Mum Gabby got in touch to tell us how her three year old son Theodore was not only struggling to fall asleep on his own but was also waking during the night. She explains how our Sleep Advice Service helped.
“Our son Theo loves horses, cars, the farm and rockets – he’s not too keen on having his hair washed, loud noises and being told no! He’s also non-verbal which has a huge impact on communication for all of us in the family. We’ve worked out a means of communication by pointing, him taking our hands, singing nursery rhymes and offering choices.
We were at a stage where Theodore wouldn’t go to sleep alone and was taking on average 1.5 to 2 hours to fall asleep every night. This went on for months on end. When he did fall asleep he’d then treat bedtime as a nap (even though he had his daytime nap still) and would wake 4 hours later for a period of 3-5 hours during the night.
This was a very testing time for us as when his sleep was at an all-time low we were expecting our second child and I was unwell during my pregnancy.
The advice we received has made a huge difference to us. Our Sleep Practitioner Carwyn advised us on how to make changes in our approach to nap and bedtime. We put in a lot of work over the course of a few months and it helped massively. Once things started to improve, they continued to and Theo has been sleeping well ever since”.
If your child is struggling to sleep, take a look at our Sleep Advice pages here.