Oh yes, the number one subject on all parents’ lips – sleep! How many hours have you spent discussing this issue with anyone who will listen? – When will my baby sleep through the night? Why does my toddler wake me up at 5am? Will I know what it feels like to be fully rested ever again? We could go on! Whilst we can’t claim to have the miracle cure for a restful night, we can help you make your child’s bedroom as cosy and comfortable as possible, thus (we hope) making it a teeny tiny bit more likely they may go to sleep, and most importantly, stay asleep!
First things first, a dreamy sleep really should start with the bed. Get your child involved in the picking process. There are lots of different styles they can choose from, from children’s toddler beds to theme beds, so there will definitely be a design that will suit both you and them. Also, make sure you buy a good quality mattress, that not only supports their growing bones, but is comfortable.
Whilst the bed is the foundation for a good night’s sleep, the bedding is pretty important too. The right bedding creates a comfortable and inviting environment for your youngster to lay their weary (and mud covered) head. Again, allow them to have some involvement in their bedding choice, including any cushions and throws they may also want to add. The aim is to make their bed SO good, that they are desperate to climb into it every day!
The classic idiom ‘tidy home, tidy mind’ applies to everyone, even small children. How can you expect your little one to have a restful night’s sleep if the room they are going to bed in is full of mess. Spend some time clearing through all their toys, clothes and books, and finding places for everything to live. You may want to invest in some extra storage to help with their masses of stuff.
Whilst it may be tempting to go along with your child’s idea of a luminous pink bedroom, opting for more tranquil colours on the walls will help create a more peaceful and relaxing room. Blue is very calming, or you could try other relaxing shades such as greys, pastels and neutrals. Warm colours, such as pale yellows, also create a cosy environment. You can still let your child’s more adventurous choices loose within the accessories. These will add a splash of vibrant colour in the room, without turning it into a headache waiting to happen.
Getting the lighting right in your child’s bedroom will help create a relaxing environment. Blackout blinds will keep the light out, even during the dreaded summer months when convincing your child that it is bedtime despite the glaring sun outside is a lesson in patience. For children that find the dark a bit too scary, the soft glow of a night light can help to ease their worry and send them into a deep, dreamy sleep.