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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: Sleep

  1. How do you deal with a sleepwalking child?

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    My eldest daughter is a sleep walker. It took me a long time to actually realise that she was sleep walking and not just getting up in the night and gibbering nonesense. 

    I am a very matter of fact kind of mom but sleepwalking, despite being quite a common problem, still unnerves me a little. I was amazed to learn that up to 30% of children will sleepwalk at some point. Although the behaviour is more common in children, the number of adults affected is higher than previously thought (I suspect my other half would like the opportunity to sleep deeply enough to even contemplate sleep walking.)

    Sleep is a big topic in our house, whether it be the lack of it or my snoring or the sleepwalking children, sleep should be about resting your head on the pillow and hopefully waking up in the same place 8 hours or so later shouldn't it? Not in our house! We have had:

    • Running down the stairs

    • Wandering around on the landing

    • Random conversations about putting bread in the bath

    • Finding her sleeping curled up at the end of our bed

    • Opening doors in the middle of the night

    Most of the time she has her eyes open, which was a little disturbing to start with but now I am used to it. Having researched it, the NHS website says that the most common triggers are:

    • sleep deprivation

    • fatigue (extreme tiredness)

    • stress and anxiety

    • fever 

    • drinking too much alcohol

    • taking recreational drugs 

    • certain types of medication

    • being startled by a sudden noise or touch and waking from deep sleep, or waking from deep sleep to go to the toilet 

    I can assure you that the 8yo has not been in the drinks cabinet and has no access to recreational drugs but I do notice she sleepwalks more when she is especially tired.

    So how do you deal with a sleep walking child?


    I was always told never to wake a person who sleep walks ( I remember my best friend when we were younger, getting up in the middle of the night and standing on the alarm sensor, waking everyone else up .... except her!). I have learnt that trying to have a conversation is pointless and trying to decipher what she is saying is even more futile, so I just take her by the hand and lead her back to bed.

    I have always worried that sleep walking was as a result of her feeling unsettled but after reading so much about it, I find that it usually happens when they are in a deep sleep, so whilst she is waking everyone else up with her antics, at least she is in a deep asleep.

    Hopefully she will grow out of it as she gets older, although they do say it can run in the family so maybe one day her own children will do the same and she will know how perplexing it is.

  2. A child's room is so much more than a place to sleep

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    I love to sleep. As a mum to two girls, I never seem to get enough sleep, I never want to get out of my bed in the morning from the room that is my haven but a child’s room is so much more than a place to sleep. Far more than for most grown-ups, it’s a place they spend a lot of their waking hours, telling stories, creating adventures, building dens and having fun.

    So what do you do when you decide it needs redecorting? You have to think about the times they’re going to play, read, draw and colour in there and as they get older, it’s bound to be where they’ll do a lot of their homework too. (I am clearly living in hope that the challenge of physically getting them to do their homework is not too much of a mission)

    The secret interior designer (or just the sleepy mum) that is trapped inside me thinks that the key piece of furniture in a child’s bedroom is the bed, and that’s the best place to start when you’re planning out how to furnish and decorate your child’s room. Children’s beds today come in a massive range of styles and sizes and the one you’ll choose will depend on the size of the room and how old your child is. Great companies like GLTC have a fabulous range of children's beds and mattresses from GLTC and this is a good first stop resource for families like us. 

    I love the idea of a cabin bed, as it can be a great space-saver choice and the underneath can either be used as a desk, or as storage space for clothes. Some cabin beds have tent style play areas below them too, although I am not sure there would be much sleeping going on with my daughters in this kind of bed. 

    Children’s bedroom furniture can be expensive, so it may be worth considering choosing a timeless classic style for the furniture, and then giving the room a fresh look with new accessories every couple of years – when your child’s tastes change. It’s far easier and more economical to change curtains, bed linen and rugs than replacing all the furniture with a new set. It might not be the most exciting but I have always gone for neutral colours like cream or white and accessorised around them.


    Space and storage is always an issue for parents, for us, the litte one needs lots of floor space to play, and we have storage chests for her toys, whereas the older one prefer less floor space (to hopefully create less clutter) and has a wall unit with all her essentials in.

    i made the mistake of letting the eldest daughter choose her bedroom colour and she went for "sexy pink" (I kid you not) so guiding them towards a theme will help to give their bedroom a coordinated look and it could be inspired by any of their interests. There are some perennially popular themes, such as pirates, fairies or woodland creatures for younger kids, and bright, bold colours for older children. It really depends what your kids like – and what you like too, of course. Don’t feel that you have to achieve a new-look room all in one go – in fact, in a way, it’s nice for them to build on their room’s theme by asking for accessories for Christmas or birthday presents.

