Childhood is full of amazing milestones, both moments of joy and ones that are difficult to handle. One of the big things in your toddler’s life is transitioning from being in their cot to sleeping in a real bed. It can be an enormous deal for any little one, especially if they spent a lot of time sleeping in their parents’ room before. But you can make it much more fun and less of a scary prospect if you take the time to create a room that they’ll be excited about sleeping in. If they’re a big boy or girl now, they should sleep in a room fit for a toddler, not a baby. Use some of these techniques to design them a room they’ll love.
The biggest change when you transition your nursery into a toddler’s room is always going to be the bed. If you bought a cot that you can transform into a toddler bed, you’re already off to a great start. But if not, it’s a bit too late for that unless you’re planning on another baby in a few years. So it’s time to look for a new bed that your little one can’t wait to get into. But how do you convince them that it’s miles better than sleeping in their cot? One way is to get them a bed with a creative design, like these kids bunk beds that are fun for toddlers and older children. If that’s a bit too much for you, get them involved in picking out some new bedding that they’ll love. You might want to think about a bed that will last them a good few years. You don’t want to have to do this all again two years down the line.
Decorate the Walls
Your toddler will love the room if you personalize it to them. You might have decorated when they were born, but now they’re developing their own tastes. Maybe they want to see their favourite TV character or animal on the walls, or they would enjoy a woodland scene, full of butterflies and birds. You could paint or hang their name on the wall or door, or just include some fun artwork to make the room less dull.
Toys on Display
Although you probably want to be careful about tempting toys at bedtime, filling the room with your child’s possessions will help them claim it. Before it might have been full of various baby paraphernalia, but now they can have spaces they can use and love. You could have toy chests or games on shelves, and perhaps even have things hanging from the walls and ceilings in storage nets. Create play areas for them too, whether it’s a drawing table or a dress up corner, so they can make the room their own.
Transitioning your toddler into their new room and bed isn’t always an easy process. But you can make it fun instead of painful by taking the time to help them adjust.