Friday, 31 July 2009

All aboard...

...the Pampers Sleep Train! Apparently the biggest worry for parents isn’t money but getting a good night's sleep. In a recent survey over 25,000 parents said the biggest challenge of parenthood is a lack of sleep, with nine out of ten even going so far to call it ‘priceless’. Having had the last six nights disturbed - and seriously - by another bout of croup I'm tempted to agree. On Thursday I was awake from 4 a.m. with Charlie wheezing through the monitor like a mini Darth Vader; by six o'clock he was struggling so badly that I drove him to the hospital. Half a day - and some steroids - later he was back home and sleeping a little more soundly. Last night was better, although he still woke himself (and us) up coughing several times. He's sleeping again now. Peacefully. And I'm half-tempted to join him.

We're lucky though. Unless he's ill, Charlie sleeps quite well. He wakes early, of course. What baby doesn't? But we haven't really had much trouble establishing a routine that works for him and ensure we all get a reasonable night's sleep. And having suffered badly this week, I have immense sympathy for those who haven't managed it yet.

But help is at hand if that's you. The Pampers Golden Sleep Train is stopping at the following venues throughout August, complete with interactive, information-filled carriages and a resident sleep-expert to provide one-to-one advice to parents.

Westfield Shopping Centre, London, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August

Trafford Shopping Centre, Manchester Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August

Silverburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August

It sounds well worth a visit if you're in the area. But if you're not, there'll be some top-notch advice on the Pampers Village website. And with any luck our own golden sleep-train will be back on the rails very soon. And when it is, it'll be a last 'good-night' from him!

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