By Nicole Fabian-Weber
Your little one may still be in his crib. Or she’s not quite potty-trained. But there comes a point when you just ;know ;it's time for a "big kid" room -- or a least a little "maturing" of the babyish style and decor in his room.
While some people go all out and change ;everything ;about the room, there's really no need. Giving your child's room a mini-makeover is easy with just a few changes that won't break the bank.
Here, seven quick and simple ways to turn your kiddo's nursery into a room fit for a big boy or girl.
Ditch the Changing Pad
Even if your child is still in diapers, you might want to consider getting rid of the changing pad in her room. I did this with my 3-year-old. She didn't need to be changed quite as often anymore (and she sometimes went on the potty!), so I simply used a portable change pad that folded up instead. Nothing screams "nursery" quite like a big ol' changing pad.
Switch Out the Artwork
If the art in your child's room still features things like the alphabet and little baby elephants, might be time to switch it up. There are plenty of places to find affordable art that's more geared towards kids as opposed to babies. And if you don't want to spend the money, frame some of their art work. Not only does it look cool, it will show them how much you think of their creativity.
Toss in Some Throw Pillows
Putting a throw pillow or two on your child's bed -- or even her crib if she’s still in one -- instantly makes the room feel more sophisticated. You can even let her choose one. She’ll love having this personal touch on her bed.
Ditch the "Babyish" Trinkets
Have your kiddo's name in wooden blocks on her dresser? Consider swapping them out for something more grown-up, like a few small baskets that can hold things like hair ties and lotion.
Add a Plant
Fact: Pretty plants breathe new life into any room – no matter the age of its occupant. Just keep them safely out of your child’s reach.
Hang New Photography
If you have baby pictures of your child in his room, no need to ditch them -- they're sweet! However, if that's all you have, might want to add a few more recent photos of her.
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Let Them Choose One New Thing
Change can be hard on kids, so when redesigning their room, tell them they can pick out one new thing, like a new comforter or a small rug. Having some control over their new environment won't just ease the transition, it will personalize their space -- and there's nothing more "big kid" than that.
How have you turned your child’s nursery into a big kid room?
Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.