When your little one is having trouble dealing with their big emotions, a comfort corner can be a safe space for them to go to calm down and self-regulate.
There isn't a parent of a child over the age of one who is reading this that has not witnessed some version of an all-limbs-on-floor meltdown. Maybe you gave Isabel the wrong color toothbrush. Did you cut Timmy’s toasted cheese sandwich into squares instead of triangles? Having a safe space for your little one to spend some time self-regulating might help everyone get through these moments a little more easily.
A calm-down corner or comfort corner is a place where children can go when they are feeling overwhelmed by their emotions. It is a safe space where they can self-regulate and calm their bodies or feelings.
A calm-down corner for your child can help diffuse the volcano that is your child’s tantrum from erupting. It can also be a safe space that will help your toddler or preschooler develop vital self-regulating skills.
A child comfort corner doesn’t just have to be for when they are feeling stressed. It can also be a great place to chill when they get home from school. A space where they can unwind and switch off from their busy day.
The area you choose for your child’s comfort corner should be away from noise and distractions. It can be in a corner of their bedroom, or the playroom if you have one. In the basement, under the stairs, or even in a closet. The space should be:
Each child is unique, so each comfort corner will be different. Tailor your child’s comfort corner to their preferences and sensory needs.
You really don’t need much to create a haven for your little one to have a soothing space in which to self-regulate. Keep their personality, likes, and emotional needs in mind when designing the space. Involve your child in the creative process. This will empower them and give them ownership of their comfort corner which will assist even more in the restorative effects of their safe space.