The Best Toddler Travel Beds

The Best Toddler Travel Beds

How on earth do parents who travel with kids find enough things to bring? You need at least two outfits, a toy or game for when they get bored of their own toys and snacks. But what about after you land – there’s so much more that goes into packing!

When you arrive at your destination, it’s essential that the pet has a comfortable place to sleep. This will ensure their mood stays high and lets them enjoy themselves even more! Getting a good night’s sleep, or even an afternoon nap, isn’t always easy to do outside of the comfort of their own space at home, but the best toddler travel bed can help.

Travel toddler beds come in many different forms and shapes. You can opt for a basic cot, or an inflatable or foam bed with bumpers to help contain especially active sleepers. The best part of having a travel bed that you can bring with you on family vacations is that it saves you from having to share a bed with a squirmy, kicking, toddler all night.

Babybjörn travel cot light

It’s super lightweight (6kg, which includes the durable carry bag) and a total doddle to put up. The legs click out, and then you just link on the bottom of the mesh and pop the mattress in. Because the legs fold out at an angle, it feels very sturdy once up and the sides come high enough so that it’d be a real challenge for any escape artists to breach the perimeter.

The airy mesh allows for air flow through, reducing sweaty naps even in warmer climates. We liked the size of this travel cot too – it isn’t vast, meaning it fits in snug hotel rooms, yet is big enough.

Little Life arc 2 travel cot

This is a fantastic solution for all kids who still need a cot, but particularly those that are at that charming age of climbing out of their cot (deep sigh). The arc 2 comes with two poles, a mesh cot, comfy mattress and mattress cover, plus pegs. This all comes in a lightweight backpack that’s about the size of a large change bag.

The cot goes together easily like a standard tent. You can then zip down the side for access, or the roof. This solves several issues as it works well for outdoor naps in the garden or beach (you can buy a sunshade separately), but also as a standard travel cot.

Bugaboo stardust travel cot

This travel cot pops up in seconds – just pull the ends apart and it clicks into place. We appreciated that the mattress folds with the cot, so there’s no stuffing it in the bag and it getting battered. The sides are totally mesh, giving excellent views of your peaceful sleeping baby from all angles. Even the most adept climbers would struggle in this cot as the sides are pretty high. It includes a bassinet inlay for newborns, raising newborns higher up so you can tend to them more easily.

It also looks smart, which is not something you can say about every travel cot. Even the bag is plush. It’s the perfect travel buddy for a jet-set family.

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The Best Food to Have Before Bed

The Best Food to Have Before Bed

Getting good sleep is incredibly important for your overall health. 

It may reduce your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses, keep your brain healthy, and boost your immune system.

It’s generally recommended that you get between 7 and 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, though many people struggle to get enough.

There are a lot of ways you can promote good sleep, including making changes to your diet. Some foods and drinks have been found by scientists or doctors as being effective in helping people get better restful nights’ slumbering!

Kiwi

Kiwis are a great low-calorie, nutritious fruit that can help people meet their daily vitamin C needs. One serving of kiwi contains just 42 calories and offers up an impressive amount vitamins including 71% DV for this valuable nutrient! It also provides women with 23%, while men get 31%.

Furthermore, eating kiwis may benefit your digestive health, reduce inflammation, and lower your cholesterol. These effects are due to the high amounts of fibre and carotenoid antioxidants that they provide.

According to studies on their potential to improve sleep quality, kiwis may also be one of the best foods to eat before bed.

In a 4-week study, 24 adults consumed two kiwifruits one hour before going to bed each night. At the end of the study, participants fell asleep 42% more quickly than when they didn’t eat anything before bedtime.

Additionally, their ability to sleep through the night without waking improved by 5%, while their total sleep time increased by 13%.

Kiwis are a great way to get your sleep cycle on track. They contain serotonin, which helps regulate the amount of time you spend in lightheadedness and drowsiness during REM cycles- when dreams occur!

It’s also been suggested that the anti-inflammatory antioxidants in kiwis, such as vitamin C and carotenoids, may be partly responsible for their sleep-promoting effects.

