We at Time4Sleep like to think we know a thing or two about bedrooms, so why not let us help you decorate your child’s bedroom? Follow our handy tips below, and you will have a fun, exciting bedroom for your child to enjoy in no time at all.
It won’t be news to most parents that children grow alarmingly quickly. As a result, their feet could be hanging over the end of that new bed sooner than you expected. Therefore planning ahead is the best practice in this scenario. Go for a bed that is a little too big for them now, and you won’t have to buy a new one nearly as soon. Forward planning also applies to themed bedrooms too, as that Thomas the Tank Engine wallpaper will probably last two years max before it needs to be pulled down and replaced by the Power Rangers!
You can’t have too much storage
Kids love toys. Unfortunately their taste changes constantly, and they are never too keen on disposing of old ones. Therefore, to keep the peace, it is recommended you build in as much storage to your child’s bedroom as humanly possible. Utilise the space under the bed, and consider tall and thin wardrobes to maximise floor playing space!
Make them believe you are giving them what they want
Children change their minds all the time, so if you decorate a room completely to their specification the likelihood is they will change their mind within days. Instead of taking every word as gospel, instead interpret what they say loosely, and make them believe you have given them what they want. It will be much easier in the long run!
With many of us having to downsize homes to property’s with less bedrooms, keeping children’s bedrooms flexible is a must, especially if you have a few of the little scamps. Therefore decorating your eldest daughter’s room entirely in pink is likely to necessitate a new paint job when your son moves in there in a few years. Gender-neutral colours are the way to go here to ensure that no matter which of your lovable offspring are taking up residence in the room they will be pleased with their surroundings.
One of the fun things about moving has to be the chance to decorate and buy new furniture! Ages ago my husband gave me a planner and I have been busy collecting wall paper samples and tearing out ideas for colour schemes and colourful themed bedrooms for the children. We’re toying with the idea of moving the toddler into a bigger bed and of course Little Sis will be in her own bedroom too.
I was recently contacted by the bedding company who specialise in bedding for grown ups and children. They sell a huge range of pillows, duvets, bed sheets and mattresses. They have offered me a really useful Silentnight Complete Kids Bedset which comprises of a 4.5 tog quilt, soft pillow and waterproof mattress protector worth £22.99. The set is ideal for your child’s first bed, and comes complete with everything needed to get your child on the right track to enjoying a long and peaceful night’s sleep.
It is recommended that a first duvet should be a light weight tog rating of 4.5 tog. As children take up less space under their duvets, more air is trapped and therefore the warmth factor is greater, and a lower tog prevents them overheating. Please remember that duvets and pillows are not suitable for children under 12 months.
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The prize consists of Silentnight Complete Kids Bedset (which comprises a 4.5 tog quilt, pillow and mattress protector). The giveaway ends March 7th at 8pm. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received and notified by email or their twitter handle. The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available, and will be fulfilled by the bedding company. UK only.
The winner is Lani Nash
No not us, but Little Sis. For the last 15 months she has quite happily shared a room with us, but it’s time for her to go. Not that I don’t love having her with us but I want her to go straight into her own room when we move. Last year we had our spare room subdivided so she does have her own room. We just need to remove our guest bed and move her cot in. It’s been freshly decorated so it’s all ready for her.
We moved her brother into his own room when he was 6 months old so I’m not sure why I’m so reluctant to move her out. I do love having her with us. Every morning she wriggles out of her sleeping bag, stands up and shouts at me until I wake up. Then we spend a couple of minutes passing her dummy back and forth until the day starts.
I see the advantages to us having our room back. We can put the lights on when we go to bed, listen to the radio, talk to each other and other normal stuff!
She understands a lot so I was pleased to be sent a new book which aims to help you discuss the big things of childhood in an easy manner. Whilst Let’s Talk About Big Beds and Bedtime is meant for children moving from a cot to a big bed the sentiments are the same for Little Sis. Covering issues such as sleeping in unfamiliar places, waking up early and banishing monsters, this is a great book for introducing these issues and dealing with them. The book is set out in a contemporary way, with lots of photographs, text and speech bubbles.
This is part of a series called Let’s Talk About… which reflect young children’s actual experiences, accompanied by useful for advice for parents and children. Let’s Talk About…Big Beds and Bedtime and Let’s Talk About…My New Baby by Stella Gurney and Fiona Freud are published by Macmillan Children’s Books at £5.99.