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  • 6 Tips to Help your Child get a Good Night's Sleep

    Do you feel that your child could be getting a better night’s sleep? Many children have trouble settling down and as parents, we know first-hand the impact a bad night’s sleep can have on them. A poor sleeping pattern can result in children being irritable as well as being less attentive in school and behaving badly at home. There may be several reasons that your child isn’t getting a good night’s sleep and although some parents worry that its technology that interferes most with sleeping routines, we have listed some other things that could be causing a restless night’s sleep.

    Read some of our suggestions on how to improve your child’s sleeping from choosing the right schedule to introducing exercise routines and creating a cool and calming space with childrens midsleeper beds for them to relax and unwind before hitting the hay!

    Sleeping Schedule

    Setting a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule for your children is essential for a good night’s sleep. Sometimes setting a schedule is all and well and good but sticking to it can be another story. It is important for little ones to have a consistent sleeping schedule so that their body clock will know what to expect, it will also ensure that they are getting enough sleep each night.

    Bedroom Space

    Creating the perfect bedroom space for your child plays a part in allowing them to drift off into a deep sleep. Be sure to make your child’s room a fun space so that they look forward to going to bed. The childrens midsleeper beds are a great way to incorporate some playfulness into the room especially if you add a cool tent and some fairy lights. At night-time encourage a quiet and cool environment, perhaps add a fan to their bedroom during summer to cool down the temperature before they get tucked in.  Keep light to a minimum and make sure all clutter is tidied away. A decluttered room makes for a decluttered mind allowing them to drift off and catch those all-important zzz’s.

    Bedtime Routine

    Once the bedroom is a calming and tidy place for your child to unwind it’s time to introduce the relaxing bedtime routine. A nice, warm bath with some warm milk and a story is the perfect way to end the day! You could even use some soothing music to help relax and settle them.

    Limit Sugar Intake

    Limiting their sugar intake is crucial in helping them settle. Avoid giving children any sugary snack and soft drinks at least six hours before they are due to go to bed.

    Avoid TV

    If you can, remove or at least limit TV use in the bedroom at night-time. Evening television can be troubling for children and may result in night terrors. Certainly, avoid any scary stories or TV shows before bed.

    Exercise

    Lastly, exercising can tire children out and make for a good night’s sleep. Encourage walks with the family or bike rides but limit these activities to the day as any vigorous exercise before bedtime may result in an unnecessary splurge of energy!

    Let us know what tips work best for your bedtime routines.

  • Our Favourite New Products Available at Children's Bed Shop

    When choosing a bed for your children the sky is the limit. From Indian tipi tents to speedy race cars, we have something for everyone! Themed beds are a great way to introduce some fun and excitement into the bedtime routine. As much fun as a romantic Princess bed would be, it is also important to think about the functionality of the bed too, especially for smaller bedrooms, so whilst the campervan bunk bed may be fun, the Pegasus highsleeper or our midsleeper range may be a better option.

    The dark nights are slowly disappearing. Spring is fast approaching. It’s that time of year for a big clear out ready for the change in seasons and that all-important spring clean. It is also a great time to spruce up the house and decorate your children’s bedroom. A new bed and some bright accessories will keep the room looking fresh whilst providing your little one with a whole new room to explore and have fun in! We’ve listed our new spring arrivals below for you to take a look at.

    The Julian Bowen Pluto Midsleeper Bed

    New and exclusive to Children’s Bed Shop is the best selling Julian Bowen Pluto Midsleeper Bed now available in the fresh and stylish surf white colour. This midsleeper is both sturdy and sleek finished with a smooth white lacquer. With superb functionality, it can be used as a single midsleeper bed or paired with matching Pluto furniture to providing a neutral and stylish ensemble to your children’s room.

    The Eliza Day Bed in White

    Another classic white single bed design perfect for any children’s room. This beautiful modern design includes an under bed drawer ensuring your little one’s room stays clean and tidy. Alternatively, the Eliza Day Bed can transform into an extra sleeping space for your child’s sleepovers with friends.

    Julian Bowen Campervan Bunk Bed

    When it comes to the best in themed bunk beds, we have you covered! The Julian Bowen Campervan Bunk Bed is an amazing themed bed ideal for packing up and setting off on their wildest adventures, in their dreams. This fun-filled bed features a steering wheel and surfboard style ladder, hopefully, your little ones will take their feet off the gas when it comes to bedtime! Add a pop of fun and colour to your child’s room with the exciting Julian Bowen campervan bunk bed.

     Julian Bowen Pegasus Grey Highsleeper Bed

    The Julian Bowen Pegasus Highsleeper Bed comes complete in a cool anthracite colour with silver grey accents and is the latest in functional children’s bedroom furniture. This highsleeper bed is also a great option for the cool tweens looking for a more sophisticated bedroom ensemble. Short on space? This isn’t an issue with the new Pegasus highsleeper as it provides maximum storage options with its integrated chest of drawers, pull-out wardrobe and study desk area. There’ll be no excuses when it comes to keeping the mess at bay and completing homework on time!

    To shop our full range of children’s themed beds, midsleeper beds, highsleepers and bunk beds check out the link below.

