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  • Managing the Children's Holiday Hype

    The holidays are a time for celebrations with family and friends. Creating memories with loved ones is the best, however, this busy period can sometimes bring about unnecessary stress, especially for parents. Managing the children’s holiday hype can be challenging even if everything was ticked off your list months in advance. It’s still difficult to prepare for the random outbursts when they don’t wish to share their new games console or refuse to eat their sprouts in front of the family member that is forever criticising your parenting decisions. Children sometimes act out when faced with an audience of relatives you haven’t seen since the last festive gathering, add that to the heaps of sugar from all the Christmas sweets and exhausted energy levels from playing with their new gadgets and you have the ‘crazy holiday hype’ all parents dread. Once their new year’s bedroom is revealed they might be excited to spend time in their new Steens bed, but be careful what they wish for if they end up on Santa’s naughty list…steens sleeperThe holiday season does not have to be perfect

    So, your children act a little crazier around Christmas – it’s the holidays, who cares? What the relative's witness during this time of year is just a fraction of a much bigger picture. If you put some rules in place and have certain expectations in mind, you just need to remind yourself that the holiday season does not have to be perfect and some unexpected behaviour can be managed.

    What to do if a tantrum does happen

    Take a deep breath. When tantrums happen parents often feel tremendous pressure to make it stop. Stay calm and remember to ignore everyone else and listen to what your child needs. However, do not reward tantrums but giving into your child for the sake of an easier life. Encourage your little one to also take a deep breath, alternatively try putting them on a chair for a time out.  Perhaps investing in a new bedroom accessory isn’t such a bad idea. And if the chair doesn’t work you can put their new Steens bed to use and provide them with an early bedtime.Keep them occupied

    Keeping children occupied during Christmas is an activity where you will not fall short. The holidays are about spending time with family so why not incorporate games, quizzes and giant jigsaw’s into spending time with the little ones. Be tactful when choosing presents, a large trough of Lego might be a good idea to get the family involved in building something together.

    Leading up to the holidays

    Why not channel the extra excitement fuelled by this time of year and find ways to keep children occupied whilst you prepare for the busy season ahead? If you’re one for only letting them decorate the back of the tree, then maybe allow the kids to make some decorations of their own to hang in their bedroom. This is a creative way to occupy them whilst you wrap presents or make dinner. Perhaps make Christmas paper chains to hang on their new Steens bed to keep the Christmas feel going.Hopefully, this post has reassured you that the holidays do not have to be as hectic as you may think, and we wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

  • Making New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

    Start the new year fresh by making resolutions and encourage your little ones to do the same. You could turn the tradition into a goal for the whole family and encourage one another to stick to the new year’s resolutions you put in place. This activity will act as a valuable lesson to your children about setting goals and sticking to them. You can make this a fun way for kids to develop their decision-making skills and help them evaluate ways to make their ideas a reality. It is also a great way to get them to make promises to you whether it be to tidy away their toys under their new Julian Bowen mid sleeper Santa brought them or eat all their greens to put that all important smile on your face! It will bring you together as a family and allow you to share creative ideas encouraging your little ones to think of ways how they can achieve their new year’s resolutions and in doing so will also develop their problem-solving skills.

    Learn new things

    Working towards improving your children’s education is one of the most important resolutions you can make and encouraging them to learn new things is top of the list for 2019. Perhaps your little one would love to learn how to sing or play a musical instrument. Music will give your child the chance to express themselves. Sometimes children do not have the words to release their emotions and so music could be a great way for them to channel their feelings. Evoking movement through dancing is also a good way to help with their development and growth.

    Perhaps you wish to encourage your children’s listening skills in order to improve or continue good behaviour. It works both ways, as parents, you should take the time to listen to your children as they cannot always clearly explain their needs and how they are feeling. Learning to read outside of school is also a crucial step to aiding their learning development, encouraging them to take the lead during the bedtime story routine is an excellent way to enhance this.

