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How to Transform Your Child's Nursery to a Space Fit for a Big Kid

One moment, you’re holding a day-old precious baby, and the next moment, your child’s a pre-schooler throwing the most dramatic tantrums on the floor. Time flies so fast that you forget that your baby’s growing up and is rapidly outgrowing their crib.

The nursery that you spent months trying to turn into the perfect room for your baby would now have to be re-done after a year or two of use. It’s time to say goodbye to the crib and changing table—and hello to a toddler or twin bed and other kid-friendly bedroom furniture.

You may be wondering what else should be on your to-do list when it comes to transforming your nursery into a space that’s suitable for your growing kid. This article has got you covered. Read on and find out some of the best ways to approach this transition.

1. Swap the Baby Furniture for Child-Friendly Ones

First things first: it's time to retire the crib. Consider replacing it with a toddler bed or even a twin bed, depending on your child's age, height, and preferences. If your child still has trouble keeping still when they sleep, you can choose a twin bed with a removable bed guard so that your child won’t fall off the bed and hurt themselves while sleeping.

Moreover, you may want to consider opting for furniture that can adapt as your child continues to grow. Choose sturdy furniture pieces that are both functional and stylish. This step marks the beginning of the transition from baby to big kid.

2. Incorporate Your Child's Personality and Interests in the Room

Now, let's get personal. The big kid's room should reflect your child's personality and interests. While you can do the decorating on your own, it will be empowering for your kids to let them help you in this project.

Ask them to choose color schemes and decorative items. Better yet, do some DIY craft projects together where you can make decorations that can be incorporated into the room. Whether they're into superheroes, animals, or outer space, there are countless ways to weave their passions into the room's design.

3. Update Your Child's Toys

Out with the old, in with the age-appropriate. Ensure that the toys in the room align with your child's developmental stage and interests. Moreover, you can display toys in an accessible and organized manner so it’s easier for your child to get them. In addition, consider wall-mounted shelves or colorful bins that can do wonders in keeping the room tidy, making it easy for your child to find their favorite playthings.

4. Create a Cozy Reading Area

A dedicated reading nook can foster a love for books and learning. To start, you should invest in comfortable seating, such as a bean bag or a child-size couch. Next, ensure they have a good source of light for reading, like a standing or table lamp. Lastly, you should add a bookshelf filled with age-appropriate books. A Montessori-style bookshelf with the book covers facing forward is a great option to entice your child to peruse their books instead of their devices.

5. Keep the Work and Play Zones Separate

Balance is key when designing a space for your child. To set their space up for school work, create a clear division between the study and play areas. In the study zone, set up a desk and a chair that’s appropriate for your child’s height so they will be comfortable. If you want these pieces to accommodate their growth, you can opt for a table and chair that are height-adjustable.

On the flip side, you can set up a play area where your child can explore their creativity and engage in imaginative play. More importantly, create a space where they can simply have fun and unwind.

6. Provide Lots of Storage

For most parents, keeping your child’s room clean and organized is a constant battle of wills. Fortunately, you can help make it easy for them by providing enough storage solutions.

Even with a small bedroom, smart utilization of spaces goes a long way. For instance, you can consider adding bookshelves on blank walls and have aesthetically pleasing boxes there to hide toys or school supplies. Underneath the bed, you can add long storage solutions where you can keep off-season clothing. Moreover, encourage your child to participate in the organization process, teaching them valuable skills in tidying up and taking responsibility for their space.

7. Avoid Going Overboard with Themes

What kid wouldn’t want a pirate ship for a bed or a fairy tale castle complete with Rapunzel’s hair in their play area? While it's tempting to dive headfirst into a thematic wonderland, remember that children's tastes can change rapidly. Avoid going overboard with themes that may become outdated. Instead, opt for a more flexible approach to decor. Choose timeless and versatile design elements that can adapt as your child's interests evolve.

8. Prioritize Safety

When it comes to your kid, safety should always be a top priority. Don’t forget to secure furniture to the wall to prevent accidents, and ensure that power outlets are childproofed. Furthermore, choose furniture and materials that meet safety standards. It’s important to educate your child about safety rules in their room, emphasizing the importance of responsible behavior.

Packing up your child’s baby things to make way for their toddler and preschool needs can be both nostalgic and exciting. While you may miss holding them as a baby, it’s also exciting to see them growing up and developing their distinct personality.

Their big kid's room is just one of the many transitions and transformations in their life. But with a comfortable and safe place to call home, they can face the many adventures and challenges that lie ahead, confident in your love and full support.