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  • What age can your child use a bunk bed?

    bunk beds for small rooms

    If your child has started school, they may have already started clamouring for bunk beds. For kids, bunk beds hold a kind of magnetic appeal – they represent the excitement of getting older and new responsibilities. For parents, children’s bunk beds are a stylish and reliable choice and, crucially, they create precious space in already crowded bedrooms.  But how old should your kids be before they can safely use a bunk bed? And what considerations need to be made before making a purchase?

    When can kids use a bunk bed?

    As you’ll know if you’ve seen Stepbrothers, bunk beds are only as safe as the people making – and using - them. If your kids are mature enough to use the bunk beds as they are intended – without using the top bunk as a diving platform – they are absolutely safe to use.

    Kids are old enough to use a bunk bed when you are sure they are mature enough to use them safely. The only chance at all of your children encountering any harm whatsoever stems from using the bunk beds irresponsibly – not from any inherent design flaw or faulty materials.

    If you have any concerns or doubts about their ability to use the bunk beds safely, you can mitigate the risk by opting for low bunk beds. We have one of the most extensive selections of small bunk beds in the UK and we can help find a solution that dispels any reservations you may have.

    Are bunk beds safe?

    Safety is of paramount importance to manufacturers and each product is carefully designed to minimise the possibility of anyone getting injured.

    Almost all of our products are covered by 1 year manufacturer warranties too. So, if it doesn’t meet your expectations, you’ll have the opportunity to replace it or get your money back.

    Additionally, if you have any reservations about assembling the bunk beds yourself, they do come with detailed instructions – eliminating the possibility of uncertainty clouding your work and adversely affecting the beds.

    What is the maximum age for bunk beds?

    There isn’t necessarily a maximum age for bunk beds. Age doesn’t determine a child’s suitability for a bunk bed – but height and weight definitely can. Different bunk beds have different maximum weight capacities. The size specifications for each bed are listed on the product page (including length and width) but if, for whatever reason, you can’t find all the information you need, don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call. Our team are always on hand to field any of your questions and ensure you the get the best fit for your home.

    If you want the bunk bed to last for a long time (and be able to weather the storm of any out-of-the-blue growth spurts) you should consider getting a bed that is considerably larger than your child’s current frame. There are a variety of cool bunk beds suitable for a range of ages and sizes. Have a look on our website to view and compare space-saving bunk beds from leading manufacturers.

  • The Real Monsters your Children are Worrying About this Halloween (Stress and Fears in 2019)

    It’s the month of scary costumes, excessive amounts of candy and spooky Jack-o'-lanterns. Halloween brings many monsters and most children believe them not to be true, but what about the real terrors your children might have, from natural disasters to everyday worries.  A child is forever increasing their awareness of the world, the people in it and adjusting to bad things that can happen. Many of our children’s fears come out of things they have observed or experienced and as they continue to grow and become independent, they are less likely to depend on parents and carers which may harbour some worry. It is our job to be mindful that it may take more than tucking them into their fun kids beds and reading a bedtime story to stop them from worrying!

    For younger children, fear is often mitigated through connection with caring parents who make them feel safe and offer reassurance. When children experience separation as they get older their fears and worries can become apparent. As a child ages, they will need to find both courage and tears to face their fears. This growth can be cultivated with the help of adults they trust and can count on, and we have highlighted some points that may be of use to parents looking to comfort their children when it comes to stressful times and addressing their fears.

    Connecting with your children

    When children are worried, they look for support from their closest caretakers. Some of the best comforts we can offer is to listen to their concerns and acknowledge how they are feeling, in order to help minimise their fears. Talking about our worries can sometimes be enough, so give them your full attention and reassure them that you are there if they need to talk about anything.

    Tackle fear head on

    Kids are constantly interacting with the world around them and sometimes this may trigger a thought or feeling. If they are to become startled or show signs of fear, being able to turn this into a playful experience and tackle the fear head on can help to diffuse the intensity of the feeling or situation. Playing traditional games such as hide and seek, peek a boo, and telling bedtime stories that include risk and fear can introduce them to signals of fear and this way they may be less likely to kidnap their emotional systems.

    Encourage them to be brave

    Children 5 and under are sometimes less likely to demonstrate courage due to the lack of coordination in their brain when experiencing emotions and knowing how to deal with them. Younger kids can only fathom one intense feeling at a time and so fear can overwhelm them leaving them feeling frustrated. Children who are slightly older can be introduced to things that might be new or scary and we can encourage them not to let their fears take the lead. As responsible adults, we can help older children to express what concerns them. Inspire them to find their words for what worries them, this way it can help them to be courageous and face their fears head on.

    Allow them to express emotions

    When a child becomes fearful, they may want to cry and lash out as they do not know how to deal with breathtaking emotions relating to sadness or worry. Allowing children to cry will allow them to release the fear and give some resiliency in the face of their worries.

    Adopt a good sleep routine

    Sometimes night time can be when your child is most fearful and not even fun kids beds can aid night terrors. Being left alone in the dark can allow thoughts and feelings to creep into their mind and make them scared. By setting a bedtime routine for your child it prepares them that they will have to go to sleep soon. A consistent routine will allow for a smooth transition from daytime activities to the relaxed state of mind needed for a good night’s sleep.

    Let us know how you help your little one deal with the worries and fears they may experience.

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