Did you know that by the age of two, most children will have spent more time asleep than awake? It might be even more surprising to know that a child will spend 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep!
There is no denying that sleep is vital for everyone’s health, but most importantly for children. Sleep is the primary activity of a child’s brain during early childhood due to the rapid development and growth that they will pass through in such a short period of time. Not only that, but the quality and quantity of sleep achieved will directly impact both their mental and physical development. Independent sleep expert, Dr Neil Stanley can’t stress enough that ‘for a child, sleep is the most important thing they can do.’
Although the recipe for getting your child to sleep and then ensuring said sleep is of a good quality may not be straightforward, there are healthy tips and tricks available to help you perfect your child’s sleep environment, from following an evening routine to keeping the lights dim. Children need to feel safe and comfortable at bedtime in order to relax and allow themselves to drift off. That said, it should come as no surprise that their bed and mattress can impact feelings of safety as well as comfort, so while it may sound a simple tip, it is well worthwhile spending the time researching a good-quality bed that is just right for your child and, ultimately choosing one that will help them drift off into a peaceful nights slumber.
Sleep expert, and author of ‘How to Sleep Well ’Dr Neil Stanley advises ‘a child’s bed is vitally important, often scrimped upon as society holds the belief children can sleep anywhere, a safe and comfortable bed is a necessity to support children as they grow and develop during their sleep. Investing in a luxury stroller but saving on a substandard bed is a big mistake. A bed and its mattress can affect sleep quality, and, adult work shows us that a new, comfortable bed improves sleep in 75% of people!’
Lisa Artis at The Sleep Council agrees, and further stresses ‘An old bed with a lumpy mattress is not likely to be conductive to quality sleep, which is needed to help with concentration and performance during the school day. Plus, studies show that children who sleep less tend to eat more which increases the risk of obesity and health related problems later in life. A child’s bed should be changed at significant growth periods – it’s impossible for a bed bought at the age of 6 to still provide the correct support required when they reach their teens.’
Factors to consider when selecting a bed for your child
As well as considering the aesthetics, material and price of a bed to fit with the style of your child’s room, while not breaking the bank. It is also important to consider age appropriateness; the top bunk of a bunk bed is only suitable for over 6’s as most younger children aren’t coordinated enough to stop themselves from falling off, nor are they able to safely climb down. Each year around 15,000 bunk bed injuries are sustained from under 6’s, and of those, under 3’s are 40% more likely to sustain a head injury! Likewise, it is important that an older child has plenty of space and that their bed isn’t too small – spilling over the sides or having their feet falling off the end isn’t likely to be comfortable.
Available space, low or raised, a bed that doubles as a storage solution and the option of study or play space are all important factors that need to be considered when choosing a bed that is right for your child.
To help you navigate through the many children’s beds for sale from Room to Grow and ensure you make an informed decision as possible, consult the helpful visual guide below for a pointer in the right direction: