Kids Sleep Guides
Nowadays it seems like there are guides to just about everything. However, when it comes to getting children to sleep, guides are needed to maintain parental sanity. Here you will find everything you need to know when it comes to kids and sleep. From guides on sleep hygiene to the best bed for growing bodies. Cuckooland are the slumber experts to help parents with information on a better nights sleep for your children.
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Typically kids need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night. According to the sleep council, three to six year olds should have between ten and twelve hours sleep. Children aged between seven and eleven should have ten to eleven hours sleep. Teenagers need on average around eight to nine hours. For more information, take a look at our sleep science blog.
There are a various ways to help a child sleep through the night. Things like reducing screen time, keeping environment change to a minimum and having a good regular bedtime routine. Our Help your child sleep through the night blog contains more tips and advice.
The correct mattress for your child can vary depending on age and requirement. Cotbeds, toddler beds, singles and small doubles will all require different mattress sizes. Smaller children need a firmer mattress, whereas older child can choose comfort over design. There are a large range of mattresses available for children from open coil mattresses to memory foam. The ultimate guide to kids mattresses has further information on the best mattress for your child.
Studies suggest that parents who delay the cot-to-bed transition until toddlers are 3 years old find that children tend to settle better into their new environment. This information on a cross section of parents from five different countries and was headed by Ariel Williamson of Children’s Hospital Pennsylvania. To Read more on this study and making the cot to toddler bed transition, check out the ultimate guide to toddler beds.
According to research conducted by the University of Auckland in New Zealand and Monash University in Melbourne, exercise plays a vital part when it comes to child sleep patterns. The research involved 519 children, comparing active children to those who had more sedentary lifestyles. The results concluded that children who participated in the more vigorous exercise fell asleep faster than those with a more sedentary lifestyle. More information is available on the Can exercise improve your child sleep? blog.
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I can’t put into words the complete and utter buzz of excitement you feel when you discover a brand who literally blows your socks off with their approach to design and manufacturing (yes the socks were clean & yes they were odd – our house doesn’t do pairs!). Having worked with this brand for several years I thought it was about time I shared my bubbling excitement with a wider audience than my cloth-eared Barkley (our Golden Retriever… who yes, I talk to, a lot!).
With the huge variety of children’s beds available, it comes as no surprise that parents can feel a little overwhelmed when they embark on the quest to find the perfect bed for their kids bedroom. Identifying the most important key features and benefits is a useful exercise as this will highlight the type of bed that your child ultimately needs. For instance, if space is limited this will focus your search on the best space saving bed; such as a Mid Sleeper Bed.
When it comes to buying a single bed for your child, their age will typically impact the style that you finally settle on. Selection criteria will differ greatly between little Tommy the tot and Tabby the teen – simply because they have different needs and requirements. Whether you are setting out to buy your toddler their first new bed or revamping your teens room, this more formal guide than usual from yours truly, offers a few tips when it comes to selecting the best single childrens bed based on your child’s age.
For me, when it comes to bed sizes, the bigger the better! You won’t find a queen size bed in my bedroom, I’m all about the king-sized varieties. Why? Because nothing beats stretching out like mommy octopus in all directions with my little octa-kids and octa-dog in an appropriately sized bed.
Sadly this is not a guide on the benefits of a Sunday afternoon nap, as much as I’d love to type away giving you 101 reasons why you absolutely need a sneaky Sunday snooze (you know the one; book in hand, head back, eyes shut, mouth open – bliss!)
If you were to ask me what I love most about my job as director of product procurement at Cuckooland (aside from travelling the world to source amazing kids beds, admiring the most picturesque view from my desk… and being able to take my dog, Barkley, to work, although I’m not sure the rest of the team appreciate his slobbering affections!)
Children really do grow up fast. Like little caterpillars, expanding then pausing then expanding then pausing (we are the ones contracting!)… all the way up the wall markers until they’re towering above you. It only seemed like yesterday when I was navigating my sanity ship around the Cape of New-Born;
There is nothing quite like being tucked up in bed with the kids. Something about the extra snuggles with our babies (no matter how old they are, they’re always our babies) is a highlight of our parenting journey. Personally, I love a good Sunday morning snuggle when the working week is done and activities are at a minimum.
