Your little babe is now a toddler – and this means that it’s time to transition between the infant nursery and a bedroom for an older child. It is a great time to create a bedroom that incorporates toddler-friendly aspects like perhaps a race car toddler bed but which can also easily be tweaked over the coming years to grow with your child.
By definition, a toddler is a child aged between one year and three years of age. These years are a time of extremely fast and extensive development, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Physical growth as well as gross and fine motor development, improvements in vision, hearing and speech, and social development are all aspects of toddlerhood which the right environment can enhance.
The benchmark for the creation of a toddler’s bedroom is when the child is ready to transition from a cot to a bed. There is no set age for this; some children make this transition as early as eighteen months old, while many are more ready at age three. The biggest issue is whether your child will be willing to sleep in a bed without getting up constantly.
One way to assist in the process is to either move your toddler to another room (if you’re expecting a new baby, for example) or to update the current bedroom to be more appealing for a toddler. The first step is to choose a bed – and whether it’s a designated toddler bed or not, it needs to be appealing for your child.
A themed bedroom is a great idea – and whether it’s a princess, a race car GTS theme, or a pirate themed bedroom, your child’s bedroom is their haven. It’s where they sleep, rest, and to an extent, play.
The room should incorporate:
- A bed – needs to be comfortable, safe, and have appealing themed bedding to suit your child’s interest and taste. The right choice and your little one will look forward to going to bed at night!
- A nightlight – because no child likes the dark. A nightlight can make a huge difference to the quality of sleep both your child and you will get.
- Clothing storage – dresser, closet, or both.
- Book storage – because no bedroom is complete without books! A small bookcase, shelves or a box with easy access for the child to reach books safely.
- Toy storage – a toy box is a must; alternatively, use baskets, shelves, or even laundry-style baskets. These can be put in the closet when not in use.
- Make a sleeping zone and a play zone. Later on, when the child is older, the play zone can become a desk area.
- Change is as good as a holiday and an easy way to revamp a room is to change the furniture arrangement.
Choose a colorful decor – it can be bright and vibrant or muted, but the color is a huge part of a child’s bedroom and most kids won’t appreciate a very neutral palette until they are teenagers (and some even not then).
Remember that toddlers are small and things like toys and books should be at their own safe level of reach.
A toddler bedroom will obviously have its use-by date as your child gets older, but between the ages of two and five or six, it will be perfect if you get the design right from the outset. To make life easier as time goes on, make walls neutral but use bedding, cushions, furniture, and wall decor to give splashes of colour. Change accessories to update the room over time. And always remember, whether you have a pirate themed bedroom or a princess haven, safety must always come first!