    Child Bedtime Story - Help Child Unwind Before Bed

    Eat healthy

    When the new year starts, we look for ways to improve our lifestyle. Deciding to cut down on fast food such as pizza’s and burgers and opt for more vegetables and fruit will benefit both you and the kids. Base meals on the main food groups and include carbohydrates, proteins and fats as well as fruit and veg. in order to boost their energy levels and limit the sugary food intake that sends them into crazy, hyper, out of control territory! Instead, use junk food as a treat so they don’t rely on the stodgy substances. Family pizza and film night on the weekend is an amazing way to treat everyone after a long week!

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    Help mummy and daddy tidy up

    Do you feel like you are forever picking up children’s toys after standing and injuring yourself on the latest Lego pieces? Making a new year’s resolution for your children to help you with the tidying up provides them with more responsibility and helps you with the chores – win, win! Perhaps investing in some new equipment for your little one’s bedroom isn’t such a bad idea? The Julian Bowen mid sleeper may be a great new addition as it has plenty of room for a play box underneath or attach a pocket tidy for their new Christmas books and toys.Julian Bowen midsleeper bed - Children's Bed ShopMaster milestones

    Milestones are great stages in our children’s lives that are so important to us and to them. Their resolution might be to learn how to use the big potty or tie their shoelaces using the legendary bunny ears or loop, swoop, pull routine. A resolution you might wish to set for them is learning how to walk. Take the time to show them how to master these skills and it will be equally rewarding on both parts.

    Always have fun!

    Embrace your inner child and always try to have fun with your kids! As overworked parents sometimes you need it! So, don’t be afraid of playing with children and acting like a goof in public. Actively playing, joking and having unlimited amounts of fun with kids really does create the best memories! Encourage their ‘out there’ ideas of becoming an astronaut to teleporting themselves to Legoland. A child’s imagination is a wonderful thing and will help to bring out the child in you that we often leave behind when we become adults.

    We hope that you all have your new year family goals written down and are working towards to achieving them!

  • Cosy Autumnal Ideas for your Children’s Bedroom

    The Autumn months are a time for cosying up by the fire, wrapping yourself in blankets and watching the festive favourites. These things normally take place in the family space downstairs but why not make your children’s bedroom a bit cosier during the colder season.

    To provide you with a bit of inspiration we have put together this post on some top tips for making your little one’s bedroom the cosiest it has been, so they’ll want to cuddle up, enjoy a bedtime story and dose off feeling all warm and snuggly. Add some sparkle to your current interior with fairy lights and foliage, cosy up in fleece sheets and invest in a snug armchair or tipi bed to transform their bedroom into the perfect Autumnal space!Fairy Lights and Foliage/ Festive Wreath/ Christmas tree

    You can never have too many fairy lights to lighten up the dark Autumn nights. Why not add a soft, twinkling glow to your child’s tipi bed, or drape them around the walls to create a warm and cosy feeling? They are a beautiful way to create a soothing and peaceful environment and act as a cosy alternative to a night light. You may also want to consider different coloured light bulbs to revamp the room from time to time.

    Cosy chairs and bedtime stories

    If you prefer to separate your bedtime stories from the bed and like to prepare a reading area in the children’s bedroom, then a comfy chair to cuddle up on might be a great addition to their room. When children are cosy and in a comfortable space, reading to them can help to reduce their stress levels and calm them down before they crawl into their bed. Why not invest in a beautiful pink velvet mini chair for your precious one? The soft velvet touch and hot pink material would be the perfect addition to create a warm and cosy finish to their room.Blankets/fur/ colourful and patterned bedding/ fleece sheets

    Nothing says cosy like fleecy blankets and faux fur throws. This really is the perfect way to snuggle up with your little ones whether it be on a cold winter’s day watching Disney films listening to the rain trickling outside or snuggling up with the children to read a bedtime story before the rhythm of your voice lulls them to sleep. Comfy blankets or patterned throws add texture and warmth to a room. Accessorising in the colder months can be a great way to revamp the bedrooms, giving them a warm and inviting feel for the chilly season. Coloured patchwork throws are a great way to elevate dark and gloomy nights and it makes bedtime more exciting when colour coded quilts are involved.

