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.
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.
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"
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.
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???
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