One of the greatest gifts you can give your growing child is a healthy bedtime routine. Science has shown that a full night’s sleep is critical for your little one’s physical and mental development, throughout childhood and adolescence. 5 Little Monkeys is committed to the science of good bedtimes, and we know that the transition from crib to bed can be a little hard sometimes, that’s why we’ve compiled this list to help you make your toddler’s bedroom conducive to sound sleeping.
1 - The Best Bed for Toddlers
It’s important to consider not only your toddler’s bed size, but also the density of the mattress, and it’s material properties. The 5 Little Monkeys mattress is comfortably firm, hypoallergenic, and temperature regulating to promote deep sleep. It is small enough for a toddler, but big and sturdy enough to grow with them into their teens.
2 - Night Lights and Blackout Curtains
Encouraging a healthy circadian rhythm (which makes kids alert during the day and sleepy at bedtime) depends largely on their exposure to different types of light. Keeping the bedroom dark, even in summer, is necessary to get sleepiness to kick in on time. Keep electronics out of the room at bedtime, choose a nightlight with amber colored light, and invest in blackout curtains during the summertime to keep bedtime on schedule.
3 - They Choose the Bedding
If your child is feeling reluctant about switching to a big kid bed, let them pick out some special bedding. This will help them get invested in their new room, and feel a sense of ownership. It also means they get to snuggle up with a favorite character, animal, or soothing color depending on the scheme of the bedding chosen. A matching nightlight or throw rug can enhance the awesome-factor and make your child’s bedroom feel like their own.
4 - Keep it Tidy to Sleep Tight
We all struggle to stay tidy, at any age, but these habits go a very long way when established early. Keeping a room clean will improve you and your child’s sense of calm, it’s just that simple. Make putting things away part of the pre-bedtime ritual. A cute toy box or colorful bookshelf helps make this task more fun.
Award Winning Sleep System
The 5 Little Monkeys sleep system includes our award winning mattress, a mattress protector, and our custom pillow- engineered to properly align the spine of little ones as they grow. The sleep system is the perfect foundation for establishing healthy bedtime routines and creating the ideal sleep environment. Read our reviews, and visit our blog for more. Contact us today with any questions and for help with your order!