September 9 is Make Your Bed Day, a perfect time to encourage children to take a moment to make their bed each day. Studies have shown that there are actually benefits to making the bed each morning, so it’s important to show them how to make a bed.
Make Your Bed Day is an excellent time to update bed coverings or make the move to a bigger or different bed. If your child is ready to leave a cot and move to a high bed, have the fun of a bunk bed, or change from a child’s theme to one for a tween, now is a perfect time to do so.
You can encourage your child to make their bed by providing sheets, blankets, and other bedding that is attractive and comfortable. Keep bedding simple. Your child is more likely to make their bed if it only involves pulling up the sheet and coverlet and plumping the pillow. As your child gets older, you can add pillow shams or small decorative pillows, if doing so is something they want. Also, make sure the bedding fits the bed. Fitted bottom sheets are a pain if they slip off every night and increase the time necessary for bed making.
Does your child make their own bed? If not, spend a bit of time on Make Your Bed Day teaching them how to do so.
Although it is never too late to teach your child to make their own bed, the earlier you begin the better. Make it your habit to straighten their bed when they are too young to do so themselves. If they see bed making as part of a morning routine, when it is time for them to begin making the bed themselves, they are more likely to accept the task as part of their daily routine. Make Your Bed Day is a perfect time to update bedding and polish your child’s bed making skills, so that your child will have many restful nights of sleep.