From a Nursery to a Big Kid Room
Changing your child’s bedroom is a fun way to do some spring cleaning. Finding a new home for their toys can be tricky, so there are several tips you can use to pack up all of their old goodies and find a new place for them.
There are also products that can help facilitate this process like storage boxes and toy bins. Many parents design simple systems to fit what they have and what works for them.
Overall, organizing and purging your child’s possessions is an encouraging thing. It gives them a sense of organization and control, which helps them feel at ease. This will benefit them greatly as they grow.
Another great tip is to not let yourself feel too stressed out during this process. Take breaks and enjoy time with your loved ones while letting go of past things.
Keep the room clean
It is very difficult to move onto bigger things when there are lots of pieces spread out all over the place. When your little one’s bedroom gets too cluttered, start organizing their belongings and make them a part of this process.
Remove decorations that no longer look good or fit in the new space. Get rid of old toys that they will never use anymore. If your child is interested in books, think of creating a simple reading nook or if your child is more art inclined then think about giving them a table and some comfy chairs where they can spend time crafting and drawing.
Keep the room clear by using storage boxes and baskets instead of leaving everything scattered around the floor or piled up next on the bed. Make sure that the space you are working on makes sense for a big kid that will be taking on new responsabilitys like picking up after themselves or more independent play time.
Use soft lighting
When planning how to make your child's bedroom into a big kid room, pay close attention to light. You want to make sure there is adequate darkness for sleep, as well as adequate light to motivate activity.
We also recommend investing in white noise machines to help drown out other noises in the area. These help promote restful sleep for your little one.
Use a familiar theme
When investing in new bedroom furniture, consider using a template that your child is already very comfortable with. A common starting place for most kids is a place for their toys to live in.
Many parents make their children’s bedrooms too baby oriented. Decorations are mostly things like teddy bears or cars. While these are nice touches, they can be very specific, concentrating more in colors and textures will be helpful for a long lasting sense of style in your kids room
Their bed can be a really good place to represent what they like most, with fun bed sheets or colorful bed sheets that they pick out this will make their room a more enticing place to be in for them.
Choose a big bed
If you want your child to feel comfortable in his or her bedroom, then start by choosing a good size bed. Your child will need space to grow and move around, so getting a smaller bed is not always the way to go.
A large bed will help create feeling of safety and security for your child. Having a kid’s bed that they can grow up with helps them form attachment bonds later in life.
When looking for new furniture for your child's space, think about long lasting, durable materials that can age well and grow with your little ones.
Buy cool bedding
Having a bed where they actually want to sleep in will be the most challenging and rewarding thing at the same time, most children will get excited when they see a bed spread that includes their favorite color, object or even animal. A nice print and cool decorative pillows will get them more excited than you think.
Now that your little one is getting closer to sleeping alone, they may be ready for a bigger bedroom. But before you invest in a new mattress or room set, make sure their current bedroom is kid proofed and ready for them to embark in this new and wonderful stage.
Once this is done, you will need to pick out new furniture and decorations for the space. Since babies and young children grow so quickly, keep looking for deals online and at garage sales!
A toy box that fits their size can be organized into different categories (such as toys, books, games, etc.) To avoid having to constantly search through all of these materials, consider investing in storage boxes and baskets.
Decorate the room with things they like
When changing the bedroom décor, do not overdo it. If you have to remove something, then do so slowly so that your child does not notice too much going on.
It is easy for a small child to get attached to toys or specific things in their room so, before you jump and make all these changes, be gradual and try to talk to them about the changes that are coming so they get a chance to express how they are feeling.
So, instead of buying them all new toys, adults find ways to re-purpose old ones for other uses. For example, if your kid loves cars, buy him lots of plastic boxes and things of that nature to use as storage for his games and toys.
This way, he will still have access to his favorite toys, but they will go towards another area of his life (storage) rather than just having a wall full of cars.
Focus on creativity
As we mentioned before, finding your calm is very important when designing a new bedroom or redecorating an existing one. If there are too many changes happening, it can be stressful for both you and the child.
This doesn’t need to be the case with kids. Kids don’t understand why you can’t play in the dining room table right now.
So, try being more creative with your bedroom designs. Don’t worry about how other people do things – create yours however you want!
Designate a bed as a sleeping area at least once per week. This way, the kid knows what to expect and will feel more comfortable resting and staying asleep.
If possible, keep the sleep setting like its current self. You may have to invest in some toddler sized sheets and blankets to achieve this. Or you could go cheap and buy ones from The Container Store or Amazon!
And remember, if you run out of ideas, you aren’t alone! There are plenty of online resources that help direct you towards new decor concepts and trends. Many even offer free tips and tricks so that you can give these new decorations a shot without spending any money.