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Creating the Perfect Sleep Environment for Your Toddler

One of the best things about babies turning into toddlers is sleep. Most are sleeping between 11 and 14 hours a day, with uninterrupted sleep at night ensuring parents rest as well. However, some toddlers find it harder to fall asleep, and many factors can be to blame—including a bedroom design that is unconducive to rest. If your baby will soon be a toddler and you’d like to give their room a new look, keep the following considerations in mind.

Clearing the Clutter

Clutters, busy spaces make it hard to calm down and focus, with studies indicating that they can increase stress. Your toddler’s room should comprise well-chosen pieces that are purposeful and that do not impede your ability to walk through the room, reach storage furniture, and play with your toddler. Investing in good storage furniture is key and it will stand your child in good stead throughout their early years, as their collection of clothing and toys increases.

Keeping it Safe

Few things interfere with rest more than small accidents and falls so a toddler’s room should be 100% free of injury risks. All furniture should be anchored to the wall and there should be no low-lying furniture that toddlers or adults can trip over in the dark. A big milestone in a toddler’s life is graduating from a crib to a bed; to make this process smoother, use bed rails to ensure they do not fall out. As they will be moving about independently, take steps to childproof their room. Use curtains instead of window blinds with cords, install window guards, and make sure all toys are safely kept away. Remove decorative pieces that can shatter if pulled off a shelf.

Choosing Calming Colors

A study by M. Abbasi and colleagues has found that the use of the right colors on walls, furniture, and fabrics can boost calm and a good night’s sleep in toddlers’ rooms. Cool hues (like violet, blue, and indigo) are the most calming, as are pastels and neutral shades. By contrast, red, orange, and yellow are warm and energizing. Green strikes a good balance between the two and is also calming because of its association with nature. While researchers recommend using cool tones in the main, they remind parents that the use of complementary and contrasts are still important when it comes to upping the appeal of a bedroom. Simply use gentle color schemes, ensure there are no clashing patterns, and use contrasting hues sparingly. Researchers also recommend allowing children to choose the colors they are attracted to, as this can boost their sense of wellbeing.

In order to ensure your toddler feels relaxed enough to fall asleep quickly, clear their room of clutter. Doing so will calm their mind, but also reduce the chances of tripping and falling if they wake up during the night. Finally, choose colors that calm rather than stimulate your child, keeping loud prints and patterns to a minimum.

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