Monday, 17 January 2011

Johnsons Sleep Challenge

Little Tot is your typical hyperactive 2 year old, and sleep isn't one of his favourite past times- gets in the way he feels of being a mile a minute boy! Obviously 20somethingmum isn't so keen to stay up all night with him, so we've been trying Johnsons Bedtime range as part of their Sleep Challenge. So, how did we get on?

Little Tot has never been great at sleeping through- we have tried black out blinds, different bedding, heating at all different temperatures. We even tried moving his room around to see if it made a difference. 

However, no matter what, he was still, at close to two and a half years old, waking at least once or twice a night. Broken sleep of course was not just an issue for him, as of course he would often be grumpy by 4pm. It also upset my sleep pattern and health too. 

So when Johnsons asked us to try their Bedtime range and take their sleep challenge, it was another thing to try out short of him sleeping in the shed at the bottom of the garden! 

The range has Bath, lotion and wash, as well as oil and cream, all of which contain their patented and researched NaturalCalm  formula of relaxing aromas, said to be better as a mixture than just lavender alone.

We tried the Bath, wash and lotion.

The first big difference we saw was in the bath- another of Little Tots pet hates is being clean, he is your archetypal soap dodger, or would be if we let him get away with it.

He has, for about a year now, kicked and screamed and no amount of hugs or bath toys would change his mind. However, we plonked him in the suds, and soaped him with the wash, and, after a few attempts over the course of a week, he calmed down considerably, playing with his bath toys, although he still hates his hair being washed! So far so good.

With the change in weather and the need to have the radiators on indoors, his skin, which dries out, has been quite rough and needing moisture. The lotion, which its suggested is used not just as a rub it in cream, but in conjunction with some simple massage, smells lovely- not too flowery which puts me off using some creams on my boy, and rubbed in without a greasy mess remaining on the skin. 

We have used this after his bath since just before Christmas, and have noticed a change in the driest areas of skin, such as his knees and elbows.

However, does it aid sleep?

I would personally give it a 8 out of 10. Yes, he has improved, and now 4 or 5 nights out of 7 he sleeps from 6pm to 7am. But he still has a few nights of his usual awake in the night behaviour. Its certainly an improvement though, as previously he was up every night, and we have just swapped from cot to bed too, which is obviously going to be a trying time for a parent and child regardless of what bath products one is using!

If you would like to take the Baby Sleep Challenge, and have considered sleeping in the shed too, I would say it was well worth a try! Whether it works for you and your child, it certainly leaves their skin in great condition, and its affordable too.

Johnsons Bedtime range is available from all major supermarkets.

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