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Becoming a mother for the first, second, third, or more times is a wonderful experience. The time leading up to baby’s birth is filled with excitement and anticipation. This excitement includes preparing for little one’s arrival. The nesting period provides expectant parents the opportunity to prepare for their baby’s arrival. From stocking the necessities like diapers, bottles, and safety gear; to decorating their space, preparing for the baby is fun. Babies grow up, however, and their needs change and their rooms need to grow with them. I’ve gathered together some fun ideas to transform a nursery into a toddler room (or tween). I’ve also included a few tips I have learned along the way as a mom to four. Let’s dive in!
When transforming a sweet nursery into a more mature and age-appropriate space for your toddler (before you know it tween), there are a few basics to keep in mind.
- Color – Your 3-year-old may love hot pink. However, do you really want to paint over that in a few years when she’s outgrown the color? Nope. Trust me. I painted my daughter’s room hot pink. She’s over it now. That means, primer, primer, and more primer for mom. TIP: Give your little one 2 colors to choose from for their room wall color. This makes them feel involved (they are) but doesn’t overwhelm the situation with too many options. Asking you child what color they want for their room leaves the field too wide open. Then you have to explain why lizard yellow is not happening, right?
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- Furniture – That cute little race car bed may be your son’s to-die-for item. But, he’s going to grow quickly and before you know it you’re going to be forced to purchase a new, sturdier bed in the future. Think about the pieces you purchase for the room. Try to find items that will grow with the child, hold their style, versatility, and work in any decorating style.
- Accessories – Shoot for the moon with the accessories. This is the place to have fun with color, texture, favorite characters, etc. Throw rugs, bedding, and art are easily changed as your child grows up. This is the place to really have fun with your design.
I love each of these rooms. They all contain great ideas to transition from the nursery to toddler to tween. The bones of each room are perfect to build upon; from the wall color to the flooring.
A few really interesting ideas:
- The Montessori Bed – placed on the floor or very low to the ground. If you are at all concerned your child will fall out of a traditional bed, this may be the option for you.
- Tents – I wish these were around when I was a kid! Fun private spaces for the kids. Easy to take down when the child grows up. And a great place to incorporate pattern into the room.
- Storage – Keep the kids’ toys and playthings organized. Creative bookcase ideas, crafting areas, and games. All are sophisticated without the baby element. The kids feel grown up with their sophisticated room details.
- Fun Seating Options – Older kids will love a hanging chair or hanging chair. If you prefer to not hang it from the ceiling, most of these style chairs are compatible with a hanging chair.
I am loving this room. From the fun and unique light fixture (love the crown) to the pretty and classic Jenny Lind bed. This room will carry this little girl from toddler to pre-teen and further.
Tents are very popular toddler room accessories. And why not? They are fun! Great for imaginative play, quiet time, or even a fun little nap in the “outdoors”.
This room may feature a Montessori style floor bed, but it has the vibe of a sophisticated room. The patterns and colors are fun but modern.
With great basics: paint, flooring, and architectural elements – add a bit of color and fun with accessories.
What a fun room! The furry rug looks soft and cozy for a toddler but will transition well to a tween with more sophisticated tastes.
This room is a great example of making it work for two. The mural unifies the space with soft and bright colors. It is a whimsical and artistic focal point that ties both little girls’ tastes together.
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Enjoy decorating your child’s next phase room!