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A quick project for your toddler’s room today and one you Disney fans will appreciate!
The sad truth is that Calvin is affected heavily by second child syndrome. I spent weeks planning the color scheme for Eva’s nursery and when we brought her home she came home to her own room, meticulously planned down to the handmade color-matched blankets folded softly in the corner.
That was four years ago. Two years ago (almost!), Mr. Calvin joined the family and we brought him home to a house that was in a fair amount of disarray thanks to the four months of pregnancy bed rest that preceded his arrival. Instead of his own room, he got Eva’s hand-me-down crib placed at the foot of our bed. I always had this idea that I would hang some art for him or something, but it never quite happened. Since then, Cal has slept in the crib in our room, on the space under his sister’s bed, at the foot of his sister’s bed, and finally in his old crib mattress on the toddler bed in the corner of their shared room. I hung a few posters that we’d bought for Eva and always had this idea that I would turn it into his own space someday, but it just hasn’t happened.
It isn’t like it’s a bad place to sleep, but it is a little sad that he’s never really had a place that was truly just for Calvin, created for Calvin because we love Calvin. Like a new puppy, he’s been shuffled into corners with a few old blankets because he’s the second and he’s the boy and honestly I was just better at parenthood before I had kids.
Then, I got the chance to shop the Disney Baby collection at Walmart and I knew it was the opportunity I needed to make a special corner of the house just for my boy.
There were a lot of options in the Disney Baby line and we took a long time choosing between them. He was this close to getting the Lion King bedding because it’s just the cutest ever and I love the color scheme, but ultimately his favorite movie is Finding Nemo and I knew he’d be thrilled if his fish friends moved in. Plus, we had some prints in storage that had been gifted to us when he was born and a few books and stuffed animals to complete the look because we have a serious amount of Nemo love in this house. Just keep swimming…just keep swimming…
Is that not cute?!
It only took me a minute to hang up the prints and switch the bedding but it made the room feel so different. I don’t have too many weeks of having that baby boy be my baby boy before he turns into a big kid like Eva, so I’m happy that we finally made him a little nursery space.
He was thrilled! Particularly when he figured out that he can hide under his new bed skirt.
Not stopping there, I decided to make him a little nursery cart to keep everything at hand and make it easier for him to get to his things. His clothes have been piled in a big drawer at the top of an old dresser so he can’t get to them even though he’s starting to show an interest in dressing himself. Montessori theory says that you should encourage independently getting dressed as soon as possible because it’s one of the first skills kids can really master and it gives them a sense of control. But how to keep everything accessible without the room being a big mess?
Recognize ye old craft cart? I’ve had it since high school and it keeps turning up because it’s just about the most convenient thing ever. It’s also bright and sunny and perfect for the new space. I just had to take a few drawers out to keep the color scheme consistent and make more room for everything we need in Calvin’s nursery.
It is, by the way, a complete myth that you need a giant closet jammed full of baby stuff when you bring a baby home. I fell for this myth and had a room stuffed to the gills with tiny socks and onesies and a million extra things when we brought Eva home and I quickly learned that less is seriously more. Kids can’t wear more than an outfit at a time and even the messiest babies don’t need a hundred different looks.
For toddlers who are Calvin’s age, it’s even more important to limit choices so they (A) don’t make a mess and (B) don’t get overwhelmed. To create our nursery in a cart, I took out only his most used pieces of clothing and left the bulk in that heavy drawer so I can switch them out as needed. I also added the other things that are handy when it’s time for bed or diaper changes.
The top drawer has the extra crib sheets and waterproof pads for emergency swaps.
The next drawer has the few favorite storybooks for bedtime. We have many more, as you know, but these are the favorites AND they’re inexpensive copies so Cal can be a little rough with them while he’s learning not to rip pages and bend covers.
The next three drawers are shirts, pants, and socks. Like I mentioned, I only put about six shirts and six pairs of pants in the drawer to make finding an outfit easier (both for Calvin and for his busy parents).
At the bottom, wipes and diapers. We change him on the bed so it makes sense to keep everything we need right there so we aren’t digging around. Extra diapers slid under the bed (keeping enough space for Calvin to squirm under there, of course).
Voila! A toddler bed makeover and a whole nursery in one cart.
I think somebody’s happy with the changes.
So, which Disney Baby theme would you pick for your nursery makeover?
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