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  • Top tips to help your children to sleep in the hot weather

    With so many parents having trouble getting their kids to sleep at night to begin with, the introduction of some hot, humid weather can make matters ten times worse. Young children that are too hot in their bed can be agitated, restless and unable to settle, therefore it’s important to prepare for the warmer summer weather with some help from these handy tips.

    steens sleeper

    Prepare them for bedtime

    Get your child ready for a peaceful sleep by introducing a new bedtime routine. Giving them a bath with cooler water than usual is a good way to help drop their temperature and make them more refreshed before bedtime. Since the heat can make children irritable, it’s vital to also keep them calm before they sleep. Try lightly dabbing your child with a cold flannel during their bedtime story to help them relax and drift into a peaceful sleep.

    Make sure they have cotton bedding

    Appropriate bedding is key to keeping your little one cool, and usual bedding options such as a waterproof mattress cover can encourage sweating and cause even more discomfort. Natural fibres such as white cotton bed sheets are your best bet, as they’re breathable and the light shade will stop the absorption of any sunlight that comes in the windows through the day. A high quality bed frame such as the Steens sleeper will also provide them with the right comfort and support for a good night’s sleep.

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    Keep the room cool

    Bring a small fan into your child’s bedroom to keep them nice and cool throughout the night, making sure to angle it far enough away for them to not be bothered by the breeze. Placing ice cubes in containers may also cool the room down, and ensure you leave windows open through the day to let some breeze in - while still keeping part of the curtain pulled across to block any sunlight from filling the room.

    Limit their nightwear

    The fewer items of clothing your child wears on a hot night, the more comfortable they’ll be. Make sure you switch their usual nightwear for something thinner and cooler, or even just let them sleep in their nappy. For older children, pyjama sets and nighties made from materials such as cotton and other lightweight fabrics are a good option for the summer months.

    Keep them hydrated

    Hot weather can result in dehydration, and your baby or child may need to drink a lot more than usual to quench their thirst. Stick bottled water in the freezer through the day for your child to drink, and make sure they have a glass of water available on their bedside table to grab if they get thirsty through the night.

  • Our top 6 CBS beds for tweens

    Choosing the perfect bed for a tween can be tough. The age between childhood and adolescence, typically between 8-12, is a time of change and growth for your child, and it’s likely that children in this age bracket aren’t going to find novelty race car beds as fun as they once were! If you’re struggling to find a new bed for your tween and you’re not yet ready to buy them an adult bed frame, we have a range of great beds from low sleeper cabin beds to high sleeper beds that are perfect for later childhood.Julian Bowen Slocum Bed in Stone White

    Julian Bowen Slocum Bed in Stone White

    This single slocum bed by Julian Bowen is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple style and high quality frame. This bed’s sturdy wooden frame and neutral shade is ideal for older children who want a bed with a more grown-up style, and it also comes equipped with a sprung slatted bed base for mattress support and extra comfort.

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    If you have a tween that’s into all things glam, this Birlea Jessica Bed is the perfect option. The bed features a stylish metal frame with crystal detailing on the corners of the base, and the cream shade means it’s versatile enough to match any bedroom’s decor.

    Sweet Dreams Opal High Sleeper Bed

    Sweet Dreams Opal High Sleeper Bed

    The opal high sleeper bed by sweet dreams is a handy choice for bedrooms that could do with some space saving options. The high sleeper design leaves space for the built in desk attached to the frame, giving your tween a special spot to get their homework done. The space under the bed also leaves plenty of room to store any bits and bobs, or even to create a small reading den as a way to add a creative element to your child’s room.

    Julian Bowen Cookie Cabin Bed in White/ CharcoalJulian Bowen Cookie Cabin Bed in White/ Charcoal

    A bed with a really unique style as well as plenty of storage potential is the cookie cabin bed by Julian Bowen. This bed has an innovative design, featuring three storage drawers, a cupboard, a shelf and desk all integrated into a sleek white and grey finish, making it an ideal choice for tweens that are prone to cluttered rooms!

    Gami Montana Combined Low Bed in Grey Oak

    Gami Montana Combined Low Bed in Grey Oak

    Another bed with a lot of handy storage is the Gami Montana low bed in grey oak; a comfortable bed featuring a modern, stylish design and built in shelves that are perfect for storing laptops, I pad’s or bedtime books.

    Julian Bowen Cosmo Guest Bed

    Julian Bowen Cosmo Guest Bed

    For pre-teen’s who are never apart from their best friend, the Julian Bowen cosmo bed is bound to come in handy. This bed comes equipped with a guest bed, which easily slides out from the frame and provides a great sleeping solution for the many sleepovers your child will have over the years. This bed also features a luxurious faux leather finish and a sophisticated design to ease their transition into their teenage years!

