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Top 5 tips for making kids bedtime stress free..

I bloomin’ know how bedtime can be a stomach-churning experience. LBH if you are well planned and prepared it really can work. As long as you can be calm and be in the right mindset this will work (I PROMISE)

HERE I have created my top five tips on…“How to set the scene for making kids bedtime stress free”

TIP #1  TURN THE LIGHT’S DOWN

Bright light over stimulating their senses, so for bedtime stories, you’ll need enough light to read by low enough for the feeling of candlelight…preparing them for sleepy time. Bedside lamps 15W are perfect…Diffused light is better than some lampshades where the light is directed up and down…too bright. Torches can be fun too…especially when you read to them under the covers…

 

soft string lights add pops of colour and soft ambience at night

TIP #2  PREP THE BED

Use plump pillows and cushions that create a feel of a story nook for reading to them. Often getting them involved in decorating their rooms, or selecting the bed-linen can help them to feel positive about their own spaces.  They will want to go to bed.

Plump cushions add lots of colour.

TIP #3  TOO HOT, TOO COLD

Make sure that the room temperature is just right. The Bed linen you choose needs to be 100% cotton, this is breathable and your child will not overheat during the night. Some brands of children’s bed linen prefer to use Polyester/cotton blends, might be a cheaper option, but be careful do you really want your child to sleep under a plastic bag all night?

 

TIP #4  MAKE IT ENJOYABLE 

yes keep the mood calm remember kids love cubbies, picture books with bold colourful illustrations, feeling protected and safe. Sometimes I drape LMFC’s flat sheet, hook it to the top of the blind, and fashion a bed canopy over the top end of her bed. I encourage her to choose three of her cuddly friends to join us for story time, leaping into the world of her beautiful imagination and dreams.

Ava love’s making cubbies over her bed.

TIP #5  JOIN THEM

climb in under the covers snuggle in tight with two or three books and begin sharing that special moment. I urge you to giggle, chatter about the pictures and NEVER forget to end with cuddles, kisses and “Sleep tight my sweet, love you my darling”

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Me sharing a special moment with Little Miss Foxy…

 

Please feel free to add in the comments your own tips to share…

 


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Kat is an Illustrator, entrepreneur, blogger,  interior/textile designer, visual arts teacher and above all mother to three crazies. In her whimsical humorous way, she explores all topics related to the many sides of motherhood and parenting little angels on her blog.

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Transitioning your little one from a cot to a bed?

Little Miss Foxy Cub the last of my three babies was two when she transitioned from the cot to a single bed. Previous traumatic attempts with my boys had left a bad taste… Like me, Little Miss Foxy was a nervous but determined little girl in comparison to her bolshy older brothers!

Knowing this and with my super power of recounting incidents from my past, I had to be cautious. One million years ago I recall being terrified as I was dumped in a big bed for the first time, my parents engaged in a crude sink or swim method of transition.

This left little me afraid of the dark; gripping onto my parents for dear life and repeatedly escaping downstairs nightly…drove my poor parents batty!  I’ll be brutally honest I don’t have the patience for that bull crap adding to that I am very selfish and enjoy the ME time!! Kid FREE time.

 

SO now let me share what I chose to do with LMFC in five FOXERTASTIC tips:

TIP (1) IT’S IN THE TIMING

 So much newness in their little lives. Pick a time where nothing like the birth of a new baby, moving house, death in the family, divorce or illness is an occurrence. Two to three years old is when they are ready and starting to scramble out of their cot.

TIP (2) PREPARE THEM or suffer

Show them how their little buddies are now in big beds. This excites them making it an adventure to be had!

