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Q&A With Child Sleep Expert Chireal Shallow

by S1m

Finally we can grab that elusive extra hour in bed due to the clocks going back this weekend! Good news for adults, but what will it mean to a child’s sleeping patterns? Is this something you have already considered? Do you think that it will disrupt your child’s sleeping patterns?
When it comes to children’s sleeping patterns I know I am truly blessed… Mini Me has pretty mush slept through the night since day 1 (she obviously takes after me as I love my sleep too!) Though having spoken to many of my friends over the years, it is apparent that many people suffer with lack of sleep due to their children waking through the night for various reasons and I have always felt slightly helpless as I can not really advise them on how to cope with this problem.
One thing I am dreading is the day when Mini Me moves from her cotbed into the bed section. Mini Me has a very cheeky but loveable personality and I already know she will take full advantage of the new found freedom and when taking her to bed she will make sure she stays up as long as possible and sitting down relaxing for us will be a distant memory! I do not think the extra hour will disrupt our household too much, though only time will tell! 

We have all seen “Super Nanny” but are there other ways in which to aid a peaceful nights sleep for your children…?

To celebrate the magical new Forever Friends bedtime storybook for pre-school children, Night Night Sweet Dreams, Hallmark are holding an exclusive Q & A session with Chireal Shallow.

SFR has the opportunity to put questions forward to the renowned children’s sleep expert and Channel 4 psychologist Chireal Shallow regarding kiddies sleep patterns – if you have any questions relating to this topic please comment and I shall make sure these are passed forward to be answered.  

The session will be taking place on Tuesday 2nd November from 11am -3pm, all you need to do is visit www.Twitter.com/HallmarkUK during the chat, and post your questions by including @HallmarkUK in your tweet.

Though if you comment on this post your questions will be forwarded directly to Chireal to answer and hopefully she will be able to advise on the best solution to helping your children have a wonderful nights sleep!

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Kylie Hodges (kykaree) October 31, 2010 - 2:48 pm

My son took ages to sleep through, about 7 months, but that’s only because he was premature (born at 27 weeks weighing 1lb 7oz) and had to feed 3 – 4 hourly all through the night.

However his sleeping patterns since then and up until now have been very robust, withstanding trips to Australia and numerous time changes.

I strongly believe babies need us to provide them with a sleep inducive environment then let them be, they know what they need to self settle and to sleep comfortably and I think all too often we as parents, thinking we know best, make life difficult for them/

savvymum4 November 1, 2010 - 12:11 pm

My children have never been any good at sleeping. We have tried everything to get them to go to sleep but nope nothing works.

One of the ideas I like is instead of reading them a book make a social story that involves them and their bed time

Beth November 1, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Sleep is something that we talk about regularly when comparing Little Man to Dot.

Little Man was always difficult to get to sleep. He never had a set bedtime and would still be awake by half 6. It wasn’t for the want of trying though. He often worked himself up so much in the lead up to bedtime that he’d end up vomiting.

When Dot arrived we were already geared up for another 4 years of co-sleeping and rotten routines but we were pleasantly surprised. From her first night at home she slept 8 hours solidly and now sleeps 12-14 hours a night. She will not settle anywhere other than her cot and is quite happy to play when she wakes up.

Since her arrival Little Man has insisted on a 7pm bedtime along with his little sister. He falls asleep around 8pm and gets up at 7am.

Although, recently he’s been waking at around 1am and refusing to go back to sleep. We’ve tried everything from talking calmly explaining that it’s an unreasonable time to wake up to shouting that he must go back to sleep. We really are at the end of our tether with him. Any suggestions would be great!



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