We recently converted our fourth child in a nursery room for a big baby boy. We are expecting our second child this year and thought it was a good transition to get more adjusted to life as a big kid.
We had so much fun doing this and came up with lots of creative and fun ideas without spending a lot of money. I'm a big fan of classic rooms that will last for many years to come, so I thought I'd share some of my ideas.
The best advice for parents gave me when I had William three and a half ago was to "keep in the cradle, whenever possible." Now has this advice to everyone I know! I am convinced that the cribs are largely unnecessary and often contribute to children getting enough rest from an early age.
have seen countless parents giving a crib when their children are
barely able to crawl and then complain that children are not going to
stay in bed during the night. I do not think many two year olds have the maturity or impulse control
to properly manage a big kid bed for consistent and regular naps and
first advice to parents is not feel rushed to make the transition from
baby nursery room for big children during the first three years. If you are concerned about your baby you can get out of the crib, invest in a crib tent sold in baby stores. These are a safe and effective way to prevent children from climbing or falling out of the crib.
If you are planning to have more children, they are likely to use this tent again with his younger brothers. Also
make sure your crib is in its lowest position the child becomes
stronger and do not use bumpers which only encourage climbing. If you are expecting a sibling, consider buying a second crib. Cots are not very expensive and you can be happy to have two children in cribs for the adjustment period of a brother anyway.
This will also make you really feel as if the value of the baby's nursery because it has been used for three years. Likewise,
it will skip to the costs of the child's bed and go straight from a
crib to a big kid bed your child will use for years to come. It is certainly a better value in the long term.
In addition, for three years or more, you'll have a better idea of what your child turns. At
this age, you will be able to distinguish between a phase and
maintaining the interest of your child and probably also for the coming
years. So many people are tempted to rush out and buy character bedding for toddler beds.
While his 18 months old may love Barney, chances is 2.5 years, they moved on to something else. Try to keep the classic themes and steer clear of characters whenever possible. For three most children are constantly trains, transportation, animals, sports or balls, flowers, etc. and you will be able to take your interest as his inspiration and go from there.
I admit, I'm a big fan of stores like Pottery Barn Kids when it comes to designing a fourth child. Classics have large babies or children will stay with a child for years to come. However, often they do not have the budget to spend that Pottery Barn requires. So I order catalogs that are free to the ideas of the rooms.
I try to do, or find knock offs in the cheaper stores like Target. You
can also shop consignment or second hand stores, garage sales
particularly in upper-class neighborhoods, or trying to find an outlet
store near your favorite designer stores. The Internet is also a valuable tool in terms of getting ideas and themes that go. Shop for items like mattresses, springs, bedding discount furniture
stores to save money or if you like flea markets, by all means.
it came time for William's room, we decided to go with something basic,
which will allow us to improve and add to the room over the years. The first item we got was a ceiling fan because his room, often get very hot during the summer months. He really wanted a multicolored ceiling fan. We allowed him to achieve this, as we were buying one anyway, but the challenge came to work with this. The fan, which consisted of four primary colors set the tone of the room.
William really wanted bunk, but I do not feel comfortable with him on a litter until he was older. We ended up just a mattress-sized, simple, box spring and bed frame that can happen to your sister when she's ready. About this time, he is six years old and I'll let you have the bunk if you still want. We have a guest room, but for those of you who may need extra bedding,
you may also want to consider getting a full size bed so it could be
used for guests if necessary.
Since only opted to go with a frame, we wanted to dress getting a good comforter set. We chose a classic denim comforter and sheets we get fun with it. He took some nice flannel sheets winter. When its time to get the summer that lets you choose cotton sheets some fun too.
We decided to go with two colors of ink and put them in alternate walls in your room. William complements well and seems to love. We are using a dresser my father-in-law made for my husband when he
was a young child, who has a sentimental value for clothing storage.
why William is so in his letters now, we find cut out of wood and have a
bit of acrylic paint that matched the fan and put your name on the
also found a beautiful wooden table and chairs in a local craft store
also paint with matching acrylic paint and put it in your room. It will be a table of all effects used for everything from artwork to building with Lego.
Again, this can also be repainted and a younger brother is transmitted as it expires. You can also get a toy storage unit or shelves that can be painted to match. Another great idea is a comfortable bean bag in a corner or in a large window seat that can be used for a reading or relaxation.
adding decorative touches to the room, such as allowing the child hand
prints or foot put on the wall or to a growth chart. Wooden frames can be painted to match the colors you are using and you can view the artworks of children in them.
My advice is for you to give your child some choices in your room but make the big decisions alone. For example, they allow them to choose leaves - but you choose the quilt. Do not give the child all that you do not want to do.
William loves his big boy room and delights in showing our customers. He's doing great in their transition to the big kid bed. We stacked soft pillows on the principle if he fell off the bed, he did, but did not seem to care much! The room has been labor of love and a mixture of their and our ideas. Enjoy!