How to stop night terrors in toddlers

If your little one suffers with night terrors, you’ll know just how helpless you feel watching them. It’s not really known why night terrors happen, but there is some good advice below on how to prevent them.

Night terrors are different from nightmares in that:

  • Night terrors tend to happen in the first third of the night
  • Your toddler might scream, sit bolt upright, thrash around or jump out of bed
  • They will have their eyes wide open but aren’t fully awake
  • They won’t remember anything about it in the morning

What should you do when they’re having a night terror?

You’ll find that you can’t wake or comfort your toddler when they’re having a night terror because they don’t realise you’re there. And the NHS advises not to try and comfort them because you might make them more agitated. The best thing you can do is stay calm and keep them safe by moving anything a thrashing toddler could hurt themselves on and cushioning the headboard and floor in case they fall out of bed.

Once the terror is over, it’s a good idea to wake your child fully before going back to sleep, so that you stop the cycle and prevent another terror.

Can you stop terrors before they start?

If the night terrors are happening often and around the same time each night, the NHS recommends waking your child 15 minutes before this time every night for seven nights. You don’t have to wake them fully, just so their eyes are open and this should disrupt their sleep pattern enough to stop the terrors.

You can also help promote more relaxing sleep and less risk of terrors, by setting a soothing bedtime routine. Find out what things relax your toddler like a warm bath, reading a simple story in a soft voice, having a cuddle, the sound of radio static.

If your toddler is going through an episode of night terrors it might also help to get them off to a good sleep by using a bedside crib like the 4-in-1 Knuma Huddle. Not only could it help settle them better, they’ll be well protected in the bedside crib if they do have a terror and thrash around.

Bedside Crib Review – The 4-in-1 Huddle comes out joint top in Mother & Baby Magazine!

As co-sleeping cribs are becoming more and more popular with parents, Mother & Baby Magazine has put some of the top brands to the test with real-life mums.

We are very pleased to announce that our very own Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib came out joint top with the Snuzpod. Beating the likes of Chicco Next2Me and the Halo Bassinest, with a score of 11/15.

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Bedside cribs allow the parent to have baby close to them at night without the risks associated with traditional bed-sharing. With the best co-sleeping cribs you are lying next to your baby and can have the cot-side down, but without sharing a bed with your baby -or the bed covers for that matter. And with the unique mesh design of the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib, you and your baby can still see each other even with the cot side up.

 

 

The Mums testing the Huddle scored us highly based on:Huddle Bedside Crib Video Shoot

  • The sturdy and stylish design
  • The fact that the Huddle converts easily into a co-sleeper (with the help of the handy zips)
  • The longevity of the Huddle (which turns into a stand-alone crib; and then later a desk for your child to use until the age of 12)

These are just a snippet of the reviews from the article; you can read the rest in the September 2016 issue of Mother & Baby Magazine

 

ÔÇ£This couldnÔÇÖt be easier tIMG_8930o convert to a co-sleeper – it just unzips. I love that the bassinet lifts off the stand and can be carried around the house. Versatile and worth the extra spend, especially as the desk feature extends its lifespan, making it better value for money.ÔÇØ Carly (12w)

ÔÇ£This crib can also be converted into a desk with chair when your little one outgrows it so itÔÇÖs a great investmentÔÇØ Mother & Baby Magazine (Sep 2016

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Why a bedside crib is best and what to look for…

If your first baby is on the way, it can be hard to know what baby furniture you’ll need and which features to look for. When it comes to cots, one of the big questions is whether you need a standalone crib, a bedside crib or a Moses basket (also called bassinets).

Moses baskets are typically made of wicker and have carry handles, but because they’re perfectly sized for newborns, babies do grow out of them quickly. Cribs or cots are usually wooden and much bigger to allow for your little one to grow. You normally have the choice of a standalone crib or a bedside crib which lets you sleep beside your baby whilst keeping them safe in their own space.

The best of both

As parents often don’t know how their little one will sleep, you can now buy cribs which convert from being bassinets to standalone cribs and bedside cribs, like the SnuzPod2, Chicco Next 2 Me and Knuma Huddle.

Most parents have baby in their bedroom for around six months. It can be very dangerous to sleep with baby in your bed, so having the option of a bedside crib can be a good solution. Safely attached to your divan or bedframe using straps, bedside cribs have drop down sides which allow you to feed and soothe baby without getting up out of bed. But the big benefit is that you can put the side up and keep baby safely in their crib away from your bed covers.

What to look for in a bedside crib?

  • Make sure you choose a bedside crib that reaches the same height as your mattress. With 10 height settings, the Knuma Huddle is especially good for higher beds. This extra height will also help to protect your back when lifting baby from the cot
  • Check the material of the drop-down sides. Fully meshed sides make it much easier for you and your baby to see each other, even with the cot side up
  • As babies grow quicker than we wish to think, it’s worth thinking about a crib that grows with them. For instance, the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 Crib transforms into a child’s desk, so your investment lasts for up to 12 years

With so mCo-sleeping-crib-award-winner-Knumaany things to think about, buying the right crib can feel overwhelming. To help make your mind up, you can read what other     mums’ thought of the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 Bedside Crib here and why they awarded it Bronze in the Mother & Baby Awards 2016 and why it was joint winner of the bedside crib in Mother & Baby Magazines September 2016 issue

 

 

“@knumafurniture we brought our newborn son home on Monday & are LOVING the Knuma Huddle. It’s perfect for keeping us close at night time”