Making the jump from crib to big kid bed.

5 tips to help you through ditching the crib.

toddlerWhen your toddler makes the climb, it’s time. There’s a part of you that’s instantly proud of junior’s ingenuity and problem solving skills. Your child finally figured it out (insert proud parent grin here)! Maybe it involved running, jumping and hoisting that leg over the rail, or maybe it was a little less dramatic. However it happened, the pride quickly sets into, “Ah crap, that’s really dangerous…”

“No, no. You shouldn’t do that. That’s not safe, honey.”

Yes. It happened. You know it. Deny it all you want, but now that your child made the climb, he or she probably can’t wait to do it again… when you’re not looking.

This is a game changer.

You knew today was coming, but what could prepare you? (And what do you do now?)

Don’t have a convertible crib to bed? Fear not! We have lots of great tips from moms who’ve been there, done that… and, well, bought the big kid bed.

Here are our top tips, gathered from moms going through the big sleep switch, to make the transition from the crib to the purchase of a new bed much easier:

  1. Listen.

When it’s time for a big kid bed, your toddler will probably tell you. Some are just ready when they’re ready. Not all children make the leap at the same time, and some might not make it at all.

In fact, the American Association of Pediatrics states that children should be in their cribs until they’re 3 years old, or make the climb on their own.*

Whenever and however your child expresses interest in a big kid bed, listen.

  1. Have the talk.

Set the expectations early. Kiddo knows the routine. As soon as you say, “bath time” and the sun starts  going down, the “no bed time” stall tactics begin.

The struggle is real, but this is your moment, Mama. It’s time for a talk, but a good talk this time. Kids know and understand so much more than we often realize, so let your child in on the conversation about getting a big kid bed. Several local Moms said, “Sitting down and having a talk, and giving the child some say, made the switch to big kid bed a lot easier.” The bottom line is, talk openly about bedtime routines. Ask what your child likes most about it (favorite book, bath toy, etc.) and come up with a routine that works for both of you as you make the switch.

3. Include your child in the room design process.

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You know your child better than anyone. If your kiddo is excited at the idea of a big kid bed, embrace it and get creative! Allow your child to be part of picking out a new bed, a new mattress and some cute bedding and accessories to go with it. This may be the first time your child can show off some personality in the room. You might end up with a princess bed or a race car pillow, but if it helps make the transition easier, why not?!

Another great design tip is to include your child in the actual placement of the bed. Keeping the bed where the crib was, and physically showing them it’s in the same space, provides comfort to the child as he or she transitions into the bed.

Finally, and most important, have fun as you pick out a new theme for the room together. It’s OK to lament that your baby is growing up, but just realize it’s time and that it’s another positive step in your child’s development. Use it as an opportunity for a fun project with your child… and take that animal mobile out of the closet and embrace those storage bins in the basement!

4. Twin or full? 

The next best question is what size bed? If it’s for a small room, twin it is! If there’s room for a full and it’s in the budget, we suggest you go for it! That way, it’s a purchase  you only have to make once before your kiddo moves out of the house.

What’s the difference in a double anyway?

A double means full-size—the size of two crib mattresses combined. It’s not quite as wide as a queen but gives your child a little more room to roll around. The best part is, you can comfortable lie in bed and read with your toddler as he or she falls asleep to help aid in the ‘stay in bed’ stage.

5. Decide a time frame and then have fun shopping!

Are you looking for a bed for the short term or a bed for the long haul?

Think about what’s more important… now until kindergarten, or now until high school graduation? This will help determine the style, size, and quality of the child’s new bed.

So, what to buy?

For a boy: 

Here’delburnes a great option for boys with a lasting style that can transition him through the ‘boys to men’ years. The quality and price can’t be beat, and it comes in multiple styles. The bookcase side-platform bed option, for instance, is lower to the ground and has underbed storage and a cute place for books. Yes, Mom, he might throw the books right off of that shelf and make a giant mess. We’re talking long-term use down the road.

