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  • 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!

  • Get the Nordic look with our Scandinavian style kids beds

     

     

    Scandinavian style is all the rage in interiors right now. Look through any pinterest board or flick through any interior magazine and you’re bound to find plenty of rooms filled with minimal Scandi inspired furniture and decor. Here at Children’s Bed Shop we stock a wide range of kids beds and bedroom furniture in styles that are perfect for a Nordic themed children’s room. From a classic white mid sleeper cabin bed to a fun themed style, take a look at the beds that are perfect if you’re looking to give your kids room a minimal Scandinavian inspired update.

    Flexa Nordic Day Bed

    Flexa Nordic Day Bed

     

    The Nordic Day Bed by Flexa is a fantastic bed to choose when it comes to minimalist design. This contemporary frame is made from solid Scandinavian pine and finished with a smooth white lacquer which looks great in any room. Pair with wooden floors, neutral walls and some cool artwork for a stylish kids bedroom update!

     

    Flexa Nordic Playhouse Day Bed

    Flexa Nordic Playhouse Day Bed

     

    With a stylish and innovative design, the Nordic Playhouse Day Bed by Flexa will look beautiful in your child’s room. This frame has a plain white design making it fit well with any colour schemes in your child’s room, while the roof element of the bed gives it a fun and quirky twist to a classic single bed style. Choose from a choice of headboards for this bed, such as solid white, rose and grey, along with the choice of a grooved or slatted white finish.  

    House Cabin Bed

    House Cabin Bed

     

    Perfect for sparking your child’s imagination, the House Cabin Bed is one of our favourite themed beds. The minimal colour scheme and contemporary design of this bed mean it would make a great centerpiece in a Scandinavian inspired bedroom. Along with being super stylish, this bed is also functional with underbed drawers to store clutter out of sight.

    Flair Teepee Single Bed

    Flair Teepee Single Bed in White and Grey

     

    Simple and eye-catching, this Teepee Single Bed by Flair is a sure fire way to bring some minimalist Scandi influence to your little one’s room. This bed features open sides and a fabric cover, giving your child a cosy den that they’ll love to sleep in.

    Birlea Islington Midsleeper Cabin Bed

    Birlea Islington Midsleeper Cabin Bed

     

    Made from beautiful oak effect wood, this chic yet practical classic white mid sleeper cabin bed is a must have for a minimal themed kids room. The Birlea Islington Midsleeper Cabin Beds white and oak finish will match any decor while the integrated shelving provides a stylish storage solution that slots seamlessly underneath the frame.

     

    Not found what you’re looking for? Take a look at our full range of children’s beds to find the ideal classic white mid sleeper cabin bed or minimal style frame.

     

  • Simple ways to get your child's room ready for Summer

     

    Summer Ready Child's Room - Children's Bed Shop

    You might be used to making adjustments to the home when Autumn or Winter comes along, but what about in the summer? Aside from opening the windows more often, there are things you can do to give your child’s room a more summery feel. From brightening up the space with a white mid sleeper cabin bed or choosing some lightweight furnishings, check out our top tips on some ways you can get your child’s room summer ready.

     

    Lighten it up

     

    One of the easiest ways to brighten up any space is by ridding the room of too many dark colours. Re-paint any darker walls with a lighter shade like white, light grey, lilac or sunny yellow to freshen up the room. Choose light coloured accessories like neutral lamp shades and rugs, and swap any key pieces of furniture for something in a lighter colour palette. Beds like the Steens Memphis Mid sleeper in white or the Julian Bowen Pluto Mid sleeper in grey are both great beds that will compliment the fresh feel of the room perfectly.

     

    Switch heavy furnishings

     

    Heavy curtains and thick bedding don’t exactly scream ‘summer’, so make sure to swap these for some more lightweight alternatives. Instead of curtains, look into getting some blinds for the window or sheer curtains. This way there’s still a level of privacy in the room, but plenty of natural daylight can still come through. Pack away any thick throws and blankets that you might have left on your child’s bed from the Winter, and make sure bedding is made from high quality cotton to best keep your little one cool on warm nights.

