With all the energy your children are running around with all day, it’s your job to make sure that they have a calm and relaxing place to unwind and fall asleep in once that day has ended. Especially if your child has sensory issues or has a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep, ensuring that their room meets their specific needs is vital to helping them get the rest they so desperately need.
To help you build this place within the walls of your own home, here are three ways you can create a calming bedroom for your child.
Pick The Right Colors
One of the first things you should figure out when creating a calm and relaxing space is your color scheme. While your child’s favorite color might be something bold and loud, this really isn’t going to be the best option for helping them feel calm in their bedroom.
If you’re needing to repaint their space, Ellen Sturm Niz, a contributor to Parents.com, recommends that you think about color psychology while deciding which color to choose. For a more relaxing feel, you might want to stick to either more pastel colors like blue, pink, green, lavender, or yellow or going with neutral tones. Whichever option you choose, as long as you stick to these general color schemes, the room should feel more peaceful and less energizing.
Focus On Lighting
The amount and type of lighting in your child’s room will also play a big role in how relaxing the space feels.
According to Lynda Felton, a contributor to Today’s Parent, soft or natural light is going to be the best option. Harsh lighting, like fluorescents, can be hard on the eyes and make it difficult to relax. Another option is to install a dimmer switch so that you can set the exact amount of light that your child needs depending on what time it is. Just make sure that any light you’re using as a nightlight isn’t too bright or intrusive.
Embrace White Noise
If you live in a city that has a lot of outside noise, blocking that out can help your child feel much more relaxed and safe in their bedroom. Additionally, if you have other children at home or loud neighbors, keeping their noises away from your child as they’re trying to sleep is vital for helping your kid stay comfortable.
To do this, Sleep.org recommends that you embrace white noise. By turning on a low fan or using an actual white noise machine, you can block out startling noises and use rhythmic sounds to gently soothe your child.
If you think your child could benefit from having a more relaxing bedroom space, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you put this idea into action.