 

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For a girl:  Today’s mom either embraces the princess stage or avoids it altogether. Regardless of your daughter’s style, the “Zayley” bed is ideal to allow her to change up her look without changing her furniture. This set can be fun, colorful and playful while she’s young. Then, down the road, you can take the stencil paneling off and change out the handles to something more mature. Voilà! An instant answer to the inevitable, “I’m too old for a room with little kid furniture.”

zayley-colorsCheck out all of these color options that come with this set. Yes, all colors! You can even get creative and decoupage photos into the furniture.

 

 


Although it may seem overwhelming going from the climb, to realizing it’s time, to actually walking into a furniture and mattress store, it’s really not so bad.

Once you enter an Ashley HomeStore, you’ll find that each mattress is unique to how your child sleeps (which is why we sell the bedroom sets and mattresses separately). When it’s time, our sleep specialists are ready to walk you through the steps to finding the setting for your child’s perfect night of sleep, which is the ultimate goal in all of this!

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Get some ZZZ’s in Zero G!

Zero gravity, that is.

Does the term make you think of outer space; something only astronauts can ever experience?

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Get ready to have your mind blown.

A lifestyle base with your mattress can actually give you that same weightless sensation when you relax and sleep.

You’re probably wondering, “what’s a lifestyle base?”

It’s quite simply an add-on option for your mattress to replace the traditional flat foundation. Unlike old school adjustable base beds that you might’ve seen in your grandparents’ house, a lifestyle base offers more comfort options for modern living—beyond reclining up or down—with an option built in called the zero gravity sleep position… and it’s amazing!

What is the zero gravity sleep position?

Zero gravity is achieved when your upper and lower body are both raised several inches, leaving your middle section slightly lower. (Think dental chair position, but on a comfy foam mattress). The spaces where your body can’t touch the cushioning on a flat mattress are supported by the elevated mattress, which contours to fit your body.

What’s the zero gravity difference?

Sleeping on a flat surface creates pressure between the areas of your body that touch the mattress and the areas that don’t, since there isn’t contoured support (in the arch of your back, for instance). The zero gravity sleep position helps eliminate these pressure points by simulating the feeling of being in space. Gravity exerts force, or pressure, on our bodies. The ability to adjust a bed to a slightly elevated position means less gravity, which means less pressure—and ultimately a better way to relax and to get more restful sleep.

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The moral of the story? With just the tap of a button, a lifestyle base can transform your mattress from a functionless, flat surface to an ultimate relaxation station that’s super comfy with plenty of other added benefits!

So, what are some of the benefits?

A better night of sleep and waking up relaxed and refreshed is the obvious answer here, but it’s important to note that the zero gravity position also reduces head, neck, back, and joint pain. Reducing pressure means reducing aches and pains and improving circulation all night long to keep your body in its best possible state while sleeping.

There are some lifestyle comforts that come with zero gravity, too. Binge watching in bed gets a whole lot more comfortable when you don’t have to jam 18 pillows behind your head and twist your limbs like a pretzel just to get comfortable. Reading a book becomes more enjoyable when you’re naturally inclined and don’t have to twist your neck to see the pages.

To fully grasp zero gravity, you really just have to experience it for yourself. We welcome you to stop in an Ashley HomeStore sleep shop to do a rest test in zero gravity. It’s a stunning difference to go from flat to zero and back. So, take the first step to getting some ZZZ’s in zero G!

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The Lost Hour of Sleep

“The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure”    
William Blake


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Daylight Savings Time is a relatively new phenomenon. The century-old practice of trading an earlier sunrise for a seemingly longer day during winter is a bit strange—in fact, it comes with just as much criticism as it does acclaim. Pros and cons aside, one thing that most people seem to detest about the winter-ending ritual each spring is losing an hour of sleep as move our clocks forward.

