5 Tips For Upgrading Your Baby's Bedroom For A Toddler
It probably feels like you only just left the maternity ward with your newborn baby, but here you are, looking to transition your baby’s room into a toddler’s room.
Your little one is now walking, crawling and showing you their own distinct personality. Where did the time go?
Here are 5 easy steps to transform that bedroom!
A lot of these steps are common sense, says Garry Cohn, Interior Designer from cohndesign.com, but you don’t really think about it until you consider your child’s special needs and conditions for this age.
Yes, kids are little people and they live close to the ground. It’s not until you get down to their level that you can really see the world from their perspective. Garry recommends you lie down on the floor and see the room from your child’s eyes. It is quite different. A bedroom that may seem small to us can be really big to them, with tall ceilings and unreachable storage.
Step 1: Furniture and Accessories
Choose beds close to the ground and furniture that is sturdy or secured in place to prevent them from wobbling, or even worse, falling over. You may consider laying the mattress on the floor for their first night so if they fall out of the bed, they will just roll on to the floor. Provide chairs that work for their height along with a desk. This is when they can start to use their motor skills by sitting and drawing. Make lighting easy for them to turn on and off in a safe way. A space can seem less scary and if they don’t feel confined by unreachable door knobs.
Step 2: Materials, Fabrics and Textures
We often forget that kids have heightened scenes, they are more receptive to touch and that also includes sheets, floors, walls, furniture just to mention of few. Fabrics that we may consider stiff to us can be perceived as coarse and rough to them. Bare floors may seem normal to us, but can be perceived as cold and hard. You can easily change any floor with soft pillows for them to play on. They can easily be washed if your child has allergies.
Step 3: Play and Discovery
The Bedroom plays a vital role in the development of your child. Just think about your childhood, you've probably forgotten a lot of things but you can still remember your bedroom. So let’s add some interest to this room that provides good memories for your child. Create areas of imagination in the room or add murals or maybe just colour. If you live in an apartment and you cannot touch the walls, try a rug with an interesting print or maybe colourful soft foam interlocking tiles. If you are more conservative don’t touch any of the furnishing or walls and add a tent in the corner or designated space for them to play.
Step 4: Clothing and Storage
Again we need to take the perspective of a child, things are taller and heaver for them than you may think. Also, use space for them to learn self-discipline. You can hang their clothes on hooks perfect for their height so they can learn to put their them away. Also, provide storage bins without lids that make it easy for them to put their toys away. Just keep it simple for them to get into the habit of putting their toys and clothes away.
Step 5: Health and Safety
This goes without saying, but as I mentioned before, you need to see the room from your child’s eyes and fingers. Yes, those little fingers can get into everything. Provide electric socket guards, door and drawer guards and corner guards for hard edges. Secure carpets down with carpet tape. Also, night lights are important for those emergencies in the middle of the night, especially when you start potty training!
We hope these 5 tips will get you started! Remember, this is a very impressionable time for your child to make it fun and give them the freedom to express themselves with their room. They spend so much time there, it's nice to make it an experience.
Written for eumom by Garry Cohn, Interior Designer from cohndesign.com