When you move your child from a cot to a real bed it is a big milestone for
the child. They'll feel grown up and important and you may find that bedtime
suddenly becomes fun instead of a chore and your child wants to make their
into a kind of den or playroom instead of just a place for sleeping.
Maximise on the excitement of getting a proper bed by discussing what kind of
bed your child would like and allow them to have some say regarding the design
or style of the bed.
Theme beds are popular first beds, with designs in the shape of cars or cartoon
trains and camper vans. Little girls will love stylish four-poster beds with
romantically draped curtains, or princess carriages similar to Cinderella's.
Styling the bed in the shape of a favourite toy makes bedtime into an adventure
and the bed itself into somewhere the child wants to spend time.
Bunk beds are always fun for kids and bedsitter bunks that also incorporate a
desk and storage space with the bed raised up high are not only great space
savers but can also add a designer, structured elegance to an older child's
Traditional double bunk beds have the added advantage of separating into two
standard single beds when needed, making them versatile pieces of furniture that
will last for years.
Choosing a Mattress
Children need good mattresses to sleep on just as much as adults do. Getting an
orthopaedic mattress might be going a little far, but you should
still choose one that offers support to the lower back and spine.
Anti-allergy or anti-microbial qualities may be important if your child suffers
from allergies and you might also want to consider whether or not a waterproof
protective cover is needed. Small children sometimes have accidents during the
night long after they are dry during the day.
Child sized mattresses are available, although it's not necessary to start with
a child-sized one unless the child's room is too small to allow a full size bed
to fit comfortably. Buying a full sized bed and mattress will mean the bed lasts
longer and a good quality mattress will withstand exuberant bouncing that kids
like to put beds through from time to time.
Whatever kind of bed you choose to buy for your child, taking into account their
own tastes and preferences will help to make their bedrooms the places they wish
to spend time and will help prevent any bedtime routine disruptions that can
sometimes happen during times of change. Buying new sheets and pyjamas to go
with the new bed can also help make giving up the cot more exciting.
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