There’s a lot of advice out there for new and expecting parents constructing nurseries. You know the basics: paint the walls blue for a boy, pink for a girl, or yellow if you want to keep things neutral; install an intercom or set up a baby monitor for future use; and of course, set up a comfortable, stable crib with a few stuffed animals and perhaps an overhead decoration. What you can take from this general advice is that, for the most part, most carefully thought out baby nurseries come out about the same!
But what about when your child grows up a few years? When you have toddlers and young children, and the baby nursery no longer fits, there are a number of steps you can take to transition their rooms into unique, special environments. Here are a few specific steps you’ll probably want to take (and that your kids will appreciate!).
Update The Toys
It’s fairly common, as mentioned, to fill a baby’s nursery with stuffed animals – light, soft, fluffy friends for the baby. And, for many children, stuffed animals remain the preferred room “toys” and “companions” for years to come. But if your child develops a specific favourite genre of toy – dolls, action figures, etc. – do your best to work with that theme with the characters and toys in the room. This isn’t something to update over time – go ahead and visit Toys R Us and stock up on some great toys!
Pick A Fun Bed
When it’s time for the crib to go, don’t just opt for a bland bed with a playful comforter on it. Instead, consider a themed bed! Visit Dreams Beds, where you’ll find a variety of options that will suit a number of little children – race car beds, Spiderman beds, Minnie Mouse beds, and Hello Kitty beds, just to name a few. If you can find a bed frame or design that appeals to one of your child’s favourite characters or themes, you can make the room special in one step!
Find Theme Wallpaper
Forget about colours and patterns – those are better suited to a nursery. Instead, find a themed wallpaper to install in your child’s room. Just like a bed in the design of a character or theme can delight a child, the wallpaper can bring a favourite character or environment to life in the room. Plus, it’s not a huge deal to switch in a different wallpaper if your child grows up a bit more and wants something new (which will happen!).
Of course, there are many more steps you can take. The right carpet, the right furnishings, wall decorations, and even those fun glow-in-the-dark ceiling ornaments, are all popular features in young children’s rooms. But if you really want to do something special or unique, the above steps are a great start!