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”

When and why your baby will love being read to

Reading a bedtime story to your child may be one of the things you’re looking forward to most when they’re a bit older, but the good news is, it’s never too early to start.

From the moment they’re born, you can ‘read’ books with big colourful images and interactive puppets and peepholes. They’ll pick up on the tone of your voice and love being cuddled. As dads ourselves, we’ve all commented on how bedtime stories were a great way for us to get involved in the bedtime routine. After a bath and bottle, cuddle up in bed with the Knuma Huddle crib attached to the bedside and read together until baby falls asleep, then you can lay them safely down without waking.

Why are bedtime stories so good?

Not only is reading a great way to make your baby feel loved, safe and calm, there’s also mounting evidence that children who are read to master language much quicker than those who are not, according to Dr Lyons at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland.

And the benefits don’t stop there. Here are 8 more benefits of reading to your child at any age:

Helps brain development – by having fun with voices and sound effects, you’ll help engage their auditory cortex

Reduces stress – reading helps calm your baby and, as they grow up, it can help them deal with any troubles by giving them characters to relate to

Improves speech - as your baby becomes a toddler, they’ll start jabbering when they read and picking up how words are pronounced

Widen their vocabulary – explain the meaning of new words as you go along and they’ll make sense of it in relation to the story

Improves their language – by hearing the same words in different contexts, they’ll use the words more naturally in their conversation

Improves their creativity – by reading fanciful stories, you’ll help their own imaginations run wild

Provides a moral code – as they get older they will start to learn right and wrong from stories and how to care for their friends and family

Teaches them how reading works – reading to your child not only teaches them that reading is fun and creative, it also teaches them that words and pictures sit on a page together and that we read left to right.

No matter what age your little one is, putting on silly voices and venturing into magical worlds together is as much a benefit as it is a pleasure – for both parents and children.

 

 

 

From popular co-sleeping cribs to the best children’s high chairs, Knuma shows off at ExCel, London

The Baby Show at ExCel London, held from 19th - 21st February this year was yet another chance for the Knuma team to meet lots of lovely new parents and mums and dads to be. The Baby Show is the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event and attracts more than 23,000 visitors across the three days. It has everything needed for bump, baby and beyond.

The show had a huge array of essential baby products and was a great chance to rub shoulders with other trusted brands such as Snuzpod, Tommee Tippee, Stokke and Chicco, to name just a few. As creators of innovative children’s furniture ourselves, we appreciated the many great designs that were on show. Parents could make some excellent savings too, with thousands walking away with great value products, which always gets the Knuma thumbs up. Expert advice was also available from leading baby experts covering hot topics including, weaning, breastfeeding and co-sleeping.

It was at last year’s ExCelKnuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib in its different modes London Baby Show that we launched our Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib and this year we were there to showcase our crib again. With the market for co-sleeping cribs steadily growing, we were there to introduce and demonstrate the Huddle to the many visitors that passed through our stall. And with 20% off for Baby Show visitors, many of them snapped up a Huddle crib for themselves.

Our director Christian was at the show and had this to say:

“We launched the Huddle at last year’s Excel show and were really pleased to see some of our customers from that show come back to see us at our stand this year, complete with their newest family members.They gave us some great positive feedback on the Huddle and told us how using it had made bedtime much easier for them.They were even happy to recommend the Huddle to the new parents at the show which made for quite a buzz on our stand.”

 

 

 

Knuma named ‘number one’ in must-have baby products

We even received a wonderful mention from bunintheovernbirthing, who snapped up a Huddle after a visit to the Knuma stand and listed us as number one in their ‘must have’ baby products from the show. You can read their blog here.knuma-connect

Like last year, our Connect 4-in-1 highchair went down a storm again.Thousands of mums and dads are already familiar with its range of benefits; transforming easily from a full-size highchair with a 5-point harness and adjustable tray into a mid-height highchair for use at the dinner table – and then to a toddler or child’s desk and chair. Just as great for the very early stages as it is for independent eating and when they start to bring their homework home,  it’s easy to see why it was proving so popular again.

If you missed The Baby Show at Excel London, don’t panic! There are two more where you can pick up our lovely Knuma products:

NEC Birmingham 13th -15th May 2016

Olympia London 21st – 23rd October 2016

Look out for the special offers we will be offering at the events by following us on Facebook and Twitter @knumafurniture and a big thanks to all parents who’ve already liked, shared and loved our Knuma range.

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The ups and downs of sleeping with your baby

Recent research shows new parents lose 44 days of sleep in their first year as a new parent.

That’s more than 6 weeks according to Ergoflex.

Top reasons for sleep loss in new parents

  1. Feeding your baby at night
  2. Infants waking up and crying
  3. Parents waking up with worry

Your body getting used to a lack of sleep turning into insomnia, together with stacking up chores were also common problems that contributed to lack of sleep.

The thing is, and this is especially so in new parents, sleep is one of the most important elements in everyone’s lives. And that need for sleep goes for new babies, too. It’s why they choose to do it so much during the day. Sleep is vital for letting our bodies and minds rejuvenate and is the foundation of a healthy life.

