How to get children to sleep well when they share a room?

How to get children to sleep well when they share a roomIt’s not always easy to get children to sleep well when two of them are sharing the same bedroom! We share a few tips to make things easier and ensure peaceful nights!

Prepare your older child before the new arrival

Are you expecting a new addition to the family? Do you plan to have the new baby share a bedroom with his or her big brother or sister? To make this change as easy as possible for the older sibling, you need to prepare him or her in advance, before the new baby is even born. This helps prevent older children from seeing the newcomer as an intruder, or even an invader! It’s particularly important to get them involved in choosing a cuddly toy for the new baby or items to decorate the area around his/her cot.

How to make it easier for them to sleep

If you decide to have two children share a bedroom, wait until the youngest one sleeps through the night before you put them in together. That will limit the risks of the older child being woken up. It is better to keep the baby’s cot in your own bedroom for the first few months.

Once they are older, children who share a room may want to play together rather than sleep at bedtime! And even when they are tired, they can keep going for a long time. To avoid this problem, you could try putting the younger one to bed half an hour earlier. If the two children are close in ages put the one that sleeps the most soundly to bed first. Another idea is to put the youngest one down to sleep in your own bed before moving him or her to the shared bedroom once he or she is asleep.

Whatever your children’s ages, establishing a bedtime routine helps them fall asleep more easily and improves the quality of their sleep. And new technologies can be a great help! With Urban Hello’s REMI, you are providing your children with the best conditions for a good night’s sleep, thanks to its numerous features, including an adjustable night light and an option to play lullabies of your own choice!

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REMI: from birth to 2/3 years

REMI: from birth to 2/3 years

REMI is a soothing sleep companion that encourages babies from birth to the age of 2/3 years to enjoy sweet dreams. The devices offers a range of functions for a better night’s sleep, helping kids feel secure in their bedroom. 

Tracking and monitoring baby’s sleep

Urban Hello’s REMI is a genuine customizable sleep coach for your child. Its flexible, adjustable alerts help establish a good bedtime and nap routine.

The smart device is also capable of providing parents with an accurate log of their baby’s sleep patterns. It is a clever tracking tool that records the sound profile of baby’s nights. Parents can access the information directly on their Smartphone thanks to a dedicated app. So, at a glance, they can see exactly when their baby is sleeping and when he or she is awake. Valuable information to help them identify and solve any sleep problems as they arise.

Walkie-talkie and lullaby features

Unlike traditional baby monitors that only transmit one way, REMI enables real communication between babies and parents. Parents can listen and talk to their babies, to soothe and reassure them if necessary simply using their smartphone. It even works if they are thousands of miles apart! And they can choose a bedtime lullaby for REMI to play, or music for during the day. This helps create a happy environment where babies feel safe and secure in their own little cocoon!

REM is a smart baby monitor, ideal from birth to 2/3 years. The device is a great companion for kids right up until the age of 10, adapting to their night routine as they grow. On top of all that, it’s also a fun, attractive designer object that will fit beautifully into your home!

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What are the benefits of sport and exercise for kids?

What are the benefits of sport and exercise for kids

Whether it’s dance classes, karate or gym, your child can only benefit from a physical activity! Among many other virtues, sport helps them let off steam and make friends!

Why is sport so important for children?

Regular physical exercise is quite simply essential for kids. They need to move. Just watch them playing in the school playground or park: they never stop running! Sport helps children channel their energy, and teaches them to socialize. It helps them get their own bearings and learn to respect others, whether they are team mates or opponents. And physical activity also aids the healthy development of their bodies. In an age when obesity is a growing problem, that is clearly a major advantage!

How to choose the right sport

Perhaps your whole family are soccer fans and you would love your children to follow the family tradition? Even if your desire to pass on your passion is strong, let kids decide for themselves. If it isn’t their own choice, they will soon lose interest. It might come from friends or sports events they’ve watched on TV… whatever the case, always encourage them if they show an interest!

When should kids start a sport

Some sports can be enjoyed from a very young age. The key is for kids to expend energy, let off steam and have fun. Even if they show a real aptitude for their chosen discipline, be careful not to push them into competitive sport too soon. Focusing on a single activity can be counter-productive and cause them to give up. In addition, over-training can be bad for their health and disrupt their growth. The sports activity that your child chooses needs to be carefully controlled and properly supervised.

So, at the start of this new school year, enrol your children in a physical activity they’re really keen to do!

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Are fairy tales a good idea at bedtime? For or against?

Are fairy tales a good idea at bedtime - For or against

Are you reluctant to read your kids fairy tales at bedtime in case they are frightened by certain parts or scared of the “baddies”? Don’t worry. In fact, fairy tales help them develop and grow.

Today’s kids still love fairy tales

Children often have their first introduction to fairy tales through Walt Disney films. One of the most recent hits – Frozen – is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 19th century fairy tale, the Snow Queen. The film attracted more than 5 million cinema-goers in France. That’s a lot of kids! And although the original tale had been modernised and updated, with a few touches of humour and (especially) its music, the film’s real strength remained the story.