More scientific evidence is needed to determine the effects that kiwis may have in improving sleep. Nevertheless, eating 1–2 medium kiwis before bed may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

White Rice

White rice has been stripped of its nutrient-rich bran and germ. The result is a lower fibre, more processed carbohydrate that doesn’t offer the same nutritional punch as brown does in comparison to white or even enriched varieties likeigerplus!

Nevertheless, white rice still contains a decent amount of a few vitamins and minerals.

White rice is high in carbs, providing 22 grams in a 4-ounce (79-gram) serving. Its carb content and lack of fiber contribute to its high glycemic index (GI). The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food increases your blood sugar.

It’s been suggested that eating foods with a high GI, such as white rice, at least 1 hour before bed may help improve sleep quality.

One study compared the sleep habits of 1,848 people based on their intake of rice, bread, or noodles. Higher rice intake was associated with better sleep than bread or noodles, including longer sleep duration.

Despite the potential role that eating white rice may have in promoting sleep, it’s best consumed in moderation due to its comparative low amounts of fiber and nutrients.

Other foods and drinks that may promote sleep

Several other foods and drinks have sleep-promoting properties. For example, they may contain high amounts of nutrients such as tryptophan. 

However, in some cases, there’s little research into their specific effects on sleep.

Dairy products: Dairy products, such as a glass of milk, cottage cheese, and plain yogurt, are known sources of tryptophan. Milk has been shown to improve sleep in older adults, especially when paired with light exercise.

Bananas: Banana peels contain tryptophan and the fruit itself is a modest source of magnesium. Both properties may help you get a good night’s sleep.

Oatmeal: Similar to rice, oatmeal is high in carbs with a bit more fiber and has been reported to induce drowsiness when consumed before bed. Additionally, oats are a known source of melatonin.

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Drinks to Help You Sleep at Night

Drinks to Help You Sleep at Night

Milk

People have used this age-old remedy to help them drift into dreamland for decades, and it’s still a popular choice today.

The reason why so many mothers and scientific experts alike swear by warm milk is because it contains significant amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptopban can also be found in meals full with carbohydrates, which causes people to feel sleepy after eating a big meal!

Once tryptophan is consumed, it’s converted to the natural hormone melatonin in the body, which helps to regulate our natural sleep state.

Almond Milk

The almond milk alternative is a fantastic sleep-inducing solution. Almonds have been shown in studies to have an effect on serotonin, which can help start your night off right!

Healthy serotonin levels in our central nervous system often depend on the presence of tryptophan, which is naturally found in both cow’s milk and almond milk.

Almond milk is also particularly high in magnesium, which is another important nutrient that can improve sleep quality.

Decaffeinated Green Tea

Green tea is generating a lot of interest in the modern world today thanks to its ability to promote weight loss. However, if you remove the caffeine boost from green tea, it has sleep-inducing benefits, too.

Green tea is known for its calming and fatigue-relieving properties. It contains the amino acid Theanine, which helps reduce stress levels while promoting restful sleeping patterns!

While the high caffeine levels of regular green tea cancel out those benefits when you’re starting your morning, decaffeinated options can be perfect for bedtime.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea, like warm milk, is another more traditional option in the world of natural sleeping solutions. Experts have recommended the use of chamomile for years as an aid for those who suffer from insomnia. Often, this tea is very calming and soothing — as well as being caffeine-free.

Banana Smoothies

Another great way to get your sleep on the right track is by drinking a banana smoothie before bed. It’s easy, delicious and can make sure you have sounder rest every night!

All you need is to blend a small banana with some almond butter and milk for a delicious smoothie.

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Affordable Candles for Your Home

Affordable Candles for Your Home

Marks & Spencer

This candle contains an expensive-smelling mix of geranium, cedarwood, eucalyptus and lavender for serious spa vibes.

Zara

When you find out that Zara collaborated with the legendary Jo Malone to create its own range of candles, you know they’re going to be good. This sweet-yet-musky patchouli one is in my house year-round.

& Other Stories

Cheap candles never look as good as when they come from & Other Stories. This particular scent smells like heaven. It’s rose-like but is laced with notes of vanilla, almond, green apple and tonka bean to leave you in a delicate but heady daze.

