How has the Baby Sleep range helped your bedtime routine?
This Works baby sleep range, helps to settle him, he knows when he smells those products, it’s time for bed. I give him a bath, and let him play, let him relax. The baby sleep gentle wash, it makes Cyprus’s skin really, really soft. I mist his pillow, with baby sleep pillow spray. Then massage him with baby sleep massage oil and then bottle, sometimes a book, and then put him to sleep. Having a routine for him and me, just helps us massively.
What advice would you give new parents struggling to establish a sleep ritual for their baby?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Me and Lee were actually talking about this the other day that we put a lot of pressure on our babies/children to drink all their bottles, eat all their food, sleep well, you know, and some nights we can’t sleep properly even when the baby's asleep - so makes sense if they don’t either. You know I was under the sink cleaning in the middle of the night the other night, making our kitchen Pinterest worthy, jut not feeling tired. I would say make small changes to your routine, and progress can be slow. Be consistent with a simple routine, doesn’t have to be long-winded it can be short and simple but you know wholesome and cute. It can be hard – we’ve been to see a sleep specialist but it didn’t work for us. We intuitively felt like Cyprus needed to go to bed earlier and it was the best thing we did. So he has an early dinner around 4ish and we put him down for 6/6:30 and he has a really long sleep. Trust your instinct. Trial and error.
How important is sleep to your family?
So important...we can't function without it.
How has your sleep pattern changed since having a baby?
(Grace) I need less sleep. I could sleep a lot more before having a baby but now 8AM is a lie in – I think we just naturally wake up earlier and I have trained myself to survive on less sleep. I feel anxious about not hearing him cry if I’m on a night shift. (Lee) I struggle to get back to sleep after waking up and have insomnia.
What is your advice to parents struggling with their child’s sleep?
Trial and error. Consistency, make small changes.
Why do you think a good sleep routine is so important for setting your baby up for the future?
Sleep now means more than just a future. Children aren’t taught self-care – teach your baby little acts of self-love. This is our time to relax. Listen to music in the morning and we are chilling. Teach them from a young age.