A Mother’s Perspective
As the mother of two young children, I know firsthand how special – and at times challenging – bedtimes can be. While bedtimes offer a unique time for parent/child bonding, they can also be disrupted by hyperactivity, anxieties and fears.
This happened to my family. At the age of four, my daughter Kira began to experience a fear of the dark, specifically a fear of monsters. While researching the problem, I discovered this was actually good news, as it showed that her imagination was beginning to develop. But I needed a way to give her confidence and calm her down for a good night’s sleep.
For a solution, I looked back to my own childhood, growing up on the Isle of Man. Our culture has many fun and fanciful tales and myths, and fairies play a big part. I began to tell Kira a bedtime story about a fairy and how it helped a little girl just like her.
My research led me to learn about the benefits of a consistent nightly routine and calming aromatherapy. I’ve pulled together all of these elements, and more, in the Fairy in the Bottle Bedtime Kit. These techniques worked wonders for us, and I know they will for you, too.
Here’s to better bedtimes!
While sleep is important for everyone, it is vitally so for children – in fact, it’s an essential building block in their mental and physical health. Yet the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that sleep problems affect 20 to 30 percent of children today
What Happens Without Proper Sleep
Studies have shown that children who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall health. Sleep promotes growth, helps the heart, affects weight, and helps to fight infection, illness, and stress.
Inadequate sleep in early childhood has been linked to problems with the immune system, and cardiovascular risks in the form of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure; it can also lead to hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression.
Sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise. Simply put, sleep is essential to your child’s overall wellbeing and helps them to grow up strong and healthy.
To create bedtimes that are beneficial – for your child and your entire family – experts recommend that you:
• Establish and maintain a consistent bedtime routine.
• Read a story book together each evening.
• Include aromatherapy to create a calming atmosphere.
• Use a nightlight to reduce anxiety in the dark.
• Create an interactive experience for your child at bedtime, to empower them and spark their imagination.
The Fairy in the Bottle Bedtime Kit pulls together all of these elements in a perfect mix, as it introduces your child to the fun, fanciful and captivating land of fairies!
“When therapists meet with families of children struggling with nighttime anxiety, the most common tools suggested are routine, soothing bedtime stories, and aromatherapy. This kit includes all of these things. The therapists in our practice have recommended Fairy in the Bottle Bedtime Kit to families that are struggling with peaceful bedtime transitions, and we have seen great success.”