Make the baby-to-toddler transition as effortless as possible with our five easy-to-follow tips for transforming a newborn nursery into a beautiful bedroom.
1. Start with the right bed
Furniture is the foundation of a little one’s room: get the basics right, and everything else will fall into place. Between the ages of 12-18 months, your baby will likely outgrow their first cot – but you’ll still want to choose a safe, secure environment for those precious slumbers.
Ideally, you’ll already have a cot that can also transform into a toddler bed, like our beautiful Classic Cot Bed. With fully removable sides and three mattress-height settings that can be adjusted as your child grows, when used as a bed, it boasts a footboard and side panels to keep them feeling protected.
Did you know?
Little ones won’t outgrow a cot bed until they’re about to start school – at four or five years old – but our birch and pinewood design is built to last a lifetime.
2. Make it cosy
If you’re using the same bed, your bedding checklist will be slightly smaller – there’s no need to update your child’s mattress. To keep them feeling suitably cosseted, we’ve ensured our children’s bed linen and blankets are extra soft – choose breathable yet cosy, quality fibres, such as cotton and cashmere.
For slightly older ones, a new bedroom will be a welcome opportunity to put their own stamp on the décor. Why not let them choose their own new bed linen? Our Glow in the Dark style is a firm favourite with little boys and girls – they’ll love drifting off surrounded by twinkling stars. It’s also a comforting choice for little ones who are still unsure of the dark.
3. Re-assess your storage
Little ones need lots of storage – but there’s no need to overbuy furniture. Instead, repurpose your nursery pieces. Once they’re potty-trained, simply removing the changer top from a chest of drawers will free up space for toys, books and blankets. Multipurpose units with a mix of storage styles, like our Classic House Wardrobe, are the perfect choice.
Some carefully placed hangers at toddler-height – with their most-worn favourites attached – will encourage little ones to help out with tidying, when the time comes.
4. Maximise floor space
It’s likely their bedroom will double as a playroom – and toddlers are natural explorers, meaning every inch of space is fair game.
Move any items from babyhood they’ll no longer need (bouncy seats, swings or changing mats) to free up space for hide & seek, film nights and creating their own magical kingdoms.
5. Give them independence
When transitioning from a nursery to a big-kid bedroom, it’s crucial to strike the right balance between safety, security and independence. Plenty of irresistibly fluffy companions (try Snowy, Riley or Louie), a familiar bed, and placing all hazards far out of reach is the perfect formula for a fearless toddler.
They’ve got their dream bedroom – so kit little ones out for Autumn adventures with our new-in collection, featuring charming checks, cosy pyjamas and adorable new characters.