In collaboration with Wayfair
When we moved in our new home, one of the rooms I was so looking forward to decorating was the baby bedroom. Or rather, the toddler bedroom for our two year old daughter.
One of the key things I wanted to ensure was that her room would be fun and a safe place for her to play and explore her new skills. I recently heard about the Montessori principles when decorating a child's bedroom and they made a lot of sense to me. The guiding idea is that when children's play and life is facilitated and made easy, it will encourage their independence and also good behaviour. It is all about considering life from a pint-sized perspective, and how to make it more comfortable and natural for them.
I recently wrote my top tips for a toddler-friendly bedroom for Wayfair, with some detailed explanations of what to consider and why, and detailed pictures of the project.
In brief, the easiest way to decorate a toddler-friendly bedroom is to get some child-sized furniture, make it easy for them to get to their toys, and place items in their reach and in their viewpoint. This fosters independence and teaches them how to do things for themselves (such as hopefully, putting their toys away!).
Some more specific ideas I used were:
- A toddler-sized chair and desk for comfortable drawing and crafting session;
- Wall hooks at a toddler level to help her get used to putting clothes away and dressing herself;
- A fun play mat for creative play;
- Low-level storage to encourage her to choose her own toys independently (and fingers crossed, to encourage her to put them away too);
- De-cluttering toys to keep the room as clear as possible - fear not though my dear daughter, the toys have been relegated to the loft, from where they will be periodically rotated from to keep things fresh;
- Artwork on the walls at her level to make it easier for her to enjoy it - and in the future we will put some of her own artwork on the walls too to encourage her to create even more art;
- Child-friendly bookcase where it is easy to choose the book (by the cover -pretty and functional!) and easy to grab it too with chubby fingers. I got the Tidy Books bookcase, which we all love.
What do you think of the room?
(And don't forget to check my detailed tips on decorating a toddler-friendly bedroom over at Wayfair! They've also got a swath of other lovely how-to posts there as well I have spent many a moment perusing through.)