How To Create A Calming Sensory Retreat.

Creating a soothing space for your kids will empower them to self-regulate however and whenever they need to.

By Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP  

When I was growing up with my sisters, our ultimate favorite ‘getaway’ was made out of pillows, sheets, and whatever furniture we could find to hold up the most elaborate fort we could make, without it collapsing on top of us! Inside our kid-topia we would read, tell secrets, play games, make flashlight constellations, and take a time out from our parents. Kids today have colorful, ready-made pop-up tents, teepees, canopies, and fort kits that make such spaces easier to enjoy (and clean up!). So now I’m on a mission to recreate that youthful joy for my kids and use it to support these quiet moments in a fun way.

 Nobodinoz

Nobodinoz

I encourage parents to give their children a place they can call their own so they can have time to themselves whenever they need to. Creating such a space for your kids will empower them to self-regulate however and whenever they need to, and it sets up those “break” times in a positive way. Consider setting up your own kid-topia where they can take a break from siblings, curl up with a good book, and chill-out in whatever way works for them! In our fort, I may add that big fuzzy floor pillow that my daughter loves to flop on, maybe a basket of her “just-right” books on that never-ending summer reading list or maybe just leave it all to her imagination with a flashlight and a hand puppet. Ask your child what they’d like to include and make it a fun space where he/she can create lifelong memories too.

Seating

Nobodinoz floor mattresses are soft, cozy and are a cool option for a place to play, read and sleep. 

Newport Lounger by Serena & Lily comes in a cool sail-inspired shape that perfects the lounge position. Contrast whipstitching adds to the personality. A sturdy rope handle lets you pull it with ease from porch to playroom.

The Land of Nod poufs create the perfect reading nook. These poufs, in a variety of styles and colors, can be used as a seat or an ottoman and will look great in a playroom or bedroom.

Nobodinoz's super cool bean bags make a perfect accessory to a child's room. They are cozy and comfortable and any kid will simply love to snuggle up in them for a place to unwind. Ideal for bedrooms, lounges, playrooms or a cute little reading nook.

The Happy Place Throw Pillow in Multicolor from Target's Pillowfort Marvleous Manor collection puts a sweet message where your little one rests their head.

Newport Lounger by Serena & Lily comes in a cool sail-inspired shape that perfects the lounge position. Contrast whipstitching adds to the personality. A sturdy rope handle lets you pull it with ease from porch to playroom.

Vintage Batman Pillow Cover to create a bat cave for your little ones by piling up a few super hero pillows.

Serena & Lily: Hanging Rattan Chair Inspired by a Scandinavian design from the 60s, the sculptural frame is hand made of bent rattan with a scooped seat that cradles you as you float. The chair hangs by a heavy-duty loop and rope, so it's super sturdy. Add a pillow for a pop of color and cushion.

Teepees and Houses and Canopies

Ferm Living Kids Tent with two windows is made of 100% soft cotton with a foldable wooden frame. Perfect for imaginative play or quiet space in a playroom.

The Land of Nod Teepee comes in so many styles, kids will enjoy choosing their own! 

 Numero 74

Numero 74

Pillowfort for Target Teepee will give you child's room a real outdoor feel. And the inside has more than enough room for gathering a collection of stuffed animals. 

Numero 74 canopies are made with special materials and techniques to create such softness and comfort, there's no doubt that your little one will love their oasis.

Nobodinoz Teepees can shelter up three children. And they come in unique colors that will fit in perfectly in all types of rooms.

 The Land of Nod

The Land of Nod

Rugs

Pillowfort for Target Bear Rug will make their nook a cozy one. The brown and tan bear saying "hello" is simply adorable.

Black + White Indoor/Outdoor rug features a bold, design, so that's a plus. It can also be used anywhere from the playroom to the patio, so that's a bigger plus. And it's super easy to clean, so that's a huge plus. 

Candy Dot Rug's colorful design of this fun rug will make their room instantly happy!

The Land of Nod's Flokati Fluff round rug is one of the softest rugs ever. It's made with 100% wool using traditional weaving techniques that have been passed down through the generations.

Jellybean Rug by The Land of Nod is a colorful, hand-tufted rug that's great for a playroom or kid's room.

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