Let’s face it. There are many sleep gimmicks out there. I speak with families all the time who have spent a lot of money on products, just hoping that something “magic” will help their child sleep better. Unfortunately, most don’t address the reason WHY the little one isn’t sleeping well, so, in the end, they don’t work. It’s frustrating. I get it. Parents just want their children to sleep, and they want solutions.
This week I had the chance to check out a new product that could help your toddler or young child sleep better in their bed. Fidgetbum is the invention of Surrey-based Mel Wood. When Mel’s younger daughter struggled with the transition from her cot to bed, Mel decided to create something that would help her daughter feel snug and secure in her new bed and help her daughter stay warm and keep her covers on.
Toddlers Like to “Move it, Move it!”
If you have a toddler or young child, you know that they don’t typically stay still when they sleep. Younger toddlers can struggle to pull up their blankets until they’re three or four years old. Fidgetbum has been designed to allow children to comfortably move around, but keep their covers on. The soft four-way elastic fabric instils that feeling of security, that can help many toddlers and young children feel more secure in their beds. Fidgetbum can also reduce the possibility of your little one falling out of bed.
Fidgetbum is easy to install, going under the mattress and coming together on top with a heavy duty zipper up the middle. It’s machine washable.
Let’s Give it a Go!
So, Grace, our lovely but headstrong three-year-old, has been sleeping restlessly lately. She’s been getting up to see us when us uses the toilet in the night and wanting a cuddle. Firstly, I don’t have a problem with it and we quite enjoy the sweet, peaceful cuddles but we would prefer for her to get a solid rest. Being three years old is all about being busy and going non-stop. If she doesn’t get enough sleep, we notice that she is more likely to struggle in the day, and is overtired. She’s the perfect candidate for Fidgetbum!
At first, Grace was excited about giving it a try and then was unsure and wouldn’t let us zip it up the first night. That’s okay. I certainly didn’t didn’t force it and left it unzipped. It wasn’t going to work if she didn’t want it on.
On the second night, Grace requested us to zip it up. (I’m thinking it may have had something to do with her older sister wanting it on her bed!). We zipped it up, and she slept well. All night! She did get up once on her own to use the toilet but went back to bed and crawled back under her duvet and the Fidgetbum. Woohoo! Success!
Since we started using Fidgetbum several days ago, Grace has stayed in her bed most nights, without coming out to look for cuddles. I think that’s a significant step forward! Even though she didn’t have a sleep problem, I think the feeling of security that Fidgetbum provides helps her feel more secure in her bed.
Special Needs, Sensory Disorders
Most of us love hugs and feel calmer, and more secure after getting a hug. After checking Fidgetbum out, I think it would be an excellent product to help children who are restless sleepers or children who experience sensory processing challenges or disorders. The light level of pressure from the elasticised fabric can help children sleep better by keeping them warmer and adding some light pressure, like a hug, to help them feel safe and secure.
Check out the video below and learn more about Fidgetbum, with the help of my daughters!
Visit the Fidgetbum website to learn more about the product and where you can purchase it.
Mary Foster is a certified sleep consultant and founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and the popular Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy. She has a fantastic husband, and they had three little ones in 3 years (along with an international move at seven months pregnant with #3, which just means she’s a bit crazy and adventurous). Their little “lambs” keep her busy, with their oldest newly 7, their middle one 5 1/2 and their youngest 3 1/2.
Mary is Canadian and is based in Petersfield, Hampshire in England. She has supported hundreds of families in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex as well as around the world in 11 countries, to date. Mary’s unique approach is holistic and focuses on emotional wellness, always respectful of parenting choices. Click here to send her an email.
Disclaimer: I have been provided with a Fidgetbum to try and evaluate whether it would be helpful for the families I support. I have not received any additional compensation for this review, and I am not receiving any commission on products sold. Comments and opinions on this product or other products I may review are expressly my own.