I like to think that I’m pretty good at getting a good nights sleep. I don’t go to bed too late, I relax beforehand, try not to check things on my phone last thing, but there’s one thing that’s been known to ruin my sleep on way more than one occasion, my kids. I’m a great believer that all kids are different – my first child slept through the night from six weeks while my second? Well health issues and other stuff meant that took two years. Ouch. Over the very long time I’ve had to try and sort out my kids sleep issues there are loads of things I’ve tried and tested and so I’ve some up with 5 things your kids room needs to help them get a good nights sleep, which of course means you finally get a good nights sleep too!
5 Things your kids room needs to help them get a good nights sleep
1. Decent curtains or black out blinds.
Your kids bedroom doesn’t need to be pitch black, lets be honest a lot of them hate the dark, but you do want to stop lights from passing cars or anything else peeping through. During the summer my kids normally refuse to believe it could possibly be bedtime if the sun is still up so blocking out the light is essential if I’m going to get them to sleep.
2. A good quality mattress.
As a grown up I know how much I value having a decent mattress and the same is true for kids too. If your kids are comfortable in bed then they’re more likely to sleep better. Plus if for any reason you end up in their bed (and we’ve all done that at least once) then you’ll really appreciate getting your kids a good mattress like these from Happy Beds when you end up sleeping on it yourself
3. Lots of waterproof sheets
It’s a fact of life that at some point your kids bed will get wet, either through an accident or through being ill. Turning on the light while you hunt around for clean sheets is enough to wake anyone up properly so minimise any potential time awake by putting a couple of waterproof sheets on top of each other then if one does get wet you just need to spend five seconds taking it off the mattress and another one is already one there, ready for your child to get tucked back in.
4. Lots of books
No it’s not furniture but I think books are just as important for a kids bedroom! Reading bedtime stories together isn’t just a nice excuse for bedtime snuggles but it’s also a great way to help kids wind down for the day and is part of a bedtime routine that most parents wouldn’t want to skip. Libraries are a great way to keep your books changed regularly without having to spend a fortune.
5. A nightlight
Whether your kids are scared of the dark or not I find the ritual of turning a nightlight on to be great part of a bedtime routine, and nightlights that change colours seem to make my kids more keen to get into bed with the lights off!
What do you do in your family to help your kids get a good nights sleep?