    Put up curtains

    Update the neutral, clean looking blinds and add curtains to the bedroom. Drapes not only help to keep light out but will also help to keep the warmth in during the icy nights and frosty mornings whilst providing a new relaxed look to the bedroom. Choose your child’s favourite characters or opt for a simpler design and colour.

    Heated blanket/ hot water bottle

    Up your hot water bottle game and invest in a heated blanket for the children. You can pop the bed on to heat up ahead of the evening routine and by the time they’re ready to dive into their enchanted tipi beds a warm and fluffy mattress will be waiting for them to ensure nothing but cosiness and toasty toes as they nestle down under the twinkling fairy lights for their bedtime story. Be careful not to overheat their little beds though, it’s important to read the health and safety guide before using any product.

    We hope these cosy bedroom ideas have you all snug for the winter months.

  • Magical Ideas for your Children’s Bedroom

    Children’s imaginations often run wild, whether they’re slaying dragons, rescuing Princesses from high towers, running around as Cowboys and Indians or playing hide and seek before snuggling up with a bedtime story. Whatever excites them, why not help bring their fantasies to life and keep their childhood magic alive! Make the most of their fun and magical manner and decorate the bedroom to match. From blushing pinks and royal blues to their favourite themed character’s. Some of the ideas below can even be done as a family activity, aiming to create a sleeping space your child will always remember. Whether you’re showcasing artistic talents, sliding out of bed in the morning, or keeping it neutral by adding a pop of colour to the Children’s Bed Shop white mid sleeper cabin bed.

    Paint a mural

    Some prefer the neutral tones of a blank wall but why not use your white canvas to add a pop of colour to your child’s room.  Even if you’re thinking of adding a plain coloured wall, why not create a mural instead. Use anything from stencils to your own artistic talent or your children’s handprints, for that truly unique touch. Create an enchanted forest scene, a Joey JCB construction site or a Peppa Pig paradise and bring the bedtime stories to life! A feature wall is perfect to keep your child’s room different and can be updated in the future to coincide with their colour of the month, as their minds will often change…https://www.childrensbedshop.co.uk/flair-teepee-single-bed.html

    Be clever with colour

    As desirable as a coloured wall or mural might be, don’t go overboard, everything in moderation, right? You want to still be mindful of using colour sparingly, to keep the room open and as spacious looking as you can. If you can’t quite bring yourself to splash the paint on your beautifully blank painted wall, then perhaps add splashes of colour via a bedframe or bedding, or through a lampshade, cushions and rugs. We suggest the Children's Bed Shop white mid sleeper cabin bed. Add their favourite colour as a backdrop to the bed, include a coloured tent or simply add some playful accessories.

    Make a den

    Rather than a mismatch of bed sheets, poles and pillows, why not invest in a den your little one can crawl into every night they go to bed. Create a cosy corner underneath the bed complete with a coloured tent, add some fairy lights and it will be like you’re camping under the stars. The Children’s Bed Shop white mid sleeper cabin bed is perfect for adding coloured sheets, and they can be removed if you fancy striping it back to basics. Complete the den with bunting, books, soft toys and a little chair to provide the best tea parties a child could ask for.https://www.childrensbedshop.co.uk/flexa-modern-white-midsleeper-bed-with-pink-tent.html

    Add a bunk bed slide

    What could make a bunk bed more exciting? Perhaps the option to slide down from your bunk…that might help with the school run in the morning. Add some fun to your child’s room, especially when the darker evenings draw close and the cold wind is just too unbearable at the park.

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    Theme it around something they love

    Use a theme to bring your child’s magical fantasies to life! Whether you base it on their favourite book character, Disney hero, or simply highlight their favourite colour. Watch their little faces light up and make their dreams a reality as they drift off to sleep and get lost in the magic of their bedroom.

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  • 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!

  • Ways to maintain your child's bedtime routine during the Summer holidays

    The summer holidays are an exciting time for our little ones. Whilst as an adult, time off from work or other responsibilities gives a chance for some much needed rest, children can tend to approach the summer holidays a little differently. Staying up much later than usual and sleeping in late as a result is a common occurrence amongst our kids during the summer, disrupting any sleep routines you’ve worked hard to put into place. If you want to get your child’s sleep schedule back on track, try these tips to maintain their bedtime routine during the Summer break.

