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Co-sleeping Parenting Uncovered - Study: Average Age When Stopped is Over 7

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Our latest investigation in to the sleep habits of the nation took a look at the controversial issue of co-sleeping with children, and uncovered a number of surprising statistics. We found that the average age that a child stops sleeping in their parents’ bed on a regular basis is over 7 years old, and that many parents lie about the situation to friends and families.

Overall, some 87% of our 2740 respondents said that their child had slept in the parental bed at least once. The reasons behind allowing this to happen were varied, with the top five being;

  1. Too tired to deal with the child not sleeping in their own bed – 24%
  2. Child was distressed (poorly or unsettled) – 22%
  3. Fell asleep while cuddling in bed – 16%
  4. Partner wasn’t home and felt lonely – 15%
  5. Woke up to find them in bed – 14%

Category: Sleep Research

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Worrying Parents - How a parent worries away 8 YEARS of sleep

Thursday 8th May 2014

Our latest survey into the world of sleep looked at parent sleep loss, but instead of the usual approach of focusing on the early days of night feeds and nappy changing with babies we took a long-term view, and revealed some startling figures on just how much sleep parents lose over the decades. In total, according to our respondents, a parent stands to lose an average of 3096 days of sleep by the time their child reaches the age of 30 – that’s equivalent to more than eight years of sleeplessness.

Worry, stress and anxiety caused by children topped the list of reasons behind the colossal sleep loss. Interestingly, the child age-group during which parents lose the most sleep is 18-30, with younger children (0-11) amongst the least sleep-depriving.

Category: Sleep Research

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Children’s Bedtime Habits- How to get your child from your bed to their own bed

Friday 8th November 2013

Should children sleep in their parent’s bed or should they sleep alone? This is a very common debate amongst mums and dads throughout the world and contrasting views are often disputed in schools, nurseries and on parenting forums.

In terms of baby sleep, the NHS states that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a cot on their back. They also recommend that a baby sleeps in the same room as a parent for the first six months of their life. Although the NHS don’t actively discourage parents from sharing a bed with a baby, they do however emphasise that a cot is the safest place for them and state never to share a bed with a baby if you or your partner have consumed alcohol, taken drugs or if either of you have a smoking habit.

Although it may be less safe for a newborn baby to sleep in their parents bed than it is for them to sleep alone in their cot, this doesn’t really apply when it comes to toddlers and older children. There is really no right or wrong answer when it comes to parent and child co-sleeping and it is important to do whatever works for your family. ‘Attachment parenting’ is a growing trend which is based on the importance of the attachment theory in developmental psychology and aims to help children to form a healthy emotional bond with their parents, the technique involves parent and child co-sleeping. 

Category: Sleep Research

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Why Does My Baby Do This In Their Sleep? Strange yet normal baby sleep habits

Friday 1st November 2013

Becoming a first time parent can be a very exciting and new learning curve for you; nappy changing, answering to your baby’s cries and midnight awakenings all make up this life-changing event. However when your baby unexpectedly starts sweating or you start to notice an unusual breathing pattern you start to panic. Don’t worry though because babies have weird sleeping habits which are usually harmless; let’s take a look at some of the most common.

Category: Sleep Research

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Sleep Council urges parents to teach children the importance of sleep – report

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Research by the Sleep Council has found that over a third of children don’t get to bed before 9pm on a school night despite children between 7 and 14 years old needing nine or ten hours sleep. This has made them aware that parents need to teach...

Category: Industry News

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Parents might now be sleep deprived as first thought – study

Thursday 14th February 2013

Research conducted at the University of Madison, Wisconsin has found that the amount of sleep deprivation that parents experience could actually be quite minimal. The study which has been published in American Journal of Epidemiology relied on...

Category: Sleep Research

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New parents losing four hours sleep per night – study

Monday 4th February 2013

Parents of newborns lose an average of four hours sleep each night over the first year of the baby’s life - amounting to a massive 1450 hours over the course of twelve months – and 90% of parents are woken by their child crying, according...

Category: Sleep Research

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Parent poll reveals sleep deprivation widespread

Tuesday 13th November 2012

Sleep deprivation is the main household concern for 60% of American families, according to the results of leading US-based parenting resource BabyCenter’s Sleep Special Report. The problems associated with lack of sleep outweigh the traditional...

Category: Sleep Research

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British parents hit by ‘babylag’ – study

Thursday 20th September 2012

As a new parent have you ever experienced that that can’t-keep-your-eyes-open feeling or that desperate- for-a-nap feeling? According to leading sleep expert Dr Dev Banerjee and world renowned baby brand Johnson’s this can be recognised...

Category: Sleep Research

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Baby sleep disrupted by depressed mothers – study

Wednesday 18th April 2012

A new study published this week in the US journal Child Development has found that depressed or overly-concerned mothers unduly waking their babies throughout the night could be contributing to long-term disrupted sleep patterns for both the parent...

Category: Sleep Research

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Treasured Sleep as a New Parent

Thursday 9th December 2010

Expectant parents are usually warned about the almost crippling sleep deprivation that accompanies the birth of a child. However, nothing can prepare new parents for the shock that is a crying baby in the early hours of the morning with sleep patterns...

Category: Memory Foam Mattresses

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