  • How to host the perfect sleepover for your child

    Organising, never mind actually overseeing a sleepover, can be a hectic and stressful experience. When the dreaded time actually arrives, you need to be equipped with every bit of advice and equipment you can get hold of. To ensure you are as prepared as humanly possible, we have put together a guide on how to host the perfect sleepover for your child.

    Children's Sleepover


    As with basically anything in life, it is essential to prepare properly. Especially when it comes to having a group of raving kids running round your house at breakneck speed.

    Ensuring you have the contact details of the parents of all the children attending will allow you to pre-empt any homesick guests crying their way through the sleepover with no means of returning home.

    An awareness of the dietary requirements and medical conditions of your attendees is imperative - it wouldn’t be a great look to hospitalise any of your child’s closest friends.

    Equally important is setting out clear drop-off and pick-up times for parents. With this knowledge, you can guarantee that you won’t be: 1 - ransacking the fridge and cupboards for something for the kid who turned up two hours after dinner time OR 2 - abandoning someone else’s child on your doorstep because you simply couldn’t afford to miss insert name here’s christening.

    Sleepover Food


    Pizza still rules the roost in terms of sleepover grub. Pretty much all kids are fans of it and it is extremely simple to prepare.

    Of course, kids are likely to get hungry throughout the evening and it is important to have a range of snacks on hand. Sugary high-energy treats are a no-go when lights out are imminent, but you don’t necessarily have to go to the other extreme of carrot and celery sticks either. A range of salty, savoury snacks are a safe bet, they will be well-received by hungry kids and parents looking to get a few hours of sleep.


    It is worth having some kind of itinerary planned for the evening’s events - preferably something involving physical exercise if you have even the vaguest intention of getting any sleep whatsoever.

    Inevitably the form this exercise takes is entirely dependent on the interests and hobbies of your child and their friends. For some, a few hours playing football in the park sounds like a great afternoon, for others a karaoke and dance party sounds far more appealing.

    Sleepover classics like making a fort, pillow fights (parent-permitting), board games and truth-or-dare are still just as effective at making sure your guests have a fun-filled evening. With a several storage spaces and an exciting medieval themed play area, a steens tent provides the perfect environment for a sleepover.

    Sleeping arrangements

    Supplying all of the children with everything they need for a sound night’s sleep is the first step. Again, it comes down to preparation, but toothbrushes, pyjamas and sleeping bags are all commonly forgotten items that will cause havoc when it turns out they aren’t actually at hand.

    Instilling as equal a playing field as possible when it comes to sleeping arrangements is also vital - you want to avoid any arguments over who gets to sleep like a king on the top bunk while the other peasants rough it on the floor.

    Hopefully you now feel better informed about some of the do’s and don’ts of hosting a sleepover for your child. Do you have other tips that might be useful? Or any horror stories from sleepovers you have hosted?

  • Our 6 Favourite Children's Bedshop Beds

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we understand how tricky it can be to choose the best possible bed for your child. With March being the official National Bed Month, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than with a guide to our favourite children’s beds. From the Julian Bowen Midsleeper to the Sweet Dreams Ruby Bunk bed, we’ve picked out six of our all-time favourite beds to help you choose a style that both you and your child will love.

    Julian Bowen Midsleeper Cabin Bed

    One of the absolute best styles of bed for a child’s room is a bed that’s compact, with space for storage. This Julian Bowen Midsleeper bed certainly ticks all the space-saving boxes. The bed features a pull-out desk, 3 drawer chest and a shelf unit for storing all those bits and bobs that children leave lying around. With a versatile white shade and stylish design, this bed is perfect in any child’s room and neutral enough to match any colour scheme.

    Kidsaw Racing Car/Princess Carriage Bed

    For children who need a little encouragement getting into their bed at night, the Kidsaw Racing Car Bed is the ideal solution. Also available in a range of fun styles, this bed will make bedtime exciting, and your night a lot easier. The Kidsaw beds are extremely easy to assemble - simply slot each piece together and wait for your child’s bedroom to become their new favourite hangout!

    Julian Bowen London Bus Bunk Bed

    All aboard for bedtime! This quirky London Bus Bunk Bed is another great option for those hoping to add a bit of excitement to their child’s sleeping pattern. The timeless design of the London bus has been adapted into a fun bunk bed that will brighten up any child’s bedroom, and comes with a sturdy fixed ladder for easy access to the upper deck.

    Sweet Dreams Ruby Captains Bed

    The ultimate sleepover solution, The Ruby Captains Bed by Sweet Dreams is handy for when your child’s friend stays over. The bed features a guest bed that fits snugly underneath and is easily pulled out when needed. With an expertly crafted stylish design, this bed also has three useful storage drawers, and a classic white finish that’s versatile enough for any bedroom. This bed is also available in blue and pink for those that can’t resist a bit of colour.

