‘Twas the night before Christmas
“And ALL through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings all hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas, soon would be there. The children all nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads…”
Words from the iconic book “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” My mum tells my three little ones that I had the entire book memorised by the age of three. I still know the whole book by heart.
Christmas is a magical time, and most of us have this idyllic image in our heads about our little ones and the magic of Christmas and the holiday season. The reality, however, can be much different, judging from my own experience and the messages I’ve been receiving from parents on a daily basis. First off, it’s good to know that you’re not alone! Parents all over the world experience the same challenges and frustration. If you need a few tips, check out my blog post for Seven Tips on Surviving Sleep Over the Holiday Season.
Most little ones sleep better once their routine is back and the excitement of Christmas is over. The regression can demonstrate how important a consistent routine is for most little ones. Later bedtimes, extra sugar, lots of excitement, missed naps, travel, visitors and overstimulation can change a great sleeper into bedtime struggles, frequent wake-ups, missed naps and lots of tears. Of course, it can become cyclical as an overtired little one makes it harder to sleep well.
Need Support? I’ve Got You Covered!
Do you plan to focus on sleep in the new year? If so, I’ll be there to help in a variety of different and NEW ways! In the new year, we’re launching a new sleep program called The Best of Both Worlds. It will be a combination of personalised 1:1 support and group support to help you help your little one sleep much better with the same results as a full support package, but more accessible on the post-Christmas budget.
The renowned Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy will re-launch with an all-new look. The online sleep program provided hundreds of families with the sleep support they needed in a step-by-step video self-paced program with a strong focus on emotional wellness. The ALL NEW Sleep Academy will be easier to navigate and provide you with all the tools you need to help your little one sleep better, even if you have ZERO interest in sleep training. And finally, this website will be updated with a new look too! Of course
So, if you’re struggling with sleep and ready to make some changes in 2018, we’re with you every step of the way with a plan to support your needs and budget. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and SleepyLambs.com for more details.
We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas!
I sincerely hope your Christmas is merry and bright, full of love and laughter. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
Mary Foster is a sleep specialist, an entrepreneur and mum of three little ones (at one time three under three). Mary’s a proud Canadian, living in Hampshire, England. She’s the founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and is 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. Click here to message her.