Any new parent will readily tell you the value of a good night’s sleep. And whilst we can self medicate with a healthy dose of caffeine, high quality slumber is a vital part of of our little one’s development. And with a hundred and one things to think of as a busy, sometimes sleep deprived parent, it can be overlooked that the design of your child’s bedroom is one of the biggest factors in getting them to the land of nod.
There are a number of studies showing that different colours evoke different emotions within children. When it comes to choosing colours for your child’s bedroom, keep the following in mind:
Green - synonymous with nature, this is a colour of health and emotional well being. We love to use this colour in children’s bedrooms as it can help them wake up feeling fresh.
Blue - has a calming, peaceful effect and can relieve any feelings of anxiety. A great colour to aid sleep in a children’s room.
Yellow - associated with happiness and motivation. A little bit of yellow can aid concentration, though too much can induce frustration. We recommend using splashes of a darker yellow in soft furnishings, furniture and artwork.
Pink - a pale or dusty pink is calming and soothing, and a splash of this can help send your child off to sleep.
Neutral (Grey and white) - these are often the best base colours for children’s bedrooms. They don’t evoke emotion, and should be mixed with another colour to aid good sleep.
Children use their bedrooms for sleeping, reading and playing. Giving them clear areas to do these things will help them focus on just one activity. The National Sleep Foundation says ‘the repetitive nature of a parent’s exact actions before bed… is very powerful’, and that you must create ‘a reliable set of steps before bed that cue their brain and body that it’s time to sleep’. Allowing your child to relate a sleep zone with their bedtime routine will give them more structure.
You wouldn’t want to go to bed in a messy room full of clutter, and neither does your child (although it might not seem like it at times!) Have ample storage for all of their toys and make them feel involved by including ‘tidy up time’ as part of your bedtime routine.
Check out our previous blog post for all the best storage ideas, but this is definitely one of our favourites:
Foldable Storage Bag, H&M - £19.99
This is so important in children’s bedrooms, as bright surroundings can trick the brain into thinking it is still daytime. Dimmable lamps and wall lights create the perfect pre bed atmosphere, and we recommend installing blackout blinds or curtains to make sure no outside light creeps into the room. If your child is scared of sleeping in complete darkness, a simple night light should do the trick. Sleep.org recommend using one with a red bulb, as a dim, warm light is less stimulating to the brain.
Star Little Wall Tap Light - Lello, £25
Elephant Night Light - MyBaby, £25
Silicon LED Magic Night Light - Blafra, £68
Background noise helps to ensure that little ones don’t get disturbed from other noises in the house (or each other if they are sharing). Because of their sensitive ears and developing brains, a sound machine with a low or moderate volume is best.
Moonlight & Melodies - Skip Hop, £40
Hushh white noise machine - Marpac, £32.95
Hopefully these tips will help your child sleep soundly through the night. Don’t forget, a supportive mattress and correct size pillow are essential for a cosy night’s sleep. A favourite blankie or stuffed animal can really help your child transition from being with mummy or daddy, to feeling positive about drifting off to sleep by themselves.