     

    Get a good fan

     

    For those rare summer heat waves, having a quality fan in the bedroom is a must. This way you’ll help ensure your child gets the sleep they need that’s crucial for development, and you’ll have a better night’s sleep yourself in the process! For tips on how to help your child sleep in the hot weather, click here to take a look at our blog post.

     

    Declutter

     

    One final step you can take to add to the light and airy feel of your child’s summer bedroom is by getting rid of any clutter. Nothing ruins the appearance of a room more than mess, so try to spend some time sorting your child’s belongings into storage boxes, or a bed with built in storage space. Once the room’s looking nice and tidy, add some finishing touches such as plants to help clean the air (just make sure they’re child friendly!)

     

    Click here to shop more fantastic mid sleeper cabin beds, high sleeper beds, themed beds and more at Children’s Bed Shop.

  • 5 of our best kids beds with built in storage

    It goes without saying that even the most picturesque children’s bedroom can become messy very quickly. Whether it’s toys scattered around the room or the odd clothing item here and there, clutter is often inevitable without good organisation. The good news is that here at Children’s Bed Shop we’ll have you spoilt for choice, whether you’re looking for a mid sleeper cabin bed with desk or a sleek hidden storage frame. Take a look at some of our best kids beds with smart storage solutions.

    Gami Cabin Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Gami Hangun Cabin Bed

    The Gami Hangun Cabin Bed is a stunning choice if you’re looking for a mid sleeper cabin bed with desk and plenty of built in storage. This bed features fitted drawers, a storage cupboard, shelving and a pull out desk, along with a beautiful charcoal oak finish.

    Birlea Paddington Midsleeper Cabin Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Birlea Paddington Midsleeper

    Sleek and simple, the Birlea Paddington Midsleeper is a striking bed crafted from white and light coloured oak wood. Along with a beautiful appearance, this bed comes complete with shelving and storage drawers to keep your little one’s bits and bobs in one place.

    Birlea Islington Midsleeper Cabin Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Birlea Islington Midsleeper

    If you want a bed that’s super sleek and versatile, but also practical, the Birlea Islington Midsleeper is the perfect choice. With a stylish mid sleeper design, striking white and oak finish, and integrated shelving options you can keep your child’s room looking great all year round.

    Amani UK Captains Storage Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Amani Captains Storage Bed

    The Amani Captains Storage Bed is a fantastic option for those who prefer a more traditional look for their child’s room. This bed is made from waxed pine for a rustic feel that looks great combined with its modern design. The multiple built in drawers of this bed also help you keep their room as clutter-free as possible.

    Parisot Space Up Cabin Storage Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Parisot Space Up Cabin Storage Bed

    Perhaps the ultimate when it comes to sneaky built in storage, this Space Up Cabin Storage Bed from Parisot features lots of handy storage space. Aside from built in external shelves, the mattress of this bed can be easily lifted up to reveal an underbed storage area to hide away unsightly clutter and keep the room looking tidy. This bed also has a versatile design that’s sure to look great paired with any colour scheme and bedroom decor.

      To see more of our kids mid sleeper cabin beds with desk or built in storage, check out our full range of children’s beds online now.

  • Introducing some of our favourite new products at Children's Bed Shop

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we love welcoming new additions to our wide range of fantastic kids beds and bedroom furniture! We pride ourselves on sourcing the best beds from some top brands, with a range of styles to fit every need. From trendy mid sleeper beds to cool Scandi inspired frames, check out a few of our favourite new arrivals available to shop now.

    The Flexa Nordic Kids Day Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Flexa Nordic Day Bed 1 in White

    This stylish bed from Flexa has a contemporary design, made from solid scandinavian pine with a smooth lacquer finish. This bed is perfect for sleepovers or a guest bedroom as it comes with a built in underbed trundle that can be used as an extra bed, along with built in storage space. The simple design and versatile colour of this bed also means it can fit easily into every child’s room, looking great with any colour scheme.

