Decorating the nursery to transition from baby to toddler

Save yourself that redecorating project when your toddler declares they want a “big kid” room and design a nursery that is toddler-ready.

Toddler in nursery
Decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting things to look forward to when you find out you’re expecting. There is just something about decorating a room for your unborn child that makes it all seem real. However, keep in mind that it’s only a matter of time before your baby is running around, so it’s important to also toddler-proof the nursery. While the ceramic knickknacks seem like a good idea and look really cute, they will eventually turn into a breakable toy. Instead of having to decorate the room twice, opt for decor that will easily transition from baby to toddler.

Paint can

Wall color

Take a lot of time and care to choose a wall color that you will enjoy looking at for several years. Get a color that is versatile and try to stay away from borders. If you really want permanent wall art, try fun murals that will grow with your child, such as a jungle or beach scene. Another alternative that we love are wall stickers that are easily removable. One great option are the stickers from Etsy shop SurfaceInspired, which are made to order.

Wall art

Have fun with your wall art and try to keep the walls personalized. A creative way to do this is to collect 10 hanging frames that match the decor in the room. Eventually, each will hold a picture of your child for the first 10 years of life. Create decorative numbers, one through 10, on a sheet of cardstock and insert one into each frame. Make sure you’re happy with your number creation, as it will serve as the placeholder in the frame until your child reaches that age.

Hang up a whiteboard as a piece of functional wall art that will carry through from baby to toddler. When your child is a baby the white board can serve as a place for reminders and to-dos, like what times your baby woke up at night or a place to leave notes for your husband to tell him what to dress the baby in that day. As they get older, take away the markers to preserve your walls and use the whiteboard as a place to display various art projects.

Tree bookcase


Be sure you’re choosing furniture that will be safe for a rambunctious toddler — furniture that will not easily fall apart and can be secured so that your toddler cannot pull it over. A good piece to include is a bookshelf that can hold blankets and diapers, then later, toys and books. One of our favorite bookshelves is the Nurseryworks Tree Bookcase. It’s also a good idea to choose a crib that transitions into a toddler bed. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but you’ll also be doing your part to be green.


Kids grow out of clothes quickly, so keep a laundry basket or bag in the closet where you can store clothes that no longer fit — freeing up space in the dresser for new clothes. After the bag or basket gets full, donate the clothes or store for a younger child. If you store for later use, remember to label the bag with the size of the clothes that are in the bag.

Happy decorating!

More decorating ideas for kids’ rooms

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10 quick bedroom makeovers for your kids
Decorating tips for a gender-neutral nursery


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