How to Use Tactile Textures in a Kid's Bedroom

Babies, toddlers and children all learn through exploring their environment and using their five senses – taste, smell, hearing, vision and most importantly touch!

Studies have proven that by encouraging and challenging these senses and by introducing lots of interesting stimuli to the kid’s bedrooms, your little ones can gain a better understanding of the world around them. Motor skills, cognition, problem-solving, language development and social interactions are just a few abilities that can be fine-tuned through sensory exploration.

By adding tactile textures throughout their bedrooms, from their furniture to their toys and accessories, without even knowing, your kiddies will be soaking it all in and learning along the way!

We’ve put together a guide on how to get started with tactile furniture and décor, how sensory play is important and why textures can help your little genius in those first formative years. Read on to find out more and get a feel for tactile interiors!

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Lifetime Wildlife Climb & Slide Kids Bed

Lifetime Wildlife Climb & Slide Kids Bed

Kicking things off – the Lifetime Wildlife Climb and Slide Bed is covered from top to bottom in interesting tactile textures, ready for little ones to explore!

Hanging from the canopy, in a variety of colours, mini cushioned leaves are calling out to be poked and squeezed and textured chevrons have been punched into the recycled cotton canvas roof. There is a small rope ladder for little ones to climb and then a wooden slide awaits them on the other side! Finished off with a chalkboard, personalise with their name and practice writing, drawing and doodling together.

With so many fun and tactile additions to the bed, little ones will be entertained for hours! Stimulating imaginations and encouraging cognitive learning and motor skills, after a full day of learning and playing, your busy bairns will be tuckered out and ready for bed.

Snurk Single Wild Friends Duvet Bedding Set

Snurk Single Wild Friends Duvet Bedding Set

Pair the Lifetime Wildlife Climb and Slide Bed with a bedding set just as brilliant!

Made from 100% cotton and with a high thread count, each of the Snurk bedding sets features a photographic print that will bring joy to every tot! Super soft to the touch, the Wild Friends Duvet Bedding Set features a giraffe and lion cub companion for them to cosy up with at bedtime.

Create a calm and soothing activity before bed by counting the leaves on the duvet cover and following the leaf pattern with their fingers. By focusing on a simple task in bed, they’ll be gently lulled to sleep and dozing off before they even realise it!

Obaby Gatsby Single Bed

Obaby Gatsby Single Bed

Upholstered in luxuriously soft velvet with a scalloped headboard and footboard – little ones won’t be able to resist running their hands across the smooth fabric of the Gatsby Single Bed.

Available in a choice of soft muted colours, there is no worry of sensory overload! With added cushioning, it would be a comforting first bed for any youngster and the gold cone feet make it look very grownup indeed.

Pair the Obaby Gatsby Single Bed with other soft bedding and cuddly toys to create a relaxing and reassuring sleep sanctuary that’s sure to soothe them in the night.

Panda London Silver Lining Grey Bamboo & Linen Bedding Set

Panda London Silver Lining Grey Bamboo & Linen Bedding Set

Every bed needs bedding! But don’t just tick a box! Opt for a bedding set made of organic fibres! 

As well as being soft against your little one’s skin, natural Bamboo bedding sets offer lots of other benefits too. Antibacterial, hypoallergenic, breathable and temperature regulating – by picking a high quality and natural bedding set for your little one, it’ll help them sleep and keep them comfortable throughout the night. And if little ones are sleeping better and waking less in the night, you’ll sleep better too! 

Including a duvet cover, fitted sheet and pillowcase and all being machine washable, the kid’s beds will smell fresh, feel soft and look oh-so cosy. They’ll want to get tucked under those covers without delay! Available in a choice of colours and all environmentally friendly, bedding doesn’t get better!

Extreme Lounging Mini B Teddy Indoor Bean Bag

Extreme Lounging Mini B Teddy Indoor Bean Bag

Squishy, soft and the perfect size for baby bears – the Extreme Lounging Mini B Teddy Indoor Bean Bag is a great way of introducing new textures into kids’ bedrooms and playrooms.

Covered in a fluffy teddy fabric and filled with thousands of mouldable beads, no youngster can resist a cuddle up! Offering support and comfort while they sit, play and relax – create a quiet and comforting reading nook they can retreat to if they need a time out or are feeling overwhelmed. Styled in pastel shades, they can pick out their favourite to snuggle into.

Encouraging independence, decision making and putting their motor skills to practice, little ones can grab at the ears and rubber handle and move their bean bag wherever they like! Tactile in more ways than one!

Little Bird Told Me Rio Llama Rocker

Little Bird Told Me Rio Llama Rocker

Sensory play is a great way of encouraging learning through enjoyable activities. By adding in a fun element, little one’s attentions are held and repetition encourages memory and cognitive development! By introducing sensory toys into bedrooms and playrooms, little ones can engage and challenge themselves, learning along the way.

The Little Bird Told Me Rio Llama Rocker is a wonderful sensory toy! Featuring ruffled fur, scrunchy ears, a jingly tail and wooden details, there is so much for little ones to explore and take in. The different textures, noises and soothing colours will keep tots totally captivated while they rock back and forth.

Kids Concept Tool Box Play Set

Kids Concept Tool Box Play Set

Another great sensory toy is the Kids Concept Tool Box Set! Including 20 individual accessories, little ones can construct, build, design and destroy!

Made from natural wood and offering lots of interesting shapes and colours to investigate, this wonderful playset encourages motor skills, decision making, independence, social skills and more!

Not just limited to their bedroom either, with a carry handle, this tactile playset can go wherever they go. Head out into the garden for a day of play and encourage your creative kiddies!

Ratatam! Kids Brown Hare Animal Disguise & Accessory

Ratatam! Kids Brown Hare Animal Disguise & Accessory

Doubling up as a disguise, playmat, rug and a blanket, kiddywinks won’t want to be parted from this gorgeous fluffy accessory!

Made from soft faux fur with a cotton lining and available in an array of wild animal designs, once they don the Ratatam disguise they’re transformed into any animal they’ve chosen!

Giving kids a chance to stretch their imaginations and get active around the house; from bunnies to panda bears, they’ll love acting like their favourite critters! And when they need a breather, they can snuggle up and take advantage of the soft tactile textures. A big bear hug or koala cuddle fixes everything!

Tactile Textures Got You Thinking?

Kids love to touch everything… it’s not always helpful, but by picking out kids’ beds, furniture, toys and accessories with intriguing and interesting textures for them to explore, they can fine-tune lots of important skills they’ll take with them into adulthood! Want to know more or would love some more suggestions? We’d love to hear from you! Call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email us at customerservice@cuckooland.com

Nathalie

With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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