It’s wonderful to tuck your newborn up in a sleeping bag, safe in the knowledge they are in the right Tog for the season and won’t lose their covers in the night. But when your child gets to the toddler stage they start to want a little more independence in the day – and night.
This stage in your child’s sleep journey means that the traditional baby sleeping bags are no longer suitable – and can even be dangerous if your child tries to get out of bed in the night. But often the child is not old enough to ensure they stay snug under a duvet or cover, so this phase can often result in a disturbed night’s sleep. Mum of two and Director of dreamgenii® Vanessa Blake recognised this new requirement and created the Twinkle Tog – a new sleeping bag with legs for toddlers. Vanessa is passionate about raising the profile of stage two sleeping She says; “There is a point in your child’s life when they don’t want to be cocooned in a sleeping bag anymore and want to free to move around more easily but still can’t quite ensure they stay under their duvet all night. We have created a new type of sleeping bag that is safe, secure and suitably warm, whilst giving the freedom of movement your toddler needs.”
Here Vanessa shares her top tips on toddlers reaching stage two sleeping.
Is your child a Stage Two sleeper yet?
- Is she walking around easily?
- Is she striving for independence and to do things for herself?
- Have you moved her in out of her cot-bed and in to a toddler or single bed?
- Does she move around her bed a lot in the night?
- Does she like to come in to your bedroom when she wakes up?
If you answer yes to most of these questions then your child is more than likely they have reached the next milestone and ready to embark on stage two sleeping. Firstly, it’s important to recognise this as an achievement so praise your little one and let them know their new sleeping habit is down to them growing and developing.
Each child will react differently but if you are putting your child in to a new bed, they might find this slightly daunting so again ensure you encourage them. If you can, put the new bed where the cot used to be as this will act as a reassurance to your child. Sometimes we can change from cot to bed slightly earlier so don’t get rid of your cot straight away, it may be that your child needs a bit of time for the adjustment.
Some top tips for adjusting your child to their new sleep situation
- Try to keep to your normal routine so feed, bath, story, bed, this will help them feel relaxed and comfortable.
- Let your toddler have time to settle.
- Some toddlers settle better if you keep things quiet in the evenings, while others are better if you keep natural house noises going, as it’s reassuring to know you’re nearby so try to keep to whatever you gave been doing.
- A small night light could come in handy so if they get up in the night they can see where they are going and not trip.
- If your toddler keeps getting up after you’ve put them to bed, try to be firm so they realised they can’t take advantage of their new found freedom. A safety gate on their bedroom door is always advised specially if you have stairs or a bathroom on the same floor.
Natalie Hayhurst, mum of Freya 21 months, has been testing out the new Twinkle Tog and says; “As soon as I put Freyja in a toddler bed, I knew the sleeping bag we’d previously been using was no longer suitable. We bought her small 4 tog duvet but she moved around too much and kept waking up in the night from cold. So when I discovered the Twinkle Tog, I knew it would be perfect for her. She has the freedom she needs whilst staying warm – and I’m delighted that she is back to sleeping well!”
The dreamgenii® Twinkle Tog costs £29.99 and comes in four different designs; Circus Spot, Sweet Sheep and Twinkle Star in pink and blue and comes in 1Tog or 2.5Tog so suitable for your toddler, whatever the season. For more details log on to www.dreamgenii.com.