When your child’s bedtime comes around, getting them to go to sleep can sometimes become a difficult very task, even after tucking them in for the night or reading them their favourite bedtime story.
From a recent survey we commissioned, we learned that nearly 1 in 3 parents say bedtime is their favourite time of the day with their children due to having quality one-on-one time without any distractions.
If you’re having difficulty getting your child to sleep at night, keep reading to learn our top tips for creating the perfect sleeping environment for your child.
The importance of sleep for children
As any parent will know, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it can have a negative impact on how you feel the next day. This is also the case for toddlers and babies. Throughout the day and night, babies can sleep between 14-18 hours, including nap time. Toddlers also need lots of sleep and naps, usually between 11-12 hours per day.
Sleep is an essential function, especially for children, as it helps your body and mind to relax and recharge. When your child doesn’t get enough sleep, this can cause them to be moody, restless and irritable.
How to create the perfect sleeping environment
It’s important for your child to have good sleeping habits, and one key way to do this is creating the ideal sleeping environment. Take a look below at some of our tips for creating the perfect sleeping environment for your child.
1. Add blackout curtains to your child’s room
Blackout curtains are a great addition to your child’s room and can provide many benefits. One of the most important benefits of blackout curtains is their ability to completely block out natural light from the outside and create a nighttime setting, regardless of the time of day. Alongside blocking out light, blackout curtains can provide a natural barrier to noise pollution from outside, such as car traffic noises. To find the perfect blackout curtains for your children’s bedroom, take a look at our range of children’s themed black-out curtains.
2. Choose the right bedding
Your child’s bed is the most important part of their bedroom. It’s where they will spend the most of their time, so it needs to be a comfortable, clean and fun place for them to sleep.
A key thing to look out for when purchasing bedding for your child is to see if the bedding is OEKO-TEX ® certified. Take a look here to learn more about what OEKO-TEX ® certified means.
Now the most important factor for your child’s bedding is how it looks. Choosing the right themed bedding for your child can change how they feel about bedtime. To help you find the right bedding for your child, take a look at our extensive bedding collection.
3. Add a weighted blanket to your child’s bedroom
Weighted blankets provide many benefits to your child, including reducing anxiety, creating a sense of security, and feeling of being held or hugged by a loved one. To learn more about weighted blankets, read our blog on the 5 key benefits of weighted blankets here.
4. Create a fun bedroom environment with accessories
Creating a bedroom environment that’s fun for your child naturally encourages them to enjoy sleeping and spending quality time in their bedroom. Adding fun accessories to your child’s bedroom, such as wall prints, wall stickers, cushions, and bunting, can create an exciting environment tailored to your child’s likes, interests, and hobbies.
If you’re looking for advice on making improvements to your sleep as a parent, read our blog about 5 easy steps to improving your sleep. Keep up to date with our latest blogs and articles, and deals by subscribing to our newsletter.