Toddler’s bedtime routine

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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Reading Bedtime Stories

Reading Bedtime Stories

The importance of taking the time to read your child a bedtime story.

Parents everywhere are sure to have experienced their child’s tantrums at bedtime at some point. Whether it’s age-old excuses of reasons why they’re just not tired, wanting to stay up for one more game, or the common internal battle of not letting themselves fall to sleep even though they’re shattered, children seem to have a million tricks up their sleeves to delay heading to the land of nod. Thankfully, children aren’t the only ones with clever methods for bedtimes. Reading a bedtime story to your children can be a wonderful way to encourage sleep, as well as having many more benefits.

Keeping up a routine Reading to your child every night can help them get into “bed mode”. Once they’re tucked up and getting stuck in to a good story, it can help your child to prepare themselves for sleep, relaxing and becoming sleepy without having to battle to get them to bed. It’s also a good idea to encourage your child to love reading too. When reading before bed has been part of their evening routine since they were young, you may find they take to reading independently much more easily too. 

Creating a bond Reading time before bed can often act as a precious few moments of calm that just the two of you share. With busy modern day schedules it can often be difficult to find time for just the pair of you, so getting cosy with a book can help you connect at the end of each day. This calming time can also be a great way to de-stress, for both you and your child. If either of you have had a particularly exciting, busy or even difficult day, a little quiet time can work wonders so neither of you are getting into bed with a busy mind. 

Boosting their creativity Reading to your child helps them to develop their imagination skills. Transporting them into wonderfully magical worlds, introducing new characters and following a plot can help them to create images in their heads. The descriptive language that is often used in children’s books can help make this easier for them too. It’s also a great idea to talk about what you’ve read together, and get your children to describe how they see the story going too.

Aiding their intelligence On top of all the other benefits bedtime reading has, it can also help to boost your child’s intelligence. Studies have shown that it can help develop their logic skills, as well as encourage language development – especially when as the reader you add emphasis and emotion to the words. As your children get older, reading chapter-based books together is a great way to encourage patience in your child. Having to wait for the next time you read together to find out what happens is a good way to practice these skills, without being tempted to rush! Developing a bedtime routine is a great way to build a healthy sleep routine from a young age

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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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