If you’ve been digging out little hats and gloves of late, you’ve probably noticed that winter is drawing in. But while you might have prepared your littles ones for facing the dropping temperatures, have you done the same for their bedroom? If not, don’t worry. Just follow our handy tips for winter-prepping your child’s space and giving them a brrrr-illiantly cosy bedroom.
Snug as a bug
First things first, now is the time to upgrade your children’s bedding (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/category/accessories/bedding-quilts/) if you haven’t already. Duvets should be switched from a lower tog rating to a higher tog for winter (between 10.5 to 13.5 should be fine, although keep it at the lower end if you tend to have your central heating on high in the winter). If your little one struggles to sleep under a heavy duvet, try a quilt (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/babyface-mckenzie-single-quilt/) instead or a baby throw (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/blue-and-white-menzies-baby-throw/) for very young ones.
Not that bedtime is the only time little ones need to snuggle. For reading-time, play-time, or movie-time, a Snuggle Sac (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/grey-star-original-snuggle-sac/) is also a great way to keep out the chill.
If you’ve got wooden floors throughout your house then, firstly, we applaud your impeccable style but, secondly, this isn’t so great when it comes to little feet in winter. Make sure your tots have toasty toes by buying them a snuggly rug (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/category/accessories/rugs/) to keep feet warm.
Although we don’t hibernate (not for want of trying on our part, we can assure you) we nevertheless all love to have somewhere to retreat to when the winter months roll in. To make up for having less outdoor play time during the colder months, why not build your child a comfy winter play den in their bedroom? You can opt for a bed with a built-in hideaway, like this Flexa Midsleeper (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/flexa-harry-midsleeper-with-tent/), or fill a large playhouse (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/rose-cottage-and-tea-shop-2-in-1-playhouse-large/) with cushions and throws (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/category/accessories/cushions/) to make a cosy retreat perfect for reading and play. Dens aren’t limited to younger children either; older ones will love this Stompa Next Generation Casa High Sleeper (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/stompa-next-generation-casa-1-high-sleeper/) with it’s curl-up-on-able sofa underneath.
If you don’t fancy installing a whole new bed or playhouse for winter, you can even turn your existing bed into its own equally cosy space by installing an over bed cave (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/product/thuka-trendy-over-bed-cave/).
Let it Glow
Last but not least, lighting always needs a rethink in winter. As the skies get darker earlier in the day, little ones might find themselves going to bed in the dark more often than they’re used to so make sure to install a nightlight for nervous sleepers or a reading lamp (https://www.roomtogrow.co.uk/category/accessories/lamps/) for bedtime stories.