Paddywax

It’s not often you find a cheap candle in a jar that you’d actually want to reuse, but Paddywax has delivered with this cool hand-drawn one. Plus, it smells good.

The White Company

The White Company is a brilliant place to shop for affordable candles, with these little ones offering around 33 hours of burn time. This is very much a summer candle with creamy coconut, buttery vanilla, zingy bergamot and juicy orange to fill the room with balmy warmth.

Aldi

I’ll make no bones about it: These Aldi candles are a direct dupe for Jo Malone’s. This one is a nod to the brand’s iconic Pomegranate Noir scent.

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The best house plants

The best house plants

Whether your home is large or small, there are some plants that will make it feel like an oasis. Indoor greenery provides a sense of peace and serenity for those who walk through the door each day to work hard alongside their families—and they’re not just any kind! There’s something special about choosing from such vast options: big indoor trees can provide shade during hot summer days while allowing enough sunlight into homes; smaller room-growing species fill corners with life without taking up too much space on limited roofs/floor spaces (succulents!).

Best Low Maintenance Plants

Peace lilies are a great plant for beginners because they’re so easy to care. You only need once every week or two weeks of watering, but if you forget – don’t worry! The leaves will wilt dramatically (to let us know) then perk right back up again after being waterlogged again with fresh nutrients from our soil mix
A common misconception about these beautiful flowers is that their natural habitat involves high moisture levels such as rainforests due in part by how similar this particular herbaceous vine looks compared sidebyside across taxonomic groups which makes them seem more robust.

Multi-Colored Plants 

The Marble Queen Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to grow, with heart shaped leaves and growing vines that will quickly fill your plant shelf. This low maintenance species requires less watering than other plants but thrives in weak light environments making it great for beginners or people who are bad about taking care their home’s interior design needs!

Best Low-Light Indoor Plants

The Zamioculcas zamiifolia, better known as the ZZ plant, is another reliable house plant option for beginners. It can withstand all sorts of less-than-ideal factors, like infrequent watering or dry air. And, most importantly for apartment dwellers or those who live in other shady spaces, the ZZ plant can easily tolerate low-light environments. Attractive as a standalone plant or grouped with other plants, the ZZ plant is a happy option for the kitchen or bathroom.

Best Indoor Plant For Small Spaces

Snake plants are great for people who have small spaces because they grow straight up. This makes them perfect in places like kitchens or bathrooms where you don’t want a lot of plant life taking over your living area, yet still need some fresh air! It’s also said that these cheerful little guys can purify indoor air – so if odors aren’t appealing while cooking then give one of these cute houseplants.

A Cute Little Plant With Colourful Blooms

African violets are a great plant for those who enjoy the beauty of flowers. With their small size, these plants can be easily stored and don’t take up too much space on your shelf! To keep them happy you should only give them enough water to cover about halfway or so with dry soil – no more than that will cause rot in stems/leaves if overwatered (and believe me I know from experience). It’s best not overdo things either; just make sure yours stays healthy by letting him/her drink at least twice daily until established before adding liquid feeds like fertiliser tablets etc.

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Paint trends 2022 – influential colours to choose

Paint trends 2022 – influential colours to choose

The colours we select for our homes are more than just decoration. The paint job acts as the backdrop to everyday life, and it can have an emotional impact on how you feel in your personal sanctuary which is key for making a house feel like home.

Calming Greens

Grey is the new green? We’ve seen it everywhere in interiors recently. It’s often associated with nature and calming qualities, which could explain why so many people are drawn to using greys for their homes’ design aesthetic these days – but if you can’t let go of your grey investments just yet there’ll always be a color palette worth loving!

Crown have identified a trend called ‘Liminal’ which features a colour palette of chalky aqua shades that are an ode to the natural world. The use of subtle chalky tones and soft grey blues help to create the perfect gentle background to build a furnishing scheme on top of.

Bright skies inside

The uplifting light blue of this shade offers a much-needed breath of fresh air to our homes, delivering an invigorating effect even in the cooler undertones. Reminiscent at first glance to clear skies filled with promise and optimism for what’s ahead as we emerge from last year’s darkness – these gentle blues remind us that looking up can help chase away any negative thoughts or feelings before they start taking root inside you!

