Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Transforming to a Toddler Room

With plans of potty training coming up sooner instead of later, finally converting from the crib to a toddler bed is upon us.  Part of me hates the idea to cause a disruption as Ashlynn sleep 90% of the time is really great.  Even if she does wake in the night, it's usually just for a lost paci or to turn the music back on her Tot Clock.   She stays put happily and quietly in the crib after she wakes until the clock turns yellow, so part of me is afraid to toy with this routine as after months of irregular sleep patterns it feels a bit "don't fix what's not broken".

On the other hand, with a girl who has the bladder of a camel and doesn't need frequent changes during the day, I need her to be able to get up if needed in the morning or after naps - the times she's most likely to go.

We will be converting her crib to a toddler bed instead of switching to an official "big girl" twin or full sized bed.  I hope part of this helps her still feel comfortable as the size and location of the bed won't change and it also allows us to get more mileage and value from our crib as we just purchased a second last year for Kenley and buying a whole new frame and mattress isn't really in our budget.  Her crib mattress is waterproof so that's an added bonus.

I asked her if she wanted a bed like mommy and daddy's (meaning pillow and blanket) and what she'd want it to look like.  Her answers range from pink to purple and strawberries to bunnies.  Honestly though, I don't think she has a clue what I'm really asking.

I don't plan on changing much in her room other than getting new sheets, duvet and cover, pillow case and then some new prints for her frames.  Her black out curtains are staying so that means her seafoam green wall colors and yellow accents need to be worked into the color palette.  We already purchased a lavender duvet cover so it's the sheets and pillow I want to have some fun with.

Here's my two ideas, and for reference, how her room looks now (just a lot cleaner!) and my original inspiration from when we moved houses.



If you've followed us since A's babyhood, you know her lovey is a bunny (BunBun) and she's just generally into bunnies over other animals, always choosing bunny options when available.  I love this lavender fabric with an orchid watercolor bunny print.  It's the happiest marriage of her favorite color and animal and keeps me from giving into the trademarked character sets I know well eventually get for her.   I would swap her prints with some adorable bunny themed drawings by this etsy seller.  I would move the prints back over her crib and get a new tissue garland by, Project Paper, to hang over her book case.


My other option is Ashlynn's other obsession, donuts.  I thought it'd be playful to have donut sheets and prints and accessories with various sweets, like this pillowmacaron print, and some wooden letters in "Sweet Dreams" to wrap the theme together.  I also love the tea party print of two girls playing, can't help myself.


Decision time!

23 comments:

  1. I'm really loving the lavender/yellow color palette--it's so unique! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  2. Love them both, but the purple and bunnies is so stinking adorable I could die. You have such great taste - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  3. Super cute ideas!! I love your colors and those dandelion curtains are adorable!!

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  4. I love option 2! If bunnies are her favorite I say stick with that, she will be so excited once she finally gets it!

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  5. Either choice will be perfect! The bunnies are really sweet and the donut theme might grow with her for a little longer. I think the donuts would make me hungry all the time though! Ha!

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  6. Those dandelion curtains are the best thing I've ever seen. I LOVE them.

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  7. Cuuuute!! I particularly like the purples and yellow (but I've never been big on pink-anything, although if it's a pink donut, that's fine). :) Can't wait to see the transformation!! You have great ideas and style so I'm sure it'll be adorable.

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  8. loving option one!! but as you always do - whatever you choose will be swoon worthy and I can't wait to see it all come together!

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  9. Super cute! I love the bunny themed room. Just wanted to let you know, my daughter is potty trained but still in a crib. She wears a diaper for nap and bed. She will just call to me if she needs to pee after she's in bed and occasionally poops in her diaper first thing in the morning. It doesn't seem to bother her and I am so not ready to deal with her getting out of bed yet...

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  10. Aww, thanks Sara! I figured most people would be all... how random?! ha

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  11. Thanks, Taylor! I got those curtains for original nursery in our old house, they were a splurge being custom with the blackout lining so I'm keeping them as long as we can!

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  12. I'm hoping new bedding and a bit of a small makeover will make the whole transition new and exciting (Fingers Crossed!)

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  13. That's the beauty and why I'm not going all out with new paint and accessories... it's the toddler bed (crib mattress), so I don't need it to grow since we will probably get a twin bed and do a whole room makeover (possibly switch her room to the bigger one down the hall) in another year or so when she's fully potty trained and ready for a bigger bed. This is just sort of a interim makeover to make the transition exciting for her... or that's the hope.

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  14. Aw thanks Courtney! Sometimes I wish I could update them, but they were custom and one of the pricier items so I trying to make them work as long as I can.

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  15. I hear ya girl... I'm getting desensitized to the pink, but it's still not my first choice. I'm cool with coral and peach, but the straight up pinks... meh.

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  16. Thanks for the info/advice. I'm not going to do both at the same time since I think that might be too much change at once, but hoping one follows the other. It's looking like the potty training might come first since I enjoy having her contained when I'm dealing with the baby. I also need the Husband around if she's going to insist on us staying with her to fall asleep or keep walking her back to bed and I need to be with Kenley. And he's had some travel for work planned. All I know is I hope both (and breaking the binky) all happen by the end of the summer!!

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  17. Love, love the colors!!! And the tea party print, I couldn't resist either!!

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  18. Love it all! The donut idea is adorable {and kind of sounds like my dream room}, and the colors are amazing. Can't wait to see the end result!

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  19. how will you ever decide?! they are BOTH adorable!

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  20. I adore the bunnies! I'm a big purple and yellow fan - bright and beautiful :)

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