OUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE WHEN CHOOSING A BED FOR YOUR CHILD
#1: CHOOSE A BED THAT SUITS YOUR CHILD
A good environment is important when your child needs to go to sleep. Your child’s bed should be a nice base where your child feels safe and comfortable. If your child sleeps in a bed that is too large, it may create insecurity. Is your child a baby, a toddler or a junior? Both your child’s size and age are relevant for the bed you should choose.
BABY: 0-6 MONTHS
Small babies need to feel that there is something around them. They do not like lying in a bed that is too large. Therefore, you should go for a bed that encloses your baby and creates a safe, little space – such as for example a cradle. A cradle, which sways calmly in all directions, giving your child a rocking and familiar sensation that mimics the movements of mum’s tummy. The movements have both a soothing and a relaxing influence on the child.
Tip: Did you know that the soft movements of the Leander Classic™ Cradle stimulate your baby’s senses, balance and motor skills? The cradle may not give super powers – but it offers something truly unique for sure.
TODDLER AND JUNIOR
As your child grows, it gets too big for its cradle and therefore it needs a larger bed. If you would like to avoid having to change the bed all the time, it might be a good idea to look for a bed that grows with your child – from baby to junior.
#2: CHOOSE A BED THAT GROWS WITH YOUR CHILD
Your child is growing – and learning new things all the time. Before you know it, the apple of your eye can stand up by herself in the bed. When this happens, your child will really begin to explore the world – and her own capabilities and limitations. Maybe you have a small energetic adventurer, who begins to crawl – and maybe even tries to get out of bed. If that happens, it is important that the bed’s bottom can be set so that your child cannot fall out of the bed. Already after a few years your child is again ready for a new bed. This time for a bed with open sides. If you have chosen a bed that grows with your child, then the time has now come to extend the bed.
#3: THINK LONG-TERM – IT PAYS OFF
When your child is between the age of 3 to 5, most children need a new bed. The shift from baby to junior bed may seem like a big step, and it may take some time before your child gets used to its new surroundings. If you would like to make the transition from baby to junior bed a little easier, you may want to consider choosing a bed that grows with your child. In that way, the bed is familiar - and you will avoid having to spend money on yet another new bed.
#4: DO NOT FORGET THE MATTRESS
If you want to give your child a good night’s sleep, it is important to remember a good mattress. The mattress should fit to your child and to the bed. Most children have accidents at night. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a model that is moisture resistant and has washable covers.
AND REMEMBER, CREATE GOOD TUCKING-IN RITUALS
Everyone has their own way of putting the children to bed and there is no secret recipe for success here. Unfortunately. Some days it is just difficult – and it takes a long time.Tucking-in rituals are individual and must fit into your family. Overall, it is about creating good, calm frames before going to bed. Children love it when things are recognisable. This is why they love hearing the same lullaby again and again. Or having their favourite book read every evening. The same goes when they need to go to sleep. A quiet and predictable routine prepares your child for bedtime. Find a quiet routine that suits you - and repeat it. Every day.