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Turning your child’s bedroom into a relaxing but stimulating environment …

Posted Jun 28 2012 5:07am

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Finding the balance: Turning your child’s bedroom into a relaxing but stimulating environment

With broken toys and stuffed animals strewn across the floor, there are times when my child’s bedroom bears closer resemblance to a scene from a disaster movie than the decorative domestic haven I envisioned when I first started planning it. Every mother knows that even the best-behaved children will often leave a trail of destruction wherever they play; and the effort involved in keeping on top of it can feel like a never-ending chore.

This can be even more of an issue if your child’s bedroom doubles up as their primary playroom too; meaning the space needs to act as both a creative space for the child and a relaxing haven in which they can wind down at the end of a long day and get ready for bed. Your child’s playroom should, for all intents and purposes, be the place where you know they can let off steam and express their creative flare without fear of having your best china smashed or you pillows reduced to feathers. However, children also need a tidy and organised space of their own where they can feel safe, secure and relaxed. So how can you make your child’s bedroom both serene and stimulating?

One way in which to create a sense of balance between a playroom and a sleeping area is to think about the layout of the bedroom. Something as simple as changing the position of the bed to be on the opposite side of the room – away from the play-box and toys – can help your child to associate one area of the room with a particular activity. And this can help you to reinforce the rules too – when it’s time for bed, or time to calm down, your child knows that it should be on a certain side of the room, and away from the lure of the play-box.

Looking at it from your child’s perspective helps too, and so by making the ‘bed side’ of their room as appealing as possible, you’ll find that prising them away from their toys and into bed is less of a struggle. One way to make sure your child loves the rest and relaxation side of their room just as much as their play area is to ensure that their bed has positive associations. Small children can be very sensitive, so a soft and comfortable mattress can make a huge difference. Check out some of the specialist children’s mattresses from Silentnight , which are softly quilted and supported by additional pocket-springs to promote natural, restful sleep.

Of course, no bedroom or playroom can ever be perfect, but by making a few small, manageable changes you can make it far easier to create an all-purpose space for your child that won’t leave either of you with sleepless nights.

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