Transitioning Your Baby’s Room to a Toddler Room

There comes a point in every parent’s life when they need to turn their baby’s room into a toddler room. Yes, it’s hard to get rid of the crib and take down the mobile, but it’s time to face reality — your little baby is growing up. Transitioning your baby’s room to a toddler room may be emotional, but it doesn’t have to be challenging. There are three things to consider: the bed, the storage and the decorations. Let us help you make this milestone easier.

The Bed

Going from crib to bed is a big step. Often, cribs come with removable bars to make transitioning your baby’s room to a toddler room even easier. These convertible cribs save you money and time. However, if you’re expecting another little one in the near future, you’ll need that crib again. If this is the case, you’ll want to pick out a toddler bed for the older child.

The Land of Nod recommends toddler beds that are low to the ground. These beds are easy for your little ones to climb in and out of. Also, because of the small size, you can reuse the mattress from their crib and buy a new mattress for the new baby.

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The Storage

Now that your toddler is exploring the world you’ll need to make sure everything is out of their reach. Your changing table can become toy storage, allowing you to move any creams and ointments to the bathroom. Apartment Therapy offers great tips for repurposing your changing table to help with transitioning your baby’s room into a toddler room.

In the photo below, you can see how this parent repurposed their baby’s changing table into storage shelves for toys and photos. However, if you are saving the changing table for another addition to the family you’ll need to get new storage. Consider low, open shelves for toys and child-proof drawers for anything you want to keep out of your toddler’s grasp.

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The Decorations

A common theme we continue to stumble upon is to use “real artwork.” When transitioning your baby’s room into a toddler room, step away from traditional toddler decorations. As stated by, “Traditionally, every kids room I have arrived at is littered with pink or blue paintings of giraffes, cartoon ducks, and teddy bears. This artwork is entirely outdated. Instead, select something unexpected and interesting.”

Noted designer Anne Maxwell Foster used the real piece of artwork, featured below, in her child’s room.  Anne Maxwell Foster’s design partner, Suysel dePedro Cunningham, stated, “It is impossible for a room to be too babyish when you have amazing art to anchor the room…” So next time you’re looking for décor for your toddler’s room, don’t default to the traditional – think of real art!

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When transitioning your baby’s room into a toddler room, don’t just chuck the baby furniture. Remember to consider the bed, the storage and the decorations as transitional pieces that remain useful for toddlers. If you can convert the crib into a toddler bed, repurpose the changing table and select real art for the walls, you’ll have a stunning toddler room in no time!


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