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Making the transition from a toddler room or nursery to a large nursery can be exciting, but also overwhelming for parents and children. That said, there are plenty of ways to ease the transition, sprinkle some joy, and create a well-designed space that will serve your family for years to come. We have transformed this child’s room into a large child’s room with Crate and children products and put together our top 10 tips to make the transformation go as smoothly as possible.
1. Make a great nursery plan using toddler room pain points
As you look at the current state of the room, ask yourself what’s not working and what your needs are. For example, maybe their biggest picture books no longer fit on their old shelf. Maybe there is no designated play area. Maybe you really need a great place to display their outfit choices for the next day! Focus on fixing these issues in the revamp. Doing this pre-thinking will allow you to make a plan for the new space that truly meets their needs.
2. Select flexible furniture options
Thinking about how an item can change and serve a new purpose as your child grows will make life easier later on. Not to mention, your budget will appreciate it when you won’t have to buy new furniture in just a few years! Crate & Kids has beautiful, adaptable options that are suitable for toddlers and adults alike.
When designing this piece, there was instant love for this wall table. Right now it’s perfect for coloring, but big enough to be a useful desk for homework or turned into a vanity when the child is older. The Crate & Kids Beaumont Stake Rail is also a super versatile piece. Serving as a standard peg rail, basket rack, and even an easel, it offers so much flexibility and functionality.
3. Think about long-term bed needs
The fire truck or princess castle bed might make them smile now, but they’ll outgrow it sooner rather than later. Instead, jump on the small crib and go straight to the “big crib”. Yes, that means putting a twin bed or a double bed in their room now. Considering mattresses have a lifespan of around 10 years, that means the bed can easily last through high school.
You’ll also get the best value for your purchase if you think about selecting a high-quality, fashion-forward piece. We have selected the twin bed designed by Maverick which ticks all these boxes! It has a lovely soft, padded curly headboard and looks dreamy with the Koshi Kids Organic Wild Animal Quilt. And removable bed rails give parents peace of mind that the new bed is safe for restless sleepers.
4. Promote independence
For small (but growing) kids, things like reaching for the light switch, climbing into bed, picking out a book, or looking for a shirt in their closet may just be out of reach. That’s why adding a stepladder to a small child’s room can make a huge difference in building their independence.
This square steel step stool is light enough to move around, yet strong enough to climb on. Touch lamps are also a favorite with children. Turning off the light before bed is no longer met with protests, but with “I’ll do it mom!” Plus, the Beaumont Peg Rail is perfect for hanging clothes or capes and promotes independence for little ones to keep their space tidy as it’s easy to put things back where they belong.
5. Choose versatile storage solutions
This family had a beloved little library that was perfect for baby books, but a nightmare for large picture books. Rue bookcases are beautifully shaped, come in three colors to complement the design of any room, and can hold just as many books. As a bonus, they can double as cube storage. With two shelves, we were able to store all of the child’s books in one place and a few extra toys in the Blaine white washable cubes on top. These cubes also fit perfectly in the bookcase. (Hint: we put one on the floor near the library for library books!)
6. Encourage a love of reading with a cozy space
Creating a comfortable place for you to read to them now and for them to read on their own as they get older is a gift that keeps on giving. The Leanne Ford Curly Glider coordinates with the bed we chose, is the perfect size to snuggle up to read together and stylish enough to be a very cool chair in the child’s bedroom when his cuddly days are over. rare.
It’s equally important to make sure your child has access to books. This means using the lower shelves and considering adding a book ledge. The Beaumont Book Ledge is wonderful to mount near the reading area and fill with accessible and engaging books to help tackle the topics you want to talk about right now.
7. Set clear expectations
A new room is a good opportunity to review the rules, such as the number of books before bed, what is and what is not to climb, which drawers they can access on their own, etc. . Setting these clear expectations will also help encourage maintaining a clean and organized space. And don’t forget to make sure any bulky pieces of furniture are securely attached to the wall. We love that all Crate & Kids pieces come with their own anti-tip hardware. We thought about not putting all of his furniture in his room until we knew we had time to install the anti-tip hardware on every piece.
8. Reorganize with your child’s needs in mind
For babies, we store frequently used objects up high because adults are looking for everything. But, when your child is at an age where you want to give them more responsibility, it’s important to organize things in a way that allows for that independence. We chose the two-tone high chest of drawers for this space because it offered ample space for clothes and small accessories. We then placed the clothes we wanted the child to have access to in the bottom two drawers and using fabric drawer dividers we separated by category. Don’t forget to fold the backrest so that your child can see all his clothes at the same time and make his choice more easily.
9. Make the closet accessible
In the closet, all the outfits are hung together with a matching shirt and pants. The most worn outfits are hung on the lowest rod so that a child can also see them easily. Out of season and novelty clothes can be hung on top.
We used the small metal stackable bins to categorize and hold items such as vacation clothes, grow clothes, and clothes for specific activities. These bins from Crate & Kids are large in size and can grow and change to suit your family’s needs with just a change of label. They would look attractive and functional in any room, and because they stack, they can also help with unused vertical space.
The most accessible upstairs bins house oversized donations/clothing, hangers, and dress clothes. Having a hanging trash can is one of our favorite tips. Giving your child a place to drop off keeps all the hangers ready for when you finally do the laundry and have to hang up. Be sure to set that expectation. Bin labeling makes the system clear to everyone in your home and so cute.
10. Make your child’s transition easier
The transition from a toddler room or nursery to a large nursery can be scary for some children, but you can help ease the transition in a fun and loving way. Before the transition, you can point out large children’s rooms in books and shows, read books from the library that deal with this topic, do a countdown to the big day, talk about what’s going to change and what will remain the same, and answer any questions they have.
You can also give your child choices so they can play a role in designing the new space. For example, narrow down the bedding options to two choices and let them make the final decision. And on the big (first!) night in the new bedroom, give them extra time for bedtime and surprise them with a new book, stuffed animal or pajamas to welcome them to their new space.
Making this transition is a big change for everyone…it’s the start of a new chapter in your little one’s life! With the right planning, this can be a huge parental win and an exciting milestone for your child.