The February half term holiday sneaks up on me like a thief in the night. I’m so focused on getting through the drudgery of January that I fail to do that little “thing” called forward planning! We generally save our ‘family holiday away’ for the summer months, not sure about you, but February half term is usually a staycation for us.
We have come a long way in the shared bedroom department. Gone are the days of basic bunk beds made of a simple structure, who’s sole job was to house two rambunctious children. The nightly arguments alone were enough to rattle the very foundations of a well-constructed bunk.
The fight to get enough sleep isn’t over in a few days, it’s a long hard battle lasting months that every new parent will face. Sorry but it’s true, been there done that, big genuine hugs of compassion and sympathy but please don’t shoot the messenger.
With Christmas fast approaching there’s that wonderful familiar festive buzz about my house, carting kids off to Christmas fairs, wreath making, present buying, then back to the kitchen with Michael Buble’s oh so lovely voice helping the mulled cider go down (a little too well).
Transitioning from a cot to a toddler bed is an exciting time for your child, providing both confidence and safety at bed time. Our toddler bed guide aims to support your decision in finding the best bed for your child, and you may also view our collection of toddler beds for more inspiration.
High Sleeper Beds are raised up a little higher than traditional Bunk Beds, usually with a work or play area underneath with enough head room to keep your child free from early life concussion – they also have plenty of practical storage solutions too.
Welcoming in a New Year is often the catalyst for making a change or two, let’s face it, there’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to make those well meaning, positively life changing resolutions, you know, the ones that we all promise to keep but more often than not fail at miserably!
Last week I addressed the topic of whether there is a recommended age that siblings should stop sharing a bedroom, if you missed this article you can find it by following the link above.
Child rearing throws up all sorts of questions for us parents, a detailed handbook would have been seriously useful… unfortunately children don’t come with one attached! So we end up having to grapple with the what, why, where and how on a daily basis and are often left with questions that we simply don’t have answers for.
Our recent study this summer researched classic lullabies to find the perfect formula for a lullaby and reveal a list of those modern day songs likely to send children off to sleep.
With the help of data sourced from Spotify, we analysed over 4,500 songs from lullaby playlists to calculate the ‘perfect’ formula for a lullaby. We then matched this formula against songs in the charts to create our Top Ten Modern Lullabies playlist.
Suszi Saunders, an Interiors Instagrammer living in London, is no stranger to dark interiors. From dark walls to patterned wallpapers, this is one home which isn’t afraid to be bold.
The Mummy Diaries star, Samantha Faiers has created Baby Paul a stunning jungle-safari bedroom featuring the Treehouse Bunk Bed by our favourite artisan designer Mathy by Bols.
Being there for your baby, day and night is what characterises the first phase of parenthood. You want them at your side, wherever you go, feeding and cuddling them and laughing into those precious eyes (let’s forget the sleep-deprived pressure pot blow outs for now!).
Recognising the importance (and dealing with the dilemma) of choosing the perfect kids bed, Cuckooland has compiled a list of the 10 most amazing, unique, incredible, fabulous, inspiring, and mould-breaking beds in the known universe from some of the freshest, brightest designers and manufacturers ever to sketch a design or tighten a bolt.
“Bedtime”. A phrase whose very utterance has been known to reduce one to tears; kicking and screaming, biting and scratching, and a bolstering sense of vigilant defiance. And that’s just the grown-ups. Here at Cuckooland, we’re experts in children’s beds and furniture, and we have all the hardware that you need to send your kids off to Dreamland.
Oopsie daisies are to be expected during those early years; toilet training takes time and patience, and it’s natural for children under five to have the occasional hiccup in their night-time routine. However, this childhood condition can gradually be curbed with a little helping hand from mummy and daddy.
There is nothing more important than spending quality time with our family. Unfortunately because of our modern lifestyles it’s becoming increasingly difficult to spend time with our families without the distractions of work, hobbies and other commitments getting in the way. Two small pockets of time we typically all have together as a family are mealtime and bedtime.