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    One of our more sophisticated styles, this single bed is a perfect option for older girls who want to add a touch of glamour to their bedroom. The metal bed frame has a classic design and simple cream shade, with an elegant crystal feature at the top of each corner post for a unique finishing touch. The Birlea Jessica Bed is also built with a sprung slatted bed base for extra comfort. This bed is also available in pink to please even the girliest of girls.

    Steens Memphis UK Midsleeper Bed + Tent

    The eye-catching Steens Memphis UK Midsleeper is a beautifully made bed for your child. With a simple, contemporary design, the white bed frame of the bed looks great paired with the fun element of the built-in tent; providing room for storing your child’s clutter while also giving them their very own den to hide out in. Along with the option of a pink tent, the bed is also available in a blue shade with a cool pirate pattern.

    If you want to see more of our children’s beds then shop our website for a great selection of styles and brands.

  • Create the perfect playroom for your kids

    A playroom is a room solely dedicated to your child’s toys and learning materials. It is somewhere that your child can learn and develop while also having fun. It makes sense to have this room as something entirely separate to their bedroom, this way they will be able to differentiate from playtime and bedtime, and can have a well-rested snooze at the end of a hard day's play!

    Create the perfect playroom for your kids with steens kids furniture

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a few different ways you can create the perfect playroom for your kids:

    Fill it with learning materials

    With most children, if you put too much emphasis on education they’re going to shy away from it eventually. However, if you let them find interests for themselves, then you’re less likely to get any backlash. If you include things like an atlas, reading materials & art supplies you may be surprised at what they take an interest in.

    Store away all those toys

    Just because there’s a room in your house that’s dedicated to play, it doesn’t mean that it should be a mess. We stock a wide variety of storage units you can choose from. Find a place to put all those toys and make sure your children clean up after themselves, giving them a sense of responsibility. After all: they’re their toys, not yours.

    Play some word games

    A great way to get your child into reading and storytelling from an early age is getting them interested in language. Including a magnetic wall with letter magnets can really help your child get a grasp on spelling. Another great idea for when they’re older is cutting up an old book of simple words and sentences, then putting all these component parts into a bucket – your child can create your own stories this way and fuel their creativity.

    Put those books on the shelves

    Childhood reading is crucial for early development, so make sure you have somewhere to put all those books instead of piling them up into a massive tower on the floor! Steens kids furniture has got you covered with their range of low & tall bookcases to suit any need – from a modest collection to a veritable library!

    Display their creativity

    If your child is interested in creating things (drawings, paintings, stories etc) be sure to give them a space where they can proudly display their creations. This will promote a real sense of achievement for your child as they can see everything they’ve created proudly displayed on the wall.

    Promote study time with a desk

    Getting your child a desk provides them with a designated place for study and somewhere to experiment and get creative with the pen and paper in their early years. This can lead to greater benefits later on in life when they reach school age. Our website features a number of desks by Steens, so you and your child can pick the perfect one.


  • 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.


    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*.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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!

  • National Bed Month - 9 Beds your child will love

    Moving from a cot into a bed is a big step for any child, as is the move from a toddler bed into a bed more suitable for a growing boy or girl. Here we look at some great beds that both you and your children will love, whether they are going into a bed for the first time or are ready to move into a more 'grown up' bed as they get older.

    Single beds and low sleepers

    The Sweet Dreams Ruby White Single Bed is a perfect low sleeper for a younger boy or girl. It's plain white finish and the shaker style design of the headboard and footboard would suit any bedroom.

    Sweet Dreams Ruby White Single Bed


    An alternative low sleeper to a traditional single bed is a bed in a fun shape that doesn't look like a bed. Designs include princess carriages, diggers and cars, such as the Kidsaw Racing Car Single Bed. This fun bed in the shape of a car has been screen printed with the design of a car to make it more realistic and it is easy to assemble.

    Kidsaw Racing Car Single Bed

    Captains beds

    For slightly older children or for homes that are short on space, captains beds are the perfect solution. These include beds such as the Parisot Smoozy Compact Day Bed, which has drawers and shelves underneath that are perfect for storage.

    Parisot Smoozy Compact Day Bed

    Alternatively, the Sweet Dreams Ruby White Captains Bed also features drawers and has a guest bed underneath.

    Sweet Dreams Ruby White Captains Bed

    Cabin beds and mid sleepers

    Cabin beds and mid sleepers are suitable for children aged between 6 and 13 and usually incorporate storage or additional furniture items underneath. These beds are perfect for homes where space is at a premium. The Parisot Moby Midsleeper Cabin Bed includes not only a bed but also a desk that pulls out from underneath and integrated shelving.

    Parisot Moby Midsleeper Cabin Bed with Desk

    Alternatively, the Steens Memphis UK Mid Sleeper Bed provides a simple, solid white wooden bed frame with an integrated ladder. Play tents are also available in a variety of sizes, which fit underneath, at an additional cost.