In the living room, consider using Bright Skies in places you would love more natural light. In small or narrow spaces it will make them feel more spacious, and blue aids concentration so it’s also one to consider for a home office.

Colour Drenching

Colour drenching is a key interior trend this spring. To colour drench a room is to take one colour and use tones and shades of it across many surfaces. Think walls, bedding, furniture, accessories – even the ceiling is fair game!

Warming reds tones

When times are tough, we often crave warmer tones. It’s the sound of an angelic choir in your ears and comfort on every inch of skin – it feels like home again! This year however I’m steering clear for some colder colors with rich saturated hues that will help ground me while still feeling luxurious at night time or during day spa breaks when all you want is peaceable mind knowing these wonderful pieces await ahead…

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Interior trends that can help you get a good night’s sleep

Interior trends that can help you get a good night’s sleep

Interior design is an essential part of your home that impacts how you feel, which in turn affects sleep quality. Interior changes can be made to improve both physical and mental well-being by influencing emotions with their visuals or scents; these tweaks will affect different people differently but there are some general tips for making sure they work out positively!

With the most popular interior-related sleep and wellbeing trends in mind, we’ve outlined a few ways you can improve your mood while also contributing to an calming home environment. This will help create perfect surroundings for sleeping purposes!

Minimalism

Minimalist interior design has become popular in the past decade. This kind of space is often void or neutral colors with sparse furnishings to create an atmosphere that’s chilly and lacks warmth because there are no distractions from natural light coming through windows, artwork on walls etcetera; but this doesn’t mean you have spend your time designing something dull! To avoid feeling cold indoors try adding touches like colorful accessories ( pictures , throws) for added personality.

Crucial to any minimalist home is an uncluttered space, which means having a good declutter is essential if you’re dreaming of a calming, streamlined environment – and this is especially important in the bedroom, helping you switch off after a stressful day.

Calming Colours

The colour of your walls can tell a story. They might be the perfect background for all those graduation photos or family memories, but they also have an influence in what you’re feeling at any given moment – don’t underestimate them!

For a bedroom scheme, green and blues work well. Soft blues have long been a popular choice to aid sleep and relaxation, while green is a colour of balance and harmony – sage green in particular is incredibly calming and refreshing, reflecting the beauty of nature. If you prefer moody, dark shades, try deep blues or berry tones for a luxurious, cocooning feel.

Indoor Gardens & Bedroom Plants

Houseplants are not only great for adding color and life to your space, but they can also be used as an anti-stress tool. With all that’s going on in the world today with pollution or tension building up at work – house plants may just provide you some relief by lowering their effect on our mental states!

Home Sanctuary & Meditation Space

With the meditation hashtag having over 47 million views on TikTok, many of us are turning to meditation to increase self awareness, control negative emotions, and bring us back to the present.

It’s important to find a spot in your home where you feel most comfortable and are away from distractions. Consider the lighting, as it will help create bright atmosphere before bedtime relaxation time!

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What to look out for when making a mattress  purchase

What to look out for when making a mattress purchase

More expensive doesn’t always mean better!

If you’re looking to buy a new mattress, this is probably the most important decision that will affect your every day life. There are so many different types and styles out there it can be hard decide what’s right for YOU!
The first step should always involve finding someone who has experience with all sorts of mattresses – ask friends or family if they know anyone trustworthy.

Your first stop should be M6 Beds showroom where our great team who can help you and walk you through our to recommendations for a range of sleep styles and budgets. However, when you come to make your decision, there are some things you might have forgotten or simply never realised, which can have a big effect on how smoothly the decision-making process goes. 

Check your space!

When you make your purchase, you’ll need to not only decide which mattress you want, but also how big it should be. Anecdotally, I’ve noticed people are increasingly opting for bigger mattresses – in the UK King seems to be almost standard for couples now, and Super King isn’t considered nearly as extravagant as it used to be.

Customer reviews are key!

The internet has made it easier than ever to buy anything, but before you do be sure that the product suits your needs. Researching online will help give a better idea of what’s available and allow for more practical choices based on real-life experience with each individual item.
I know buying things seems like such an easy process these days – why not just go for whatever looks best? Well there are always risks involved when making decisions like this; don’t let fear consume all possible options in order avoid regret later!

