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How to Transition from a Cot to a Bed

Trying anything new with a child can often be a bit of a challenge. Childhood is often a time when routine is best, and anticipating your child’s reaction to change can sometimes be difficult. Throughout their early years however, there are some changes that are inevitable, one being the transition from a cot to a bed. There’s no predicting how it might go, but here we lay out some handy tips that could just make the change a little easier on you both. Why move to a bed? Children grow at a ...

How Screens Spoil Kids’ Sleep

In the past two decades, we’ve seen an explosion in the number and variety of electronic devices with screens. While this is great for keeping in touch, enjoying entertainment and getting things done, there’s an increasing body of evidence, and plenty of first-hand experience, that says that too much time spent in front of a screen can harm sleep – especially in kids. The scale According to the National Sleep Foundation, some 43% of school-aged children have a TV or computer in their bedr...

How To Get Your Child To Make Their Own Bed

While making a bed isn't difficult, convincing your kids to actually do it certainly is. It's a chore after all, but taking some time to encourage your child to keep things neat and tidy in the morning is certainly rewarding, both for them and for you. Whether you're a parent of a energetic four-year-old or trying to persuade a teen to plump up their pillows before they go to school, it's never too late to help your kids pick up such an important habit. Children will find there are many benefits...

How to Get Your Child to Clean Their Room

It’s a constant problem experienced by parents: how do you make sure your kids are cleaning their room. Most of us can agree that cleaning isn’t the most exciting of tasks, and for kids who aren’t house-proud, seeing the point in tidying can sometimes be hard. Letting their room become a mess isn’t an option though! If you’re struggling to get your child to clean their room, here are some tips that might help get their rooms spick and span. Explain why “Just because” is never a go...

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Sleep is crucial for a child’s development, especially at an early age. It’s a time when they can reboot their energy levels, their bodies can grow, and essential hormones that are fundamental to their proper development are released. But how much sleep do children actually need to do all this? Newborn sleep During the first twelve weeks, a newborn baby will need to get plenty of rest. Although they may regularly wake up, they’ll typically go from needing around 16 hours in the first few ...

Classic Stories to Read With Children

Dim the lights, get comfortable and prepare your kids for an adventure they'll never forget - it's time for a bedtime story. Perhaps one of the only things that will convince kids to actually get into bed, reading stories to children at bedtime has been a well-loved practice for many, many years. There are so many amazing stories for kids currently out there, but today we're focusing on five classics children of all ages will love. Ideal for fuelling their imaginations, teaching them important l...

The Importance of Reading a Bedtime Story

Parents everywhere are sure to have experienced their child’s tantrums at bedtime at some point. Whether it’s age-old excuses of reasons why they’re just not tired, wanting to stay up for one more game, or the common internal battle of not letting themselves fall to sleep even though they’re shattered, children seem to have a million tricks up their sleeves to delay heading to the land of nod. Thankfully, children aren’t the only ones with clever methods for bedtimes. Reading a bedtime...

The Importance of a Bedtime Routine

No matter how tired they might be, children seem to never want to go to bed. As parents, we're sure you've heard every possible excuse as to why they should get to stay up just that little bit later, but with an efficient bedtime routine putting your child to bed will no longer feel like a battle every single night. Keep reading to view the benefits of establishing a bedtime routine and learn how to create one for your child. Aiding development Childhood is the most important time in a person's...

Five Reasons You Shouldn't Share Your Bed With Your Cat

They’re soft and furry, cuter than a teddy bear, and super-lovable (when they feel like it, of course), so it comes as no surprise that research has shown that over half of all dog and cat owners sleep with their animals regularly. But what about letting children sleep with your cats? Arguably feistier and a little less intelligent compared to dogs, are there any negatives to letting a cat share a bed with your young kids? Turns out the answer might be ‘yes’. They can disturb sleep A stud...

The Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Dog to Sleep in Your Bed

We all love our pooches, and having a constant companion is one of the main reasons most people choose to get a dog, but what about letting them share a bed with you? Having a cuddly critter nestled up to you or at the end of your mattress is a divisive choice, so what are the positives and negatives of letting Fido take a step up from the doggy bed? Pros There are lots of benefits from letting a dog share a bed with you, from making you feel more secure to simply warming up your duvet in the c...

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