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???
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
My child would probably write about visiting a chocolate factory because he is obsessed with Charlie and the chocolate factory at the moment.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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).
My daughter would draw a shetland pony as she keeps hinting on for one!ReplyDelete
My daughter would love to dream about unicornsReplyDelete
I'd say dreaming about beaches sandcastles and ice cream - it's our favourite ACTIVITYReplyDelete
I think my daughter would draw unicorns, mermaids and fairies.ReplyDelete
my granddaughter would dream she is surrounded by dogs as she loves them to bitsReplyDelete
Probably a train journey somewhere nice :- An adventure. As loves trains, as well as days out, etc.ReplyDelete
My son would draw lots of pokemon as they are his favourite thing.ReplyDelete
My granddaughter would probably create a dream about fairies in the back garden.ReplyDelete
My granddaughter would probably dream about winningswimming trophies!ReplyDelete
My 3 year old nephew would dream about Spiderman, his new obsession lolReplyDelete
a garage full of carsReplyDelete
My grandson would dream about going to Peppa Pig World in Paultons Park! He loves Peppa Pig ��ReplyDelete
Father Christmas alreadyReplyDelete
Fairies, flowers and the seaside :)ReplyDelete
My granddaughter would draw a castle with princessesReplyDelete
Violet would draw FlamingosReplyDelete
My 2 year old would write about adventures with jungle animals, he loves themReplyDelete
Mine would write about meeting dinosaursReplyDelete
My grandson loves owls (his favourite is the Barn Owl, Dinosaurs and steam trains - they would all make an amazing dream!!ReplyDelete
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 upReplyDelete
I think they would draw a dog or a monkeyReplyDelete
my youngest would prob write about our dog as he loves her to bits xReplyDelete
My daughter would write about her family her feelings and drawings this would be perfect as she can take it anywhere ❤️ReplyDelete
Probably lots of animals because animals are his favourite xReplyDelete
My daughter would draw a unicorn.ReplyDelete
would defo be cars xReplyDelete
Arlo would Draw a tractorReplyDelete
My daughter would be magical unicorns and mermaidsReplyDelete
Cats, def lots of cats and maybe pizza lol ...ReplyDelete
My grandson would def write about the astronauts landing on the moonReplyDelete
A lovely tale about a unicorn born in a herd of horses! Being different is fun, but there is the bullying when you're young, but I keep saying that she has to own it and be proud of who she is xxReplyDelete
Baby is due december can only hope baby is dreaming of meeting mummy and daddy ❤ReplyDelete
My Granddaughter draws a lots of unicorns! She even draws dinosaur unicorns. I'm sure she dreams of unicorns.ReplyDelete
The sun and fluffy clouds - what more do they wantReplyDelete
Meeting friendly, wonderful animalsReplyDelete
Dreaming about swimming, he love it!ReplyDelete
My daughter would write about wizards and dragons!ReplyDelete
My granddaughter would no doubt draw UnicornsReplyDelete
My daughter would draw a picture of the seaside and ice cream!ReplyDelete
She would draw mermaids and dolphinsReplyDelete
She would probably draw penguins as she thinks they are wonderful.ReplyDelete
a magical fairy land would be my daughters dreamReplyDelete
My little boy would dream about dinosaursReplyDelete
At the moment it's all about pink, unicorns, fairies, glitter and ballet.ReplyDelete
My grandson would be a superhero on the polar expressReplyDelete
Cuddling and patting her dogReplyDelete
At the moment it would be fairies, fairies and more fairiesReplyDelete
Mine would draw butterflies and ladybirds.ReplyDelete
My son would dream about driving different types of buses. He's a bit obessed with buses!ReplyDelete
One about ice creamReplyDelete
My little son would draw about superheros saving the world and my little daughter draw about unicorns and rainbowsReplyDelete
My daughter would draw trees and fairiesReplyDelete
Probably sunshine, rainbows, fairies and my little poniesReplyDelete
My little girl would dream about gingerbread men. She is obsessed!ReplyDelete
I don't have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.ReplyDelete
A picture of mummyReplyDelete
A dream filled with chocolate and theme parks and family!ReplyDelete
Anything with Peppa Pig!!ReplyDelete
My daughter would draw herself as a ballerina.ReplyDelete
I think she would draw a monkey and dream of playing with themReplyDelete
I think prob Unicorns, at the moment she is Unicorn madReplyDelete
I think puppies and kittensReplyDelete
This is so sweet, I can imagine my son cuddling up to this xxxReplyDelete
I think my granddaughter would draw about unicorns her favourite thing at the momentReplyDelete
My son would draw cars on tracks and a garage with a car wash.ReplyDelete
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My child would probably dream about her friends or going to disneylandReplyDelete
My sons dream would probably involve cars!ReplyDelete
My son is obsessed with gymnastics and rollercoasters so would be a combination of both :-)ReplyDelete
My daughter would dream about food and Christmas!! So would I.ReplyDelete
A big ice cream cone and the beach!ReplyDelete
My daughter would draw a dog!ReplyDelete
My granddaughter would draw a ballerinaReplyDelete
my two sons would draw about dinosaurs and pirate shipsReplyDelete
My granddaughter would draw sand castles and ice cream xxReplyDelete
Probably something about what he'd like to be when he grows up as that's a current obsession.ReplyDelete
Lots of different animals and dinosaurs.ReplyDelete
My son would also draw pokemon, and my daughter would draw a mixture of things. She's a real budding artist.ReplyDelete
Probably a turtle as there her absolute favourite.ReplyDelete
Animals, probably a giraffe with her head in the clouds!ReplyDelete
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