I can’t be the only mum in the world who still fails to get a decent nights’ sleep, despite her youngest child celebrating her 2nd birthday yesterday! My children seem to go through different phases but I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to go in and see one of them. Either Little Sis has lost her dummy and will scream until I find it for her, or Big Brother comes in to see us crying because his music has switched off or he can’t sleep.
It seems I’m not alone though. According to a recent survey, only 1 in 10 people sleep through the night. 39% 0f those questioned said their partners’ most annoying sleeping habit was snoring which I can also relate to. However, I’m happy to say that neither of us have ever slept on the sofa after a row. Take a look at this fun infographic below. Can you identify with any of the statistics?
I’m sitting here at just gone 7 o’clock with my two children asleep in their beds (fingers crossed). Our bedtime routine has been established pretty much since the children were born and they never go to sleep without at least one story. My husband and I alternate taking each child to bed and our routine means they are usually in bed by 7pm.
Recent research undertaken by Fairy Non-Bio about children’s bedtime routines* found the following:
- Even as dads get more involved in parenting, bedtime is still mums domain, with 51% of mums in charge of bedtime each night compared to just 15% of dads
- 8 of 10 mums read to their children nightly – 4 out of 10 (37%) of children prefer new stories, with 2 out of 10 (22%) opting for the same stories that were read to their mums and dads.
- A lucky 35% of mums say their child tends to settle down quickly and easily most nights, while another 43 % say this is the case 3-4 nights of the week.
- 1 out of 10 admitted their bedtime routine is a cause of stress and tension in the evenings.
*1,000 mums with children aged 0-7
A book at bedtime
Fairy knows just how important reading is and to celebrate the importance of bedtime reading, they are currently running an on-pack promotion (with Fairy Non Bio or Fabric Softner) where parents can send in for three new Timmy Time books, developed exclusively for this partnership. My children love watching the adventures of Timmy on cBeebies and no doubt we’ll be looking out for these promotions on our next shop!
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We at Time4Sleep like to think we know a thing or two about bedrooms, so why not let us help you decorate your child’s bedroom? Follow our handy tips below, and you will have a fun, exciting bedroom for your child to enjoy in no time at all.
It won’t be news to most parents that children grow alarmingly quickly. As a result, their feet could be hanging over the end of that new bed sooner than you expected. Therefore planning ahead is the best practice in this scenario. Go for a bed that is a little too big for them now, and you won’t have to buy a new one nearly as soon. Forward planning also applies to themed bedrooms too, as that Thomas the Tank Engine wallpaper will probably last two years max before it needs to be pulled down and replaced by the Power Rangers!
You can’t have too much storage
Kids love toys. Unfortunately their taste changes constantly, and they are never too keen on disposing of old ones. Therefore, to keep the peace, it is recommended you build in as much storage to your child’s bedroom as humanly possible. Utilise the space under the bed, and consider tall and thin wardrobes to maximise floor playing space!
Make them believe you are giving them what they want
Children change their minds all the time, so if you decorate a room completely to their specification the likelihood is they will change their mind within days. Instead of taking every word as gospel, instead interpret what they say loosely, and make them believe you have given them what they want. It will be much easier in the long run!
With many of us having to downsize homes to property’s with less bedrooms, keeping children’s bedrooms flexible is a must, especially if you have a few of the little scamps. Therefore decorating your eldest daughter’s room entirely in pink is likely to necessitate a new paint job when your son moves in there in a few years. Gender-neutral colours are the way to go here to ensure that no matter which of your lovable offspring are taking up residence in the room they will be pleased with their surroundings.