TIP (3) SET A ROUTINE or drive yourself to drink

I favour bath time, snuggles on the sofa, teeth clean, that all-important storybook, one butterfly kiss, three nose rubs and a huggle! “Sleep tight…see you in the morning when the dogs are yawning”

TIP (4) SLOWLY WINS THE RACE step it out…

  • Step (1) One side of cot is removed
  • Step (2) Transition into a toddler bed and for familiarity keep it in the same spot as the cot was.
  • Step (3) Toddler beds can extend to the size of a full single. Do retain the familiar cot sized quilt, as a single tends to slip off in the night as too big for little-sized bodies. (Based on experience)
  • Step (4) Finally introduce their long-term bed.

 

TIP (5) MAKE THE ROOM A SPACE THEY LOVE not a bland prison cell.

Ensure their room is engaging and kid focused. Surround them with everything they love. Select quality bed linen that will move with them from cot through to single bed. Create calming and cosy spaces to help them to calm enough to relax into that all important sleep time.

LMFC sleep tight baby girl xxxx

 

Please feel free to add in the comments your own tips to share…


About the Author

Kat is an Illustrator, entrepreneur, blogger,  interior/textile designer, visual arts teacher and above all mother to three crazies. In her whimsical humorous way, she explores all topics related to the many sides of motherhood and parenting little angels on her blog.

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ImPERFECT interiors make PERFECT homes…

We are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful on trend homes!!…Are you like me an obsessive collector of glossy interior magazines that set the benchmark of how your home should be??? Why do we set ourselves up for disappointment…let’s get real most of these perfectly styled homes are never truly lived in its all for show… stop believing the grass is always greener and start to celebrate the homes we have, sticky finger prints and all. I urge you to follow a more genuine style where your home emanates personality and uncovers the story of you and your beautiful family. Therefore I believe imperfect interiors make perfect homes.

 

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Kats slow style

 

What about TREND?

Grey and everything dull is the latest and greatest!...How’s the DE saturated thing going for your kids???Really are we trying to raise mini adults fitting them into our sophisticated approach to interior décor?… I believe we should be nurturing and embracing the natural healthy development of our own creative kids by surrounding them with spaces that inspire and encourage genuine experiences. (Colour bombing)

A new approach…

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Adding items to your home you gather along the way whilst your family grows makes for beautiful spaces…

So those of you with homes, kids, pets, all contusive of mania. I believe it is time for a new approach ….its an honest look at style mixed in with a humour and colour explosion. LBH life with kids is always epic, it’s always explosions, it’s always about finding the right balance and rebalancing. It’s us mamma’s working together to find the right solution. We need to have the confidence to be contented in a family friendly house, in organised mayhem.

Let’s call it SLOW style…

Make your style true to you and your family rather than the latest trend…. Let’s call it SLOW style…SLOW design…. This represents having a home that evolves with your family, a sustainable lifestyle. Leave space on the wall ready for your kid’s artworks…plan for the future…do not fill your house with cheap fast fashion and décor items for the sake of the latest disposable trend. It’s about forward thinking and being ready for those things that really mean something to your family and add sooo much value.

 

Slow conscientious life styling…let’s be HONEST let’s be REAL……


This blog emerged after a fabulous wine filled evening with my fellow creative friendie and mamma of small kidlets Pinky Wittingslow, Textile designer. We both live and breathe the SLOW DESIGN ethos. Our own homes are a (crazy) eclectic mix and match of colour, whimsical collectables and kids artwork…all added with love.

home style pinky

home style pinky


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Kat is an Illustrator, entrepreneur, blogger,  interior/textile designer, visual arts teacher and above all mother to three crazies. In her whimsical humorous way, she explores all topics related to the many sides of motherhood and parenting little angels on her blog.

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NITS & the 6 stages of……mental torture…

 

Can I ask you all a question??? Do little tiny wriggling creatures ever overwhelm you???? You know the ones? NITS…Nasty Idiots That Stink, infesting the hair of your children!  I DO! Let me explain, my Little Miss Foxy cub has been struck THREE times this summer!!!! FFS I feel like it is me against the millions. Leave us alone S*%#!heads!  I’d like to state enough is enough, NO MORE!!! The little b-tards are sucking the life out of me. Consequently over the past sixteen years, three kiddies later I have come to the revelation about…NITS & the 6 stages of…mental torture… this it is not too dissimilar to grieving or drug rehabilitation.

