The process of changing up a bedroom can not only be expensive, but incredibly time consuming. However, everyone will grow out of their cot eventually and no teenager wants to invite their friend over when there are still Care Bears on the wall. Am I right, or am I right?
This blog has been written in collaboration with Happy Beds to look at all of the tips any parent will need to transform their baby’s nursery to a toddler’s playpen, and a child’s room to a cool teenage hangout space.
Transition – Baby to Toddler
Toddlers may not be ready for big boy/girl beds until they get a little bigger, so until then, perhaps take off one side of the cot and put the special toddler rail on. This will help them get in and out of bed safely at night.
Another option, if your cot didn’t come with a toddler rail that is, is to purchase a toddler bed which is a lot lower to the ground than a normal bed. There would be no harm in using the same mattress as the back will still be developing just as much as when they were a baby.
As for decorating the bed, choose some exciting bedding with characters or animals that you know your toddler loves – this will make the transition a lot easier. If you’re planning on training your toddler to ‘go’ without their nappies, then perhaps invest in some extra bedding and a waterproof mattress cover. Same goes for the wallpaper – make it a little funky with your toddler’s favourite designs.
The changing table area can easily be adapted into something else, such as storage. All the lotions and potions can go away into a bathroom cupboard and can be swapped for toys and DVDs, or even better, things that you don’t want your little one to get hold of. However, if you really feel that you cannot use this for anything else, then get rid of it and create more room for your toddler to play in.
Saying that, it is important that your toddler has a lot more floor space to play on so get rid of anything you know you won’t use again, and something that your child won’t benefit from as they get older.
Transition – Child to Teenager
I doubt at 13 years of age; your child will appreciate teddy bears on the wall just as much as when they were younger. Maybe it is time to spruce things up a little and create the perfect, teenage paradise that your new tween or teen will love hanging out in?
No matter how much your teen exclaims that they love patterns, do not let them have wallpaper with huge swirls on. Their taste will change within a year and it will cost a fortune to decorate again, and again. Opt for a plain colour that they can eventually decorate in their own way – photographs with friends, memorabilia and cool accessories – all held on with blue tack and not glue, so they can take it off when they change their mind!
Get rid of the bunk beds and opt for something a little more adult, such as a small double bed. This will ensure that your teens can have fun sleepovers watching scary movies!
Teenagers need a quiet place to study, which is why adding a small study section isn’t a terrible idea. Invest in a spacious desk and comfortable chair with plenty of working space so that they have no excuse not to study that little bit harder.