Flying high and free like a bird, your little ones imagination reaches the highest heights. Our bedtime story collection focuses on the most beloved children’s book themes and what climbs higher on that theme list than an acrobatic aeroplane?
When the sun is setting and the day is done, little boys still want to have their fun. Getting those energetic little beings to sleep can somethings be a bit of an uphill struggle. But with help from our bedtime stories suggestions, you might just be able to lull them off to a good nights sleep.
Hop on board the Cuckooland big red bus for this bedtime story edition. That’s right folks, we playing conductor to that great big vehicle of imagination. The eye-catching London Themed Bedroom has been a staple for many a girl and boy up and down this fair land. So have your ticket in hand, take a seat on the questionably patterned seats and prepare for some jolly good bus inspired bedtime books.
The view of an open road, smell of the ocean and feel of grand adventure awaiting our happy campers in this edition of bedtime stories. That’s right, nothing sparks those little adventurers more than a cool Camper Van Themed Kids Bedroom. So get those little tykes ready for a bumper collection of story recommendations.
Roll up! Roll up! For the greatest bedtime story collection is about to begin! Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, welcome to the Circus themed bedroom and all the wonderful stories that go hand in hand with the magical big top.ction of story recommendations.
Come one, come all to the most important tea party of them all. Grab your dolly’s and prepare to take a trip to a land where the humble dolls house not only features in our bedtime stories but also in our kids bed designs.
Ahoy Matey! Grab the family parrot, hack off a leg (no not really, just bend a leg and place your knee into a peg leg prop) and throw on a patch! It is I, Captain Cuckoobeard, here to bring you the very best bedtime stories for ya crew. That pirate themed bedroom will be full of stories for ever more.
It’s time to fix those tiaras, grab the sparkliest dress you can find and gather all the royal teddy bear subjects up. That’s right, our latest bedtime story collection features none other than the fairest of us all – Princesses. Our princess themed bedroom collective has always been a popular choice and we can now advise our kingdom and court of the best Princess Bedtime Stories around!
Time is precious and making the most of your time with the kids is so important these days. Between school, work and everything in-between, it can sometimes feel like a uphill battle to set aside just a couple of hours of quality family time.
Is there anything more fun than a treehouse? Or a treehouse bed, we think not! This wonderful building of creation and determination is the central point to a lot of childhood memories. Which is why the humble treehouse features so prominently in many bedtime stories. So snuggle up and take a look at our treehouse inspired bedtime story collection.
Anybody who’s familiar with Cuckooland knows that we’re experts in all things quirky and unusual, and one of the many things we specialise in is unusual childrens beds, furniture and decor. One of our biggest categories for interior design is that of children and babies’ bedrooms, and specifically, their beds. Our range offers the very best on the market, and followers of our blog know that we like to reassure customers that we don’t just sell our products in the hope of pocketing their cash – we take pride in knowing our stuff before we put it on the site. We also genuinely care about our customers, and aim to help wherever possible.
Because each designer has their very own collection of children’s beds (providing plenty of choice outside this top 10), we thought we’d compile a list that focuses on the designers as well as their products – its a great way to give these fabulous designers a shout out and at the same time provide our customers with the info they need (and the thumbs up) to make one of the most important product purchases of the year!
If there’s one thing little kids are experts in, it’s fun! From the minute they open their sweet little eyes until the minute there heads rest peaceful against the pillow, a child’s main pursuit in life is of course to have fun. This quest for all things fun is why we know kids best of all, because here at Cuckooland we are the official home of fun! From our fantastic kids furniture to our ingenious range of imaginative kids beds, we officially rule when it comes to creating outrageously fun kid’s bedrooms.
Kids just don’t have the same stresses as we do… well, not to us anyway. To them, in their own rapidly evolving, shape shifting worlds, their worries & stresses are just as important as ours, more so in fact, because in their fertile minds their imaginations are wild and rampant and their capacity for rational thought, careful consideration and logic is pretty much non existent.
If you want to celebrate our rich English heritage while giving your child the courage to charge at life head on, look no further than our wonderful range of knight-themed bedrooms, in time for St. George’s Day. Or flip through our extensive catalogue of unique Kids Beds for more themed bedroom inspiration.