Are You A Night Owl Or An Early Bird

Nght Owl?

Do you like to stay up late at night? Or do you like to wake up early? If you’d like to find out which type of sleeper you are, then we have a great guide for you! All of us have different sleeping patterns and preferences, so no two individuals are the same. Where some may function best working late at night, others might be more alert in the early hours of the morning. Take a look at our great guide today to find out whether you are more like a night owl or early bird.

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How To Help Your Child When They Struggle To Sleep

Struggling to Sleep

There’s nothing more frustrating than when you know your child is tired but they can’t or won’t get to sleep. Many parents report that the clock changes in spring and autumn can trigger restlessness, as can other disruptions, such as a child moving into a new bedroom or starting school. However, help is at hand! Take a read of our guide to getting your child to sleep and discover some tricks and tips to help them drop off for a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Top 4 Healthy Snacks To Eat Before Bedtime

healthy bedtime snacks

One frequent task that parents have to deal with is what to do when your child is still hungry at bedtime. What do you do when it’s time for bed but your child still wants something to eat? We have a great article for you on what are the best foods to give your child at bedtime. Even though bedtime isn’t always the best time of day to have a snack, it’s still best to avoid unhealthy sugary treats just before bed. So here are just a few healthy snacks options that both you and your child can enjoy before bed!

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How To Transform Your Child’s Bedroom In 2019

One exciting room that you can decorate in your home is your child’s bedroom. When decorating their room there are endless creative options and cool colour schemes for you to choose from. However, kids grow up fast and so do their individual tastes and preferences, so it’s important to give your child’s bedroom a makeover now and again to give their room a proper refresh.

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Creating The Perfect Bedroom Play Area For Your Child

Play area in kids bedroom

Children love having the privacy of their own bedroom, and combining a play area into your child’s bedroom layout can offer heaps of advantages: both to you, your child and any of the “smaller” guests who choose visit your home. When visitors arrive and take over the living space, it’s much easier for your child to retire to his/her bedroom to relax in peace, particularly when there are lots of exciting activities and toys that are easily available.

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Space Saving Ideas for Kids Bedroom

Space Saving Ideas for Kids Bedrooms

Space Saving Ideas For Your Kids Bedroom

Furnishing your child’s bedroom can be both enjoyable and frustrating, especially if space is limited. Trying to fit all of those essentials into the room, such as the bed, clothes and toys can be quite a challenge if you want to maximise floor space. Fortunately, there are furniture options and storage ideas out there that can help you to save much-needed space in your child’s bedroom. Take a look at our useful space-saving tips that can help you!

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Top 5 Benefits of Kids Bunk Beds

Benefits of Bunk Beds

Choosing the right bed for your child can be difficult. But taking your time and doing your research online can help you to eventually find the perfect bed for them. If you are looking for a brand new bed for your child, then bunk beds can be a great option for you!  Whether you are searching for a new bed for your little girl or little boy there are many stylish bunk bed options for you to choose from on our website.

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How many hours sleep does your child need?


How Many Hours Sleep
Do Your Children Really Need?

It’s been said that babies, children and teenagers need significantly more sleep than that of an average adult. Sleep promotes healthy mental and physical development and without the correct amount, you might find that problems start to arise. Children that miss as little as 60 minutes sleep per day may start to present various behavioural issues.


As adults, when we get tired we feel ready for our beds, but over tiredness in children can actually have the opposite effect. Children can become restless and hyperactive as a result of missed sleep, so it’s often difficult to determine whether they’re not ready for bed, or if they’ve missed the mark!

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Of course, there are instances where poor sleeping routines are caused by an underlying medical issue or sleep disorder. Disorders such as sleep apnea and ADHD are two of the most common reasons in which children find it difficult to sleep throughout their early life. If you suspect that your child has one of these medical conditions, it’s best to speak to your GP or health visitor for advice and guidance.

Inmost cases, though, sleep deprivation in children can be solved via the use of a solid evening and bedtime routine. Children thrive off routine, and if you can establish one that works well for you and your family, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.

A typical bedtime routine for most young children should consist of a wind-down period where screen time is kept to a minimum and is swapped with quiet activities such as reading. This should be followed with a reasonable bed time.

