Snuggle Sac founder Tina Goldsmith recognises the importance of good sleep advice for parents. She works in partnership with The Children’s Sleep Charity to ensure her customers receive high quality sleep information.
Tina says ‘parents often contact us for support around the clock changes, just a change of one hour can really disrupt some children’s sleep patterns. Our experts from The Children’s Sleep Charity offer the following advice’.
- Try to plan ahead for clock changes. In the summer time it gets lighter in the mornings so you may wish to invest in a pair of blackout blinds so that the light mornings don’t interrupt your little ones sleep.
- The evenings can be lighter too. Draw the curtains in the hour leading up to bedtime to help your child to produce melatonin, the hormone that helps us to feel sleepy.
- When a clock change is approaching gradually begin to move your child’s bedtime. So for example in the spring time you should move your child’s bedtime forwards by 10 minutes each evening over a period of six nights. By the time the clock change arrives your child’s body clock will hopefully have adjusted.
- Some children may need you to gradually move their bedtime over a number of weeks, for those children start a month before the clocks change.
- Don’t forget to wake your children earlier in the morning to help to keep their body clocks on schedule. So if you put them to bed earlier by 15 minutes, you will need to wake them earlier by 15 minutes too.
- Move the whole routine – not just the bedtime! You will need to think about making everything earlier such as nap time, supper time and bath time.
About the authors:
Snuggle Sacs were launched in 1999 by Tina Goldsmith, to solve her son’s sleep disturbance issues, of waking up cold with his covers on the floor. By designing a super cute, cosy, soft, fun, yet practical sleeping bag in the style of a lion she succeeded in combining the warmth of a duvet, with the comfort of a teddy bear and the practicality of a sleeping bag. For more information and details visit www.snugglesac.com
Vicki has trained with both Sleep Scotland and Southampton Sleep Service, her background is in education having qualified as a teacher in 1998. Vicki is passionate about supporting parents to get a better night’s sleep and regularly writes in the media and speaks at national conferences. For more information and details visit www.thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk