Toddler Sleep Strategies Revolutionise Bedtime for Australian Parents
QUEENSLAND, Australia April 2014 – A strong link has been found between a lack of routine bed times and behavioural issues in children, according to a recent study from the University of London. The study, involving 10 000 children between three and seven years old, found those with inconsistent bed times were more like to suffer from emotional difficulties, behavioural conduct problems, emotional insecurities and hyperactivity, which only worsened with the child’s age. The research, conducted by Professor Yvonne Kelly, likened a lack of bedtime routine to jetlag in kids, and found 20 per cent of three year olds had varying bedtimes, and only half of seven year olds were in bed by 8.30pm.
Children’s sleep expert and nurse, Deb Herdman, says tired kids become hyperactive and disagreeable, and can display extreme behaviours on a radical scale. “Unfortunately, many parents allow their children to stay up past their bedtime because they believe they’re too hyperactive to go to sleep, when in fact this has far-reaching negative consequences.
“If they’re hyperactive, they need to be in bed preparing for sleep, and if they’re allowed to stay up, their bedtime routine can become compromised and create problems for the days, months and years to come,” says Deb, who urges parents to get on the ‘front foot’ and look at which toddler sleep strategies work for their children. www.nighnigh.com.au
As Director of Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head, a company that designs products to solve sleeping problems in children, Deb helps families create a happy nurturing environment for children to settle into sleep, rather than a tense and emotionally charged one that can be unpleasant for the whole family. www.nighnigh.com.au
“Any child that can’t relax enough to get to sleep would benefit from Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head. We have a lullaby for toddler sleep music that has a vocal dialect about sleep, so the brain is given a concrete message that it is time for sleep now, and not other thoughts” says Deb. “The instrumental portion of the lullaby is rhythmical and uses techniques to aid relaxation. The lullaby can also be paired with a sleeping polar bear dressed in Nigh’ Nigh’ PJ’s that can be removed, and matching PJ’s for the 0-5 age range, so teddy bear and child can get ready for bed at the same time"
“The Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head range provides an innovative way of putting fun into the pre-sleep routine, and then helping children to relax into a deep lasting sleep,” Deb says. “It is designed to help parents settle 0-5-year-olds, but the toddler sleep music CD is not limited to that age group.” www.nighnigh.com.au
Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head helps parents with toddler sleep strategies, and solves toddler sleep problems. With a solid bedtime routine, parents witness transformations as their child learns the importance of a regular bedtime, and their behaviour improves significantly.
- Contact Information
- Deb Herdman
- Nigh’ Nigh’ Sleepy Head
- (61) 03 5444 0316
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