Sleep is one of those topics that unites parents, isn’t it?
As soon as you have a baby, people love to ask how they are sleeping (which is never very well if we are all honest). You try everything to get them to nap, to sleep and to sleep long enough that you can relax and get sleep too, right?
And I don’t know about you but I assumed that come a certain age, babies just magically turned into sleeping machines.
As a mum of 3, I can tell you that with coughs, colds, nightmares, fluctuating room temperatures, lost dummies, lost teddies and needing the toilet – it never happens.
Well, not as early as we would all hope anyway!
My girls seem to take it in turns to wake up in the night and so when we were offered the chance to try out some SIMBA Hybrid® mattresses I jumped at the chance!
The mattresses are vacuum sealed – not something I have ever seen before so it was very novel. Once you’ve taken them from out of the bags, they slowly inflate – taking 4-6 hours in total from our experience.
SIMBA Hybrid® mattresses have Visco memory foam, which moulds to your body and then the unique conical pocket springs adjust as you sleep. This means that even the wriggliest of sleepers will be supported and comfortable throughout the night.
I have to say, these are the most comfortable mattresses I have ever laid on – even comfier than my own and I thought that was good! They are supportive on the one hand but you also feel as though you are lying on a cloud.
And the girls’ sleep?
They haven’t woken up once. Not once!
My early riser Gracie, has been waking up at 8am most days and making us late for school! I wouldn’t believe it myself if I didn’t see it for myself!
Getting them a decent mattress has worked wonders for their sleep – I just wish I had done it sooner!
5 things to try if your little one isn’t sleeping through
I have tried so many things to promote better sleep over the years, I thought I would share them just in case you’ve not tried any of them yet.
– A Bedtime routine. This is more than just bath-story-bed as I soon discovered. We make sure the lights are dimmed, that they have talked through their day and that they are completely relaxed and calm. A warm bath and a story also help of course – anything that promotes relaxation before saying goodnight.
– Remove electronic devices. Screen time before bed does the opposite of relaxing the mind and so we make sure that they don’t watch any television or play any games on tablets for an hour before bed.
– Provide security. Children can dream up 101 reasons as to why they don’t want to go to bed, can’t they? Usually, it all points to the fact that they just don’t want to be on their own. Both my girls have nightlights, a special cuddly toy and are given plenty of time to chat before we kiss them goodnight.
– A full tummy. I found out, through a very distressing experience, that young children need to go to bed with a full tummy. We all know it of babies, but toddlers need a bedtime feed too. Giving a snack high in protein or carbohydrates can ensure they sleep well, with no rumbling tummy to wake them up in the middle of the night.
– An ideal environment. Something I now know to be hugely important and something that I wish I’d paid more attention to earlier on. Soft sheets, fluffy pillows and a good quality mattress will ensure they are comfortable in their beds. We also make sure their room is kept tidy, that they don’t have too many toys in bed with them and that the temperature is ideal for encouraging a deep sleep. Head over to SIMBA now and get £50 off your Hybrid mattress.
They all get there in the end, I know that to be true. We just need to do all we can to help them get there.
We were sent the Simba mattresses but all words and thoughts are my own.