As soon as you fall pregnant, the chat about getting your children to sleep fires up and for me, 5 years down the line it hasn’t stopped. Especially with blogging I have often been asked if I have any tips to help children sleep.
I have been lucky and unlucky when it comes to my children sleeping, Cassi has slept like a dream since he was born, nope we didn’t do anything, he just sleeps well but Cora...well, and she is another story.
Cora has never slept well and at around 3 years we decided to “cry it out” and this helped ever so slightly; she now goes to bed without any problems but rarely sleeps through the night.
We tried warmer pjs, new bedding, and a new bed even but nope, she still wakes up and wonders through to us most nights. This is now the norm.
We were contacted by the lovely people at Fidgetbum to try out there product which helps promote a cosy sleep, if you have a wiggler that often kicks the covers off or maybe a child with sensory issues and they like feeling secure while they sleep, then this could be the product for you.
The fidgetbum is made from comfy, cosy, stretchy cotton fabric. It runs under the mattress and then over the top of the covers, where the ends are joined together by a chunky, child friendly zip.
It keeps the covers on the child, and the child snugly in the bed. When not in use, the ends of the fidgetbum can be hidden discretely under the covers, allowing your child to enjoy their favourite bedding.
It is designed to stretch snugly around either a single or toddler bed mattress. The only thing I can compare it to is like a pillowcase for the bed, a sleep bag to keep everything where it should be.
Cora is alway excited to get post in the mail and she was super keen to try this as she has a paw patrol sleeping bag which she would live in and this was very similar to a sleeping bag.
I did find putting the product on the bed tricky, but I am sure this is down to me being a right weakling and I found lifting the mattress by myself near impossible. So if you are like me, you may need an extra pair of hands to its fitted well.
Once on, it was easy to work out and easy to do up as the fabric really is very stretchy and the zip was smooth and easy to use.
Once Cora was tucked in, she said she was “warm” and it was “very soft”.
The first night, Cora slept all through without coming through to us and on the second night when I went to check on her, the little Houdini had managed to get one leg over the Fidgetbum! Due to the zip being so easy to use, I was able to unzip re-tuck and re-zip without waking her. Success!
Cora had been sleeping in her own bed now for a week with the fidgetbum and it was doing the job, keeping her tucked up, and nicely in bed.
Cora can work the zip easily as well which means she can free herself, when and if she needs to get out of bed and go to the toilet.
Overall the product did what it said it would do and I think will be beneficial for parents moving their child from a baby sleepbag to then sleeping with a duvet. This way the child will get use to having a duvet after being in a sleeping bag from birth.
Younger toddlers can struggle to pull up their blankets until they’re three or four years old, so Fidgetbum has been designed to allow children to comfortably move around but keep their blankets on and that it does.
Prices start at £32.99 for the cot bet size moving up to £44.99 for the single bed size, this seems a reasonable price point as most baby sleeping bags are around the same price and these will be longer lasting as the fidgetbum will grow with the child.