Mums and dads worried that children won’t be able to stick to their bedtime routine from Sunday
Two thirds of parents are concerned that their child’s sleep patterns will be disrupted when the clocks go back this weekend, according to new research.The study showed that many mums and dads are dreading Sunday, even though they gain an extra hour of sleep, because their little one’s daytime and sleep routine will be disrupted.Having a regular bedtime routine was listed by 81% of parents as important to help their child sleep well in the survey, conducted by Hallmark Cards, which is launching a forever friends bedtime storybook. “It’s key to keep your child’s routine as regular as possible when the clocks go back as it can throw sleep routines out of kilter,” advised children’s sleep expert Chireal Shallow.“Stick to the same time you begin your bath, book and bed routine, and this will help you stay on the right path to slumber.”Sunday evening also marks the end of half term, and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have warned parents to take extra care on Monday morning to make sure their child can be easily seen.The RoSPA recommend that mums and dads talk to their kids and ensure they wear reflective items when they’re out and about in the dark.“Being visible and looking out for other people might sound simple, but not doing these things costs lives on our roads each year,” Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety said.
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