Children who sleep in their own bedrooms sleep better, according to National Public Radio (NPR). Sleep is crucial for toddlers as it benefits their development, behavior, and health. To make sure your toddler gets the recommended 11 to 14 hours per sleep per day, you need to create a nice, calm sleeping environment for them. So, here’s everything you need to include in your tot’s bedroom design.
Keep it calm
It may be tempting to paint your toddler’s bedroom walls in bright, fun, child-friendly colors, but these shades won’t help your child to sleep. Red, purple, and orange are particularly bad colors for promoting sleep, according to science. This is because they are stimulating and encourage bad emotions. Instead, opt for calming, soft, pale shades. Natural, earthy tones are also a good choice. You can then add a splash of color with a feature wall, a comfy reading chair, a cozy bedspread, or with some animal-themed furniture.
A comfy bed
Somewhere between the ages of 18 months and three years, your toddler is likely to try to climb out of his or her crib. This can be dangerous and cause injuries. When he or she tries this, it’s time to change your child’s sleeping arrangements. This means replacing your toddler’s crib with a bed. This is a big step but you can make the transition easier by letting your toddler test out their new bed at nap times first. Let them choose their new bedding too. If they feel happy and comfortable in their new surroundings then they’re more likely to want to sleep in it which means bedtime will be a breeze.
74% of parents say they’ve left their child’s bedroom light on all night. This isn’t good as research shows that darkness regulates your body clock. Therefore, the darker your child’s room, the better they will sleep. There are a number of ways you can make your child’s bedroom dark. A blackout blind or blackout curtains are highly recommended. If you opt for blinds, use ones without cords as they’re a strangulation risk. If your child is afraid of the dark, you can put a night light in their bedroom. Studies have shown that night lights with a red bulb are better for inducing sleep, while yellow, white, and blue should be avoided.
Invest in storage
Research has found that it takes longer to fall asleep in a cluttered bedroom than a tidy one. Your toddler’s bedroom is sure to have lots of toys in it, but you need to make sure you stash them all away at bedtime. Toy organizers, toy chests, storage boxes, and bookcases are essential for any toddler’s bedroom. If you’re short on space, think about buying under bed storage boxes and wall mounted shelving units.
Your toddler needs a substantial amount of sleep every day. This can only be achieved when they have a comfortable and sleep-inducing bedroom to crash in. Follow these design tips and your little one is sure to enjoy better sleep soon.