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5 Ways To Help Your Little One To Sleep

Helping your child to sleep can seem like an impossible task. You put them to bed, only to find that half an hour later, they’re wandering downstairs wide awake. Not only is this bad for your child’s sleeping pattern, but it also eats into your time of an evening, which every parent needs to unwind. But how can you help your little one to sleep, and is there any way to actually do so that works well?

We’ve noted down 5 ideas here, that have worked out for other parents. It’s worth a try, huh?

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#1: Make a routine

One of the most important things to do is to set a routine for your kids, so that they have a similar bedtime – and waking up time – every day. Whilst this can seem like it doesn’t really matter, it will work wonders for your kids sleeping patterns, and it could even mean that they have healthier sleep when they get older. Choose a reasonable time, and try to stick to it every night.

#2: Say no to screens

Another thing that can affect your child’s sleep is screens, so make sure that you limit screen time before they go to bed. Instead of putting the television on for your children, why not read to them? This could help them to sleep better, and it will allow them to relax properly in the process. Try not to allow them to use phones or games consoles an hour or two before bedtime, as this will help.

#3: Think about bedroom temperature

Your child’s issues with sleep may derive from the fact that their bedroom simply isn’t a suitable temperature for them. Children all have different preferences, but in general, a good temperature for a child’s bedroom is between 68 and 72 degrees (a little below and above this is fine, too). Visit an air conditioning showroom, and make sure that your house is kitted out for a good night’s sleep.

#4: Create some calm before bed

If your child is super hyperactive before bed, it’s going to be hard for them to relax and go to sleep. Try to create a calm environment an hour or so before bedtime; dim the lights, make sure that you’re all relaxing as a family, and certainly be mindful of what your kids are eating that could affect their sleep. Sugary foods and soda are (obviously) a bad idea, so you may want to eliminate these things, too.

#5: Work out what is interrupting sleep

Sometimes, the issues that your children are having with sleep are clear. Perhaps they’re scared of something, and they can’t sleep because this is playing on their minds? Make sure that you address this – perhaps by turning on a night light, or telling them that monsters can’t get into the house – and you should find that they fall asleep quickly without these worries hanging over them.

So, if you want to help your little one to sleep, then keep these 5 things in mind! Be sure to persist, and everybody in the family will be enjoying catching those zzzs.

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Six Ways To Make Your Home Feel Like A Luxury Resort

One of the best things about a vacation is how relaxed you feel, but once you arrive home, the stresses of everyday life can come rushing back all too quickly. Bring some of the relaxation home with you, and make some changes to your home inspired by those luxury vacation resorts. Bring resort living home, and get the rest of your house to match your hotel inspired bedroom.

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  1. Upgrade your bathroom. Depending on your budget, you can make large or small changes to your bathroom to get that spa bath feel. If you have more money to play with, switch out your bathroom suite for some serious luxury. A glass-walled walk in shower with a waterfall head, and a jacuzzi bath with jets will make you feel like a VIP everyday. If your budget is tighter, make small chances. Add a heated towel rack and swap your towels for high quality, super soft bath sheets. The large towel is much nicer to use. Add some plush robes, candles and luxurious toiletries, and even without a new suite, your bathroom will feel chic. 
  2. Create a resort worthy entrance to your home. Keep the front garden tidy, with some pops of color leading you to the front door, with large, well-kept plants. If you can find who sells palm trees nearby, add palms in beautiful pots by the front door for a beach luxe feel. 
  3. Turn your hallway into a hotel lobby. Buy a beautiful hall table, and top it with some beautiful pieces that attract the eye as soon as you come in. A pretty lamp, a vase of great smelling flowers, some bowls to contain knick-knacks and keys as you come in or framed pictures of the family all add personality and glam. Hang a piece of artwork or a mirror above the table to draw the eye. Mirrors are fantastic in small, dark hallways as they bounce light back into the space, making it feel larger and brighter. 
  4. Invest in beautiful curtains. Drapes in a luxe fabric with a nice texture instantly make a room feel more expensive. Choose the best you can afford and have them made to fit your windows instead of choosing ready made. Silk, damasks and linen all make for luxurious curtains. In bedrooms, hang blackout curtains to help you get hotel quality sleep. 
  5. Create mood lighting. Treat yourself to a beautiful light fitting for your ceiling lights. Use dramatic shades or chandelier style fittings if you have high ceilings, and use them to upgrade the look of spaces like over the dining table. Dimmer switches are a great way to adjust the light in a room, whether you’re in the mood for light and bright, or more dimly lit and romantic. Add lamps on side tables for softer lighting, especially in the bedroom. 
  6. Add flowers and greenery wherever you can. Resorts are always filled with plants, so do the same at home. Succulents, potted plants and cut flowers all upgrade the feel of your home, bringing in color, scent and beauty

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