A good night's sleep is essential to children's health and wellbeing, yet - as many of you guys will know - convincing your little ones to get their '40 winks' is never easy. So much so, my husband and I call our two sons, Oliver, 6, and Xander, 3, 'the sleep thieves'.
They might be invisible to human the eye, but if you suffer from allergies then you'll definitely know all about dust mites. These teeny tiny terrors are the bane of mine and my eldest son, Oliver's ...
I'm excited to welcome Dr Juliet McGrattan, GP, writer and runner extraordinaire to Honest Mum.
Both myself and my eldest son Oliver have super sensitive skin, which is often aggravated in the heat, especially on hot summer nights so even though I use a low tog duvet and hypo-allergenic bedding, I can still find it difficult to sleep especially in the summer.
I suffer from sensitive skin so have to be really careful with what lotions and potions I put on it, always opting for high quality and mainly natural products where I can.
My kids, Oliver (4 nearly 5 and Alexander, 2) have never been the greatest of sleepers (they take after me) but sleep patterns seemed to have gotten worse towards the end of the summer with a serious lack of structure, outbreaks of tonsillitis for my toddler and a period of nightmares (my eldest and I to be honest) pre-school starting! We were all shattered! Fast forward to Oliver starting and settling in at school (he's so happy), a more structured routine and a few dietary changes and the boys are sleeping better than ever. So, I wanted to share what has worked for us.