Let’s face it. There are many sleep gimmicks out there. I speak with families all the time who have spent a lot of money on products that they just hope will help their child sleep better.
Unfortunately, most don’t address the reason WHY the little one isn’t sleeping well, so, in the end, they don’t work. It’s frustrating. I get it. Parents just want their children to sleep, and they want solutions.
This week I had the chance to check out a new product that could help your toddler or young child sleep better in their bed. Fidgetbum is the invention of Surrey-based Mel Wood. When Mel’s younger daughter struggled with the transition from her cot to bed, Mel decided to create something that would help her daughter feel snug and secure in her new bed and help her daughter stay warm and keep her covers on.
Toddlers Like to “Move it, Move it!!
If you have a toddler or young child, you know that they don’t typically stay still when they sleep. Younger toddlers can struggle to pull up their blankets until they’re three or four years old. Fidgetbum has been designed to allow children to comfortably move around but keep their blankets on. The soft four-way elastic fabric instils that feeling of security, that can help many toddlers and young children feel more secure in their beds. Fidgetbum can also reduce the possibility of your little one falling out of bed.
Fidgetbum is easy to install, going under the mattress and coming together on top with a heavy duty zipper up the middle. It’s machine washable
Let’s Give it a Go!
So, Grace, our lovely but headstrong three-year-old, has been sleeping restlessly lately. She’s been getting up to see us when us uses the toilet in the night and wanting a cuddle. Firstly, I don’t have a problem with it and we quite enjoy the sweet, peaceful cuddles but we would prefer for her to get a solid rest. Being three years old is all about being busy and going non-stop. If she doesn’t get enough sleep, we notice that she is more likely to struggle in the day, and is overtired. She’s the perfect candidate for Fidgetbum!
At first, Grace was excited about giving it a try and then was unsure and wouldn’t let us zip it up the first night. That’s okay. I certainly didn’t didn’t force it and left it unzipped. It wasn’t going to work if she didn’t want it on.
On the second night, Grace requested us to zip it up. (I’m thinking it may have had something to do with her older sister wanting it on her bed!). We zipped it up, and she slept well. All night! She did get up once on her own to use the toilet but went back to bed and crawled back under her duvet and the Fidgetbum.
Woohoo ... Success!!
Since we started using Fidgetbum several days ago, Grace has stayed in her bed most nights, without coming out to look for cuddles. I think that’s a major step forward! Even though she didn’t have a sleep problem, I think the feeling of security that Fidgetbum provides helps her feel more secure in her bed.
Special Needs, Sensory Disorders
Most of us love hugs and feel calmer, and more secure after getting a hug. After checking Fidgetbum out, I think it would be an excellent product to help children who are restless sleepers or children who experience sensory processing challenges or disorders.
The light level of pressure from the elasticised fabric can help children sleep better by keeping them warmer and adding some light pressure, like a hug, to help them feel safe and secure.
When I first had a look at Fidgetbum I was pleasantly surprised. How is such a simple concept not given to every parent the moment they leave the hospital?
Children wriggle. They kick and blankets/quilts do slide off on to the floor and 20 mins later you have a cold little one who wants in bed with parents and no one sleeps.
So along came the genius invention of the FidgetBum.
An easy to put on wrap that keeps the blankets in place, and still allows little one to move freely in the bed and get out for toilet trips/drink of water/monster under bed checking and the 101 things kids use to not go to sleep.
My little one is slightly older than others who have used it, but I put it on and showed it to her. She seemed quite excited.
So, feeling slightly nervous she went to bed. and she fell asleep! Yes Just fell asleep without the usual " Mummy whats the meaning of life?" in depth conversations she likes to start.
And she slept...
And we didnt hear a peep out of her until the following morning.
Same for the next night
And the night after.
This whole sleeping the night through without waking because the quilt is on the floor, or more likely her “ Baboo” (snuggle blanket) was very easy to get used to, and I was already formulating my plan to get Mel Wood a Damehood for her invention.
So Mel Wood, I am still working on my plan for a Damehood, because Fidgetbum is the greatest thing you can have for a wriggly little one!!
Knowing at times i have thought I would pay £100 for a good nights sleep, this is nowhere near and worth every penny.
So Dame Mel Wood.Thank you from a recovered Zombie Mum.
Mary Foster is a certified sleep consultant and founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and the popular Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy.
She has an amazing husband, and they had three little ones in 3 years (along with an international move at seven months pregnant with #3, which just means she’s a little crazy and adventurous). Their little “lambs” keep her busy, with their oldest newly 7, their middle one 5 1/2 and their youngest 3 1/2.
Mary is Canadian and is based in Petersfield, Hampshire in England. She has supported hundreds of families in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex as well as around the world in 11 countries, to date. Mary’s unique approach is holistic and focuses on emotional wellness, always respectful of parenting choices. Click here to send her an email.
Disclaimer: I have been provided with a Fidgetbum to try and evaluate whether it would be helpful for the families I support. I have not received any additional compensation for this review, and I am not receiving any commission on products sold. Comments and opinions on this product or other products I may review are expressly my own.