    So their bedroom maybe a design project for me but for the girls, it is so much more than that, it is a place that memories are created, tears will be shed, laughter will seep through the walls and friends will be made and lost. I always want everything to be perfect for them and you just live in hope that they’ll love the fact that it’s been done especially for them, and maybe they’ll keep it tidy as a way of saying thank you!

    Oh, well, we can all have dreams can't we?! 


  3. New Year, New Sleeping Habits??

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    I am saying this in very hushed tones but do you remember those sleeping problems we might have mentioned once or twice last year? Well *whispers* we "may" have cracked it!

    I vaguely remember a time when people would look at the little one and say "she is always sleeping" and I would smile that smug new mom smile.


    But then that gorgeous little baby decided that sleep was for the weak.

    We have looked at behaviour, routine, "training" (I don't like that word), more sleep, no sleep but ultimately comfort is what won the day. It was beginning to drive me a little insane, the constant waking in the middle of the night and the regular "third" person in our bed, wanting snuggles from Mommy or lying across Daddy like she did when she was little.


    I am not adverse to co-sleeping but I am not a massive fan of sleeping with a child that resembles a star fish! She has a tendancy to push her arms and legs out to the furthest point possible which was clearly waking her in her cot so she would come into our cozy bed with its memory foam mattress. Ridiculous as it sounds, she clearly wanted a bed with no sides. 

    So she has a bed, a quilt and a pillow and guess what? We have a happy sleeping toddler! I have always loved my bed and I hope that she will too, especially when I have shown her beds fit for a princess!


    As for those who use the term "sleep like a baby", I am quite convinced they have never actually had one!


    Disclaimer : This post was brought to you in association with Carpetright, who I was surprised to learn do much more than carpets! All thoughts and non sleeping toddlers are our own.

  4. Avoid a sleep deprived Christmas this year.

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    Avoid a sleep deprived Christmas 

    Sleep is a hot topic in our house and when we were asked to bring you this post in association with Bedstar, we knew avoiding sleep deprivation would be top of many parents Christmas lists this year.

    Nothing is guaranteed to cause over excitement and lack of sleep among the kids - and therefore the adults - of the house than Christmas. As soon as you put the tree up and start gathering the gifts, the countdown begins and excited eyes don’t want to close! Of course, the last thing anyone wants is a sleep deprived Christmas Day, particularly when there is inevitably a huge group of people to cook for and every tradition to keep going. Here’s some Lilypad tips to make sure everyone gets enough sleep during the most wonderful time of the year. 

    Stick to your normal routine 

    With young children it can be tempting to let them stay up later to enjoy the festive films, or play longer, but it’s most definitely wise to make sure they go to bed at their normal time, right up to and including Christmas Eve (especially if you need to wrap those last minute presents like me!)

    When it comes to the big night, don’t forget to remind them that they need to be asleep for Santa - otherwise he won’t come! Putting snacks out for the big man and his reindeers is a tradition that can help to get them keen to go to bed so that the next day comes quicker.


    If you’re sneaking gifts into their room or under the tree, wait until they are definitely asleep (you don’t want to ruin the magic) and set a rule the night before that nothing gets opened before 7am. It’s fairly unlikely they’ll stick to it but you never know - it could buy you some precious time in bed before you have to get up and start the Big Day itself. 

    Is everyone sleeping well? 

    If you find your children aren’t sleeping well or for long in general then it could be time to look at their environment a bit more closely. This is especially important during the exciting festive period, but will also stand you in good stead for the new year.

    If they have a plethora of electrical equipment (TVs, iPads, consoles) in their room, remove them. Make sure their bedroom is just for sleeping and reading. Encouraging your little ones to read (or be read to) for half an hour before lights out can be a great way to get them to properly relax. 

    Check their mattress - if it’s five years old or less then it’s most likely OK, but a lumpy or uncomfortable mattress can really impede anyone’s sleep time, including kids. It could be time to treat them to a new bed for Christmas, complete with brand new mattress to lull them into dreamland. And it doesn’t have to cost the earth - we all have enough expenses at this time of year without adding on any others! Have a look online and do some research. When you’ve decided on the kind of bed and mattress you’re after, buy from to make sure you get the best deal and the best quality. They also have a fantastic range of character and themed beds that will make sure your kids are dying to get to bed. 

    Late nights or not?

    Depending on the age of your children, either make sure you stick with their normal routine on Christmas Day - there’s always time for a nap, even in the busiest of days. If they’re older then try making it a treat to stay up late can put the cherry on top of the Christmas cake, and mean some extra special family time.