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7 Easy Ways to Transform the Nursery to a Toddler Room

Rachel O'Reilly

By Courtney Ward

Faster than you think possible, there will come a time when you need to make changes to your baby's nursery to make it more functional and appropriate for your young child. The first clue is when your toddler starts trying to climb out of their crib, a skill my child has now mastered. A few, simple changes can transform whatever nursery or space you have created into a "big kid's room". 

Here is a list of upgrades we made to our daughter's bedroom. And note that it was all done in one rainy afternoon (with Daniel Tiger on repeat in the room next door)!

How to transform your Nursery into a Big Kid's Room

  • Convert crib to a toddler bed or replace with a twin/full

  • Remove the rocking chair (sob!) & replace with a small table & chairs

  • Swap the artwork, letting your child choose a couple of special pieces like these rad gold star decals

    • Fun idea: Print family Instagrams and let your child hang up with washi tape on the walls

  • Store the changing table pad and replace it with artwork, books and/or small toys

  • Sort toys to make sure everything is age-appropriate and place at your child's reach in bins in shelves. Donate baby toys to a local non profit or keep them for future use, if you expect to have more children

  • For the tiny bookworm: create a cozy reading nook and bring books to a low shelf

  • Re-purpose clothes in drawers to the lowest ones so they can dress themselves (aka princess costumes on the reg.)

After we made these modifications, our daughter now uses her room frequently, and immensely enjoys a little independence for short periods of time while I put on makeup or get dressed.

Admittedly, it was intimidating to get started and a little hard for my husband and me to think about removing the "baby" aspects of our daughter's room. But once we got started, and even involved her in the process, we all had so much fun! We quickly realized that with a couple easy steps, we could create a space that felt like new and one that everyone in the family could benefit from. 

If you found any additional changes to be helpful when you transformed your nursery, we would love to hear from you in the comments below!