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  • Schools Out for Easter

    The Easter holidays provide a break from school work and a chance to refresh before the summer holidays. As parents, you probably think that the kids are forever on a school break and it can be a real challenge to keep your children happy during the holidays. We have put together a mini guide on how to keep your children occupied over the Easter break:

    Easter Education

    Seems as schools out for a few weeks why not bring education home with them. Encouraging your kids to learn about the reason why they are having a break from school will not only help to keep their minds active but will provide them with relevant knowledge. Keep it simple if the children are younger and explain that Easter isn’t just about receiving chocolate eggs but symbolises the rebirth of Jesus. Easter is normally explained to children in school prior to the holidays, so you could also use this time to ask them what they have learned.

    The Easter Bunny

    Easter is also related to the rebirth of life in spring and is symbolised by the rabbit or more famously, the ‘Easter Bunny.’ The first story of the bunny dates back to 1680s and legend has it that he lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are a symbol of new life. The peak time for Easter egg eating is on Sunday morning where children (and adults) can enjoy chocolate for breakfast!

    Why not also make some spiced hot cross buns with the little ones? Sharing a hot cross bun with someone is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, encourage them to make them at sleepovers or with you on Sunday afternoon to keep them happy and engaged!

    Arts and Crafts

    Easter bonnets are more than just an excuse to attach the world’s most colourful hat to your child’s head for school (miniature chicks included). They are designed as a throwback to the days when people denied themselves the pleasure of wearing finery for the duration of Lent. We don’t think your child will have any trouble giving up their bonnets for Lent, but you can encourage them to give up their electronic devices and swap them for books or sweets could also be an option.

    Easter Decorating

    Whilst the kids are off school it isn’t just an opportunity to decorate Easter hats, but the time can also be used to spruce up their bedrooms ready for spring! Let your little ones help out with the decorating and restyling of their room whether it’s a full makeover or a little revamp.

    Check out the amazing spring sale at www.childrensbedshop.co.uk for beds, accessories and all the inspiration you need!

  • 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.

  • Fun & Friendly Arts and Crafts for the Whole Family

    Whilst we are still waiting for Spring and the warmer days why not try some fun arts and crafts indoors? This is a great way for the family to spend some time together and for the kids to channel their inner Picasso. Let your children embrace their artistic side and use this post as a guide for some creative ideas. We bet they have been dying to test out their new desk on the Gami Montana High Sleeper Bed.

    Get creative with fun family time, it’s a chance for everyone to learn a new handcraft whether you’re making pasta jewellery for loved ones, or moulding animals out of Play Dough, there are multiple ways for your little ones to express themselves, take a look at the fun and friendly arts and crafts we have put together below. Play it right, tire them out and they’ll be tucked up in their high sleeper loft bed in no time.

     Play Dough for toddlers

    So, we realise that we need arts and crafts for the whole family to enjoy and what toddler (and adult) doesn’t love Play Dough? There is something so satisfying about moulding animal shapes or pushing it inside the cutters to reveal spaghetti or star shapes. Toddlers could make their own Valentine’s Day cupcakes from Play Dough using colourful paper cupcake cases. Make sure they don’t put this dough in their mouths though, even if the end results look good enough to eat!

    valentines day cardboard hearts

    This is a great way for the family to make gifts for each other in preparation for Valentine’s Day! Cut out some cardboard in the shape of hearts for the little ones and gather some decorating materials to create the perfect gift! Sprinkle some love onto your hearts using anything from glitter, ribbons, sequins and feathers. Now leave them to busily work at their desk (the practical high sleeper was a great choice after all). We are sure you’ll be head over heels for the designs your little sweethearts come up with.

    Chalk pops

    Use coloured chalks to decorate the back yard or paths leading to the front of the house. If the sun isn’t shining outside yet, why not encourage the children to draw their own? You can also put some time aside as a family to make your own chalk pops using ice lolly moulds. Follow these easy steps to making your own colourful utensils and watch them have fun creating eye-catching pictures and learning through fun time with the family!

    Pasta Jewellery

    How long has that bag of pasta been in the back of the cupboard? Why not use it for this simple and enjoyable craft that will provide the perfect entertainment for you and the children. The beautiful pieces can also double up as a second gift for your loved one. Everyone loves a homemade present! The art of pasta jewellery making isn’t just for little girls either, boys love to dress up too when pretending to be Cowboys and Indians.

