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  • 10 Ways to Create Christmas Family Traditions

     

    Cabin Beds and Midsleeper Beds

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We all love a Christmas tradition. Whether it’s a family trip to buy the tree or writing a letter to Santa, they help get us in the festive spirit and prepare us for the big day itself.

    Here we list 10 Christmas traditions you and your family can enjoy year after year.

    Advent Calendars

    Whether it’s a homemade calendar with scenes drawn by the children or a shop-bought one with chocolates behind each door, advent calendars are a great way to start the countdown to Christmas.

    Why not buy a wooden one, which will last years? Calendars with little compartments where you can put your own gifts in let you change them every year to suit your children’s ages.

    Letter to Santa

    Encouraging your little ones to write to Santa is always a good idea - not only does it get them practising their writing skills, but it also lets you know what they want!

    If your child has a desk, lay out some pretty paper and nice pens and help them compose their Christmas wish list - don’t forget the ‘yours sincerely’ at the end. You have to be polite!

    If they don’t have somewhere to write then a mid sleeper cabin bed with desk could be the perfect present. They can be a great option for storage solutions too with optional under bed drawers and wardrobes available.

    Buying the Tree

    Going as a family to choose a real Christmas tree is a tradition many families enjoy.

    Whether you just go to your local garden centre or actually venture as far as the forest itself, there’s nothing nicer than browsing among the lovely spruces and firs before deciding on which one is perfect for your home.

    Putting the Decorations Up

    When you’ve got the tree home, it’s a lovely tradition to get the whole family together to put the decorations up. Getting them down from the loft, blowing the dust off and unwrapping the ornaments can be a wonderful way to enter into the festive spirit.

    A nice tradition to start is one where you buy a new ornament for the tree each year - why not let the children decide on which one to get?

    Wrapping the Gifts

    Many people find buying Christmas presents a tedious and time-consuming chore, but wrapping the presents needn’t be such as big job.

    Get the family together one evening when there’s nothing else planned, gather all the materials you need and prepare some refreshments to help make it more enjoyable.

    To make it more fun, why not offer a prize to the person who, in the judge’s opinion, wraps the prettiest present or does the best job with a difficult-shaped one?

    Give to Others

    A lovely tradition, and one which embodies the true spirit of Christmas, is that of giving some time to help others less well-off than yourself.

    This could involve helping to deliver hampers to local old people’s homes, working for a few hours at a soup kitchen for the homeless or even just contributing to your children’s school panto, Nativity or Christmas fair.

    Making this an annual event will help establish the gift of giving as part of your festive traditions.

    Writing the Cards

    Another annual ‘chore’ for many, writing cards should be a family affair. Make the kids write their own - provide refreshments and compete to see who can write the fastest!

    Baking

    Many people enjoy baking, and Christmas is a great time to get the oven gloves and mixer out of the cupboard.

    Why not involve the children in making festive cookies or gingerbread men? Or let them help with the mince pies and Christmas cake?

    Christmas Eve

    A special time of year, whether you are religious or not, Christmas Eve should involve its own traditions. Whether it’s sitting down with the family to watch TV, attending a local carol concert or visiting relatives, making it an annual event will mean it's more special and memorable.

    Christmas Morning

    And so to the big day itself. Many families have traditions on Christmas morning, such as opening the presents, listening to the carol service on the radio or helping to prepare the vegetables.

    Just ensure it involves being with the ones you love on this special day.

  • The Benefits of Buying Children’s Bedroom Furniture Online

    Gami Montana Mezzanine Bed in Grey Oak

    Buying furniture can be somewhat stressful. More stressful still, is buying furniture for your child’s bedroom. You want them to feel like they have an opinion in what they’re getting, after all: it is their bedroom. However, after dragging them around furniture store after furniture store they often can’t be bothered and just want to go home.

    It’s a hard slog that leaves both you and your child frustrated. At Children’s Bed Shop, we recommend doing all your furniture shopping online. Here are a few reasons why we think you’d be better ditching the shops for the desktops.

    Convenient

    We can’t stress enough how much easier it is to do your shopping online. You are now able to shop around from site to site in a fraction of the time it would take to flit from shop to shop on the high street. No more wasted weekends dragging along a child that really doesn’t want to be there, do all your shopping online in the comfort of your own home.

    Competitive prices

    You can compare the prices of furniture on many different sites with relative ease, imagine the difficulty of undertaking this task in person. We offer a price match guarantee! Which means if you find an item cheaper elsewhere, we will happily review our selling price*.

    Delivery

    Many of us have experienced the horror of buying furniture in-store before realising that we have to fit it into our car to drive it home. You can save the long panic-ridden drive home wondering if something is going to fall out the boot, by ordering it online. We offer free delivery to the UK Mainland* on all our beds, mattresses, accessories and bedroom furniture.

    More choice

    While showrooms are limited by space our website can show you everything we have to offer. Another positive is that we offer customisable options & additions to your purchase. The Gami montana cabin bed is a fantastic mezzanine bed with the option of adding bookcases, wardrobes and drawers to your order from the same range. It can complete the look of your child’s bedroom. As well as this you could add a choice of mattress or a bed reading light. We really are spoiled for choice nowadays!

    Customer service

    Customer service is the cornerstone of any retailer, if you think that buying furniture online lacks that same kind of helpful support: think again. Our customer service team offer fantastic support as standard. Any queries concerning a product can easily be answered by email to a knowledgeable member of staff or call: 0191 654 2030.

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  • What to Consider When Buying a Midsleeper

    Choosing the right bed for your child can be time consuming with a wide range of fantastic beds available. There might be many factors to consider including your child’s age, size and space available. We’ve put together a few things you should think about before buying one of our favourites, the midsleeper.

    Steens For Kids Midsleeper in Solid Plain White

    What to Look For

    Think about the height of the bed. Children move out of cots at various ages, often into a cot-bed, smaller version of a standard single or a single bed. Some parents consider a midsleeper or cabin bed, which gives some extra height and generally incorporates storage beneath.

    A midsleeper is recommended for children of four or older. Alternatively, you might go straight for a high-sleeper, though they are not generally recommended for children under the age of six. Of course, these are guides, as all children are different.

    Safe as Houses

    Safety will be a big consideration. How the bed is constructed and how high are the safety barriers can be important factors. Will your child be comfortable with the steps or a ladder? Our midsleepers are a good height from the ground with only small ladders to climb.

    Mattresses

    Consider the mattress height when you’re looking at the safety bars. The recommended height for a midsleeper mattress depth is 6 inches. This keeps the rail high and is safer for a child.

    Space

    Midsleepers are the perfect choice for children with small bedrooms. With different styles of storage on offer they give you the extra space you and your child needs. The storage options can be a chest of drawers, shelving, desk space or a cupboard. These are great for tidying away toys or keeping clothes neat.

    Play

    Midsleepers are also a great option for play. With space for a little one underneath the bed they can make the greatest adventures with their own imagination. If your child’s imagination needs a little help a Steens bed in the bedroom with their creative tent options will help them have fun all day.

    Many midsleepers will come flat-packed, so make sure you have space to put it together and someone to help you. It will be worth it in the end!

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