Toddlers are energetic, inquisitive and playful little beings – and their rooms should be a space to encourage and nurture these qualities

Wasn’t it just yesterday that you poured over Pinterest inspiration boards, determined to create the perfect baby nursery?

Time is a thief. You blinked (more like fell asleep momentarily, thanks to sleep deprivation) and somewhere, in between all those sleepless nights and nappy changes, your squishy newborn grew into a walking, talking toddler.

And, that Pinterest-perfect baby nursery now needs an update…

Unlike babies who sleep, eat and poop on repeat, toddlers are energetic, inquisitive and playful little beings – and their rooms should be a space to encourage and nurture these qualities.

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That means; out with the cot, nappy changing table and rocking chair and in with a big boy/girl bed and more functional décor items that double up as play props.

Here are seven trendy items (all sourced from local companies) to help transform your baby’s nursery into a toddler room:

1. A big girl/boy bed

Making the switch from a cot to a bed is a big deal for a little one – so be sure that he is ready.

If your toddler is ready, involve him in the process by allowing him to help pick out linen, scatter cushions and choose extra blankies. Being involved is sure to get him excited about making the move.

Whether you opt for a toddler bed, a futon, a regular bed or a fantasy house bed like this one, from Mr Price Home (R3 500) – there are no rules.

Mr Price Home