If we were a generally well-rested society, it may not be so bad to lose just one hour, one time—but that’s not the case.

Researchers have shown, time and again, the staggering effects of sleep deprivation. Paired with shocking statistics about just how many people are actually sleep deprived, the results paint the picture of a sleep-deprived nation. Every year, before the end of Daylight Savings Time, the National Sleep Foundation celebrates Sleep Awareness Week as a way to draw attention to the impact sleep has on quality of life, productivity, health and more. During the week, the Foundation will reveal the results of its annual Sleep in America poll results.

Though the 2015 results are not out yet, the 2014 poll offers some fascinating insight into sleep quality stats for adults and children nationwide—and it shows the tremendous impact that electronics use in the bedroom plays in sleep.

We believe that proper planning and scheduling the necessary hours of sleep each night are both critical to restful night, but you can never, ever forget the power of a good mattress.  We’re proud to offer a number of the best brands, including Simmons Beautyrest, Sealy Posturepedic, Stearns & Foster, Serta iComfort and Ashley Sleep.  Feel free to come get fitted for the right mattress, test one out, and maybe even take a quick cat nap in one of our showrooms.


From its beginnings in 1967 operating a single home furnishings store, Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. (WCT) has grown to become one of the nation’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers in the U.S., according to the trade magazine, Furniture Today. WCT operates 11 Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout western New York, central Pennsylvania and central Ohio—throughout Buffalo, Rochester, Olean and Horseheads, New York; Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania. It also operates an Ashley Furniture Outlet, and a Carpet Town Carpet One store. 

All Ashley Furniture HomeStores are independently owned and operated by a network of individual retailers, each licensed to operate in key market areas. WCT opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in New York State in 2001 in Horseheads.

Counting Sheep is for the Birds

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties our health and bodies together” -Thomas Dekker


It seems like every year, a new ‘epidemic’ faces the nation.  Something that’s consistently overlooked is sleep deprivation—and the overwhelming impact it has on all of us.

According to the Better Sleep Council, most adults need 7 to 8 of solid sack time every single night.   Everyone’s heard that recommendation time and again, however; we often put this on the back burner and refuse to allocate the time and resources necessary to ensuring we get that crucial 8 hours.  So many of us start our days with an obnoxious alarm, followed by a flurry of activities before we even leave the house.  Eight hours later, and we’re back home in the same three-ring circus with endless demands.  Kids.  Pets.  Chores.  It never ends—and by the time most of us get to bed, it’s past our bedtime.

While experts may recommend 8 hours, we’re lucky to get 6.

It’s an easy bad habit to adopt.  Trim an hour here, 15 minutes there.  “I’ll make it up on the weekend.”  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

Is it even worth it?

Absolutely.  A good night’s sleep affects everything else in your life.  Relationships with family and friends, job performance, stress and health are just a few areas where sleep has a dramatic impact.  The amount of sleep you get each night plays a pivotal role in your overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  That being said, how do we get there?

It all starts with the mattress.

Think about it this way—could you effectively establish a healthy diet without the right foods?  Of course not.  The right mattress is—both literally and figuratively—the foundation of a good night’s sleep.  Over the years, we’ve had so many new mattress customers come in and thank us—not because they love their new mattresses, but because of the incredible impact it has had on their lives.

Ready to get a good night’s sleep?


From its beginnings in 1967 operating a single home furnishings store, Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. (WCT) has grown to become one of the nation’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers in the U.S., according to the trade magazine, Furniture Today. WCT operates 11 Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout western New York, central Pennsylvania and central Ohio—throughout Buffalo, Rochester, Olean and Horseheads, New York; Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania. It also operates an Ashley Furniture Outlet, and a Carpet Town Carpet One store. 

All Ashley Furniture HomeStores are independently owned and operated by a network of individual retailers, each licensed to operate in key market areas. WCT opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in New York State in 2001 in Horseheads.