Sleep is important.
Most people know that.
But do you actually know why our children need the many hours with the Sandman in dreamland? They do, because sleep helps the body do a series of important things. Things that are important to your child's development and well-being.
Sleep gives energy. And sleep helps our children's brains to remember and store everything they have learned in the course of the day. Quite simply it means that if our children get the sleep they need, they are in a much better position to cope with all the things they face during the day.
But how can you ensure that your child sleeps well?
Sleep starts with a good place to sleep – a good bed. And good tucking-in rituals. Here are our 5 best pieces of advice for finding a good bed - and a good night's sleep.
#1: Create good tucking-in rituals
What do you do if all of a sudden it takes hours to get your child to sleep? Tucking-in children may be somewhat of a maze, and there is probably not a magic formula that can make the problem magically disappear. Unfortunately. Some days it is just difficult – and it takes a long time.
Tucking-in rituals are individual and must fit your family. Overall, it is about creating good, calm frames before going to bed. Children love it when things are recognisable. (It is, among other things, the reason 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.
#2: 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? Your child's size and age is 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 surrounds the baby, and that 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 feeling that resembles the time in mum's tummy. The movements have both a soothing and a relaxing influence on the child.
Tip: Did you know that the calm movements of a cradle also stimulate your child's senses, balance and motor skills? The cradle may not provide super powers, but it can be something very special.
The Side-by-Side bed
Babies do not have a regular circadian rhythm. They wake up many times – both at day and at night. Many new parents find that their sleep is interrupted when their baby needs feeding, changing and comforting. And during daytime the sleeping baby should preferably be close.
A side-by-side bed can be linked to your bed so that you have your baby close to you all night. This calms your child and helps it to sleep. And during the day you can move the bed to the room where you are.
Tip: With the Side-by-Side bed, you do not need to turn on the light in the bedroom when the little one makes a sound. You can open the bed's front with one simple and easy movement. This gives peace during the night.
Toddler and junior
As your child grows, it gets too big for its cradle and therefore it needs a larger bed. If you would you 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.
#3: 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 itself in the bed. When this happens, your child will really begin to explore the world – and its 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 it.
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.
#4: Think long-term – it pays off
When your child is between 3-5 years, 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’s frames are safe and familiar - and you will avoid having to spend money on yet another new bed.
Tip: Did you know that the Linea baby cot can be turned into a smart little sofa that fits perfectly for the teenage room or the living room.
#5: 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.