Doing new things can be scary. When it comes to change in your kids' lives it can be downright terrifying. We’ve all experienced some big lifestyle changes in the past year that thinking about more change might be exhausting. Unfortunately, baby and kids don't stop growing. We want to shed some practical suggestions for some of the key transitions your kids will go through and how to address those those in your home.
Change is good but sometimes staying where we are is easier. Or at least more comfortable. When it comes to raising children there are changes and transitions at every turn. In this post we address three common transitions faced by our clients and share how we suggest moving forward with more grace and confidence.
PARENT: "When do you transition your young child from the crib to a toddler or regular bed?"
DESIGNER: This is a common concern first-time parents have. There are various suggestions when it comes to timing, some are based on physical milestones and others touch on the emotional readiness, for both child and parent.
When it comes to knowing when your child is ready physically the main consideration is, are they standing and about to or already climbing out of the crib on their own. For safety reasons this is a good cue that it is time to transfer from the crib into a bed. Then the concern becomes, “What if my child falls out of the bed and hurts themselves?” Often it seems the parent is more fearful of this happening then if and when it does. Logistically, keeping a child in a crib they can climb out of is more dangerous than rolling out of a bed that is lower to the ground.
For safety concerns with the big kid bed there are a couple popular bumper styles that can be added to any bed. Soft mattress bumpers like these low foam bumpers and higher mesh rail bumpers.
Another aspect to think about when planning the transitions from crib to bed is doing so at tie when change is good or more acceptable. Off the top of mind are moving homes, when a second child is arriving or when they have a birthday. These events can help provide excitement and positivity around the change. Also getting the child involved in the process by having them help deconstruct their crib (unscrew a few pieces) and build their new bed frame (help “read” the directions) instills a sense of excitement and pride for a child. Or maybe it’s just helping pick out their new bedding.
For a smooth transition consider both physical and emotions needs.
Parent: "What’s the best way to decorate a shared room going from one to two kids?"
DESIGNER: If both new baby and first child are same sex then that can be easier to wrap your head around stylewise. But there is still the issue of nursery versus big kid bedroom vibe.
We would suggest leaning more mature with all the styling and décor. The baby certainly isn’t ready to have opinions on colors and styles, but we bet their older sibling does. A first child is often quite concerned about how their new environment will feel.
Finding a way to make the older child’s sleeping area a tad more “special” or personal is key. When families are expecting a new baby there is so much attention swirling around that birth that the big sis or big bro can feel left out. By doing something just for them in the room you can help mellow out those emotions.
Parent: "What are the considerations for updating a bedroom from child to teen?"
DESIGNER: By now your child has plenty of their own opinion and preference and has probably displayed those clearly on the walls and shelves in their bedroom. Most likely their style is now a hodgepodge of childish dreams and teenage interests. This is a wonderful excuse for a little bonding and a room refresh to match their environment to their age.
The importance of updating a teens bedroom is not only to improve it’s look but functionality and self confidence. We all feed off our surroundings and it is well known that teens prefer to spend more time in their bedrooms than they did as a little kid. Giving them a retreat that raises their maturity can only be a good thing.