There are many advantages to putting your child in his or her own room. This gives them the opportunity to settle independently and tired parents are finally be able to relax alone and get adequate sleep without disturbances. Putting siblings together in their own room help foster their relationship and teach them how to share spaces.
Having your child sleeping in your bedroom may give you peace of mind and makes life easier when it comes to feeding, but there does come a time when you need your own space. Here are just a few tips on how to create a room for your kiddos that will gently nudge them to sleeping independently.
Pick a calming color scheme
It is thought that certain colors can affect how we feel and behave, so choosing the right color for your child’s bedroom could be imperative to a good night’s sleep – for you, and for them!
When picking out a color scheme, opt for neutral, calming shades which help promote rest. Stay away from brighter, primary colors – save these for the play room! Instead, try a natural green or a soothing blue shade – ancient Egyptian cultures believed blue had the ability to soothe and remove pain. Since the 1930s, pink has been associated with femininity and often has a calming effect on the senses.
Use simple wall art
When designing a room for your kids, one of the simplest, most creative ways to brighten up a space – small or large – is to accessorize on a theme. Most retail stores will have a range of bedding, rugs and furnishings available, based on your child’s favorite movies or shows. Create your child’s very own Jurassic adventure with a dinosaur theme, or expand their horizons with a map of the world and or travel themed stickers. A little imagination goes a long way.
A coat of paint and simple wall stickers can do wonders for a space. Letting your child choose his or her own design and themes can be the encouragement they need to reduce any anxiety about having their own bedroom. Being involved in creating their space will give them a sense of pride like no other.
Make extra space
For some parents, lack of space may be the barrier that stands in the way of your child having his or her own room. Budget can be a factor too. Redecorating a second bedroom (if you have one) doesn’t come cheap. One way to create the illusion of space is to purchase a dividing screen or sheer curtain and set it up in an available corner of a bedroom. This can create the feeling of a separate space and help work towards encouraging your baby to sleep independently.
Many parents worry about the right time to move children into their own bedroom and some may have strong opinions and concerns about the environment in which their babies sleep. It’s easy to be swift away in the opinions of others, but the most important thing is creating a sleeping arrangement that works for you and your family, ensuring everyone gets a good night’s sleep.
Any tips you’d like to share? Leave your inspiring ideas on kids’ bedrooms in the comments!
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