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Bell and Bears Christmas wishlist 

Christmas is catching up on us slowly but surely.

Last night after school we had a look through the catalogues and these are what they would love… they have chosen very similar

  1. Playmobil

Bell loves animals so this would be perfect for her

Bear has almost the whole set of the emergency services so this will complete the set

2.Lego

Who doesn’t love Lego, now Bear is 5 I don’t think Christmas would be complete without a box or two of Lego to make up

3. Books

Bears reading is really improving and he keeps looking at the Dirty Bertie books, Bell loves fairies I know she’s too small to read but we already have one Rainbow Magic book which we sit and read and she loves listening

4. VTECH kiddie zoom range

Bell and Bear really can not decide what they would love more from this collection, and I have to agree VTECH is a brilliant make and practical toy for all ages!

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Who needs sleep part 4

Bear is actually sleeping really really well this week. I’m not sure why?

Maybe its because the mornings are slightly darker and autumn has kicked in.

Maybe he is actually eating more, and we have a lock on the kitchen door.(I found 4 wrappers of chocolate, two cake cases and a yogurt, the other morning!)

But this week it is Bell who isn’t sleeping. Bell was up last night every hour, crying for no reason. (checked temperature, pull up was dry, water cup was fall and the muslin was there)

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I have ruled out night terrors as she isn’t in a deep enough sleep to get into a deep sleep for them to start. I have ruled out teething too!

I’m starting to wonder if she is going to bed over tired but she is going to bed at 6.30pm so its not actually late, I suppose it could be too early? But her bed time has always been 6.30-7pm.

Who knows!

I’m Hoping for a better night tonight so fingers crossed!!!

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Who needs sleep part 3

I think this week is going to be much better, I am not sure if its pure exhaustion or the nights and mornings are slowly drawing in who knows but I think this week will be better!

Day one week 2

Last night we had the usual bedtime routine bath and bed all by 7pm, and guess what Bear slept in until 5,30! I know that’s still early but it beats 4.30!

Day two week 2

What is happening! 4.30 am is seriously not a good time, we haven’t done anything different at all either! Bear is going to be moody today!

Day three week 2

Yay 6am! 6am! finally a decent hour, not sure why he got up at 4.30 am yesterday but yay!!! One happy mumma, shame Bell woke up 4 times in the night look’s like her turn to be moody!

day four week 2

5.45am, why oh why do the times keep changing! Just why? I need sleep, I turn moody and grumpy without sleep and I am trying to cut my sugar habit as well which isn’t going well

Day five week 2

Yay! 6.30am I could get used to this and Bell feel asleep at 9pm last night, what is going on with them if its not one its the other!

day 6 week 2

6.30am! yay this is better, Bear is 100% less grumpy and so is Bell! Bath time is at 6.30 and bed is at 7pm, I’m guessing its the whole new routine of school and nursery kicking in!

Day seven week 2

Oh great! 5.30 am from Bear, we were doing so so well too! Oh well week three will be a better week, but saying that this week has been pretty good!

 

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Who needs sleep part 2 ……

Oh my goodness, this week Bear, yes Bear has been trying to wake his sister up! You would think after holiday he would be getting up later BUT no anytime between half past four and half past five! Really even the milk man doesn’t deliver this early! 

Day one: Week one!

Bear wakes up at 4.30am, yes you read that right, 4.30am! He obviously is taken back to bed and the cat willow is looking at us very strangely as she wants to play.

Bear then decides to sign and talk to himself for a good 15 minutes before going back to sleep until 6am… thank goodness it’s Sunday tomorrow….

Day two

We spent the afternoon running around the garden yesterday to wear him out… bed was 7.30pm after a nice long bath, we have the Gro black out blind, a roller black out blind and  a particle black out blind… will I get a layin, nope he is up at 5.30! Seriously I can not wait for the teenage years to kick in…

Day three

5am and Bear is awake jumping on Bell’s bed and guess what she is now WIDE awake! I’m hoping once the clocks go forward Bear may sleep in!

Day four

Dispute going to bed at 7.15pm Bear was up well before 4.45am! I’ve taken him back to bed at least 3 times! I am going to pop to Neals yard tomorrow and ask them for some advice they may have a cream or bath oil which may help…

Day 5

I didn’t get to Neals yard instead I ended up in boots and brought some lavender bubble bath for children… it worked sort of bed at 7.30pm but up at 5.45… we really getting there slowly….

Day 6

Oh my goodness sleep is so over rated! Bear was up at 5am! 5am! We didn’t change anything we used the lavender bubble bath, the blinds and bed at 7.30… Bell decided it was fun to wake every 45 minutes last night…

Day 7

So who’s bright idea was it to cut out sugar when Bear doesn’t sleep? Yep mine, I am so glad I don’t mind early mornings but geeze 5am again! Time for a rethink on the bedtime routine!!!! Bell decided to wake up every 2 hours last night too!

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Who needs sleep anyway Diary Part 1 

Bear was always a good sleeper until around 18 months, then it would be a constant battle, he would be awake at 3am then gradually getting later we finally manged to get Bears to stay asleep until 6am sometimes half 6 if we were lucky! 

Now fast forward to age 3, we go back to waking at 5am, our bedtime routine never changed, apart from the time he went  to bed to earlier to later, to see if it would help him sleep longer. But that didn’t work.

We are now aged 5 and this morning it was 4.30am, yes you read that right 4.30am!!! 

We have tried everything since he was 3 years old. 

We have tried the reward chart, the groclock, black out blinds, getting him in bed with us until a decent hour, cutting out sweets and all junk food. Nothing seems to work! 

We are of on holiday soon, but when we are back we are seriously going to kick this waking at 4 30 habit. I am hoping that once on holiday he will actually sleep longer . We are also going to take our gro black out blind with us too, as we know how see through curtains seem to be on holiday! 

When we are back we are going to make sure both the blinds are always down at bedtime, we have a black out roller blind, a particle black out roller blind, the groclock is going on a shelf where Bear can not reach it as he does reset it, also ensuring the bedtime routine is always the same, even if it means we are not going out mixing with others for a while. I think sleep is more important than socialzing as Bear gets really emotional when he hasn’t had enough sleep and this starts at around 3pm! 

I am going to be cutting out rubbish food 100% no sweets, crisps anything unhealthy will be gone, even though we don’t eat that much unhealthy stuff. 

Sleep is a important part of growth and development for a child. 

It helps their emotions stay balanced (well as they can be for a child!) They sleep helps them to ensure they grow well and help their eductionl development. As they are getting enough sleep to concentrate during the day. 

I will be doing a who needs sleep diary weekly as soon as we are back of holiday….