When kids escape reality and enter the realms of the imaginary…

Because fairy tales start with the magical words “Once upon a time…”, it’s easy for kids to understand that they are leaving reality behind and entering the world of the imaginary. Anything is possible: flying, being turned into a frog… or a prince! And because they have a happy ending, fairy tales give children a message of hope and confidence, which helps them grow.

To help them cope with childhood problems

The heroes and heroines in fairy tales often have the same fears and questions as kids. For example, Tom Thumb is afraid of separation and being abandoned, while Cinderella has to deal with the problem of sibling rivalry. Fairy tales help kids cope better with the psychological problems that are part of their everyday life, thereby helping them to grow and develop.

They may be a little frightening sometimes, but fairy tales help children understand that things get better after the fear. They teach children to have hope when faced with difficulties in life. So why let them miss out?

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Why breakfast REALLY IS the most important meal of the day

Why breakfast REALLY IS the most important meal of the day

Never let your kids miss their breakfast! Skipping this important meal can lead to significant deficiencies in essential nutrients. This is a real problem that can have an impact on their growth and health.

A risk of deficiencies in essential nutrients

Skipping breakfast is a bad habit that’s particularly harmful to kids, as confirmed by a study published by King’s College London this year. 31.5% of children who skip breakfast don’t even reach the lowest recommended iron intake. What’s more, these kids don’t get enough calcium, iodine or folate, the latter being crucial for the development of genetic material.

Too many kids are skipping breakfast!

The study showed that 6.5 per cent of 4-10 year olds missed breakfast every day. And in 11 to 18 year-olds, the figure rises to 27%! So far too many children and teenagers are skipping this important meal completely. As a parent, you can help. To tempt your little one’s taste buds in the morning, offer a balanced, nutritional breakfast. The meal should include a drink to rehydrate, a dairy product to provide calcium and protein, a cereal product, a little fat and fruit or fruit juice. You could also offer cheese, eggs or a slice of ham if your child prefers savoury foods! And, if kids aren’t hungry in the morning, maybe their evening meal was too heavy or contained too much protein, which is difficult to digest before going to sleep.

Skipping breakfast really is a very bad idea! Make this meal a moment to be shared and set a good example, offering a variety of foods that will give your kids the energy they need until lunchtime!

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Why do kids never sleep late?

Why do kids never sleep late

Does your child get up very early every single morning, including weekends and holidays? Read on to understand why kids so rarely sleep late and get a few tips on how to improve the quality of their sleep.

Sleep requirements that change as kids grow

Children have some very specific requirements when it comes to sleep, as demonstrated by a recent study published by research scientists at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Varying by as much as 100% depending on their age, these sleep requirements are approximately:

  • 12 to 16 hours from the age of 4 months to one year,
  • 10 to 13 hours from the age of 3 to 5 years,
  • 9 to 12 hours from the age of 6 to 12 years,
  • 8 to 10 hours in teenagers.

Between the ages of 4 months and 5 years, these requirements include daytime naps.

As children get older, they need less and less sleep

It’s true that kids need to sleep more than their parents to stay healthy and grow properly. But it’s also true that the amount of sleep they need decreases as they get older. The older they are, the less often they tend to sleep late in the morning. So, if you want to avoid your kids being wide awake at dawn, make sure they go to bed at the right time for their age. You do the maths!

Children need to have good-quality sleep to ensure good physical health and mental development. Monitor their sleep closely using REMI from Urban Hello! A new-generation bedside clock to help your child get a better night’s sleep. This smart, connected baby monitor makes your little one’s bedroom even more comfortable and reassuring. The device is also capable of identifying the ideal sleep conditions. Pretty cool!

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Help your kids get back into a good sleep routine before back to school

How to help your kids get back into a good sleep routine before going back to schoolBack to school time is fast approaching? Start getting your kids back into a routine gradually. Below we share a few tips to help you prepare them to return to school full of beans!

Banish screens from the bedroom

Lots of studies have shown that more and more of today’s teenagers are using their smartphones after going to bed, or even in the middle of the night. This is a really bad habit that makes them fall asleep later and has an adverse effect on sleep quality.

So, without banning the use of smartphones completely, you need to set a few rules. For example, you could ask your teenager to leave their mobile phone outside their bedroom beyond a certain time.

Start to bring bedtime forward

As back-to-school time approaches, bring bedtime forward a little to gradually adjust to the new routine. If your kids get up at 7 a.m., put them to bed at around 8.30 p.m. In teenagers, this time can be put off until around 9 p.m. If your child gets up earlier, move bedtime forward accordingly.

Implement a relaxation routine

Before bedtime, a winding-down time is always good for kids. In younger children, you could set a routine such as bath, toothbrushing, pyjamas, bedtime story, glass of water then bed! Before bedtime, you could enjoy a relaxation, meditation or yoga session together. A shared moment that’s beneficial all round! And to help your kids fall asleep more easily, ban fizzy drinks and other energy-boosting drinks in the evening.

Does your child or teenager find it difficult to get to sleep? Homeopathy, herbal supplements… there are all sorts of natural remedies to help. And for kids between 0 and 10 years old, how about giving them a REMI from Urban Hello, a smart connected bedside clock that will help adjust their sleep routine?

