Nap at the Museum - An event for local preschoolers as children are getting less sleep than their parents did at the same age.



A sleep event for preschool children and their parents to learn about good bedtime routines and to help prevent sleep problems as they get older.

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Sleep is always a hot topic amongst parents, and research conducted by The Sleep Council tells us that we are all getting less sleep than we should, especially children, with an average bedtime for a 5 year old now being 8.30pm . So what can we do about it? Well, with intervention, and support, a programme involving The Children’s Sleep Charity has helped some particularly sleep-shy children to get and extra 2.4 hours of sleep per night, all by introducing and practicing good sleep habits. 

Forty Winks Sleep Consultancy, which uses the same routine-based methods recommended by the Charity for children from newborn to teenagers with sleep, will be joining up with other local businesses to bring a new sleep event for preschoolers and their parents to St Albans in September. The afternoon event will give parents the opportunity to learn more about bedtime routines, and try out some fun activities so bedtime doesn’t have to a battle.

Nap At The Museum, in support of The Children’s Sleep Charity and Mind Charity will include talks from Forty Winks on sleep routines, relaxing yoga sessions by Tilly’s Dance and Yoga Studio, Storytime from Drama Llamas, and a chance to see the new range of bedding and accessories from Minimello, a new Harpenden-based business with a focus on calm colour, to create a relaxing space for kids as they get ready for bed, as well as enter a raffle with some amazing prizes, including furniture from The Children’s Furniture Company.


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The event, taking place at 12:30 - 2:30 on Friday 27th September at The St Albans Museum will also feature a marketplace of local businesses for parents to shop at, competitions throughout the day, a raffle, refreshments and a goody bag for every child. 

Tickets are £20 per child and all profits go to the charity partners in support of the amazing work they do for children -

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Renee Learner, of Forty Winks Sleep Consultancy -

Keeping to a calm and consistent routine is key to a good night’s sleep; try to keep to the same bedtime and wake up every day.

Forty Winks Sleep Consultancy helps children from newborns to teenagers to sleep better. Our approach is to create a sleep plan that parents can manage, and one which takes into account the needs of the child and expectations of each family.

Danielle Wallington, MilknFizz -

One of the subjects that always comes up with the mums I’ve met in the community is sleep, so I’m really excited to come to this event with my son, and learn some new ways to make bedtime more relaxing.

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