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  • Ways to Help your Child Unwind Before Bed

    We all live pretty hectic lives in terms of juggling the school run, extra-curricular activities, holding down a job and running a household before tucking the little ones into their highsleeper bed. Often, we push our bodies to their limits cramming too much into our days, which results in us feeling tired and defeated when it comes to bedtime.

    As part of a good night’s rest, it’s important to take some time to unwind and relax before bed and don’t just encourage your children to do this, take some time for yourself too (if there are enough hours left in the day).

    We’ve put together some tips to help your children relax and wind down before bedtime…

    Our top relaxation tips A healthy bedtime routine will help promote a good sleep pattern for your little ones. By implementing relaxing things into a bedtime regime and doing them at the same time each night will aid their sleeping. Try a warm bath before they jump into their PJs (preheated on the radiator, of course) ready for story time. Reading a bedtime story together is also a great way to relax your child before they drift off to sleep. Also, remember to keep lights dim as this will enhance children’s hormones produced in their sleep. Meditation or relaxing breathing exercises are also a useful way to calm the mind before catching those all-important zzz’s.

    Turn off all technology It is always a good idea to limit your child’s use of electronic equipment and screens throughout the day and especially at night time as smartphones, tablets and televisions can affect how quickly a child will fall asleep. Try limiting all screen and electronic devices to before the bedtime routine or at least an hour before they go to sleep.

    Your child's bedroom Again, keeping your child’s bedroom dimly lit or dark is a must when settling them for the night. Making sure their rooms are clean and tidy will also help to declutter the mind and getting them to tidy up can also be a great way to tire them out (win, win). In the warmer months, be sure to keep their rooms well ventilated as a stuffy room can agitate their sleep often making children feel unsettled. Utilising the bedroom space allows for the room to appear lighter and more spacious, invest in a Julian Bowen highsleeper providing you with a comfortable bed and multiple options for storage.

    Tweens also need sleep Tweens tend to enjoy long lie-ins and an even longer time in front of the laptop or TV. Teenagers’ body clocks are set later than children’s, studies actually back your teens in terms of them being able to stay up later. It seems they can also rise later too which is apparent when the alarm goes off for school! Encourage your tweens to refrain from being a tired, miserable adolescent and work on regulating their body clocks. Avoid lie-ins on the weekend and use a family trip as an excuse to reintroduce them to daylight – we’re sure they’ll thank you for it in the long run!

    Hopefully, this post has provided you with some ideas to revamp your current bedtime routine and give your child the chance to unwind before curling up in bed. If you’re looking for a highsleeper bed or any bed for your children’s room take a look at our range of beds here.

  • Utilising the Space in Children’s Bedrooms

    Sometimes we struggle for space when it comes to our children’s bedrooms. This can pose a real problem when it comes to redecorating. Luckily there are ways we can utilise a small space and bring their bedrooms to life, with the Julian Bowen Pegasus High Sleeper Bed for example. It is important for our little ones to have a bright and uncluttered room to do their homework and play when the weather isn’t so great outdoors.

     With a little bit of thought and inspiration from this post, you should be able to turn the ‘box room’ that doesn’t fit anything into a wonderful, fun and organised space for your child to play and kick back and relax after a long day at school, once the homework is complete of course.

    Multi-use bedroom furniture

     It is important to open up the small space as much as you can to avoid the room feeling cluttered and slightly overbearing. A smaller wardrobe with a split chest of drawer’s section is perfect for children’s clothes as they don’t tend to take up as much space. Double up with the use for a cosy armchair, it can be a great addition to a desk for doing their homework but also great for story time before bed.

     The most important piece of furniture in any bedroom is, of course, the bed. And choosing the right bed for a small bedroom is crucial when it comes to utilising space. The Julian Bowen Pegasus High Sleeper Bed is the ultimate multi-use piece of bedroom furniture for children of all ages. The Pegasus High sleeper is both practical and timeless in design. A bed such as this with pull-out wardrobe feature and integrated storage drawers would be perfect for this type of room. Complete with working desk and even more storage options a high sleeper is ideal for your children’s bedroom.

    Colour scheme

     When it comes to colour scheme perhaps a more neutral option is better suited to a small space. A lot of bold colours can sometimes make a smaller room appear more cluttered. A slightly subtler tone of paint can make the bedroom appear much bigger than it actually is. Keep it clean, keep it streamlined and add a few exciting touches here and there to still give a little character. Some random bursts of colour such as cushions and soft fleecy blankets will finish the compact look keeping it fun for your little one.

     Limit wallpaper and accessories

     It is worth mentioning not to go overboard with the accessories as there are subtle hints of colour and then there’s brightly piles of clutter everywhere. Instead of scattering cushions, rug and blankets, why not opt for a statement wall and add a coloured and patterned printed wallpaper. Just to clarify, only buy paper for one wall, as you don’t want to close the space up again. Alternatively, bold bed linen could be an option. Afterall it will be easier to change when they get bored than scraping a whole wall of paper.

    Hopefully, this post has helped you with ways to utilise your children’s bedroom space, check out our full range of Julian Bowen beds here.

  • 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!

    Sleepover Food

    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.

    https://www.childrensbedshop.co.uk/steens-for-kids-midsleeper-bed-with-slide-in-solid-plain-white.html

    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.

    https://www.childrensbedshop.co.uk/steens-for-kids-midsleeper-with-purple-pink-accessories.html

     

  • 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!

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