A floor bed can serve many purposes, but in the end, it is designed to give your child or toddler autonomy and allow them to grow into independent adults. In this article, we will give you information about the benefits of floor beds and what else you should know.
Having A Floor Bed for Toddlers
Everybody has their own opinion on the best time to move to a “big boy” bed. However, some people start earlier than others and use a baby bed. You can do this or wait until your child is a bit older to get a Montessori mattress. There are many benefits to a Montessori mattress.
As you can see, a floor bed is designed to let children be independent and allow them to follow their natural sleep hygiene cues. Before you start looking for floor beds for your children, make sure to consult your pediatrician.
Maria Montessori, an Italian educator and physician created the concept of low beds or children’s floor beds. The Montessori Method emphasizes the child’s natural ability to learn in her own way within a structured environment.
The floor bed promotes the child’s mobility. Children do not feel restricted as they can move around and get in and out of their beds. This also encourages independence and exploration, which are both central to Montessori’s method.
What age are floor beds for?
It’s best that you start transitioning your baby to a floor bed somewhere between 2 and 3. Parents often think about this when their child starts climbing out of the crib, or shows a desire for independence.
Benefits of Having a Floor Bed for your Toddlers
1. As a parent, one of your biggest concerns is your child’s inability to get out of bed when you transition them from a crib. With a floor bed, this is not something you need to worry about. Even if they do roll off, it’s not a big deal!
2. The second most common concern is that they will not fall asleep or stay in bed. This is true with all beds, but a bed on a ground floor almost encourages them to move about. Yes, they might get up and walk around the room (which is why baby proofing is so important), but that’s what they are supposed to do.
It may take them longer to fall asleep, or they may be more comfortable lying down on the ground for the first few times. But eventually they will fall asleep and stay in bed. It varies from one child to the next. It is part of their natural development, which teaches them their sleep cues.
3. This is a cheaper alternative to buying a new bed. A floor bed can be made for a fraction of the cost by simply putting a mattress on the ground. You can also get creative and create one that is still cost-effective.
4. Your morning will be saved by their new independence! They will no longer be confined to their bed and cry when they get out of bed. Instead, they can explore their bedroom and have fun! Independent play is great for their health and for parents. It allows me to spend 30 minutes more in the mornings without having to rush to grab her.
5. Your bed becomes a place that you are excited to visit. They use their bed for relaxation and sleep, but also for sleeping. Their bed and space will be available to them as they grow.
Are Floor Beds Safe?
These are some other tips to make a floor-bed as safe as possible. You can place the mattress far away from furniture and walls, but preferably in the middle of the room. This is because your child won’t be trapped against a wall if he or she rolls off his/her bed.
You’ll also have to take out any toys that could cause injury or choking from the room. As with all furniture, make sure the bed is secured to the wall. You should cover electrical outlets and take out any choking hazards. You should also consider making the outside of your room safe. This includes safety measures like installing safety gates (if you have stairs).
Making a Floor Bed
These are just a few of the ideas you have for making a floor bed frame for kids that you can put together yourself. It doesn’t take much to create your own floor space. A simple mattress or a sleeping mat will suffice.
Mattress on the floor
Futon is a trend that’s sure to be around for a while. It has been a popular trend in Japan for many years and is finally making a comeback in the West. It is a great way of making the most of your office or home, and even the smallest spaces can be multifunctional. Japanese futons have been uniquely designed to be folded up during the day. This allows for plenty of space to host other activities throughout the day.
Floor Sleeping Mat
The floor sleeping pad is very similar in appearance to a Japanese futon. It is a super-simple and affordable option for a floor bed. These prices range from $30 to hundreds of dollars.