“Sleep is a learnt behaviour”, Julie Mallon, certified sleep consultant starts educating our parents at our DIFC nursery branch.
Julie coming from a heavily focused child development background, she has worked as an educator in the field of maternal support services, delivering classes on antenatal and postnatal care, child development and behaviour and parenting.
During her talk she focused on several important topics, one of which was the transition from cot to bed. Here are some simple points Julie says will work magic for any parent –
- Make it fun, throw a moving in party with mummy, daddy and your little one.
- Involve your child in choosing their bed and bed linen to help them feel a sense of ownership and control over the process of moving to a bed.
- When you are ready, begin by sticking to your regular bed time routine but start a little earlier for at least the first few nights to give you extra time to settle your child into their bed without feeling rushed or with you feeling overly concerned with how late it is.
- A pool noodle tucked under the fitted bed sheet along the open side of the bed acts as a great temporary bed rail.
- Keep the area beside the bed clear of furniture. You might be planning to use a bedside table but it would be better to wait until your child is used to sleeping in their bed before moving furniture into the immediate area next to the bed for safety reasons.
- Turn the top sheet sideways so that you have extra length to tuck your child in securely. This will help them to feel safe and secure and also help reduce the likelihood of them rolling out of bed.
- Place your child’s cot mattress on the floor alongside the bed so if they do roll out it will provide a softer landing.
- The use of the Gro Clock can be really helpful as it provides a clear indication of when it is morning and to start the day.
Julie also covered the transitions of sleep after travelling and dealing with sleep patterns after returning to work. If you are interested in attending our upcoming workshops please contact us at 800HUMMIN or email us your favourite topics at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sleep well 🙂