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Toddler's First Bedroom

From a tiny newborn that cries most of the time but you know where it is when you put it down, to a toddler tearing around the place, in and out of rooms at the speed of light. When you first have a baby, you cannot imagine them walking, talking, or singing, but it does not take long for them to grow and change.

Placeholder image Soon, you'll notice their nursery needs to be turned into a proper bedroom with mobiles being replaced by piles of toys, a changing table turned into a chest of drawers and a rocking chair, where you spent countless nights singing your little one to sleep, transformed into a spaceship or fire engine or fairy castle, or what ever else their imaginations come up with.

Toddlers do not want to be imprisoned in a cot so a junior bed is ideal. If you bought a cot bed, this just needs to be converted into a bed by taking the bars off and adding on the headboard and footboard, if available. You can buy safety rails that slot under the matress for those first few weeks when they are getting used to having no sides to their bed.

The great thing with smaller beds is that your toddler will not feel as overwhelmed as they would in a normal sized single bed. Also, at this stage of their lives, they are too little to be able to cope with beds that are higher up. Be aware it is not recommended for any child under the age of six to sleep on a top bunk, for safety reasons.

Even though toddlers seem so much older than babies, they still need their room to be safe, in fact even more so as they are moving around so much. Keeping covers over sockets is a must, as is making sure any trailing wires from bedside lights are kept tucked away.

Placeholder image If you need to update the bedroom and make it less babyish, a fun way to do that is to theme the room. A boy might love a Paw Patrol theme, outer space or dinosaurs, whereas a girl might favour fairies, mermaids or Maisy Mouse.

A simple and cheap option is to use reusable stickers on furniture and walls. These come in all sorts of themes and colours to suit your needs and your toddler can even help with the decorating, as there is no mess involved! Once the toddler has grown out of that phase, the stickers can easily be removed and replaced with something else.

A little chair and table, just the right size for your toddler, is a great idea if there is space. When you are doing tasks upstairs, they can be in their room colouring or drawing at their table, enabling you to get on. A table with an easily wipeable top is the best bet – you never know when those crayons are going to shoot over the side of the paper!

Try, if you can, not to clutter the bedroom. A bean bag they can flop onto is great, plus a child's wardrobe and shelves for books are the only other things you really need. Except maybe a few toys as well!