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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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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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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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How much does a bad night’s sleep cost you?

How much does a bad night’s sleep cost you?

We all know that not getting enough sleep can make you moody and less efficient, but did you also realize it could be affecting your health?


A lack of zzzs has been linked with many other effects like feeling grumpier than usual or even having trouble focusing on tasks at work. But there’s one more thing: Sleep deprivation may lead to some pretty serious physical changes in the long-term including higher chances for high blood pressure problems later in life!

1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

Poor sleep is a serious health issue that can lead to many different conditions, including obesity and diabetes. It has been shown in studies how much shorter our lives are when we don’t get enough restful nights’ haunting – so make sure you take care of yourself by getting good quality shut eye!

How much sleep do we need?

You know that feeling when you’re finally able to close your eyes after a long day of work, only for them open again immediately as soon as they close? Yeah – it doesn’t happen because there’s something blocking the light from entering our brains. In fact we need 8 hours of sleep per night just like everyone else does; however some people require more than this while others less depending on their body types and lifestyles (for example if they have young children). The best way is finding out how much nightly bedtime would suit YOU personally so then try achieving said amount without fail!

What happens if I don’t sleep?

Everyone’s experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor night’s sleep.

An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health.

After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

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Common Signs That You Need A Better Mattress

Common Signs That You Need A Better Mattress

Waking up with back ache? Neck cramp? Or are you just generally uncomfortable sleeping on your mattress? These are all signs that you need a better mattress. It can be hard to know which type of mattress to go with, especially with so many options being available, so we are going to explain the different types of mattresses.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Many people favour these mattresses, especially if they suffer from back pain, memory foam is a material that is renowned for its superior level of comfort. Memory foam contours to match the shape of your body, this ensures that your entire body is comfortable and supported by the mattress. We’d certainly recommend this type of mattress for those that are currently suffering from aches and pains when they wake up in the morning.

Pocket Sprung Mattresses

Pocket Sprung Mattresses have the same effect as a memory foam mattress, as it adjusts to contour and support your body. The springs within the mattress move independently in order to support your body size and shape.

Open Coil Mattresses

An open-sprung mattress contains one long piece of wire coiled into springs. It also has a border rod of wire that gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape. Open Coil Mattresses are ideal for occasional use, perfect for guest beds and they tend to be common for use on hotel beds.

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High VS Low Beds

High VS Low Beds

What is the Ideal Bed Height?

For most, bed height isn’t really a consideration. However, there is a science to comfort. Generally, the optimum height should reflect your own, i.e. taller people have higher beds and shorter people have lower beds.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for the Elderly?

As we age, we become less nimble and a bed should be at a comfortable height to make getting in and out as easy and stress-free as possible. A very low bed may put strain on joints and muscles, and a high bed may require jumping up which isn’t always possible. 

Using the above idea of matching a bed with your own height, measure a comfortable sitting level – maybe using a favourite chair. This will make sitting and swinging legs in and out of bed much more comfortable. 

The average knee height of an adult is between 16” and 24” off the ground, meaning a bed within this range should be perfect. If in doubt, opt for a bed that is around the top of this range, as a high bed will have less impact on your joints than a low one, and a step could be used.

Can You Increase the Height of a Bed?

If your bed is too low, we would recommend replacing it. However, if you cannot afford to do that right now, risers placed under the legs of the frame can offer a temporary fix. Please do be careful using these though, as they will compromise the bed’s stability.

What is the Ideal Bed Height for a Toddler?

All of our children’s beds will have dedicated product info about their dimensions and their age suitability. However, generally, toddlers’ beds are low to the ground to avoid any dramatic falls or rolls out of bed as they get used to no longer sleeping in a cot.

Of course, bigger kids, who are used to sleeping in a bed, have many more options at varying heights, including mid-sleepers, cabin beds and bunks which all involve a ladder.

Are There Other Height Considerations?

Before purchasing a bed, we would always recommend thinking about where it will be located. For example, if you will be placing it in an attic room or space with an apex ceiling, make sure that there is enough head room and space for the headboard.

Otherwise, you may have to reconfigure the room. We have seen some people placing the bed 10 to 15cm from the wall in order to make their bed fit, because they did not make these considerations before buying. Others have simply spun the bed round so the footend is up against the wall, and headboard is in the middle of the room. 

It is also worth thinking about your storage options. Ottoman and divan beds are often higher than regular frames, so they have plenty of storage space. If you’re low on available floor space, these higher beds may be a good solution.

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How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

You’ve finally done it, you’ve made the big step and purchased your first home! All that saving and stress with chasing the solicitors was worth it. Now comes the fun part; you get to decide on how to furnish your new home!

But just how expensive is it to fully furnish your first home? Well, we looked into it for you, and as it turns out, it can be quite costly. In fact, furnishing your first home can cost nearly as much as your deposit. Ouch! So, to help you out, we’ve provided some top tips on how to furnish your first home stylishly, without breaking the bank!

Plan your vision

Start by envisioning how you want each room to look: will there be a running theme throughout your new home, or do you want each room to have it’s own individual style? It might be worth making a quick collage on your phone and see how colours and styles work together.

You can then make a note of the furniture styles you like. Having some kind of plan will be very helpful when you start shopping for stylish affordable furniture as it’ll keep you organised during a very chaotic transition.

