L moved into her toddler bedroom last week! I was expecting some tears in the middle of the night, or at least when she woke up in the new room in the morning, but L transitioned like a champ. She helped me move over her books and clothes the day before, and she spent a few nights “helping” her daddy measure the new room for her furniture, so she was already accustomed to the new space.
As in her infant room, EVERYTHING in L’s toddler room is completely secured to the walls for safety purposes. She spends a lot of time in there freely mobile and unsupervised, so it is important that she can’t get hurt. If you are going to provide an environment where a toddler can grow her independence, it absolutely needs to be a safe one. This room has a small closet that we decided to use instead of a dresser. We took off the closet door for easier access. We put in a low-hanging clothes rod for hanging clothes, and my husband built adjustable shelving for the top half of the closet. There is also a bin in the bottom full of socks that L can get by herself. When she is toilet-training, there will also be a bin full of underwear down there. The hamper is to the left, and she is able to reach it and put her dirty clothes in all by herself.
Right next to her closet is L’s grooming station. We hung a mirror at her height so she can see her face. Below the mirror is a shelf my husband made since I’m too picky to choose things from stores like regular people. We keep a comb on the shelf so L can brush her own hair and a burp cloth so she can wipe drool/boogers while looking in the mirror. Underneath the shelf are a series of hooks. Each night, I hang the next day’s clothes there for L to bring to the bathroom. I tried giving her a choice of two shirts at first, but instead of choosing she just brought them both to the bathroom. Luckily for me, she is not yet very particular about what she wears! When L begins to care about which outfit she wants to wear, I’ll start hanging up two choices again.
On the way to the bathroom, we put a reading nook. There is a soft chair that is just L’s size across from a bookcase that is a husband-made replica of the bookcase in her infant room. Books are placed laying flat, so she can see what each one is before she chooses it. This reading nook is convenient for when L is spending some time alone in her room (when I hop in the shower!), as well as for our bedtime routine. The door to her bathroom is right next to her reading nook. At night, we change for bed and then come to the reading nook to read a bedtime story. After the story, L puts the book back on the bookshelf and walks to her bed. She likes to sit on daddy’s lap on the edge of the bed while he sings a bedtime song . Then she climbs into bed, he tucks her in, and leaves the room.
As in her infant room, L’s bed is a twin mattress on the floor. She is able to get into and out of it by herself. She does not sleep with a pillow, since she still sleeps on her stomach. We have low-hanging artwork on the wall so she can actually see it. I made silhouettes of some of her favorite animals — it’s more abstract than the animal pictures in her infant room, but still recognizable enough for us to discuss them.
I was very pleased with how easily L transitioned into her toddler bedroom. I had wanted to do it in August so we would have a couple of months before the arrival of Baby #2 for L to get used to the room, and she has adjusted beautifully already.