    Child summer bedtime routine

    Set a regular wake up time

     

    Morning alarms usually go out the window during school holidays, causing your child to oversleep day after day. Sleeping until the late morning or afternoon not only causes problems for sleeping patterns, but can also make your child feel more tired as oversleeping is known to cause fatigue. Set a time for your child to wake up each day and stick to it throughout the summer break. This doesn’t have to be as early as it would on a normal school day (it is a break, after all!), just as long as they’re consistent with the time they wake up.

     

    Keep their room cool

     

    Being too hot is a common culprit for keeping your child up at night. If it’s too hot for your child to get a restful sleep, help your child sleep in the hot weather by making their bedroom more cool. This includes bringing a fan into their room which you can switch onto night mode, sticking to breathable cotton bedding and limiting their nightwear, avoiding any heavy fabric pyjamas. The cooler and more comfortable their bedroom is the easier they’ll find it to sleep during the summer holidays, making them ease back into a normal routine.

     

    Keep electronics out of the bedroom

     

    Electronics in the bedroom are a bad idea when you’re trying to keep up an effective bedtime ritual. Items such as laptops, smartphones and games consoles all provide a distraction and can be a lot more inviting than sleep in a child’s eyes. Staring at a screen also interferes with the sleep hormone melatonin, making it even harder for an excitable child to drift off. Instead of filling the room with distractions in an electronic form, make a small study area with some of their favourite books. A mid sleeper cabin bed with desk is a great way to incorporate learning into the bedroom, letting them spend some time reading or learning before bed which is a lot less stimulating and a good way to unwind at the end of the day. Our Julian Bowen Leo mid sleeper cabin bed with desk built in is a great option as it also comes with plenty of storage space, keeping your child’s room nice and clutter free.

     

    Stick to a routine on holiday

     

    If you have a summer family break planned, try not to let your child’s routine slip. Stick to a set bedtime and wake up time for your child as much as you can in order to keep them in the same frame of mind. If it helps your little one to nod off in unfamiliar places, bring along a few items from home such as a blanket or soft toy, which will reinforce the idea of sleep.

     

    If you want to take a look at more of our children’s mid sleeper cabin beds with desk, or our wide range of themed beds, single beds and more, click here to shop our full collection at Children’s Bed Shop!

  • 4 tips to stop bedwetting in your child

    How to stop bedwetting in children - Children's Bed Shop

    On top of sleepwalking, night terrors or difficulty staying in their own bed, there’s another big sleep issue that many parents encounter — bed wetting. Having a child that frequently wets the bed can be frustrating for the parent, and embarrassing for the child. The truth is, bedwetting is actually extremely common in kids, and thankfully there are things you can do to help banish the habit for good. To help you along the way, the team at Children’s Bed Shop have put together some tips on how to hopefully stop bedwetting for good.

     

    Lower fluid intake at night

     

    If your child has lots to drink before bedtime, chances are they’ll be more likely to need the toilet during the night, which could lead to bedwetting. Make sure your child is drinking enough throughout the day and then gradually reducing fluid intake by the evening. If your child spends the daytime in school or nursery, give them a bottle to drink from so that they’re hydrated enough through the day, and won’t need to drink excessively once they get home.

     

    Avoid bladder irritants

     

    A lot of food and drink contains ingredients that can irritate your child’s bladder. Examples of this include caffeine found in chocolate, citrus juices, and artificial flavourings and sweeteners. If your little one is prone to bedwetting, try cutting these ingredients out of their diet, at least prior to bedtime.

     

    Schedule regular bathroom breaks

     

    To lower the likelihood of your child needing to urinate through the night, make sure to schedule regular bathroom breaks throughout the day. Encouraging your child to use the bathroom every two or three hours and right before bedtime should help their body get into a routine and reinforce a healthy pattern.

     

    Get a moisture alarm

     

    If none of the above tips work, you could try investing in a moisture alarm for your child. A moisture alarm is a device that wakes your child up with an alarm sound as soon as any urine is expelled. Prompting your child to wake up in this way will help them to associate the feeling of a full bladder with getting up and using the bathroom, eventually without the need for the alarm.

