Just as babies quickly grow out of their cot, the time will come when your toddler needs to transition to ‘big kid’ furniture! This is an exciting step as your little one will need to learn how to sleep in a new bed. Help your little one take the next steps into childhood with these four bedroom transformation tips:
Over time, clutter builds up. To make room for the new toys, books and clothes that your child is sure to gather over the coming years, make sure you assess current clutter levels and get rid of anything that’s no longer needed.
The ‘Three-Box Method’ is a great technique for getting rid of clutter. You simply label three boxes with the below headers, pull everything out of the room and then decide what box it should go in. The result should be a de-cluttered room with only the essentials and the items that spark joy left over:
1. To Archive – this may be in a memory box stored in the loft or a cupboard
2. To give to Charity – to donate to a charity of your choice
3. To Throw – items that aren’t suitable should automatically fall in this category
Update the colour scheme or theme
As your little one’s personality develops further, you may want to reconsider the grey walls and white clouds and use this opportunity to redecorate. It could be nice to design their room around their interests, such as cars or space! This doesn’t have to be an overly expensive or permanent move. Instead, you can build on your neutral base colours with on-theme duvet sets, accessories and even wall stickers. Wall stickers are easier and cheaper to use than wallpaper and when the next area of interest comes along and it’s onto the sailor theme, it’s really easy to update the décor!
Top tip: consider the colours you’re using to brighten up the room. Colour is a powerful tool and different colours can have different effects on us. For example, green and yellow, are known to stimulate imagination and boost creativity and blue can produce calming and soothing effects, which is great if your child struggles getting to sleep.
Choose a sturdy and reliable bed
While your child may have now outgrown their toddler bed, a ‘big bed’ is a big step! Consider one that’s low to the ground that has the option of adding side rails as a temporary measure, until they’re comfortable with their new bed. Instead of throwing them in at the deep end, let your child practice napping in the bed to get them used to it!
Top tip to plan ahead of time: Time will fly, and it won’t be long until your child turns 6 or 7 and is inviting their friends over to play, socialise and sleep over. At this stage you may find them begging for a children’s bunk bed from Room to Grow to host their sleep over guests comfortably. If you’re keen on pre-planning, certain models can split into two single beds – one of which (with the side bars) could be perfect to move them into right away!
Get creative with storage
As your child continues to grow, their toys get bigger too! Raise the bar and look to the walls for installing shelving to maximise storage space and keep certain items out of reach from little ones – this will minimise mess too.
But, shelving might not be enough to keep their things organised and tidied away. Consider multi-functional furnishings, such as toy boxes that double as seating benches, beds that come with built in storage and cube storage units – the more storage space you can secure, the more you’ll be thanking yourself in the future!