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3 tips to get the best out of your holidays with the family and come home refreshed

3 tips to get the best out of your holidays with the family and come home refreshedHave you been desperately looking forward to the summer holidays for ages? A genuine safety valve, they are a chance to let of steam, releasing stress and tiredness built up throughout the year. You want to come home rested and refreshed? Here are our top 3 tips! 

The right length of holiday for you

Is it better to take several short breaks or have long holiday lasting several weeks? Experts have different views. Some believe that a few long weekends spread over the summer are enough to recharge the batteries. For others, a one to two-week holiday is absolutely vital to break with the office routine and get out of the habit of early mornings. But only you can decide the best length of holiday to suit your own particular needs!

Switch off and slow down

Most of us end up checking our work emails or calls at some point during the holidays. It’s a bad habit and one that won’t help us switch off… but, fortunately, we tend to do it less and less as the holidays go on. Holidays are meant to be a time to relax, so it’s important to gradually leave the strains and stresses of work behind. Allow yourself to go a whole day – or even more – without checking your phone. And don’t hesitate to set up an out-of-office reply for your work contacts so that you’re not tempted to respond to them directly.

Make plenty of sleep and pampering yourself a priority

The whole point of holidays is to have a rest! Give your body (and mind) a well-deserved break! Forget about your alarm clock and opt for long sleeps. Don’t hesitate to enjoy a restorative afternoon nap, of between 20 and 90 minutes. And to totally relax, don’t put pressure on yourself by scheduling too many activities. Concentrate on just a few and the rest of the time, savour the opportunity to do nothing!

You want to recharge the batteries with your family? To make sure you come back well rested, choose a calm, soothing environment, such as a rural campsite or a farm cottage! What about you? Have you got any useful tips for a restful family holiday?

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Tips to boost tired kids during the holidays

Tips to boost tired kids during the holidays

It’s the holidays, but your child is still tired? Don’t worry, there are lots of ways to help kids recuperate. Follow our advice for a family summer, full of energy and fun! And no tired kids!

Why is my child tired during the holidays?

Is your child rubbing his/her eyes, is he/she irritable or is he/she crying more than usual? Surprisingly enough, lots of kids show signs of tiredness at the start of the holidays. It’s actually very common. They may have difficulty recuperating after a busy school year and only feel the effects when they slow down. What’s more, during the summertime they tend to go to bed and get up later. And kids – just like adults – take time to adapt to change!

Gradually adjust your child’s sleep routines

Routines change during the holidays. The ideal approach is to shift bedtimes gradually, by half an hour every night or every two nights, for example. Whatever you do, don’t change sleep routines too suddenly, by several hours all at once. And, finally, don’t forget that young children always need to go to bed early, to rest and recuperate.

Choose activities carefully

To prevent kids getting too tired, plan your weeks, starting with calm activities, to allow the whole family to gradually get into the swing of things. Begin with short walks in the countryside, for instance, before moving onto more energetic, sporty activities. Changing the pace too quickly can leave kids and parents alike feeling worn out!

Are your kid’s sleeping patterns out of sync? REMI, UrbanHello’s smart bedside clock, can help you restore the balance. Flexible alerts, music, adjustable night light… REMI helps make your child’s room even more soothing and comfortable for restful, restorative nights!

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5 tips for successful beach holidays with the family

5 tips for successful beach holidays with the family

Beach holidays are a great way for families to have fun together. Here are our 5 tips for a stress-free time!

Brief the kids on arrival

Remember that it’s easy to lose sight of your children on the beach. Whenever you arrive, set some holiday ground rules. They must not go off anywhere without first asking permission or go beyond set geographic boundaries (flag, life-guard station, etc.). And agree a meeting point in case there’s a problem.

Use sun cream properly

Now an essential in any beach bag, sun cream is an absolute must, especially in children, whose skin is particularly fragile! Unfortunately though, it isn’t always applied properly! Since we all tend to use too little, it’s a good idea to apply sun cream in two stages: once at base before we set off, then again when we arrive at the beach. Re-apply cream before and after going into the water. Finally, don’t forget that sun cream only keeps for a few months. Never use last year’s tube!

Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day

The midday sun can cause sunburn in the short term, as well as longer-term damage such as skin cancer and melanoma… So keep your kids out of the full sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. And take your time going into the water to avoid any risk of hypothermia, malaise or drowning due to cold water.

Well-equipped kids

In addition to a high SPF sun cream, make sure you take a t-shirt, baseball cap or sun hat in your beach bag for the children. And don’t forget their sunglasses, from the age of 1 onwards. It’s best to buy these from an optician and make sure you choose a pair with the CE mark.

Keep well hydrated!

Children can become dehydrated more quickly than adults. What’s more, they don’t always realise they’re thirsty, even when they’ve been running around all day on the beach!  Stay ahead of the game by making sure you offer them water regularly. To cool down hot kids, don’t hesitate to take a dip in the sea with them or use a water-spray.

Recharge your batteries at the beach this summer and create some happy family memories!

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