Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Dream Pillow - Review and Giveaway

(Ad, Review)

Dreaming can be a lovely thing to have but also something that can cause distress for children. It can play a major part of a child's life and really have an impact on them. 

Unlike us as adults who pretty much shrug off most of our dreams, for Children it can be very hard for them to understand it is not real, leaving them confused and sometimes scared. Especially if they end up having a nightmare. 

Around Pre-school, children can start to have bad dreams because there little minds are over working all the new changes that are happening to them. Leaving Nursery, Starting School, both really big things and although you child may be excited, it is definitely something than could play on there mind. 

This is where the dream pillow company decided that they would invent something to help, and it is simply called The Dream Pillow. 

The idea behind the pillow is to help children gain a good nights sleep and nice dreams by providing them with positive imagery before bed. 

Now I already try and have a very routined settled bedtime for Lily. It is pretty much always at the same time, it consists of at least 3 story books and some nice quiet cuddles before she rolls over to go to sleep. She usually gets up at least once after I have put to bed but then will go straight to sleep. 

As for waking up. Lily suffers from night terrors. I wrote a post all about it here.
Night terrors are different to dreams as a child won't actually remember they are having them and so the morning after won't be effected and won't be scared. I am not sure what causes them and so far nothing will stop them.

But apart from that Lily doesn't often have nightmares. But that doesn't mean that she can't suddenly start getting them and with some stressful things going on at home, and her starting school soon, there is a possibility her little mind will be upset and so she would be less settled. 


This feels the perfect time to be using The Dream Pillow and so they offered to send me one to try out. 

They have 3 pillows to choose from, The original pillow, the Lamby pillow and the Sharkie pillow. I chose the Lamby pillow as I felt it was the most gentle but also cute design they had. 

Your pillow arrives in a white and blue box with fun doodles all over it. It also comes with a little pad of dream paper and a little booklet explaining about the pillow and how it works. 





Lily was delighted with the pillow and cuddled it saying it was so cute. I first gave it to her at bedtime so it was something new and exciting for her bed. She has always slept on a extra pillow which has always been her choice and she was sleeping on one with a unicorn on, but as soon as Lamby was introduced, that was thrown straight out the window and replaced. 

Lily has been using the pillow each night and actually calls it her bunny pillow. I can see why she thinks that, it does also look like a bunny. I don't mind if she wants it to be a bunny. What ever makes her happy. 



So the way the pillow works is that you use the pad of card to draw or write all about the lovely dreams you would like to have. This is the perfect time to be able to sit down with your child and help create positive happy imagery for them to be thinking about before they fall asleep. The pillow has a opening where you can put your arms right though it and this is where you fold up your card and place it inside. To help make the nice dreams happen.

A first I was a little unsure about leaving a piece of card in there. Would she be able to feel it? What if it fell out?
Feeling the pillow with it inside, you can't even tell its there. The pillow is so soft and thick that all you can feel is the super comfort of it. Also the card hasn't fell out the pillow once, not even when she has lifted the pillow and moved it around. 


The pillow is so adorable though and as soft to stroke as you would a teddy, Lily loves giving it a cuddle. The only thing I didn't like was the massive label sticking out from the side as I kept tucking it in but it kept coming out which I would find annoying it it touched my face. 

Lily has been drawing some lovely things on her cards before bed. Some examples are "playing with mummy, riding my new bike, spiderman saving the day" 



I do find that Lily does get a little excited before doing it which does encourage her to want to go to bed, and knowing she is going to have nice dreams encourages her to want to sleep.

But you do need to set a little extra time aside to do this as I think it should be done in a nice calm manor, taking the time to talk about what they have drawn.

We have been using the pillow for about 2 weeks now. I haven't really seen much improvement with the night terrors but that one really is a mystery to why she has them. And as Lily never really has bad dreams I can't say to wether it has helped in that way. But what I do know is that Lily loves her pillow and she doesn't want to sleep without it at the moment. Plus it does help her settle knowing she can sleep and the nice dream pillow will help get rid of any bad dreams. 




I think if there came a time when Lily was having bad dreams the pillow would help because its the perfect way to switch a childs mind from the negative to the positive. 

If your child is having bad dreams I would definitely give the pillow a try. 

You can buy the pillows from the Dream Pillow website for £19.99 which I think is a really nice price. 

Maybe you would like to enter to win one???

Enter below on the gleam and you could have the chance to choose yourself a pillow for your child. 


What would your child draw for there nice dreams? 


Win a Sharkie Dream Pillow

33 comments:

  1. My child would probably write about visiting a chocolate factory because he is obsessed with Charlie and the chocolate factory at the moment.

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  2. I can recall as a child :- Having a nightmare, it was following a house / home move. We had had a number of stressful events leading up to moving house. House move was due to damage to our original home due to a hurricane. I believe children can be quite resilient when they feel secure :- Likely due to loving secure family, home, community, friends, etc. But like everyone there is a limit to what an individual (irrespective of age, etc) can bear / tolerate before a degree of distress can occur.

    As I believe my young mind was trying to process the changes we had endured, they had been sudden and unexpected. So no real time for preparation/s, discussion/s, chats, etc. I dreamt of previous housing, ghosts were in the dream. I can recall feeling strange / uncomfortable trying to settle to sleep in new surroundings, same bed, but there was unfamiliarity around me.

    So the familiarity of Dream Pillow, participating with loving parent /Carer on a creative task about dreams in a positive manner / wishful thinking, etc :- All seem to work towards a happy, secure Enviroment, likely to bring positive feelings, assisting little one to settle to sleep in the knowledge that after some dreams :- The sun will rise, it will be morning, and once again they will be back in the safe, loving Enviroment with loved ones ( probably most likely parent/s).

    Great idea!

    Rachel Craig

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  3. My daughter would draw a shetland pony as she keeps hinting on for one!

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  4. My daughter would love to dream about unicorns

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  5. I'd say dreaming about beaches sandcastles and ice cream - it's our favourite ACTIVITY

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  6. I think my daughter would draw unicorns, mermaids and fairies.

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  7. my granddaughter would dream she is surrounded by dogs as she loves them to bits

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  8. Probably a train journey somewhere nice :- An adventure. As loves trains, as well as days out, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. My son would draw lots of pokemon as they are his favourite thing.

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  10. My granddaughter would probably create a dream about fairies in the back garden.

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  11. My granddaughter would probably dream about winningswimming trophies!

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  12. My 3 year old nephew would dream about Spiderman, his new obsession lol

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  13. My grandson would dream about going to Peppa Pig World in Paultons Park! He loves Peppa Pig ��

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  14. Fairies, flowers and the seaside :)

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  15. My granddaughter would draw a castle with princesses

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  16. Violet would draw Flamingos

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  17. My 2 year old would write about adventures with jungle animals, he loves them

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  18. Mine would write about meeting dinosaurs

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  19. My grandson loves owls (his favourite is the Barn Owl, Dinosaurs and steam trains - they would all make an amazing dream!!

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  20. My grandson would write about being an engine driver, he was lucky enough to get a ride on the footplate of a steam engine as it went from station to engine sheds, hes never stopped talking about it and now its his dream job when he grows up

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  21. I think they would draw a dog or a monkey

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  22. my youngest would prob write about our dog as he loves her to bits x

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  23. My daughter would write about her family her feelings and drawings this would be perfect as she can take it anywhere ❤️

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  24. Probably lots of animals because animals are his favourite x

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  25. My daughter would draw a unicorn.

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  26. My daughter would be magical unicorns and mermaids

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  27. Cats, def lots of cats and maybe pizza lol ...

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  28. My grandson would def write about the astronauts landing on the moon

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