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Top Tips For Transitioning Your Baby's Nursery Into A Great Kids' Room

Updated on December 11, 2013

Your baby knows what he wants in a kid's room!

An active nursery can become an active kids room  very easily and affordably!
An active nursery can become an active kids room very easily and affordably! | Source

Work with your child to create the perfect environment.

When your baby begins toddling, you know it is time to start transitioning the nursery into a great growing and playing space for an active child. It is important that you realize that your child's transition from crawling to walking to running around also signals a transition in thinking. Now is the perfect time for you to begin helping your child learn how to make choices and express desires. Be sure to include your child in the planning and creation of a beautiful big kid's room. Read on to learn how.

Find out what your child likes and wants.

Talk with your child about the nursery as it is to find out what he or she likes and does not like about it now. For example, if you learn that your toddler is especially attached to a particular rabbit night lamp, you will definitely want to keep that. In fact, the two of you may even decide to incorporate a rabbit theme in your kids' room decoration plans. Look at pictures of kids' rooms in magazines and design books. Talk about colors and favorite topics. Visit fabric stores to explore prints, colors and textures. Even if you are not going to make your own curtains and bedding, the wide variety of choices available in a fabric store can stimulate your imagination and help you make good decisions.

Choose wall coverings that will transition easily as your child matures.

To get the most value from your decorating dollar, it is wise to select paint and/or wallpaper that will work well with a wide variety of choices in decorative items and accessories. Your child may be adamant about wanting wallpaper depicting favorite cartoon characters or paint colors that do not mix and match well. This is an opportunity for you to help your child understand the difference between making a short term decision and making a long term decision.

Don't brush off your child's choices. Instead, pay close attention to them and work together to think of ways to incorporate them into the room decor. For example, look at and choose from posters of favorite cartoon characters. Choose poster frames, throw pillows, rugs, and comforters in your child's choice of colors.

Once these choices are made, select several choices in wall coverings and/or paint that mix, match and blend well with your child's choices in wall hangings and accessory colors and will also be adaptable to future choices and changes. Allow your child to select freely from your pre-selected choices. In this way, you can be sure of getting the most value from your investment in wall covering. Additionally, your child can have the decorations and colors he or she loves now and the freedom to change easily in the future.

Invest in high quality furniture that grows with your child.

Multipurpose, adaptable kids' furniture is a smart investment.

Of course, knowing the difference between a long term decision and a short term decision is important for adults as well as children. If you were smart, when you bought your baby furniture you did so with an eye to the future. There are some wonderful choices in children's furnishings today that allow you to simply transform your baby's furniture into your kid's furniture. A baby crib that can become a toddler bed and a changing table that does double duty as a dresser are very smart choices in furnishings for children.

Be sure to include a safe toy box to keep your child's room uncluttered. It is better to choose an open box than one with a lid because children can be hurt if the toy box lid slams shut unexpectedly. A good play table with plenty of room for art supplies and projects is also desirable for a kid's room. Avoid accidents and injuries caused by falling by choosing a low table that your child can use either standing or sitting on a thick floor cushion.

Your child's room should be an expression of your child's personality.

Naturally, you should help your child make good choices in room decoration, but don't impose your own choices on your child. If your home is decorated in a specific style, don't insist that your child's room follow suit. A kid's room should be a place he or she can use as a retreat and a place to grow and dream. Your child should feel completely at home and free to explore and play. When you work closely with your child and offer gentle guidance, you can help him or her create a wonderful place to spend many happy hours.



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    • SallyTX profile image

      Sally Branche 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Thanks! I think it's very important for children to learn to think for themselves and make smart decisions. Parents should build this into every activity and project. Thanks for reading and voting! ;D

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      jtrader 4 years ago

      I like the colorful picture of the attentive baby you choose for this article. As you pointed out , this is a good way to help children make choices that they will still be proud of in the long term. Voted up and interesting!