Last month I took you on a tour of Levi’s nursery, and today I’m excited to show you how we transitioned the space into a toddler room.
We didn’t make any changes to Levi’s room until a few weeks after Asa was born. Since Asa was sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom, we didn’t immediately need the crib, glider, and dresser from Levi’s room.
We also didn’t want Levi to feel as though we were taking anything away from him because there was a new baby in the house. Instead, we made a really big deal over his graduation from “baby furniture” to “big boy furniture.”
We started by removing the crib and bringing in a new twin mattress, which we kept on the floor and flush against the wall. Pool noodles stuffed underneath his sheet functioned as a guard rail on the other side, but they were so noisy that they only lasted about a week. Luckily, Levi never rolled out of bed. (Although he did, at times, come awfully close!)
A month or so later, his new twin bed frame arrived from The Land of Nod. Even without a box spring, it was too tall for Levi to climb into, so we used his Moroccan poof as a step stool. Previously, the orange poof served as a footrest for the glider.
The glider was replaced with a white Eames rocker from our living room; however, it didn’t get much use in Levi’s toddler room. Instead of reading in the rocking chair as we had done with the glider, we started snuggling in Levi’s new bed for story time.
Sometimes after his bath, though, Levi would request to be wrapped up in his hooded towel and held like a baby. I’d carry him into his room and rock him in the Eames chair while singing “You Are My Sunshine” or “Twinkle, Twinkle.”
To keep Levi’s new toddler room from feeling too cramped, I swapped his bulky brown dresser for something slightly smaller and white. Well, mostly white. We loved the clean lines and modern design of this two-tone dresser.
If you compare these photos to Levi’s room as a nursery, you’ll notice that all of the artwork and shelving stayed the same, although we did reposition the zebra-print rug to better fit the bed.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why Levi doesn’t have a blanket…The one we bought to coordinate with the sheets turned out to be too delicate for a toddler — and a little white dog who likes to dig a spot for himself to snuggle. Since Levi tends to get warm in his sleep anyway, we decided not to replace it and to just let him use the top sheet.
Twin bed: The Land of Nod / Sheets: Pottery Barn Kids / Knit Doll: Blabla / Orange Monster: Uglydoll / Nightstand: IKEA / Picture Ledges: IKEA / Rug: West Elm / Dresser: IKEA / Moroccan Pouf: similar / Table Lamp: similar / Shelves: similar / Eames Rocker: Design Within Reach / Faux Sheepskin: IKEA / Cars Pillow: DwellStudio / Wooden Rocking Horse: KidKraft/ Fox Storage Bin: 3 Sprouts / World Map Poster: I Screen You Screen