Getting children to sleep can be a hard task sometimes so it is important that they have a space they can retire to at nights that is calming and helps them to settle down.
But how exactly can you design a calming child’s bedroom? What can you include to keep your child calm and settled at bedtime?
First of all, you will need a decent bed. Something that is super comfortable for them but also something fun that they won’t need any persuasion to get into – something like a white mid sleeper cabin bed. Their bedroom is meant to a safe space, a haven so to speak, so you want them to want to spend time in it.
As well as a decent bed, you will want to include some furniture that suits the ambience of the room. No clashing colours or materials – you don’t want harsh colours and light woods or pale colours and darker coloured furnitures. You want to ensure that everything works alongside everything else. Soothing hues will work with this – it might be tempting to use loads of bright colours, especially if they are some of your child’s favourite colours but they may not be helpful in helping your child to settle.
Something else to consider is the lighting. It is something most people forget – just pop a lightbulb in and forget about it – but sometimes the lighting can be far too harsh for a room. You don’t want poor lighting in a room as it can affect people’s moods. Also make sure that plenty of natural sunlight can filter in during the day but you can easily transition from day to night and your child won’t be kept awake by streetlights – perhaps a black out blind may be advisable.
Another way to create a calm bedroom for your child is to make it personal and cosy. Fill it with their favourite things – items that may help them fall off to sleep. If they have a teddy or stuffed animal they love, make a space for it. Make sure they have comfy and cosy bedding and soft furnishings too. Maybe also include some family photos or mementos of days out or holidays too so they can think of happy days as they drift off to sleep.
Perhaps consider a screen free room too – or establish a ground rule where screen time finishes a certain time before bedtime and everything is unplugged or removed from the room before they go to sleep – a television set would have to be unplugged but a portable gaming device can easily be removed from the bedroom to somewhere else in the house for the evening.
Finally keep it tidy and not too busy. We have already mentioned not to use bright colours as they are too busy and this is for a reason – crowded, busy bedrooms can really disrupt a sleep pattern. Have specific places for toys, clothes and anything else that needs to be stored away. Make sure everything is stored away of an evening, even if you have to help or make a game of it.
These are some easy ways to create a calming bedroom for your child – have you ever tried any of these?