Everyone wants the best for their children, especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, but it seems like the experts are always disagreeing about how to achieve it. At Mattressman, we know that a great sleep starts with the perfect bed, but what else can you do to help your child sleep well? Here’s what we think:
1. Tell Me a Story
There are plenty of benefits to reading your child a bedtime story – they help to establish a bedtime routine that promotes healthy sleeping hours, as well as providing a great way of getting them into bed without them even realising. There are also lots of ways that bedtime stories help children to learn: by serving as a teaching tool for everyday life skills, improving their language and memory skills, and even encouraging their logical thinking.
2. It’s Not Me, It’s You
Despite the best intentions, sometimes the problem with getting your child to sleep is something you are (unwittingly) doing. We like to make our child’s bedroom a happy and exciting place to be, but you don’t want to make it too exciting; having screens such as TVs and tablets in the bedroom can weaken a child’s association between the bedroom and sleep, as well as emitting light that slows down the sleeping process.
At Mattressman, we have plenty of ways to make your child’s bedroom exciting whilst keeping sleep as the main focus, like our range of themed children’s beds that can transform their room into a princess castle, a pirate ship, and even a race track. They even come with extra storage to help keep their room tidy.
3. Their Own Bed
While there’s no concrete time for a child to make the move from cot to bed, most children are ready to move somewhere between 18 months and 3 years of age. Of course, if you choose to co-sleep, this will take a bit longer. When you decide your child is ready for their own bed, there are many ways to ease the transition – why not start by letting your child choose their new bed? Our selection of children’s beds at Mattressman will give them plenty of exciting options, and they’re all quick and easy to put together at home.
Choosing their own bed will give your child something exciting to look forward to, helping them to forget about the big change they are undertaking. Other ways to help include making sure your daily routine remains regular – as lots of other changes at the same time can be scary and confusing for your child – and making a special bedtime story about your child can help them to understand the change in a more concrete way.
Now you know our tips on how to help your child get a good night’s sleep, you’re ready to start getting some yourself! And while you’re choosing a new bed for your child, why not have a look at one for you too?