Favourite things with a Danish touch! Sleep seems to be the number one challenge for so many new families and my friend Bonnie and her baby Fabian were no exception. Fabian (like our little Alec) was not too into napping and the family struggled a little with this. Today Bonnie and Fabian are sharing their best solutions for the sleep struggle from newborn to little kid. Here are Fabian and his mum Bonnie’s favourite things for a good night’s (or day’s) sleep:
1. MAWOK CRADLE. When I was a newborn all I needed was to be wrapped in my down duvet and rocked in my Mawok cradle. It reminds me of being rocked in mummy’s tummy and the swinging motion makes me feel calm and secure.
2. BLACKOUT SHADES. My parents made quick work of teaching me the difference between day and night by using light/dark, noisy/quiet and warm/cold. Since I was born in the spring, we were extra happy to have our nice and discreet, made-to-measure blackout shadesfrom Danish Velux.
3. PACIFIER. My Wubbanub pacifier comforted me when I was anxious in the evenings.
4. FITNESS BALL. When I was a month old I had a really hard time falling asleep for naps and had to be rocked to sleep. So my parents used their fitness ball from Casall and safeguarded their backs and legs, even though they had to rock me to sleep three times a day.
5. SLEEP SACK. My sleep sack from IKEA came in handy when I was three months old and started kicking off my blanket several times a night. I had a few different ones and mum was happy that they were machine-washable.
6. BABY BJÖRN CARRIER. When nothing else worked and I was over-tired and upset, Mum or Dad would walk me around in the carrier (inward-facing), and I would fall asleep immediately.
7. LOVEY. When I was four months old, I learned to fall asleep on my own with my beloved sleep cow from Teddykompaniet.
8. STROLLER. Then my parents got me a new stroller from Bugaboo, a Bugaboo Bee. It’s so easy to maneuver when we are out on the town, and I can experience the world from it while we do errands or when I go with mum and dad to a café. And when I get tired I can fall asleep and mum can easily lower the back rest so that I can sleep comfortably.
9. ACTIVITIES. Now that I am big I need lots of activities and stimulation during the day so that I sleep better at night. My baby song class at Line’s Music School is one of the highlights of the week. Mum also sings a lot of classic children’s songs to me in the evening so that I wind down before bedtime. Our personal favourite is the Danish singer Søs Fengers.
10. BATHTIME. A warm bath before bed has also always worked. And in the bath I play with my cute little bath animals from Teddykompaniet.