Mother with childSo how can you and your baby get the sleep you need to keep you both healthy?

Co-sleeping cribs are becoming more and more popular; they allow the parent to have the baby close to them at night without the risks associated with traditional bed-sharing. With the best co-sleeping cribs you are laying 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-in1 bedside crib you and your baby can still see each other even with the cot side up.

Most co-sleepers are safe in that they attach to the side of the bed, making it easier for breastfeeding and soothing through the night and here, Knuma’s Huddle is no exception, attaching to your bed whether you have a divan or a framed bed. With the least amount of disturbance to you and your baby, whether you are feeding, soothing them or comforting them, a co-sleeping cot is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

The best co-sleeping cots for breastfeeding mums?

Many breastfeeding mothers choosing to bed-share do it precisely because they get more sleep, manage their milk supply better, and attach more intensely with their babies.

With the best co-sleeping beds such as Knuma’s Huddle, mums have the luxury of being in constant eye-contact with baby and with many, in constant touch when the side is down. That means minimum fuss, maximum closeness and all the reassurance you need. And whilst, in other countries, co-sleeping or sharing sleep as it’s often referred to, is considered the norm, it’s almost considered taboo in this country, which is why the UK’s best co-sleeping cribs have really taken off.

In short, the key benefits of sleeping next to your baby are:

  • You spend extra time together
  • Mother and baby build a stronger bond
  • Parents sleep better…
  • …and they sleep better knowing baby is safe
  • Co-sleeping makes feeding/breast feeding much easier
  • Breastfeeding at night helps maintain milk supply
  • Mother can soothe baby with less disturbance to sleep patterns
  • With the Huddle the baby is in it’s own safe sleeping space
  • Safer than bed sharing
  • The Knuma Huddle has a gentle rocking motion that helps soothe the baby

 

The benefits of side sleeping

Often co-sleeping is called side sleeping and there are many benefits of sleeping close to your baby. You’ll get to spend extra time with your little one whilst developing a much stronger bond. It’s not just your baby that will feel the benefits; you too can sleep much easier knowing your child is close by and safe from harm. Also, if you’re asking yourself, “Does side sleeping makes breastfeeding easier?”, you’ll find the answer in not needing to leave the room or fully disturb your sleep pattern, meaning you get the much needed rest you deserve.

But is co-sleeping safe?

When done safely, mother-infant co-sleeping saves infants lives and contributes to infant and maternal health and well-being. Merely having an infant sleeping in a room with a committed adult caregiver (co-sleeping) is reported to reduce the chances of an infant dying from SIDS or from an accident by one half!

On top of that nursing mums who co-sleep with their babies report feeling better rested. Because they do not have to leave the bed to nurse, their sleep patterns are less disturbed and they feel more alert and focused during the daytime. More reasons why it’s well worth anyone looking to buy a co-sleeping bedside crib really does their research.

Just be aware though, if you’re asking, when will my baby start sleeping through the night, or, how do I settle my baby when they’re awake we’re not saying that co-sleeping or co-sleeping bedside cribs will influence when baby starts sleeping all night. Some babies are simply better at soothing themselves back to sleep than others. But it’s very much a bonus if you can positively affect having a better night’s sleep.

 

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Knuma Huddle is a big hit at 2016’s Mother & Baby Awards

Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib in its different modesDesigning an alternative to the traditional Moses basket is one thing. Designing an innovative bedside crib that has four different uses and will be a firm family favourite for at least 12 years is another thing entirely.

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So to have the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib recognised at this year’s Mother & Baby Awards is a huge delight for everyone in the Knuma team. It really does make all those years of late nights, hours and hours of crafting and numerous trade and consumer show appearances thoroughly worth it. Not to mention the fact that our lovable Huddle beat the likes of the Snuzpod Crib and the Chicco Next2Me bedside crib at the Awards.

And it’s no mean feat for Knuma Huddle to be on the podium at these awards, as the judging is carried out by real parents, whilst all baby products are rated for many different benefits, including user-friendliness, value for money, safety and quality. These awards always attract big well-known brands too, such as Stokke, Tommee Tippee, TENA and Cosatto, so Knuma is in great company.

And why are awards for mother & baby products necessary?

At Knuma, we believe these kind of awards are vital to mums, dads and prospective parents everywhere.

That’s because, for example, when buying a bedside crib, parents like to know their money is being spent wisely on something that works, looks good and above all, is safe. Especially useful to any one asking, ‘is co-sleeping safe?’ or ‘is it okay to sleep with my baby?”

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On top of that, if you’re looking to buy the Knuma Huddle, it’s great to know that other people like you rate it highly, regard it well in terms of safety and, as an added bonus, families will get at least 12 good years of life from it. In fact, when you consider that with the Huddle, you’re in constant visual contact with your baby and can lower the mesh side down at any time to feed and comfort your child, it really does make you see why people think again about buying a Moses basket or sharing a bed with baby. And if you’re an expectant parent looking to buy Snuzpod or buy Chicco bedside cribs, you have a place online to go to see how these products compare.

