Baby’s Growing Up! – Transforming the Nursery for Your Toddler
It happens so fast – our babies grow into toddlers and pretty soon the cute and precious space that we agonized over during pregnancy is too “babyish.” When toddlerhood takes over, it’s time to transition from the nursery to a “big kid” room your child will love.
Furniture that Fits your Toddler
I tried to handle some of this process right from the get-go. When I was pregnant with my first son, I tried to choose items – especially the larger pieces – that would grow with him. Doing this wasn’t as tricky as I thought it would be! There are a ton of options for gadgets and gear that “grow with your baby” these days. For example, you can buy a crib that converts to a toddler bed, and then to a twin bed frame even further down the road!
Some items, like the changing table, should be removed as your child grows. If you’ve spent a fair amount of time with a toddler, you’ll know how much they love to climb! For the same reason, switch out the glider for a small table and chair where your little artist can sit and color or play.
Outgrowing the “Baby” Decor
We tend to choose soft, pastel colors for the nursery – baby blue, powdery pink or soft lavender. These look really nice at first, but as your child grows, you might want to opt for brighter, bolder shades – depending on their personality.
Another option is to add or switch up the wall art in the child’s room. This can be a fun, easy way to upgrade the décor without spending a ton of time or money. The best part is, your toddler will have so much fun as you work together to choose decorations that they’ll love! You don’t even really have to repaint if you’re adding wall art – there are ways to make everything work together and have the room appear more “grown up” with the same colors. I don’t have a daughter, but I bet most little girls would love to choose a few Disney princess giant wall stickers to add to their wall.
Encourage independence by designing the room in a way that allows your child to have free access. For example, place his or her books on a small shelf that they can reach. You could even add a small nearby “reading nook” with a bean bag chair that allows them to curl up and look at books on their own.
Décor Accents – Add Personality!
Using smaller items to change the look of your toddler’s room is another easy and hassle free way to go. The best part is, adding small, personality-rich items can be done over time to give the room a truly unique look. Smaller items like bedding, lamps, and curtains can all be switched out to represent your little one’s budding personality as they grow. Also, simply replacing toys as your child outgrows them will change the look of the room and give it a more “big kid” feel.
Overall, have fun with the process and encourage your child to voice their opinion on the changes. Help them create a space that they are free to be themselves and have fun in!
Kylie Worthington, freelance writer, lives in the Midwest with her family. She is mama to one little boy named Mercury – with another on the way. She and her husband, Kent, are in the process of transforming the “boys’ room” into a shared toddler/baby space they’ll all love, complete with Disney cars decorations found at www.whimsicalroomdecor.com and lots of books!