    Loft beds including the Stompa Casa High Sleeper

    Loft beds or high sleepers are also most suited to older children and their distance from the ground provides ample space for storage or additional furniture underneath. The Stompa Casa High Sleeper is available in a whole range of different formats. There are beds featuring storage, sofas, desks and even additional beds, which means you can choose the style and items you want such as the Stompa Casa 9 High Sleeper Bed which gives you many different items of children's bedroom furniture all underneath a single bed.

    Stompa Casa 9 High Sleeper Bed

    An alternative bed if your child is into technology is the Parisot Hashtag High Sleeper Bed. This bed set features USB charging points, space to mount a flat screen TV, and additional storage.

    Parisot Hashtag High Sleeper Bed

    Bunk beds

    If you have more than one child and they have to share a room, or if you are likely to have guests to stay and space is at a premium, bunk beds are a great solution. In addition to traditional bunk beds, there is now the option to buy triple sleepers such as the Birlea Nexus Triple Sleeper. These beds feature a metal frame with a double bed at the bottom and a single bed on top.


    Birlea Nexus Triple Sleeper Bunk Bed If your children's room needs bunk beds but you want something a little different, the Julian Bowen London Bus Bunk Bed could be what you need. This is a trendy and fun sleep solution for younger children, who will love the authentic London bus design.

    Julian Bowen London Bus Bunk Bed If you still need help deciding, have a live webchat with one of our trained advisors. Once you have made your choice, visit for coordinating furniture and accessories.

  • Tips and Tricks to Getting Your Child to Sleep on Holiday

    Tips and Tricks to Getting Your Child to Sleep on Holiday

    Sleep challenges should not stand in the way of having a great holiday with your family. If you have worked really hard in getting your child into a good bedtime routine, you may be worried that a holiday could undo all of your good work. It can be difficult as a holiday can play havoc with your usual sleeping pattern, what with all of the exciting activities on offer for your child. Later nights are the number 1 problem area. We have put together our top tips to help ensure your child gets a good nights rest and they are ready for the exciting day ahead.


    1. Sleeping in a new surrounding may be a problem for your child. Make it as familiar as possible for them and take things from there room such as, teddies and blankets to make the environment feel comfortable as possible. Take something they love with them and reassure them they are safe.


    2. Take into consideration the lighting of the room. Does your child have a bedside light at home?  Plan ahead and if you are worried they may be scared of the dark either take a small night light with you or leave a dim light on within your accommodation.


    3. Try and travel early in the morning. The earlier you travel, it will be more likely that come dinner time your child will be more than ready to have a nap.  If you are lucky, some children may even sleep during travel. Peaceful!


    4. Try your best to keep the bedtime routine the same. For example, if at home you sit and talk to your child before bed, read them a story or enjoy a little cuddle then do the same while you are away. It gives them a feel of structure and it will remind them of being at home, the familiar, safe and comfortable place they know and love.


    5. If possible, take a blanket or pillowcase that smells like home. This sensation will allow your child to settle with the sense and comfort feeling of being tucked up in their own bed.


    Do you have any tips to share with us? We would love to hear them.

  • 6 Reasons Why We Love Stompa Casa Beds

    stompa casa beds

    Why do we love Stompa Casa beds so much? Because they let our children relax, work, play and sleep all in the same space - that’s why!

    So much more than just a bed, the Stompa Casa High Sleepers are above all fun and ingenious design classics that not only look superb but also provide practical solutions if you are short of space. What’s more, they are built to last and meet the highest safety standards.


    Still not sure why we love Stompa Casa beds?


    If you still need some persuading, here are six more compelling reason to buy a Stompa Casa bed for your child:


    1. These beds offer the perfect space-saving solution, with built-in shelves for books and treasured items and cupboards or drawers for storing clothes.


    1. Does your teenager need to find somewhere quiet to do their homework in an otherwise bustling family home? Choose a Stompa High Sleeper with a desk and study area built in. There’s plenty of room for a work station and a comfy seat for reading.


    1. If your child wants a friend to sleep over, it’s not a problem. Many of the Stompa beds combinations come with a fold-out sofa bed or a trundle bed that slides out from under the main bed. Perfect for putting up a guest!


    1. Stompa Casa beds aren’t just for teenagers. These beds create great play areas. Younger children love to build dens under the main bed or to use their desk for crafty activities.


    1. They are the ideal chill-out zone for stressed teens. Choose a bed combination with a desk and comfy sofa, and your child has the perfect spot to relax, read, play computer games and watch television.


    1. Last but not least, these beds are great fun to climb in and out of. Every Stompa Casa bed comes with a beautifully designed angled ladder that is easy to climb up and down. Bedtime is fun time with a Stompa Casa.


    Have we left anything out? Tell us why you love Stompa Casa beds on Twitter.

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