That’s why you’ll find an award-winning Knuma Huddle bedside crib at a show near you: we love what people say about our great-looking alternative to co-sleeping and we love giving people the opportunity to compare and see just why mums, dads and the little ones love the Knuma bedside crib, not least because there’s another dozen years or so of life in the Huddle as a stylish children’s desk and bench.

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Bedside cribs, babies’ highchairs and why they’re living much longer

It’s a given these days that new parents have to multitask to even have a chance of managing their busy schedules. But here at Knuma, we’re helping busy parents ourselves by creating products that are brilliant at multitasking too. Products like the Connect Highchair and the Huddle Bedside Crib are becoming increasingly popular as more and more savvy parents are using their space and their budgets far more wisely.

Why multifunctional baby products are winning more parents hearts:

Multifunctional baby products are better value for money

When you think of all the things you need as a parent and add the cost up for each of those items, it all adds up, very quickly. When you consider that it costs, on average, around £230,000 to raise a child to the age of 21*, the sooner you can start saving on that, the better! And when you also consider the Knuma Connect highchair can be used up to the age of 6 and the Knuma Huddle bedside crib to the age of 12, it’s clear to see better value in the purchase decisions alone. The fact they change into completely different objects with other uses such as desks, chair and benches provides even more value.

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Multifunctional baby products are a better use of space

Parents know more than anyone how quickly rooms and then houses can become cluttered with furniture, toys and unsightly plastic. Pretty soon, parents can feel like their home no longer belongs to them. The advent of great quality, stylish furniture that transforms to perform different functions means that you need less space to do more things with your child. And the great thing about the Connect 4-in-1 highchair is that it can quickly be swapped between a traditional height highchair, a mid size high chair to fit under the dining room table, a desk and chair and a portable chair which can be quickly moved from room to room.

Multifunctional baby products grow with your family

This may sound strange at first, but outstanding quality furniture that adapts to your family’s needs becomes, over time, almost a part of the family; much-loved items that children and parents know well and use comfortably over years. And at Knuma we know children are individuals with ever-changing needs and preferences, which is why we create products that adapt to life-stages. Unlike other highchairs and co-sleeping cribs such as the Snuzpod or the Chicco Next2Me bedside crib, Knuma’s Huddle 4-in-1 and Connect 4-in-1, convert to 4 different modes and will see your children way past their toddler years.

The Connect highchair’s usefulness up to 6 years is excellent, but the award-winning Huddle has the added longevity of being able to be turned into a desk and bench for your child, almost until they become teenagers. As a bedside crib with 10 different heights and a handy storage shelf, your baby will be close by your side while they sleep in their own defined space, allowing you to comfort and feed your baby throughout the night with ease and peace of mind, the perfect remedy to the concerns associated with traditional co-sleeping. So if you’re asking, “How safe is bed sharing or is it okay to share a bed with your baby?”, the Huddle is a reassuring alternative. Often known as a co-sleeping crib, the multi-functional Huddle can also be used as a standalone crib with a removable bassinet, perfect for daytime naps around the home. When the Huddle is no longer needed as a crib, it can be converted into a child’s desk and chair, with no additional parts required.

And for parents looking to buy adaptive children’s highchairs or bedside co-sleepers, knowing the products have a greater lifespan than ordinary products is a great reassurance. And, when you hear what people say about the Huddle, it’s no wonder that so many think they’re among the best bedside cribs around: here’s just one example:

The Knuma Huddle is so much easier, I do not have to get out of bed:

“I love this bedside sleeper. I wish I had this with my first baby. Having my son so close yet in a separate place is fantastic. This has made night feeds so much easier, I do not have to get out of bed. The mesh sides allow airflow great for the summer or hot babies. It is height adjustable and can be a Moses basket, separate crib then a desk and chair so could be good value to boot. I could see this lasting more than one baby.”

Huddle 4-in-1 – Danielle Reuby M&B Awards 2016

Available in beech and white, Knuma’s Connect highchair is so versatile; it will see your child through the first six years. From weaning, as a full size highchair with a 5-point harness and adjustable tray, to a mid size highchair for use at the dinner table, to a toddler or child’s desk and chair, helpful for independent eating and when they start to bring their homework home.

But what about the Knuma Connect? Is that really amongst the best children’s highchairs? Here’s what just one satisfied customer has to say:

The Knuma Connect retains its usefulness for longer than an ordinary highchair:

“This chair has a European feel about it. It arrives flatpacked, but assembly is straightforward. The chair is versatile in that it is intended to perform a useful purpose throughout the lifetime of your child. I think the design of the chair is very good. It has a seatbelt so the infant doesn’t fall out, and the fact that it’s customizable means this item retains its usefulness for longer than an ordinary highchair”

Connect 4-in-1 – Mr Owl, Knuma customer

The quality of Knuma’s products also means they will come in handy for a number of children as your family grows, making them excellent value for money. Made from solid durable beech wood, the easy to clean, hardwearing surfaces will bring you peace of mind that your child is safe. And with a range of exciting accessories, in different colours, both the Huddle and Connect will fit beautifully into your home, whatever your style.

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