When you first welcomed your baby into your home, you may have spent days and weeks putting the nursery together until it was just perfect. But if you’re like many parents, you didn’t spend too much time thinking about what you’d do in the room after your baby was no longer a baby and was well on their way to becoming a full-fledged kid.
If you currently find yourself in this situation, or if you’re wanting to get ahead of the game by planning for the future while your little one is still little, here are three tips for changing your child’s room from a nursery to a bedroom.
Get A Transitional Bed
As your baby grows, their bed is going to have to grow with them. While you can get a brand new bed for each stage in life, Parents.com recommends saving yourself some trouble here by simply buying a transitional bed.
With a transitional bed, your child will have a crib while they’re a baby, a toddler bed once they outgrow the need for a fully-enclosed crib, and, in some instances, a day bed for future use as well. With just a few little tweaks, most transitional beds can easily be changed from one form to the other, which means you can have your child’s new bed ready for them as soon as they need it. So if you’re still looking for the right crib for your baby’s nursery, consider getting a transitional bed to save you from any future purchases for a few years.
Think Ahead For Storage
While babies require a lot of stuff despite being so small, the amount of stuff your child has will just grow as they do. Knowing this, it’s wise to think ahead for storage even when setting up their nursery.
According to Amanda Blakley, a contributor to the Huffington Post, you should try to have a lot of different options for storage with the furniture you put in your child’s nursery. This could include things like bookshelves, floor baskets, dressers, closet organizers and more.
Drop The Nursery Theme
Many nurseries have a very present theme when it comes to their design and decor. But while this may be cute when your child is still a little baby, as soon as they get old enough to have their own interests, Kaitlin Stanford, a contributor to WhatToExpect.com, recommends that any strong theme should be dropped.
Regardless of how much your child may like something right now, with the speed at which kids change their minds about things, it’s going to be easier for you to use a much more generic theme for the bigger items in your child’s room rather than having everything fit with a very specific theme.
If you’re wanting to make things easier on yourself as your child grows from needing a nursery to being in their very own room, consider implementing some of the tips mentioned above.