    Do you have any tips of your own on ways to stop bed wetting in children? Make sure to let us know in the comments below! To check out our range of kids beds, bedroom furniture and accessories, head to the Children’s Bed Shop homepage now.

  • How to get your child to sleep in their own bed

    How to encourage your child to sleep in their own bed | Childrens Bed Shop

     

    For many parents, bedtime struggles are an all-too-familiar problem. From sleepwalking to night terrors, kids battles with a peaceful sleep can keep parents up all night, in turn wreaking havoc on sleeping patterns. One common issue that a lot of parents face is a little one that’s reluctant to sleep in their own bed, which is why we’ve put together this helpful guide. From choosing from our selection of themed beds, to making sure they’re as comfortable as possible, here’s some top tips to try and encourage your child to sleep in their own bed.

    Normalise solo-sleeping

    The more your child thinks of sleeping alone in their own bed, the higher the likelihood that they’ll start to normalise the concept. If you’re spending night after night letting your little one sleep in your bed, they’ll begin associating this as the norm, making it more difficult to snap out of the habit. Start bringing up the fact that kids and parents sleep in different beds, whether this is in conversation or within a bedtime story. You could even try making up your own bedtime story that highlights how important sleeping in your own bed is, bringing the concept to life in a fun and imaginative way that will stick with your child.

    Make their bedroom more appealing

    Your child’s bedroom should be a place they love, which is why making the space feel more inviting could have a big impact. If their bedroom could do with some updated decor, consider painting the walls and introducing some fresh new furnishings. Themed beds are great for this, available in a range of styles that can instantly add some fun to any space. For kids who love to ‘play house’, the House Cabin bed is a perfect choice, while other imaginative little ones will love hopping into the Julian Bowen London bus bunk bed. Emphasise the fact that their bed is so much more fun than your own, and how lucky they are to have such an exciting place to sleep all to themselves!

    Make sure they’re comfortable

    Of course, while a cool themed bed is sure to be a hit, you also need to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible. Along with a good bed, a high quality mattress is also really important to ensure your child is getting the best sleep possible. If they’re uncomfortable, they could be more likely to wake up during the night, and find their way to your bedroom in no time. You should also make sure their room is the right temperature, and their bedding isn’t too heavy or uncomfortable. If they struggle with the dark, getting a night light for their room is another good way to make them more comfortable being alone.

    Give them encouragement

    Last but not least, once your child has spent a full night in their own bed, be sure to shower them with plenty of encouragement — and cuddles! One idea could be to create a week by week chart that marks whether they stayed in their bed each night. If they make it to the end of the week with no problems, reward them with a small gift, a day out or their favourite treat.

    To explore our selection of kids themed beds further and find the perfect design for your child, shop the range now!

  • A guide to choosing the right colour for your child's room

    When picking out colours to paint the home with, there’s more to it than just choosing the shades you like the look of. The colours you choose to paint with can actually have a big impact on your mood, and this can be particularly true of children’s bedrooms. So before rushing to paint their room, read our guide which tells you some of the best colours for your child, along with which bunk bed, single bed or mid sleeper bed to pair with each room’s decor!

    Choosing the best colour for your child's room | Childrens Bed Shop

    If you want to encourage a better sleep

    According to colour psychology, the colour blue is one of the best bedroom shades for kids who have trouble settling down at bedtime. This cool and soothing shade has the power to slow down heart rate and promote a sense of calm. For children who get agitated at bedtime or have anxiety towards sleeping alone, painting a wall or two in a soft blue shade could help them relax and get the rest they need.

    Which bed?

    Since blue is such a versatile colour, there are so many bed’s which will look great paired with this shade. One bed in particular, The Julian Bowen Pluto Children’s Mid Sleeper Bed, comes in a stunning grey shade which will fit the decor perfectly and add to the cool feel of the room.