 

THE 6 STAGES…

  • Stage (1)-OBSERVATION… You know that tight feeling you notice your little angel scratching their head. You know it don’t you?

 

  • Stage (2)-DENIAL…. NO, no nits here… clean as a whistle…”No sweetie when you stay at your cousin’s please don’t touch your head…Just don’t!!! Promise I’ll buy you some play dough!!!” To ensure this I seize the brush, conditioner, varnish hairspray and I proceed to scrape her tangled hair into the firmest French braid ever … Poor Little Miss Foxy with her tight and well-sealed helmet of hair…in fact, I would say that if I joined her my wrinkles would be gone and I could pass for thirty!!!
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Little miss foxy and I with HAIR everywhere!!!!

  • Stage (3)-DEPRESSION… The tingle has increased to an itch…MY F@#*ing head’s on fire… ME…..NOOOOOO!

 

  • Stage (4)-REVENGE …That’s it…. WAR…I need supplies. THE PHARMACY…my saving grace… What has happened???…With my first little darling, there were only two products on the market from the highly toxic to the gentle greenie type. NOW, now it’s a like a Pandora’s box of NIT delights …everyone has jumped onto the NIT phenomenon. Products that unstick the eggs, which smell nice and kill in seconds whilst frying your child’s scalp, leave in products that suffocate, yellow creams, small bottles of organic oils, natural allergy free and artificial with pretty bottles that are packaged into sets.   It doesn’t end there… the comb! Combs with three rows of metal teeth, bright coloured robotic plastic combs, even long handled and short combs??? OMG, I am so confused?? This is a situation for total overload resulting in Mama mental shutdown, It’s mental torture. The bright vivacious pharmacy assistant skidding up beside me brings me back to reality with a loud crack and proceeds to annoyingly kindly provide me with her wealth of NIT knowledge… … (WTF)…I can’t bear it anymore…SO I going for the most toxic…bad mother with the brightest packaging that’s on the shelf that promises DEATH instantaneously or that’s what I believe!

 

  • Stage (5)-THE ATTACK… There she is scratching away. There they are in their millions waiting, waiting for me to act. On goes the toxic lotion, in go the fingers …massage at high speed. Eyes are watering, tears falling, screams are heard. The shower cap on. Tick-Toc, Tick-Toc ten minutes later shower cap off. Into the shower shampoo on, shampoo off, conditioner in, more conditioner in. Eucalyptus oil in, massage, massage. Finally, comb time. Dragging the comb sharply through little Foxy’s hair is a two-hour manic procedure. My white Maxwell Williams bowl filled with water, tissues and my trusty three rows of metal teeth. YES, I am going to admit this but a bizarre sense of satisfaction has taken hold as the black dot like eggs increase in the bowl. Finally, they are gone or at least I thought?

 

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Little Miss foxy’s Nit filled brush…

  • Stage (6)-RELIEF-Exhausted I repeat the whole procedure on mine and all the other heads in the family including Sadie our puppy. Boiled bed sheets hanging them out in the sun to dry following all of the condescending advice I been given by the sprightly eighteen-year-old assistant and Mr Google. Eight hours of NIT antics… It’s over, I can breathe, I have WON!!

Furthermore, I bet Beyoncé Knowles has never has had to deal with this shite herself. I tell you what Ivy Blue’s head of hair would pose a huge challenge for the three rows of metal teeth to scrape through.!!…

Guess what???? ……..One week on they are back!!!!!!!!


About the Author

Kat is an Illustrator, entrepreneur, blogger,  interior/

textile designer, visual arts teacher and above all mother to three crazies. In her whimsical humorous way, she explores all topics related to the many sides of motherhood and parenting little angels on her blog.

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