    Flexa Nordic Playhouse Kids Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Flexa Nordic Playhouse Day Bed 1 in White

    Another beautiful bed frame that’s been introduced to the Children’s Bed Shop range is the Flexa Nordic Playhouse Day Bed. This bed features a creative and playful design that’s sure to brighten up any space, and also comes with a choice of headboard options and colours to make the style more personalised. Scandinavian style is a big interior design trend at the moment, and this bed is a sure fire way to introduce this look into your little one’s bedroom!

    Birlea Paddington High Sleeper Kids Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Birlea Paddington High Sleeper Bed - Black & Walnut

    Sleek and stylish, if you’re looking for a versatile children’s high sleeper bed that ticks all the boxes, then the Birlea Paddington Highsleeper is for you! The black and oak finish gives this bed a modern look that’s great for older kids rooms. Along with storage and wardrobe space, the frame also includes a desk so your child can easily get on with any studying from the comfort of their bedroom.

    Flair Switch Mid Sleeper Bed - Children's Bed Shop

    Flair Switch Mid Sleeper

    Last but not least! The Switch midsleeper bed by Flair is an unforgettable new style that’s sure to be a hit. With a curved ladder design and sleek white and pink/blue reversible detail, this bed is perfect for all child’s rooms, giving that beautiful modern style. The multitude of storage options also gives you plenty of space to store your child’s belongings, while also displaying any toys or decorative items.

     

    To shop the full range of children’s mid sleeper beds, themed beds, bunk beds and more from Children’s Bed Shop, click here now to check out our wide selection of styles.

  • 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!

  • 5 of our favourite beds for the little lady in your life

    Whenever decorating any child’s bedroom, the main thing to think about is the centerpiece itself - the bed! When shopping for little girls beds, it can be tempting to automatically opt for pretty pink frames and princess designs. But every little girl is different, so why should they all have the same bed? Whether your little girls preference lies with versatile bunk beds, compact mid sleepers or fun and quirky themed beds, here’s a selection of some of our favourite kids beds that she’s sure to love!

    Beds for little girls | Childrens Bed Shop

    Birlea Islington Bunk Bed - Oak & White

    Whatever colour scheme your girl’s bedroom has, this bed is versatile enough to fit it perfectly! The Islington bunk bed by Birlea has a stylish and modern design, with a cool oak and white finish. This style comes built with two beds included, which makes it a great choice for children sharing a room or even just for sleepover guests.

    Birlea Islington Bunk Bed | Kids beds | Childrens Bed Shop

    Tipi Cabin Bed

    The Tipi Cabin Bed is a must have for those hoping to bring some fun and imagination into their girl’s room. One of our favourite themed beds, this bed has a creative tipi tent design that will instantly transform your child’s room to the wild west, and also comes with the option to add an under bed drawer for some extra storage space.

    Tipi Cabin Bed | Kids beds | Childrens Bed Shop

    Birlea Paddington Midsleeper Cabin Bed

    For girls that love all things girly, you really can’t go wrong with the Paddington midsleeper cabin bed from Birlea. This bed has a pink and white finish, compact design, and plenty of storage space and drawers for your child to keep all her belongings. For kids who don’t like pink, this bed is also available in a white and oak or blue and white finish!

    Birlea Paddington Midsleeper | Kids beds | Childrens Bed Shop

    Thuka Trendy High Sleeper Bed

    This bed is a great choice if you want to save space in your girl’s room. The Thuka Trendy High Sleeper Bed merges a bed and desk together, which is perfect for kids who need a space to study, but have a bedroom that’s on the smaller side. The whitewash pine finish also means this bed will look great whatever the decor.

    Thuka Highsleeper | Kids Beds | Childrens Bed Shop

    Scallywag Midsleeper Cabin Bed 2

    Last but not least, this striking and stylish midsleeper cabin bed from Scallywag is not to be missed. This bed features a bright purple and oak finish, built in cabinet and shelves, and ladder with a fun curved design.

    Scallywag Midsleeper | Kids Beds | Childrens Bed Shop

    Still not found the perfect bed for your child? Shop our full range of midsleeper beds, bunk beds, themed beds and more at Children’s Bed Shop!

  • 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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