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4 reasons to make your child’s bedroom a tv-free zone

If you’ve been considering giving in to your child’s constant nagging for a television in their bedroom, we’ve got 4 reasons to think again.

In today’s modern age, children’s bedrooms are often a hub of screens and technology. But have you stopped to consider the impact that having a television in the bedroom could have on your child’s health and wellbeing?

Here are four reasons to think twice about putting a television in your child’s bedroom.

Encourage them to do other things

In today’s technology-rich, constantly connected world, kids are spending more time than ever before glued to screens. Kids without televisions and other gadgets in their bedrooms are forced to find alternative things to do like read, learn a new skill, play outside, or do something creative.

Prevent them from staying up late watching tv

If your child has a television in their bedroom it may become difficult to regulate what time they’re watching it until. Children who regularly stay up late watching TV can find it difficult to concentrate the following day as they become tired and irritable.

Reduce blue light before bed

Numerous studies have concluded that looking at screens before bed can disrupt our natural sleep patterns. This is because electronic screens give off blue light which causes our body to suppress the production of melatonin. Melatonin is very important for helping our bodies to regulate our sleep/wake cycle and without melatonin we may struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Monitor what they’re watching

If your child has a TV in their bedroom you don’t only relinquish control of when they’re watching it, but the content that they have access to as well. Children with televisions in their bedroom could easily gain access to inappropriate content such as very scary, violent or sexual programmes or films. Watching something inappropriate for their age could disturb or confuse them or cause nightmares.

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Tips for helping children sleep more soundly on Christmas Eve

Tips for helping children sleep more soundly on Christmas Eve

For many children around the world, Christmas Eve is the most exciting and magical night of the year.

As they settle down beneath their sheets to await the arrival of Father Christmas, his reindeer, and a stack of presents, it’s no wonder that many excited children struggle to drift off to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Here are five tips for helping your kids sleep more soundly on Christmas Eve and wake up feeling refreshed on Christmas Day.

Get plenty of fresh air

Go for a walk and get plenty of fresh air somewhere where the kids can run around and let off steam to help tire them out on Christmas Eve. A trip to the park or a brisk family walk in the countryside or a local wood or forest can also be a lovely way to spend time together.

Hide the sugar

At Christmas the cupboards are usually bursting with tins of chocolates, packs of biscuits and other sugary treats. Make an effort to put all the treats away after lunch on Christmas Eve to help prevent a sugar-induced high keeping the kids buzzing all night long.

Turn off the screens

The blue light that technology emits can have a negative effect on our ability to switch off and get to sleep at night. On Christmas Eve, instead of gathering around the television or a games console, instigate a screen-free family games night to help children wind down before bed.

Stick to routine

This one can be difficult at Christmas, but wherever your plans take you, try to stick to your kids’ normal bedtime routines as much as possible. If you can keep them going to bed and waking at roughly the same time as usual, then it can help to prevent them getting overtired and the ensuing bedtime dramas.

Wind down and relax

Christmas is a magical time of year full of trips and activities which can leave children feeling overtired and hyperactive by the end of the day. Have several screen-free, wind-down activities planned for evenings when the kids are bouncing off the walls to help them to calm down ready for bed.

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Wind down activities to try including in your toddler’s bedtime routine

Wind down activities to try including in your toddler’s bedtime routine

A consistent bedtime routine can help your toddler to wind down before bed, drift off faster, and sleep more soundly.

Helping your toddler with their bedtime routine can be a lovely way to spend some quality time together at the end of a busy day, away from distractions.

It is recommended that a bedtime routine takes somewhere between 30 minutes and one hour.

There are some basic elements of the bedtime routine that you will always keep, like changing into pyjamas, and brushing teeth, but as your toddler grows and develops, you may want to add in some new activities too.

Here are a few ideas for fun and calming activities to try with your toddler to help them get ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Talk about their day– Help your toddler to reflect on their day by asking what they’ve done, what made them happy, and what they’d like to do the next day.

Read a book– Let your child pick a book and read them a bedtime story.

Toddler yoga– Practising yoga has numerous mental and physical benefits. It is thought that it can help to improve their focus, strength, and coordination, as well as improving mindfulness and reducing anxiety and stress. There are now plenty of toddler yoga books to buy and free guided sessions available on YouTube to help you get your toddler stretching and feeling relaxed before bed.

Applying moisturiser– It’s a good idea to apply a natural moisturiser to your child’s delicate skin regularly, so why not combine it with a relaxing massage before bed?

Sing a lullaby– Singing a lullaby to or with your child can be a soothing end to the day.

Storytelling– Rather than reading a book, tell your toddler stories from your childhood, from your imagination, or ask them to tell you one.

Bath– Add a couple of drops of a relaxing essential oil like lavender to your toddler’s bath and let the scented warm water do its magic.

Meditation – Teaching your toddler some basic meditation techniques and practising them before bed, is not only fun, but teaches them a valuable lesson in how to switch off and calm a busy mind.

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How much sleep do children need?

How much sleep do children need?

Children who are very drowsy during the day or behave excessively irritable or emotional may not be getting enough sleep.

