If your little one has started walking or talking, it might be time to consider transforming the nursery into a bedroom that nurtures their energetic and curious qualities. They grow at an incredible pace and it might seem a daunting prospect to have to redecorate their room after such a short while, so we’ve put together some tips below to help make the transition smooth and fuss-free, without having to start from scratch!
Furniture That Grows with Your Child
Although there is an increase in independence as your baby outgrows their nursery, the familiarity of their sleeping environment is important. By choosing furniture that grows with your child through their various stages you’ll not only appreciate the great value but also the comfort it provides for your little one.
Our Eton Expandable™ Cot Beds have been created with innovative technology that ensures a longer lifespan. When the time is right (once your little ones shows subtle signs of becoming a professional escape artist) our Eton Expandable™ cot bed can transform into a toddler bed and then a full adult-sized single bed using the easy-store conversion kit available separately. The Eton Expandable Cot Bed will be a comforting friend from birth through to childhood and beyond, preventing the need to purchase a separate kid’s bed.
Furniture That’s Built to Last
It’s wise to choose durable big-ticket pieces: investing in sturdy furniture that’s built to last will save you money in the long run, saving you from having to replace items along the way. All of our chest of drawers are crafted with sustainable timber built with to withstand the bumps and knocks expected with family life and a playful toddler! Our 3 Drawer Dresser lasts well beyond the nursery and features plenty of space on top for our Cloud Easyclean Change Pad.
If your space allows, choosing full-sized furniture over nursery-specific furniture is a great way to transition from baby’s room to toddler’s room! With two configurations for different stages in life, the Neat Wardrobe can be set up to accommodate younger children’s clothing with two hanging compartments or with one hanging compartment for older children’s and adult clothing! It also has a handy shelf and storage drawer at the bottom, offering a storage solution suitable for all ages.
Versatile Décor & Accessories
From the word go, it’s a good idea to decorate your nursery with longevity in mind. As well as going through physical changes throughout childhood, your little one will no doubt go through an array of likes and dislikes. If you choose a neutral base, your nursery can be easily transformed with accents, pictures and textiles to reflect the latest stage in your child’s development.
It’s also important to think about how your décor can develop from nursery to bedroom: a cosy corner once providing a comfortable space for you to feed your baby at night will transform perfectly into a squishy spot for your busy little toddler to take a quiet minute, or for you both to perch whilst reading your favourite book. Soft warm lamps, snuggly throws and cushions will be used right through from baby to childhood.
Our Tidy Toy Box is another great example of a versatile accessory built for the move from nursery to bedroom: when your tot is tiny and barely completing tasks beyond sleeping and eating, the Tidy Toy Box is a great place to neatly store muslins and swaddle cloths. As your baby becomes a toddler, as well as featuring plenty of internal space for toys, the wheels make it easier for your little one to tidy toys away after playing, developing those all-important early-learning skills.
It can be easy to be lost in the world of babies, but with toddlerhood just around the corner, keeping these tips in mind will ensure this step is a little easier for you and your child. For more information on decorating your nursery and planning ahead, read our helpful post on choosing storage for your space.