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  • Creating a gender neutral kids bedroom with Children's Bed Shop

    Gender Neutral Kids Bedroom Ideas

     

    There’s lots of reasons a gender neutral kids bedroom might be something you’re considering. If you have multiple children of different ages, designing a room to be gender neutral is a smart move if you need to pass each room onto your other kids as they grow up. Non gendered designs are also a great step towards avoiding any gender stereotypes, and stop you from pushing certain colours or themes onto your child. Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we have plenty of brilliant styles such as the white mid sleeper cabin bed or neutral themed beds to choose from. If you’re thinking about making your child’s room a little more gender-neutral, make sure you read on for some inspiration!

     

    Find the perfect bed

     

    The bed is the main focal point of any bedroom, so it’s always important to choose it wisely! When designing a room that’s suitable for both girls and boys, avoid colours such as pink, purple or blue, along with any typically gendered themes like a princess design. Beds which work well include the Steens white mid sleeper cabin bed which looks beautiful with any colour scheme. If you prefer a more traditional wood finish, beds like the Julian Bowen Barcelona bed should be right up your street, whilst themed beds like the tipi cabin bed are an option that’s gender neutral but with a fun element too. The Julian Bowen Orion Bunk Bed is another great option, as it has a simple colour scheme but also comes with shelf space for your child to decorate their bed with their favourite items.

     

    Fill the room with furniture

     

    Once you’ve chosen the bed, it’s time to add some essential bits of furniture to the room. Wardrobes, chest of drawers, bedside tables, bookcases and other storage units are incredibly useful to have in a child’s room, especially if your little one has a lot of bits and bobs. Whether you want to match your child’s bed to their furniture or not, there’s lots of choice at Children’s Bed Shop. Our favourite picks include the Steens low wardrobe in white, which has extra drawer storage for foldable items, or the Julian Bowen wide chest of drawers which has a beautiful stone white finish. Depending on your child’s age, you might want to add a desk to their bedroom such as the Gami Montana desk in bleached ash, giving them the opportunity to study in style.

     

    Remember to accessorise

     

    Adding accessories to a room is the best way to bring the space together and give it some interesting touches. Things like photos, cushions and rugs are all great to add to your child’s. If you have a midsleeper bed, we also stock a range of tents and slides which can be added on to the bed for more of a fun aspect. To stick to the gender neutral theme, look for accessories in shades like white, beige and grey, or with a wooden finish.

     

    Re-paint the walls

     

    If your child’s room is filled with patterned wallpaper, painted hot pink, or covered in sports stickers, re-decorating the walls is the starting place for making the room more gender neutral. Colours which work well include white, grey, beige or cream to keep the space minimal. If you can’t resist some more colour, go for shades like yellow or green which also promote creativity and relaxation - always an added bonus!

     

    To explore our full range of gender neutral kids beds, bedroom furniture and accessories, click here to shop with Children's Bed Shop now!

  • Ways to help your child unwind before bedtime

     

     

    Child Bedtime Story - Help Child Unwind Before Bed

     

    Bedtime can be a tricky time for many parents. Often, children will delay bedtime as much as possible, preferring to spend more time playing their game or watching TV. As we all know, sleep is so important for children’s growth and development, and it’s crucial that they get the right amount needed each day. That’s why we’ve put together this Children’s Bed Shop guide with tips on ways to help your child unwind for a restful sleep night after night.

     

    Child Yoga

     

    You might already be familiar with yoga yourself and the relaxing benefits it has, but did you know that there are yoga poses that can actually help your child get to sleep? These yoga poses are designed to release energy, relieve tired muscles and calm the body and mind. One yoga pose which is easy to teach your child is the ‘hugs’ pose, where your little one needs to hug their knees into their chest and squeeze to release any tension.

     

    After doing any yoga poses, encourage your child to spend some time doing deep breathing. Start with a slow and deep breath through the nose for 4 seconds, followed by holding the breath for 1 or 2 seconds, then slowly exhaling for another 4 seconds. Teaching your child this breathing technique is useful for them to use any time they can’t get to sleep, or simply when they’re feeling a little anxious and need to calm down.

     

    A Calming Bath

     

    Bathtime should be one of the most important parts of your child’s night time routine. Not only does giving your child a pre-bedtime bath get them nice and clean at the end of a long day, but it’s also a crucial way to help them unwind. Adding essential oils like lavender and chamomile, or using bath salts, will aid relaxation while also hydrating the skin. Finish the bath by applying a calming lotion to further soothe their skin and get them smelling nice and fresh before getting into bed.

     

    Bedtime Stories

     

    Bedtime stories are a widely known way to help your child drift off to sleep. Before settling down to read your child their story, ensure that their bedroom has been set up as a relaxing environment. This means getting rid of any clutter, adding some soft furnishings, and removing any harsh lighting. Some of our Children’s Bed Shop beds which are perfect for keeping your kids room tidy include the Birlea Paddington White Midsleeper Cabin Bed, which has drawers and underbed space to keep your child’s belongings, along with shelves to store their books ready for bedtime reading.

     

    If your child doesn’t already have a favourite story, read our blog post on some of the best books to read at bedtime. On the other hand, if you and your child aren’t enjoying any of the stories available, why not try out creating your very own bedtime story?

     

    Relaxing Music

     

    Whilst your little one gets more and more sleepy, consider playing some relaxing music in the background. You can find calming music for kids online on sites like Youtube, or look for full albums on music streaming services or with CD’s. If you don’t want to play music, classic bedtime lullabies can be just as soothing for your child and the perfect thing to help them drift into a deep sleep!

     

    Do you have any tips of your own to help your child unwind before bed? Let us know in the comments below.

     

    To shop our full range of kids beds with storage, along with single beds, themed beds, high sleeper beds and more, click here to head to the full Children’s Bed Shop range!

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