It happens before you even realise, soon your baby is walking and talking, and you find yourself swapping out their crib for a big kid bed. You spent a lot of time decorating your nursery and you
should put just as much effort into upgrading it into a toddler’s dream bedroom.
Swap out the cot for a big kid bed
First and foremost, you need to get rid of the baby crib and look at some proper children’s beds. The sure-fire sign that it is time to upgrade is when your child starts to regularly climb out of their cot. Initially, you should get them a toddler bed or starter bed so it is less challenging for them to get up and much safer for them to sleep in – a children’s single bed can be a little bit too daunting for a small toddler. If you want to save money and get a big kid bed that is going to last them for a good few years then a guardrail is a smart addition and possibly a stepping stool to use for the first year or so.
Get some big kid bedding for that big kid bed
This is a great opportunity to get creative – you can go for bold, bright colours or more stylish neutral shades. Alternatively, you can get a bedding with their favourite characters or animals on as
this is sure to bring a smile to their little face when they see it! If you want you can also bring them with you to choose their own bedding and cushions – they will love it if give them the creative
Change up the décor
Nursey décor would have been picked long before your baby was born and is probably fairly generic or gender-neutral. So this is the perfect chance to let your little one’s personality shine through and let them have some input in how you decorate their room. You can go all out and repaint the walls their favourite colour, swap out the artwork for some more up to date pictures or posters, opt for removable wallpaper if you anticipate their preferences might change often. A growth chart is a really cute addition to a child’s bedroom to help track their height as they grow up.
Reassess the storage
Toddlers and kids need a lot of storage in their room to fit in their various toys and games and books. As your child grows up their interests will develop, and they will acquire more stuff every
birthday and Christmas. Not only that but the size of their toys will grow too – no more simple building blocks, your toddlers will be after dollhouses, play kitchens and trikes. You will need
sufficient space, not just to store these but also space to play! Kids need plenty of floor space to layout all their toys and build their own world – a decent play area will also help to keep the toys out of the rest of the house!
Carla is the founder of MyBump2Baby. Carla has a huge passion for linking together small businesses and growing families. Carla’s humorous, non-filtered honesty has won the hearts of thousands of parents throughout the UK.
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