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How bold colours can boost your mood

How bold colours can boost your mood

Introduce a Feature Wall

By keeping the majority of the walls neutral, the room will still appear light and airy, but the one wall you coat in colour will make a real style statement and draw the eye.

Invest in a Bold-Coloured Bed

Beds are an especially happy place for most of us, so why not buy a bed in a bright and cheerful colour to make your heart sing? Not sure which colourful furniture piece to choose? Visit our showroom and one of our wonderful team can help you decide exactly what you want and we’ll find the perfect match for you!

Inject Colour via Your Accessories

This is a great and affordable way to incorporate vibrant colors into your home décor. Think cushions, throws artwork vases- not only will they bring life into any room but also help purify the air with their freshness! House plants are another awesome idea for adding colour in spaces that need more pops of aesthetic pleasing features like an oversized lush green palm leaves.

What’s Your Favourite Colour?

However you choose to introduce colour into your home, whether through bright furniture or a bedroom feature wall, be sure to pick colours you have an affinity with and that make you feel joyful. Home décor isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ affair, it’s very much a personal thing and you need to find the right vibe for you and your space.

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Ways a Mattress Topper can improve your sleep

Ways a Mattress Topper can improve your sleep

Did you know? One in three adults don’t get enough kip! Whether it’s a cup of coffee too many or scrolling Insta keeping you blinking past bedtime, lack of sleep means cranky mornings and bad moods.

The bohemian chic bedroom is a perfect place to relax and unwind in the weekend. Accompanied by soft neutral colours, you can dot your room with cushions or blankets while adding rugs from artisan suppliers for extra charm!
There are plenty more ways that this trend could take form – try hanging artist pieces on walls as well if possible so they create depth when viewed head-on at least.

The benefits of a mattress topper

Mattress toppers add a layer of comfort

Of all the things a bed should be, comfy is number one. A topper adds a layer of comfort to your mattress that will make it very hard to get out of bed in the morning. The fluffy layer glides over your mattress, which can transform the feel of your bed. Is your current mattress a tad too hard or getting on a bit?

A memory foam mattress topper will bring it back to life without the hassle of having to change it, saving you money and time to improve your sleep. A win, win, win. How is that for a hat trick? Being comfortable in bed can help ensure you get the proper night’s rest you need to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Mattress toppers keep bedtimes fresh

Mattress toppers get another gold star when it comes to keeping bedtime clean and fresh. For bonus points, choose naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic fabrics like bamboo. A topper with a bamboo cover will bring all the benefits of an eco-friendly wonder plant to your bedroom.

Bamboo is the perfect material for your bedding. Not only does it keep you cool and refreshed, but its anti-microbial properties mean that no nasty bacteria will be able to attack! Plus with a removable cover making cleaning easy as pie – what’s not love about that?

Mattress toppers promotes alignment of your neck, spine and hips

Whether it’s too much sitting or skipping those morning stretches, modern life can have our bodies all out of whack. This can make life and moving around rather uncomfortable. What gives? Well, bedtime! A good mattress topper can help promote proper neck, spine and hip alignment while you sleep.

Hydro-foam gel mattress toppers excel in the alignment department. The technology adapts to your sleeping position, keeping you supported and snoozing all night comfortably. Knowing you are taking care of your body is another reason to sleep soundly. And better sleep will have you waking up feeling on top!

Mattress toppers help you achieve an early night!

Is all of this talk of bed making you tired? Before you take a nap, there is one more reason a mattress topper can help you sleep. Knowing your bed is cool, comfy and relaxing will make early nights all the more tempting. Let’s face it, sometimes getting those eight hours of recommended sleep can take a back burner to work deadlines, Netflix and keeping up with your social life. 

Though not prioritising rest can eventually lead to burn-out. Self-care is vital to wellbeing, and that starts with getting plenty of good, quality sleep. If you’re in need of a few more early nights, a mattress topper will have you counting down till bedtime and waking up feeling magic!

Want more information about what would be the best mattress to suit you and your needs? Contact us today!

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