don’t make a fuss just strip the bed in the morning.”


Don’t get frustrated with them, they can’t help it. Just be there for them and if you are worried contact your GP.

 

 

Posted in Children's Sleep Problems