Love, Joleen: Creating A Big Boy Room

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating A Big Boy Room

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Going from a baby or toddler room to a big kid room can definitely be a mix of feelings. I remember the day very clearly. While I was so happy to have a happy and healthy boy that is ready to start growing up, I was also a bit sad because it seems like it was yesterday when I was bringing him home to his baby nook. Time really does fly when you are having fun! 
Photo by Daria Shevtsova
For most, you put so much thought and consideration into the nursery. What does it need? What theme are you going to go with? Is it baby-proofed? What color(s) should I paint the walls? It’s a lot of fun planning the nursery, it is a different story when creating a big kid room. At this point, the style, theme, and colors are not just up to you. You have a child (a boy, in my case) that you have to consider and hear out. You also need to make sure that you are creating this room for his current age and future ages, as well, because you do not want to have to re-do his room again two years down the road. It can definitely be tricky to consider everything, but you can do it and I am here to help! Below, you can find four things that I always consider before creating a big boy room:

Fostering Interests
Consider their current and future interests and make sure you hear them out. What do they want out of a room? What do they like to do? Will they lose interest in this activity over the years? If they want a Paw Patrol themed room, you might consider Paw Patrol pillows, or a blanket and stuffed animal instead of doing a whole Paw Patrol painted wall. This is due to the fact that it is highly likely that they will grow out of the Paw Patrol phase. If you consider this, it will definitely save you a lot of time, stress, and money in the long run. It’s easy to replace a few pillows, but it is much harder to re-paint the walls. Sports-themed rooms are much easier for boys because it will probably be an interest for much longer. If they are really into basketball, consider hanging a basketball net from the door. If they love The Atlanta Braves, frame some jerseys or baseballs. 

Space to Learn
As your children get older, they will need more and more space to learn. Homework as a Kindergartener is completely different from homework for a fifth grader. Make sure to consider this by adding a desk, a comfortable chair that they can work in, and a reading lamp. You could even work on a fun project such as a reading nook, or reading corner if you want to get fun with it. I would also recommend adding hooks for backpacks, bookshelves for books, and a few ‘office’ additions, so that they can store all of their much-needed school supplies, making homework and creation easy.

Consider Safety
Just because your child knows how to walk down stairs now does not mean that you can completely throw safety out of the window - there are still significant ways that they can hurt themselves! For example, if they have a bunk bed, I would highly recommend adding guardrails to prevent them from falling out. Nobody wants their child to look like David from The Bachelor (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch the last episode  he fell out of a bed and ended up in the ICU).

Another safety feature that could be useful is window films. Window films add an extra layer of safety and security by reducing the potential of injury from flying grass, impeding robbers and burglars with windows that are header to break and enter, and by guarding against natural causes of window impact. Window films will also help control excessive heat and cold, making your child’s room more comfortable. If you have not heard of window films before, then you should check them out! If you live in the Metro-Atlanta area, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds is available for all of your window film needs. They are a locally owned and operated company that has been in business for over thirty years and has an extensive history with window films and window treatment services, so they can provide the best and most knowledgeable service, in order to protect your home and your child’s room.

Keep Comfort Items
The process of creating a big kid room should be fun and stress-free and taking away items that may provide comfort to them could take a fun situation and turn it into one that is very stressful. According to Mommy Bites, “They may have outgrown their toddler bed and some of their baby toys, but make sure you don’t get rid of comfort items that they have grown attached to. This is the best way to make them feel safe and secure in their new bed, or their new room — by filling it with things that they love or that are familiar to them. These transitional objects are an enormously important part of childhood, and they should be retained as long as necessary — your children will tell you when they don’t need their comfort items anymore.” I believe that this is extremely important.
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