Sleepy Lambs Sleep Tips & More!
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 that they just hope 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 blankets 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 major 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. There’s 15% OFF until 31 December!
Mary Foster is a certified sleep consultant and founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and the popular Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy. She has an amazing 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 little 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.
I’m exhausted for Rachel. Her little one is waking up every 45 minutes overnight and seems to have a lot more energy at 3 a.m. than she does or she should. That lack of sleep can really take a toll after a while. It’s hard to enjoy parenting when it’s hard to see straight. Many parents I meet describe themselves as walking zombies. They may look normal on the outside but struggling to feel like themselves or human on the inside.
Babies DO Wake!
First off, it’s important to know that babies do wake in the night. We all do. It’s a myth that babies sleep through. We all have sleep cycles and at the end of a sleep cycle, we come to a partial wake-up. As adults, we may roll over, adjust our blanket, move our pillow and be completely unaware of waking. We go back into our sleep cycle and *hopefully* sleep undisturbed. As adults, we do this every 90-120 minutes. Babies do the exact same thing except their sleep cycles are shorter, typically 40-60 minutes. Often, when a baby wakes up or rouses at the end of a sleep cycle, they struggle to get back to sleep or are looking for the same way to get back to sleep as they did when they fell asleep in the first place.
Answering YOUR Sleep Questions
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Mary Foster is a certified sleep consultant and founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and the popular Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy. She has an amazing husband and they had 3 little ones in 3 years (along with an international move at 7 months pregnant with #3, which just means she’s a little crazy and adventurous). Their little “lambs” keep her busy, with their oldest newly 6, their middle one almost 5 and their youngest almost 3.
Mary is Canadian and is based in Surrey, UK, near the Hampshire and Berkshire border. She has supported hundreds of families in 11 countries. Mary’s unique approach is always holistic and focuses on emotional wellness, always respectful of parenting choices. Click here to send her an email.
The holiday season has begun, and it can be so magical as a parent of babies and young children! Seeing friends, visiting relatives, travel, parties, goodies, excitement, gifts and anticipation! As enchanting as it all can be, the holidays can also take a toll on sleep, creating many overtired babies and children. Here are a few tips to enjoy the holiday season with your little ones.
Why the holiday struggle?
Babies and children thrive on routines and schedules. They love knowing what comes next and are frequently much calmer with the predictability.
Have you ever noticed that toddlers and young children love reading the same book over and over again or watch their favourite movie, TV show or listen to the same song 738 times in a row but love it more each time? Routine and repetition provide comfort, allowing babies and children to know what’s coming next. The routine lets them feel calm and empowered.
The holiday season often throws comforting routines out the window. The result can be overtired babies and children, extra tantrums, and less sleep for everyone. Add in a cold or illness, and it can be tough.
So, what can you do? Well, if your little one is struggling, look at their schedule for the last few days or even weeks. It will probably tell you the answer.
Focus on wake windows
It’s easy to get distracted and suddenly realise that your little one has been awake for too long. When little ones are overtired their bodies produce cortisol and adrenaline – stress hormones. These stress hormones cause your little one to fight going to sleep, sleep more restlessly and wake up sooner. By getting your little one to sleep when she needs it, you can help prevent her from becoming overtired.
Have you noticed that even with a late night, your little one still wakes up at their regular time? It’s so frustrating! Wouldn’t it be nice if a later bedtime meant a lie-in? For the most part, however, this isn’t the case.
If you can, keep bedtime as consistent as possible and stick to your routine – even if you’re away from home.
Make it loud!
Expecting guests or travelling? Adding some white (or pink) noise to be played for the duration of night sleep and naps can make a massive difference to sleep for babies and young children. White or pink noise provides a consistent sleep environment and drowns out other sounds that may wake your little one. Whether it’s the “prancing and pawing of each little hoof” from Santa’s reindeer, Aunt Ella’s loud laugh, or that creaky floorboard that you know to avoid but your guests don’t, you won’t have to “shush” guests in fear of waking the baby and the consistent noise. Just be sure to play it for the duration of night sleep or naps!
Limit sugar, especially before bed
It’s hard with so many delicious treats around (guilty here!) but many children are sensitive to sugar, and it can have a significant effect on behaviour and sleep. If you think this is the case for your little one, limit sugar in the last few hours before bed, including unsweetened fruit juices.
Respond with empathy
If your little one has been struggling, it’s easy to get frustrated. When you’re out or hosting guests, it can be frustrating. The behaviour is likely a direct result of the change in routine, and that’s not his fault. He just may be struggling to cope with it. Some babies and children are more sensitive to these changes than others.
Responding with empathy is always a winner. By acknowledging his feelings you may find your toddler, or young child responds with a release of emotions. That’s okay. Sometimes a good cry, while being supported, means they get an emotional release and feel much better after.
Focus on the relationship
It’s easy to get busy shopping, wrapping, baking and entertaining and not have as much time to focus on your little one as much as usual. Spend some “special time” together, even for 5 minutes 1-2 times a day where you are entirely focused on your child and doing something they want you to do. It doesn’t need to take long, but it can make a HUGE difference in behaviours.
It WILL pass
The holiday season doesn’t last forever. Find whatever days and evenings you can that keep your routine in order and get back into your routine as quickly as possible after the holidays. Consistency is the key to getting back on track.
Best wishes for a very healthy and happy holiday season!
Mary Foster is a sleep specialist, an entrepreneur and mum of three little ones. She’s a proud Canadian, living in Hampshire, England. She’s the founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting. She’s passionate about supporting parents and helping newborns, babies, toddlers and young children learn to sleep better with a strong focus on emotional health and wellness.