Kids are all busybodies from babies to toddlers and children. And the one time of day when they need to calm down and go to bed, they sleep for a couple of hours and then find a way to squeeze into bed with their parents. It’s important for your child to get a proper night’s rest in order to get through the day, especially when it comes to preparing them for school hours.
That’s why it’s time for a bedroom makeover. You need to create a sleep-friendly bedroom for your child. For their sleep’s sake and your own. And we’re going to tell you just how to do it.
If you can’t sleep in it, neither can they
The rule when it comes to your child’s bed is: if you can’t sleep in it, then neither can they. Going the cheaper or hand-me-down route for your child’s bed isn’t always the best thing. They need the comfort and support from their mattress as much as you need it from yours. Maybe that’s why they keep climbing into bed with you.
Start the bedroom makeover with their bed. Test out the mattress, buy some kids comforter sets and a kids bedding set that will excite them and encourage them to climb into bed at the end of the day. Test the pillows and think about the support their necks need to prevent them from waking up with tension headaches and stiff necks at such a young age.
Their bed needs to be fit for an adult (with exception to the size for smaller children). The only thing that would, otherwise, classify it as a kid’s bed, is by the kids bedding sets on top of it.
Turn all the bad lights off
More often than not you’ll hear the “can you turn the passage light on” or “don’t close the door all the way” call from your little darling’s bedroom. The problem with that, however, is that those types of lights are disruptive to your child’s sleep. As far as you can, try not to build an attitude of fear towards the dark. But, if it’s too late and your child really needs a light while they sleep, opt for a red bulbed light. Red light doesn’t disturb sleep or trick the brain into thinking it’s daytime as much as blue light does, making it ”good light” to have in the bedroom.
And, unless you want your child waking you up at the crack of dawn, put up some blackout curtains to keep the room dark. The summer season sees the sun go down around 8 pm, which is way past the time you need (or want) your child to be asleep. Summer also brings the sunrise in the uncomfortably early hours of the morning when you’d much rather be sleeping. So, mostly for summer but also for the rest of the year, invest in blackout curtains for your child’s room to tune out the sunlight and keep them soundly sleeping. And if you don’t have any for your room yet, get a set for your bedroom too.
Display, don’t play
It’s easy to restrict your child to their bedroom when you’ve had enough and want them to entertain themselves, but that could potentially be problematic for their bedtime behaviour. Having your child’s toys, games and “playtime” in their room, builds an association of “this is where I have fun” and not “this is where I need to relax and fall asleep”.
That’s where the “display, don’t play” rule comes in. Obviously, there needs to be a few kids toys in their room to make it feel like it’s their own bedroom. But these should be displayed on shelves and in smart storage items to keep the rest of the bedroom clean and organised. Have a designated playroom or area where the popular toys live and are used to keep the room functions separate.
Again, you can think about your own bedroom in this situation. If you find it difficult to fall asleep with clutter all over the place, it will be even more difficult for your child to do so. But, as long as everything has its place and is put away well before bedtime, your child should be able to get into bed and not constantly think about the fact that their favourite toy is lying on the floor a few metres away from them…
Choose colours from the pastel rainbow
Even the colour of the walls and bedroom theme can affect how quickly your child falls asleep. Orange, yellow, green and blue are great colours that respectively promote warmth, happiness, calmness and relaxation. But they’re best left in pastel and not in bold or bright tones. Those child-like punches of colour can be highlighted in the décor, as long as the enveloping wall-colours are softer to soothe your child’s mind and body.
And there you have, a sleep-friendly room for your little one.