    If you want to spark creativity

    If your child’s room also doubles up as a play area, reading den or arts and crafts space, you’ll need a colour that helps stimulate their creative side. This is where yellow comes in! This cheery and upbeat shade gives any space a breath of fresh air, and some studies even suggest that children who learn in a yellow space have better levels of concentration and improved memory. If you choose to paint your little one’s room in yellow, go for a shade that’s soft and not too vibrant to avoid overstimulation, and only paint a couple of walls in this colour.

    Which bed?

    To compliment the yellow tones in the room, a bed like the Julian Bowen Orion Bunk Bed works perfectly with it’s beautiful oak finish. This bed also has plenty of storage space and shelves for your child to keep all their favourite books and toys closeby, and spark their imagination even further!

    If you need a mixture of the two

    So what if you want to encourage imagination and creativity, but your child also struggles with sleeplessness? One thing you could do is pair blue and yellow together! Painting the room in both colours should even out the contrasting effects of each shade, keeping the benefits of each colour without any adverse effects.

    Green is another colour that could benefit both creativity and sleep. Green has the ability to soothe the body and mind while also promoting concentration, and may even help improve reading ability. Go for a soft, light shade of green such as mint, which looks beautiful as a feature wall in a minimal white room.

    Which bed?

    To keep up the natural, earthy feel of a green space or balance out the vibrancy of yellow and blue, beds like the Amani UK Mission Storage Bed In Waxed Pine will work perfectly. This bed also has the added benefit helping you keep the bedroom tidy with a built in space saving solution.

    To check out more of our range of single, themed, cabin bed, bunk or mid sleeper beds, click here to shop now!

  • How much sleep does your child need?

    We all know how important sleep is for all of us, particularly young people. Most parents know that their child needs plenty of sleep, but how many of us are aware just how many hours this involves per day? Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we understand that giving kids a restful night’s sleep is a necessity, which is why we’ve put together this guide with information on how much sleep your child needs, and some tips on how to help this happen.

    How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need? | Childrens Bed Shop

    1 week to 12 months old

     

    For babies, sticking to a strict sleep schedule is a big priority as it’s so important for their growth and development. The younger the child is, the more sleep they generally need. For newborn babies of a week old, approximately 8 hours sleep is needed in the daytime, and another 8 and 30 minutes in the night - which is sometimes easier said than done if you have a crying baby on your hands!

     

    As babies get older, the time they need to spend sleeping gradually decreases, to 6 to 7 hours in the daytime and 8 to 9 hours in the night for 4 week old babies. By 3 months old, babies will start spending less time sleeping in the day, at 4 to 5 hours day time and 10 to 11 hours night time, which goes down to 3 hours and 11 hours by 6 months of age. At 9 and 12 months old, a 2 hour 30 minute nap is recommended in the day and 11 hours sleep at night. Our selection of nursery cots at Children’s Bed Shop provide the perfect setting for your baby to get some rest!

     

    2 to 3 years old

     

    As children reach toddler age, getting them to sleep can prove more difficult. When they’re not demanding to stay up just a little longer, 2 year old’s should be getting around 1 hour and 30 minutes sleep in the daytime, and 11 and a half hours per night. For 3 year old toddlers, you should aim to get them to nap for about 45 minutes in the day and sleep for 11 and a half to 12 hours at night. If you’re struggling to get toddlers the right amount of rest, there are things you can do, such as creating a relaxing sleep environment and sticking to a sleep schedule.

     

    4 to 8 years old

     

    Once your child has reached the age of 4, they no longer need extra time to sleep during the day. 11 hours and 30 minutes is the recommended amount per night, which gradually goes down to 10 hours and 45 minutes by age 6. At age 7 and 8, around 10 and a half hours is the amount needed, which is why it’s so important to make sure to enforce bedtime schedules that allow for this amount of hours, while still fitting in with getting up early for school.

     

    9 to 16 years old

     

    By age 9, around 10 hours a night is recommended, gradually lowering to 9 hours by age 16. Limiting electronic use before bed, encouraging them to go to bed at a certain time and trying to keep their sleep schedules from getting affected by extra long weekend lie-ins are a few ways you could try to ensure your child or teen gets enough rest.

    The information used in this guide was found from NHS choices. To make sure your little one has the best sleep possible, shop our fantastic selection of kids beds and mattresses at Childrens Bed Shop!

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