An Invitation to a Good Night’s Sleep

Are you a sleep deprived parent?  I am.

Even though my little one is not so little anymore. T is five.  We co-slept with her when she was a baby.  And just before her second birthday, she moved into her new bedroom.  We made her room beautiful.  Decorated it with a feature wallpaper from Cath Kidston, her cot, was turned into a proper bed for a toddler.  When she first saw it, she squealed in delight, especially when she discovered that her cot-bed could be used as a trampoline.  Did she sleep on it? I’ll save that for another post.

Fast forward to the present.  She’s now five.  Is she sleeping on her bed?  Yes.  Does she sleep alone in her room?  Err… Depends on what day it is.

Hello.  My name is Dean and I am a sleep-deprived parent.

It’s easy to recognise my fellow sleep-deprived parents at the school-gate or school-runs.  We look like zombies. No, we don’t look like characters straight from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ movie.  Although we could easily pass off as a dead-person walking, as we drag our bodies heavily across the school grounds, wearing our spaced-out expressions on our faces. We mumble incoherently or with monosyllabic answers to “How are yous” from annoyingly cheerful parents who smile and greet us.  In our heads, we’re shoving them violently on the side and growling “Go to hell!” under our breaths.

Thank goodness, I don’t do the morning run, otherwise, I’d be known as “T’s crazy mother”.

In honour of the sleep-deprived parent, Yorkshire Linen recently launched a campaign called “The Patch up with your sleep revolution”.  It invites parents to share their tips on how to get that much sought-after holy grail of a goodnight’s sleep.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t really have much tips to share.  If I did, I wouldn’t be sleep-deprived now would I?

One thing is certain though, I know what makes me happy.

I love beddings, clean, crisp, newly laundered bedding.  I may not sleep on it the whole night, but knowing that it is there, just waiting for me, fills me with absolute bliss.

I’ve mentioned this so many times in past posts before, how much I love beddings and soft-furnishings, how they are on the top of my list of “small joys”.  Suddenly the state of being sleep-deprived isn’t much of a big deal anymore.  Bring it on, sleepless nights!  Besides lacking sleep is like the “new normal” isn’t it?  At least in the land of parenthood, that is.  After all, Part of our job description as a parent: Must learn how to function with little sleep.  And you know what, I’m bloody good at it!

Do you have any tips on how to have a good night’s sleep?

Do share.

Disclosure:  This is a collaborated post.


  1. Ah, yes, I remember it well…tantamount to barbaric wartime torture tactics to extract crucial frontline information. For fear of jinxing anything I can honestly tell you that “this too shall pass” #BloggerClubUK

    • Thank you. That’s what I thought too, when my daughter was two. She’s five now …

  2. We co slept with our first until 15 months .would of been longer but it got to me being 40 weeks pregnant with my second and I was panicking that the new baby could arrive any day and then we’d have 2 kids in our bed. So had to do a kind of crash course to her own room and bed. Wasn’t easy but got there in the end.

    Then with our second we co slept until 9 month but he was such a light sleeper we were keeping him awake more than helping him sleep. So again we had to make the transition.

    One bit of advice I can give is all kids are different. What works for one kid might not work for another. We had to use 2 completely different techniques to get them to sleep in there room in there beds without us. And here we are now both sleeping 7pm until 7AM it’s bliss. We do still have the odd bad nights lol and I don’t think I’ll have not be tired lol still recovering from the sleep I lost giving birth lol.

    But small steps and all that. Hopefully yourll find a happy medium eventually sweet xx

  3. We hit the 4 month sleep regression hard, where my little girl was waking every hour for 2 months! In this time I have become addicted to a coffee a day, and have recently cracked and changed her routine so that she goes into bed awake. She still wakes at night but every 2-3 hours, but it means that I’m getting more than 30/40 minutes sleep at a go. I really hope that sleep improves for you, I’ll be following your blog and Twitter. Claire x

    • Thanks Claire and for all the “follows” too. T wakes up in the middle of the night and asks for me. We have our ups and downs and ever since Christmas, things have been difficult again. My in-laws spent the holidays with us. They stayed in our room and we camped in hers. She got used to not sleeping alone and now refuses to do so. Sigh. We’ll get there 😉 x

  4. Hayley McLean

    Ha! I have the same problem – mine is only two, I was so hoping he’d have grown out of it by 5! You’ve dashed all of my dreams! lol

    • Yes, but don’t forget. All kids are different. So you might just be one of the lucky ones.

  5. I have to admit I’m a selfish sleeper, so I never did the co-sleeping thing. I also can’t sleep when the cat is in the room, so it’s just me. When I wasn’t getting my full 8 hours in those early days, I felt like a zombie!

    • Our cat used to wake me too, every time she joined us n our room. She’s gone now. So it’s just T, my daughter who calls for me at night.

  6. Mudpie Fridays

    Aw yes, we re having a few sleepless nights at the moment as our little monkey has developed a fear of the dark – I have no idea where from but I get the impression it could be something they all go through. We are also embarking on another new arrival in May so it could well be bad for a while. I find I nap whenever I get the opportunity at the moment (something to do with the pregnancy) and something Intend to keep up. Although appreciate unpractical! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

    • When the nights are really bad, I do try to nap when I can, but not always get the chance 🙁 You’re most welcome!

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