The pop tunes are, for some parents, replacing the more traditional lullaby classics.
“Getting your baby into a regular sleep pattern where they sleep through the night is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges that new parents face.” – Lucy Shrimpton, professional children’s sleep consultant and founder of The Sleep Nanny®
Mums and dads spend 2.5 full days discussing their little one’s bedtime habits every year, the poll by Silentnight Safe Nights reveals. Data from the survey shows the average parent spends hours chatting about their baby’s sleep at a time, with 3 in 10 discussing it several times per day.
Hearing that a baby sleeps well is the thing most likely to prompt envy amongst British parents – ‘they never wake in the night’ (41%), ‘they sleep for a long time (37%), and ‘they nap during the day’ (25%) are all capable of stirring up the green eyed monster.
“Keep positive and don’t beat yourself up by comparing yourself to other parents; remember every child is different and needs their own unique sleep solution, for instance a sleep bag or a swaddle wraps, to help them get a great night’s sleep.” – Lucy Shrimpton, professional children’s sleep consultant and founder of The Sleep Nanny®
Sleep issues even outranked some of life’s major baby milestones in importance among parents – including ‘they learned to walk easily’ (21 percent), ‘they’re not fussy eaters’ (34 percent), ‘they’re rarely sick’ (24 percent) and they started talking’ (25 percent).
Silentnight Safe Nights found that frustration at a baby struggling to sleep is leading some parents to despair – a quarter of mothers and fathers (24 percent) cry at least once a week because the baby can’t be settled into slumber. The average mum or dad loses 6.2 hours of sleep per week due to their baby not nodding off. That’s a whopping two-weeks-worth of sleep missed each year.
Silentnight’s Safe Night has a full suite of products designed to help with the issue. More information is available on their website.
The Silentnight Safe Nights collection also researched the nation’s favourite lullabies. While classics like Rocka Bye Baby and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star retain their popularity, a quarter of parents now opt for Beyoncé or Ed Sheeran while serenading their baby to sleep.
“Gentle, soothing lullabies can certainly help calm a baby into sleep but my biggest piece of advice would be to get into a consistent bedtime routine with products that support you and your baby and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to put them to sleep later as this will only lead to over tiredness which is the root of all sleep problems.
“Helping your baby settle to sleep without doing it entirely for them is a great way to support their development of healthy sleep for the long term. Keep nap times consistent during the day and continue these naps until they are around three to four years old.” – Lucy Shrimpton, professional children’s sleep consultant and founder of The Sleep Nanny®
Beyoncé, Hollyoaks style.