Prioritise items

In the excitement of buying your first home, you may feel under pressure to get your house showroom-ready as soon as possible, but there’s no need to rush! Prioritise the essential furniture items that you really need: such as a bed, dining table or a sofa. It’s perfectly fine to furnish your new home piece by piece, rather than a full room at a time.

It may be a good idea to create a list of the less essential furniture items you want and keep it close to hand, so you can pick up the little extras whenever you have some spare cash. The more organised you are with your budget furnishing, the easier it will be when you come to treat yourself on the slightly more expensive furniture that you’ve had your eye on.

Pay attention to seasonal sales and promotions

Be strategic about when you purchase certain high price items. It’s never a bad idea to do your research beforehand – make a note of what you need and look around to find the best price. This can make a huge difference when you’re furnishing a new home on a budget. It might take more time, but it’s worth it in the end; especially when you find that style of modern, affordable furniture you’ve always wanted.

Focus on quality over quantity

Furnishing a new home on a budget is hard. We’ve already discussed prioritising the essential items, but you shouldn’t forget that the high price items need to be considered as an investment which will save you money in the long run.

So you might need to think about spending a little more money on furniture such as your bed frame and mattress, which will likely follow you to your next home. Focus your budget furnishing on items such as bedside tables and floor lamps which are much easier to replace if they break in a couple of years time.

Take your time and enjoy furnishing your first home

Once you’ve purchased your essential furniture items, there’s no shame in waiting a little longer before buying everything else, such as your decorative furniture pieces, for example. Keep in mind that it’s not worth compromising your first home that you’ve worked so hard to get, just to rush to fill the whole house in the first month. It’s an unrealistic goal, and you’ll most likely end up with a load of cheap furniture that you’re not entirely satisfied with.

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Benefits of a Super King Bed

Benefits of a Super King Bed

Get a better night’s sleep

If you’re serious about sleep and looking for unrivalled comfort with plenty of room to play with, a super king size bed is the way to go. Measuring in at a huge 6ft x 6ft 6” of mattress, say goodbye to restless legs and bedtime contortionism as you can rest assured your body will have the space it needs to settle into the perfect sleeping position for a quality night’s sleep.

Perfect for partners

No matter how much you love them, we all know how irritating it can be to be woken up by your better half tossing and turning in the early hours. In fact, super king beds are that luxuriously big, you might even struggle to spot your beloved on the other side – dreamy! In all seriousness, a super king mattress can alleviate the motion of your partner’s movements during the night meaning you are much less likely to be rudely awakened by any night-time fidgeting or flailing limbs.

Improves blood flow

Sleeping in a bed with less space can often constrict blood flow due to you having to curl up and place extra pressure on your joints and body. As you have a greater area to properly stretch out in a king-size bed, there is a much lower possibility of you waking up with numbness or painful pins and needles.

Provides extra storage space

In need of more storage space? We’ve got just the ticket. Ottoman super king size storage beds are a unique combination of style and functionality, as the base can be raised to reveal an enormous storage area for keeping clothes, bedding or other bulky belongings.

Creates a stunning centrepiece in a large bedroom

A big bedroom deserves a big bed – it’s a simple as that. Having a bed that’s in proportion to your large bedroom creates an inviting focal point that exudes comfort and warmth. Plus, with our range of upholstered, oak and crushed velvet super king bed frames, you can rest assured that your new bed will act as a spectacular centrepiece in your space that you’ll be hard pushed to want to get out of when morning rolls around.

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How to stop a wooden bed from creaking

How to stop a wooden bed from creaking

Do you lie awake at night, staying as still as a statue to save yourself from another patience-wearing creak, wondering how to fix a squeaky bed? Well, wonder no more our sleep-deprived friend – our expert dream team at M6 Beds have got all the answers to your prayers for a squeak-free sleep!

Why do creaky wooden beds need fixing?

More than just being incredibly, unbelievably, unimaginably infuriating, a squeaky bed is actually terrible news for your quality of sleep. In fact, noises such as your bed creaking can prevent you from achieving the all-important deep sleep stage of your sleep cycle. This can lead to disrupted sleep patterns and a serious impact on your health, from increased stress levels, to low energy, high blood pressure and insomnia.

Do wooden beds squeak?

Yes! When a wooden bed frame squeaks and makes a noise it shouldn’t be making, it’s actually your bed’s own little (and albeit, very annoying) way of letting you know something’s wrong.

Wooden beds squeak for a whole host of reasons, but common causes can include loose joints, broken slats, a worn-out spring mattress or even heat expansion. More often than not though, a loose frame fitting or an old mattress will be the cause of your noise complaints and, luckily for you, it’s easy to search for the source of the problem!

How to identify the source of the creaking

To find out whether your spring mattress is to blame, remove the mattress from your bed and lay it on the floor. Next, it’s time for the creak test – lie down on your mattress and move around across its surface. If it groans with that all too familiar sound from your nightmares, you’ve found your problem. If it’s as quiet as a mouse, however, it’s time to initiate phase two of your inquiry – the wooden bed frame inspection.

To identify the cause of your bed’s creaking, gently rock its frame in different directions and listen carefully. Once you’ve narrowed down your search area to the source of the sound, make sure to thoroughly check for any loose bolts or joints nearby before moving onto our tips on how to fix the squeaking.

Check out our next blog to see how you can stop a wooden bed from squeaking!

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