These are just a few of the commonest signs of sleep deprivation in children. Other signs can include hyperactivity, trouble concentrating, falling asleep during the day, difficulty waking up in the morning, and clinginess.

Sleep is extremely important to your child’s growth, health, and development, and the amount of sleep that they will need as they grow is constantly changing, so it’s important to keep adapting their bedtime accordingly.

Below you can find the recommended hours of sleep required by children of different ages according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Newborns (0-3 months):14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months):12-15 hours

Toddlers (1-2 years):11-14 hours

Pre-schoolers (3-5 years):10-13 hours
School-aged Children (6-13 years):9-11 hours

Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours
Young Adults (18-25 years): 7-9 hours

Every child’s requirements will be slightly different, so these times should be used as a rough guide only.

Your child needs both the right amount of sleep and good quality sleep. If you find that they are taking a very long time to get to sleep, waking up very early, or suffering with disrupted sleep, then you need to work out what’s causing their sleep problems.

Consider changing the time your child goes to bed, changing their sleep environment, or implementing a bedtime routine to help them wind down before bed to get a more peaceful and restful night’s sleep.

If your child fights sleep, try using the tips in our blog how to deal with a child who hates bedtimeto tackle the bedtime struggle.

Here at M6 beds we stock a variety of comfortable beds and bunk bedssuitable for children. Get in touch with our team of experts by calling us on 01270 879 279 to discuss your requirements in more details and find out more about our products.

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How to deal with a child that hates bedtime

Most children will go through a phase at some point in their lives where going to bed seems like the worst thing in the world.

As an adult, it’s hard to imagine how the prospect of getting into bed could possibly be so terrible, but the world is an exciting place for children and lying in bed is boring!

If you’ve come to dread the nightly battle of bedtime, try implementing some of the tips in this blog for a more peaceful approach.

Change the time– If your child is taking a long time to get to sleep or becoming overly upset about bedtime, it could be because they’re going too early or too late. Try adjusting bedtime by 15 minutes at a time until you find a time that suits your child. Different children have different sleep needs, and when we get overtired the body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol which can make it difficult to fall asleep.

Change the routine– If your current routine isn’t working, change it. Perhaps you’re not giving your child enough quiet time to wind down before bed, or maybe introducing a bath at bedtime would help to relax them, or perhaps you simply need to change the order of the routine.

Be positive about sleep– If your child hates bedtime then it’s important to remember to speak positively about sleep and going to bed and never use it as a threat or punishment. Speak to your child about the benefits of sleep and try rephrasing “it’s time for bed” with something like “let’s go and have a cuddle and read a story”.

Create a bed your child loves – Work with your child to create a sleep environment that they enjoy to spending time in. Invest in the bunk beds,princess canopy, or Thomas the Tank Engine bed they’ve always wanted. Try using a star projector, glow in the dark stars for the ceiling, a new duvet set, or a CD of soothing sounds or music. It’s worth giving whatever it is that makes your child look forward to getting into bed a try, as it could help to break the negative association with sleep.

Be consistent– Once you’ve found a routine or technique that seems to work, stick with it consistently so that your child always knows what to expect.

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Bunk Bed Safety Tips

Bunk Bed Safety Tips

If you are considering buying a bunk bed you will no doubt be thinking of all the benefits. Kids love them and they are a great space saver. They also provide more room for those all-important sleep overs if bedrooms are small and you have difficulty accommodating your children’s friends. So, it all sounds like a win win right?

The answer is yes it certainly is as long as you have purchased your bunk bed from a company that has paid attention to all the safety features a bunk bed should have. Even if this is the case, however, here are some tips to reduce risks when your kids playing and climbing up on bunk beds.

Always look for the British Standard
Bunk beds should always conform to British standards for safety. The number you are looking for is BS EN 747:1993

Guard rails are a must
The top bunk should have guard rails to prevent children falling off the top bunk while playing or sleeping.

Follow all the safety instructions
Furniture tends to arrive flat packed for mum or dad to assemble. This opens up all sorts of possibilities that the bed may not be put together correctly or corners cut. Remember all the parts are there for a reason and if any are missing inform the manufacturer.

Don’t allow kids younger than 6 to sleep on the top bunk
It is recommended that kids only kids aged 6 and above should use the top bunk.

Don’t allow kids to play on the top bunk
Young children often push the boundaries when they are playing and if they are doing this at height, all sorts of accidents are possible.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Your Children Bedtime Stories

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Your Children Bedtime Stories

Reading your children a bed time story is on the pleasures of being a parent but unfortunately the routine can often be broken at the end of a long tiring day or if your children would rather be staring at a tablet or mobile phone.

The following 5 reasons to read bedtime stories should provide you with some extra motivation to keep up the habit
Reading bed time stories is an excellent way to improve your child’s vocabulary by introducing words they may not be familiar with.

It is important to encourage children to use their imagination and there are few better ways of doing this than reading them stories on a regular basis before they go to sleep.

Maintaining a regular sleep routine is important for families with young children and the expectation of a bedtime story makes it easier to convince them that it is time for bed.

You will find that many fairy stories teach children morals which they will find useful when they grow up.

Reading your child a bed time story can also help you as well as your child to unwind. Escaping into the story can help with relaxation and give you a better night’s sleep.

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