Not long ago I was approached by DryNites® to become one of their ConfidentKids247 brand ambassadors, and I think the idea behind their “pyjama pants” is brilliant and exactly what our Olivia needs right now.
Just before the Easter holidays we were invited to a craft event organised by DryNites®, where the lovely Tamara Melvin was showing us how to make a pyjama bag, which I along with a few fellow bloggers then had a go at creating too.
I am pleased to say that my sewing abilities were not too bad. I used to sew a lot when I was in my early twenties, but then stopped. Daddy ( who studied to be a fashion designer) even bought me a new sewing machine soon after Isabelle was born, and sadly it was used only when he was creating my London Marathon 2011 top and when he was designing Isabelle’s outfit for her Perform show a few years back.
Olivia was fascinated by all that was happening, helping me and loved what I have created with a bit of Tamara’s help.
Now Olivia’s little pyjama bag is ready to be filled with her DryNites® and pyjamas each morning, encouraging her to use DryNites® Pyjama Pants as part of her regular bedtime routine which will give her that extra confidence boost. It’s perfect for sleepovers too as there is a toothbrush and toothpaste holder on the inside!
I would like to share a few bedtime tips I was given by DryNites®, which I hope will help me and Olivia on our journey to “Dry Nights” too!
A structured bedtime routine
- A structured bedtime routine can help your child wind down from a busy day and prepare them for a restful night’s sleep, while helping them feel more secure and comfortable about night time.
- Child Psychologist, Emma Kenny, says: ‘Children who are not dry at night can often become distressed at the thought of bedtime so parents can help them overcome this by creating a happy and calm routine. A bedtime story and a good chat and cuddle before going to sleep are all good ways to help a child relax.’
Top tips from DryNites® to ensure bedtime is not a stressful experience
- Bedtime routines work best if you reserve the hour before bedtime for quiet play. This will help lower a child’s activity level and prepare their nervous system for relaxation
- Parents should give their child advance notice that it is nearly bedtime and encourage them to enjoy bedtime with questions such as ‘what story would you like to read’ or ‘what bath toy would you like to play with’
- After their bath read a story to your child which will help them relax and offer them comfort before bedtime. It is also a great way to incentivise them throughout the day about what story they would like to read
- Parents should use this time to talk to their child about their day and ask them if they have any worries
- Many children are afraid of the dark, so ensure there is easy access and lighting to the toilet at night
- Encourage a good level of fluid intake throughout the day but try to avoid sugary and fizzy drinks, especially towards bedtime as caffeine and sugar can affect the production of urine