The topic of sleep always comes up when you have a baby, whether it’s people asking the dreaded “is he /she sleeping through yet?’ to the desperate pleas of a sleep deprived parents wondering if they’re ever going to sleep again.
I speak from experience!
So I decided, after having two babies who needed a little extra reassurance during the night, that I wasn’t going to make sleep an issue when number three came along. But I’m not going to pretend that it made it an easier, there were still moments when I wondered if I should be more strict and enforce a tighter routine. Especially now we’re in the transition of moving the Toddler out of a cot into a bed.
With experts suggesting that children need between 10-12 hours of sleep every night for optimal learning and development as well as obesity, a reduced immune system, bad moods and behaviour and even depression also being linked to sleep deprivation. I need to get this transition right so we don’t set up any bad habits, it’s also a great time to start working on a new routine.
With the cot gone, we’re looking at creating the optimum sleep environment. Creating a relaxing room and making sure that it’s as comfortable as possible is the main focus of the move. We’ve switched from using blankets to a light 4.5 tog duvet, soft, comfortable cotton bed sheets and he now has a pillow.
With the introduction of a toddler bed (which is the same size as a cot bed) we’ll be getting a new, more supportive mattress and with potty training on the horizon, a mattress protector is a must! The anti allergy mattress protector and the protector pad from The Fine Bedding Company are both on my tick list for using at home and for taking on holidays.
During the actual move, I give extra reassurance and with the bath, book and bed routine in place. It’s a gentle, gradual transition. We also spend more time playing in his room getting him use to the change during the day.
Furniture which allows your toddler to move freely around and access toys and the bed it’s self really helps them get a sense of the room being their space and ultimately a place they’re happy to be left in. While a soft night-light, which they can operate them selves, will help settle them down for the night. But keeping other distractions and electrics to a limit is also worth considering,
We’re always kept our kids rooms screen free until they were much, much older and I avoid sending my boys to their rooms as a punishment, I never wanted them to see it as a negative space, although this could explain why the teenager now rarely ventures out of his, other than in the search of food!
At the end of the day, bedrooms should be fun, safe and imaginative spaces which help their physical and emotional development so it really does pay to give it some thought into how you finish it and the products you use.
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