Setting up a bedroom for children can be complicated. Aside from filling it with toys, you have to consider many factors in designing their personal place for play and sleep.
Toddlers spend a huge part of their lives in bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers sleep for 11-14 hours. Older children less. Quality sleep is important to their mental and emotional development. One way to make sure they get adequate slumber is by designing a room that suits their need for sleep and play.
Likewise, their room should not only be a place where they get sufficient sleep, but also a venue for playing, learning and developing intimacy with their parents and siblings. Here are a few things to consider:
1. Ensure safety of your child
Your toddler is just starting to develop their motor skills, so they are prone to injuries. Also, there are toys and other things inside their room that are dangerous. Some can be health hazards. Aside from being toxic, these things might also choke them. Make sure your toddler’s room protects them from harm, and not the other way around.
- Be cozy
The bedroom should be designed to make sleep come easy. The furniture and accessories should be placed in a way that they can sleep comfortably. Likewise, the walls and furniture should be painted with calming colors. Another thing to consider is to buy the most comfortable mattress for them. A Gel Memory Foam Mattress is recommended for comfort.
- Spark creativity
Bedtime stories fuel your kid’s creativity. Make their room a part of their dreamland. Their bedroom should be a venue to fuel their personal fantasy. If they like astronomy and space explorations, stuff their room with glow in the dark stars and spaceships.
- Encourage learning
Besides enhancing their creative flair, your child’s room should help boost their intellect. Books and art can stimulate their desire to read and learn. Art can stimulate their desire to draw, color and paint.
- Include play area
Another thing to consider is providing a play area inside your child’s room. Play is very important in a child’s development both mentally and physically. Playing allows children to build better behavior, become team players, grow as active adults, boost learning, and increase their happiness.
You may be wondering how you should design your child’s room to incorporate these suggestions. Here are a few tips:
Empower your child’s talents and interests – By age 2 to 3, your toddler is showing signs of their talents and interests. You can help them nourish their gifts. One way to do this is by designing their room to cultivate their interests.
Make your kid’s bedroom a venue to inspire them to learn – Aside from developing the talents of your child, you can also influence them to become an achiever and succeed in life through their room. Design their room so that it will improve their self-responsibility and self-esteem. One way to do this is to provide storage boxes to place their toys after playing. Through this method, teaching them how to tidy up and to organize their things will help them become responsible and help with self-esteem.
Be creative in setting up your kid’s room – Listen and watch your toddler so you can learn what they like.
Keep their bed free from clutter – By now you should teach your child the value of sleep by making sure that their beds are free of clutter. If possible, set aside an area to play, watch TV or eat away from their bed.
Toddlers and kids learn best by experiencing their environment. Provide them a room designed to enhance their growth and development.
Note: Ethan Wright is a health enthusiast who believes every great day begins with a good night sleep. He is currently a researcher and writer for Bedding Stock. When not wearing his writing hat, you will see him traveling to places with his journal.