For health and development, children require nine to 12 hours of sleep each night, and it’s vital to their well-being that this biologic and emotional need be an ongoing priority. (If only grownups followed this same rule.) Selecting the right bed and mattress is key to ensuring little ones get the proper rest for brain function, immunity, growth, and even handling stress.
Here are four tips for selecting the best kids bed for a great night’s sleep:
Big Little Kids
Most people purchase kids furniture with the intent of keeping it for many years, so plan ahead based on the child’s size. Do you think a bed that accommodates a twin-size mattress will suffice, or would a full-size mattress be better? Consider the child’s height and growth pattern to make sure you avoid purchasing a bed that may come up short in the near future.
The number of children in your home can also impact your rent-to-own bed and mattress purchasing decision. Will two children share a room? If so, bunk beds can be a fun, space-saving choice. Get It Now! offers several bunk beds in a twin-twin or twin-full configuration. Some rent-to-own bunk beds also feature drawers.
Give Them Space
How large is the bedroom? In addition to bunk beds, trundle beds like this one save space. With trundle beds, one bed is stored under the other, giving you flexibility and more room to play. Many models also feature storage for added functionality and convenience.
Test and Retest
Take your child with you to test out the bed and mattress. Ask him or her to get into sleep position and tell you whether the mattress feels comfortable. (Tip: Bring a favorite stuffed animal or doll the child sleeps with to simulate real life.)
The sophisticated Signature Design by Ashley “Harmony” 4-Piece Queen Bedroom Group, with dark-brown finish and upholstered faux-leather headboard, is the perfect addition to your home.
If you're staying home — or close to home — this spring, these beach-themed ideas can help turn your staycation into a fun and memorable “escape” for the whole family.
If you’re landlocked and there’s no beach in sight, it’s time to get creative. How about a beach-themed picnic? Grab a basket and a blanket, and find a shady spot at a nearby park to spend an afternoon.
What to put in your picnic basket? How about shell-shaped macaroni and cheese, veggie boats (hollow out a zucchini and fill with hummus), homemade iced sugar cookies shaped like fish and starfish, and coconut water. For extra fun, bring along an inflatable kiddie pool, and you can be a beach bum right where you are.
Beach Ball Bonanza
Beach balls provide endless opportunities for fun — and they’re super cheap and available at almost any neighborhood pharmacy or big-box store. Bonus: Any of these activities will help burn off a kiddo’s energy:
Go Fish was probably the first card game you remember. Grab a deck and get to fishing! But if the kids are too small, they may enjoy a little backyard fishing instead.
No water? No problem.
Create your own fishing game with a bucket (or empty laundry hamper), some construction paper for fish, scissors, a few paper clips, magnets, string, and a stick.
First, cut construction paper into various fish sizes, not much larger than a business card. Place a paper clip at the tip of each fish’s mouth.
For fishing poles, simply tie a long string (a little bit longer than your child’s arm length) to one end of a stick. A ruler or wooden spoon would also work. Wrap the loose end around a magnet and tie.
Place your fish in the “pond,” and go fish! It’s that easy. (Here’s a handy how-to video.)
Beach Backdrop for Family Photos
Of course you want to document your family beach staycation. Good news is you can easily and inexpensively create a beachy backdrop for your photos.
Take an old sheet and paint an underwater ocean scene. A few brightly colored cans of spray paint should do the trick. Just be sure to spray outside and let dry before bringing inside.
Add multicolored construction paper fish and starfish, and suspend balloons or holiday ball ornaments with thread or fishing line to represent underwater bubbles. Drape your backdrop over and existing curtain rod, and get to snapping!
Make your pics more fun by grabbing a beach ball, sunglasses, a swimming mask or goggles, and flippers as props. You have to look the part, right?