    Let us know what fun and creative designs you made as a family.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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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  • Tips On Getting Your Children Back Into A Routine After Christmas

     

    bookcase for kids from Children’s Bed Shop

    If you have children, then once the beginning of December comes around it is difficult not to get caught up in the Christmas madness. There is the run-up to the big day itself, which is likely to be filled with Christmas plays, parties and fairs, while the actual holiday period can be a merry-go-round of visiting, hosting visitors, late nights and upheaval for your little ones, with no time to even read a book from a bookcase. So getting them back into a normal routine once Christmas is over will be a high priority. Follow some of our tips below to help you not only get your children back to normality but to encourage them to embrace it.

     

    Healthy Living

    Always associated with Christmas is over-indulgence in food and drink that we would not normally be having. One way to pull children back to normality is to start the new year with some healthy eating, but in order for them to embrace the idea, it needs to be fun as well as healthy. If they take packed lunches to school, then try to add a healthy twist by using creative ways of giving them fruit and vegetables. It may be that children received outdoor toys such as bikes and scooters for Christmas. If this is the case, then these are great reasons to get outdoors and get some exercise.

     

    Re-introducing a Routine

    The re-introduction of a routine, particularly for school, is something that can prove difficult after the excitement of the Christmas holidays. The main thing is getting children used to having a day with some sort of structure, as well as getting them back into the habit of going to bed at their normal bedtime. The routine can be disrupted not only because of Christmas itself but also because you may have had relatives staying over and people visiting, or you might have been away on holiday for Christmas.

     

    The best way to restart the routine is to begin a few days before school is due to start. Try to have a couple of days where breakfast is at a similar time as it would be on a regular week day, and then try making sure everyone gets dressed at a decent hour. Follow this by maybe having a day out. This will provide an opportunity to draw everyone away from the television and computer games and get them used to being out of the house. Bedtime will always be the most difficult to get right after a period of disruption. Starting earlier bedtimes in the couple of days running up to the return to school is a good idea, and rewarding good bedtime behaviour once school goes back may be worth considering. A bedtime story is a great way to settle a child ready for bed. Investing in a bookcase for kids from Children’s Bed Shop to fill with imaginative bedtime stories will make bedtime more exciting for even the most difficult of children.

    Hopefully, this has provided some useful ideas for returning to normality after the Christmas madness.

     

  • Back to School: 6 Tips for Getting Back into a Good Bedtime Routine

    Julien Bowen midsleeper bed

    A good sleep routine is essential to support growing bodies and minds. Naturally, we relax our routines during the summer holidays, but it’s important to make sure they’re re-established in time for the new school year. It’s easier said than done, but aspects like reintroducing a bedtime and investing in good bedroom furniture like the Julien Bowen midsleeper beds for your child can help.

     

    1. Re-establish Bedtime Two Weeks Ahead

    It may seem excessive, but studies show it takes at least two weeks for our body’s internal clock to fully adjust. A two-week transition makes it as effortless as possible.

     

    2. Take All Electronics Out of the Bedroom

    This includes games, TVs and phones. There’s no point sending children off to bed at a reasonable hour if they’re going to stay up two hours later without your knowing. What’s more, the blue light emitted from computers and tablet screens interferes with our brain's' ability to fall asleep for up to three hours after they’ve been switched off.

    3. Make Beds for Sleeping Not for Playing

    For many children, their bed is their only private space in the house, and as such it becomes a haven for reading and playing computer games. Offer your child a bean-bag in their room which it also theirs alone. This will help strengthen the association between the bed and sleep.

     

    4. Remove Distractions from the Room

    Make sure all toys and clothes are tidied away every evening before bed. If you’re short on storage space, consider investing in a Julian Bowen mid sleeper or other bed with added drawers and cupboards.

     

    5. Take Caffeine off the Menu

    Fizzy-drink consumption tends to rise as the weather heats up, but it’s important to remember most types contain caffeine that disturbs sleep. In the last two weeks before school, impose a ban on all sugary caffeinated drinks after midday. Prepare fruit juices with sparkling water as an alternative to take to the park so you’re not tempted to buy when you get there.

     

    6. Set a Good Example

    It’s no good telling the kids to watch less TV and go to bed at a reasonable hour if they know their parents aren’t doing the same. Make having a good and consistent bedtime routine a family thing. You’ll soon feel the benefit for yourself as well.

     

    These strategies are tried and tested, but remember consistency is the key. If you enforce the rules one day and not the next, your children will soon learn that bedtime is fully negotiable.

     

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