How to Create an Inspiring Kid’s Bedroom that Offers Space to Grow and Play
by Kate Williams 29/11/2021 | 11:42Posted in Baby & Kids
Children’s brains, especially infants and toddlers, are developmental quantum physics. A professor of psychology at the University of California Alison Gopnik describes babies as:
‘True scientists, constantly conducting experiments, testing their ideas, and building understanding’.
Although what does every kid need might have not changed at its core, children today spend much of their time under the watchful eyes of adults, unlike previous generations. A negative impact on children’s well-being can be expected. Hence, designing a room for their personal development and privacy since the earliest age is a crucial part of raising a healthy family.
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What should a kid have in their room to create a truly interactive and amusing space? The trick is to balance between giving it womb-like qualities but also a proper introduction to the outside world. When it comes to an infant and its nursery, it should be focused on the development of strong relationships between the caregivers, child and family. By learning to trust their caregiver, the child will eventually relax enough to explore the world outside of its crib, and beyond.
Nowadays cushions come in various forms, serving for both interactive play and comfort. Choose from a range of kids accessories that feature anything from animal faces to funny quotes and bright shapes. Whether you want a rocket, a hippo, a dinosaur or a firefighter, they’ll give your kids room the finishing touches it needs. They’re great for children of all ages, even infants. Just remember to always take them out of the crib while your munchkin is dreaming.
The warmth blankets and throws provide is more than physical. Don’t you remember how you used to hide under your blanket when you were a child, whether to read a comic book or create your private fortress? How about swaddling in it on a Sunday while you watch your favourite cartoons?
Following, a storage basket is a perfect accessory for a kids bedroom. Firstly, it helps you organize their stuff. Secondly, you’ll start to teach them how to organize their own stuff. For example, by creating the habit of putting away its toys where they belong, your child could learn a bit about responsibility.
Moreover, some of the available kids’ storage baskets can be used as plant pots. Sturdy but stylish, they could invigorate their room, refresh the air, be one of the first living beings they interact with and teach them to respect nature from an early age.
Pay Attention to the Bedding
Deciding what bedding is best for kids can seem tough but luckily, it’s a topic that has attracted a lot of attention and thus, solutions. Although they might not be perfect and some issues can still arise, if you choose the right kids’ sheet or quilt cover sets, you could positively affect your child’s health.
Australia isn’t immune to the rise of allergic diseases, especially in kids. Moreover, SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is believed to be closely connected to the newborn’s bedding although no conclusive evidence exists. Even so, materials apparently matter.
Cotton is a natural fibre and considered hypoallergenic meaning it has a low tendency to cause allergic reactions. It also does not cause skin irritation and can be sterilized. Although its bacterial resistance is low, the fibres are highly resistant to moth and beetle damage. It can, however, be improved by antimicrobial finishing.
Interestingly, a study reported a change in the intestinal immune response in mice who slept on different kinds of bedding, wool and cotton. In fact, mice who slept on wool had an excessive immune response compared to mice who slept on cotton bedding.
Cotton towels, bedding and baby clothes are often recommended for skin allergies. Due to its high-temperature resistance, it can be boiled and thus, thoroughly and easily cleaned. Moreover, cotton is the most commonly recommended fabric for people with eczema. Cotton is soft, cool, great at absorbing sweat, easily washable and allows the skin to ‘breathe’.
A mattress protector is a piece of detachable bedding that lies on top of the mattress and encase the mattress to protect it from microbes, dust and dirt. To be water-proof, however, cot protectors need to be covered with a synthetic material which shouldn’t be your first choice when it comes to baby fabrics.
New Zealanders were the first who started the trend of mattress wrapping and thus, had amazing results. In fact, since it all started in 1994 all SIDS cases happened when parents didn’t warp their baby’s mattress. Although more evidence is needed, an inexpensive, non-toxic protective cover can surely do no harm. The least it can do is to make cleaning after your baby easier, as that’s not enough.
Whether it’s vibrant canvas art prints, posters, a photo gallery wall or even stickers, your child gets stimulated by shapes and colours. They have a significant influence on the development of the visual system and the future quality of the perception of newborns and children. As a result, decorating their room is not just superficial aesthetics but also a way to boost their creativity and intelligence.
Scientists believe that the choice of colour can have an effect on the memorisation of objects in space. Also, they’ve discovered that our brain is eventually wired to connect colour to some shapes and that learning to read can induce other associations. A letter wall decal, thus, can be helpful in more than one way besides looking great.
Give them Space to Move
The physical drive in babies to move is real. Oftentimes they set their own challenges so they can overcome them. Clearing the room centrally and placing the playmat there can create the epicentre where all of your child’s adventures begin. Also, kids love to dance so making them feel like they have their own dancefloor will send them over the moon.
How do you style a small bedroom for kids without making it feel overcrowded? No matter how drawn you are to that flower or animal wallpaper, they do tend to make a small room feel even smaller sometimes. Try neutral colours for the walls to open up the space.
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Living in a tiny home with her not so tiny family, Kate considers multitasking to be her power as a caring supermum and wife. Whenever she's not in curled up in her writer's corner, covering various topics on kids and baby stuff, health, education, knowledge, entertainment or interior decor, you'd find her enjoying some quality time with loved ones, both indoors and out, sharing different experiences together; what better way to chase a writer's block away, right?!