The thought of your little bundle of joy walking and talking into the toddler stage may be a daunting prospect, but the amazing reality is that these are amongst the best years you’ll have as a parent.
With your child beginning to act independently, every day for them becomes an adventure filled with new possibilities, new lessons and new experiences. As parents, you want to guide, nurture and inspire this growth, so what better place to start than the epicentre of your child’s life – their bedroom?
Today, we’re offering our advice on how to plan your toddler’s room in advance, to ensure they have an inspiring, playful, safe and cost-effective space when they move into the next exciting stage of their childhood.
The life of a toddler may seem so innocently simple, but to them, each day comes with a hectic schedule. Playing dress up at 9am, action figures at 11am, colouring at 3pm and Lego at 6pm, the frantic day-to-day activities of a toddler can leave behind carnage.
As they begin to reach preschool age, you can add the prospect of books and pens to that pile, and if you’re not careful, wave goodbye to seeing their bedroom floor for the next decade. The addition of multi-functional pieces of bedroom furniture, such as those that incorporate desk space with hidden storage, assures the best utilisation of space whilst being functionally versatile for many years to come.
Throughout this stage of your child’s life, their interests and hobbies will rapidly change back and forth as they continue to grow both mentally and physically.
Because of this, it’s best to avoid themed furniture. Although 2 year old Tommy loved castles, 3 year old Tommy is all about racing cars and is bored of his castle bed frame. To avoid buying a new novelty themed bed every six months, think about permanence and purchase a standard child bed that will last for a few years, opting for the much cheaper and more versatile option of themed bedding instead.
Likewise, avoid the inconvenience and expense of decorative wallpaper, instead paint the walls a standard primary colour and achieve your toddler’s desired theme through accessories.
This way, the bedroom will remain adaptable to the rapidly changing interest of your toddler whilst allowing them to add their own touch of personalisation. Stickers are a great way to achieve this, as they’re easy to stick and remove and come in practically every theme you or the dynamic imagination of your toddler can come up with!
When planning your toddler’s room, it’s important to leave your options open to cater for the rapid changes that take place in this stage of your child’s life. But most importantly, remember that it’s a room that should inspire, encourage and promote fun – after all, you’re only a toddler once!
Alex Jones is a features writer for OWO Living, specialists in stylish home and bedroom furniture.