I recently posted about how you can get more sleep as a new mum, but today’s post is all about your little ones. While you can express milk to help with night feeds or buy a better mattress, if your child isn’t sleeping soundly, then you’re not going to either.
It can be hard to get your child into a bedtime routine and get them to sleep. So I thought I would share some decorating tips and tricks to promote a sleepy, relaxing bedroom environment.
Choose Calming Colours
You might be tempted to paint the walls in bright colours, like reds, blues or pinks, but these are more conducive to play than sleep. Or perhaps your child wants to decorate with busy wallpaper that features their favourite characters and super heroes. While it’s important that your little ones have input on how their room looks, try to choose relaxing pastel shades like pale green and lavender, which have been proven to promote sleep.
Make Separate Zones
When decorating your child’s room, it’s important to remember that it’s for more than sleep. This is also a space where your child needs to be able to learn, play and use their imagination, so it’s important that it doesn’t feel boring. To find the perfect balance, split the room in half or create play zones with bright rugs, boxes and toys that can be folded away into shelves or cupboards when it’s time for sleep.
Block Out Light
As a general rule, kids sleep better when light is limited. The good news is, even if your little ones are afraid of the dark, there are a number of things you can do to reduce light and promote sleep. Look at companies like Direct Blinds for black-out blinds, choose red coloured night lights that induce sleep, or make their bed fun and sleepy with a canopy or tent. It also helps to remove or turn off electronics, too.
Create an Ambience
While how you decorate can have a huge affect on sleep, the feel of a room matters, too. If your child’s bedroom is too hot, has toys everywhere and feels chaotic, it’s going to be that much harder for your little one to sleep. To help, place relaxing oils like lavender or chamomile in the bedroom, reduce the temperature to around 18 degrees Celcius and tidy before bed. It might also help to introduce some white noise so that they’re not woken by you moving around the house.
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