Research has shown that a reasonable bed time for babies and young children is between 7pm and 8pm. But how much sleep do they really need? We’ve put together a handy guide to help you determine how many hours your little one should be spending in the land of nod:

Age

Birth
3 Months
6 Months
12 Months
18 Months
2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
6 Years
8 Years
10 Years
12 -18 Years

Hours at Night

8.5 Hours
10 Hours
11 Hours
11.5 Hours
11.5 Hours
11.5 Hours
11 Hours
11.5 Hours
10.75 Hours
10.25 Hours
9.75 Hours
8 – 9.25 Hours

Nap Hours

8 Hours
5 Hours
3.3 Hours
2.3 Hours
2 Hours
1.5 Hours
1 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours

Naps Per Day

4
3
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0

Total Hours

16.5 Hours
15 Hours
14.25 Hours
13.75 Hours
13.5 Hours
13 Hours
12 Hours
11.5 Hours
10.75 Hours
10.25 Hours
9.75 Hours
8 – 9.25 Hours

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Tips On Getting Your Child To Stay In Their Own Bed


Tips On Getting
Your Child To Stay
In Their Own Bed

Do you have a child who starts the night off well by going to sleep in their own bed, only to be greeted a couple of hours later by them standing beside yours waiting to be invited in? Some parents don't mind, but for some it's a very unwanted problem.

If it's becoming somewhat of a habit, we've put together a few reasons on why it happens and what you can do to try and correct the issue.

During your child's toddler years, they're likely to go through an immense leap in motor, social and cognitive skills and although they may also gain a sudden desire to be independent, most children also experience a degree of loneliness and insecurity.  
 
This will sometimes lead them to require some extra bedtime cuddles, resulting in a night-time visit to your room.

Tackling such a problem requires a lot of will-power. You'll need to be determined and stern, as tantrums are likely in the beginning; hold your nerve and stay calm, for the rewards of sleep training far out-weigh the alternatives in the long-run. You'll need to bear in mind that there's no over-night solution, and it'll take time for your child to adjust to not sleeping alongside you. It's important to plan the change before your child knows at first.

Encourage your child to play more in their room, especially on the bed during afternoons and evenings before they're due to go to sleep. Make sure your child gets used to being in their alone. Playing will promote positive feelings towards the room, and if you can get them to play on the bed itself, it'll be even better.

Make sure your child feels important in their bedroom- allow them to pick their own décor and accessories to encourage their independence and allow them to express their personality. You could invest in a childrens castle bunk bed or even a playhouse bed to make the room extra special and subtly encourage your child to want to be in there.

Next you'll need to pick a night to start the process and you'll need to make your child aware of this. Chances are it might not go down well to start with, so this is where your patience comes in. Each time your child appears at your bedside, gently and quietly take him back to his own bed and continue to remind yourself that this will be best in the long run.

You'll want to reassure your toddler and make them feel safe whilst avoiding those Oscar-winning tantrums, so be kind but firm. If your child has nightmares or is scared of 'monsters' let them know that they're completely safe in their room but don't encourage feelings of anxiousness. You could say something like “There aren't any monsters in our house, so why don't you have a big snuggle with teddy and get some sleep”.

Likewise if they're scared of the dark, you could always pop a lamp in the room to give your child control of switching it on if they do wake in the night; giving them this freedom is more likely to ensure they won't end up in your room.

If your child is sick, it might be a good idea to stay with them during bedtime and during any night-wakings. If they're listless but wakeful, they're more likely to fall asleep if they know you are there; but make it clear that they don't need to come to your room. Hopefully this will result in your child staying in their own room when they're feeling better again.

If your child is older you might want to try reward schemes and sticker charts to encourage good sleeping habits

Allow your child to take something to bed that they can cuddle such as a teddy, blanket or comforter

If your child creeps into your room without you noticing, try putting a bell on their door or yours- to make you aware when you're expecting a small visitor!

Be firm when taking your child back to bed and reiterate the same point over and over about them having to stay there

Be consistent, use the same approach and be repetitive every time you experience a night-waking.

Make sure you and your partner are on the same page and know exactly what to do in the event of a wake-up call