Generally, around the age of 2 or 3 years old it’s time to leave the crib or toddler bed and upgrade to a big-kid bed. I have two girls, and I don’t know whose fault it is—mine or my partner’s—but at this age they really like princesses and the colours pink and purple. I’m kidding of course; I also loved that stuff as a kid.
While I do like all films by Mr. Cryogenic (a.k.a. Walt Disney), I don’t necessarily want my comforter, lamp, rug and clock covered in his magical characters. It’s clearly a question of personal taste, but I prefer to use them sparingly because they are quickly dated and I don’t want to redecorate every two years—not enough time or funds! And to be honest, I am a little tired of seeing them all over the house (e.g., puzzles, story books, umbrellas, crayons . . . the list goes on).
Like all parents, I still want to please my girls and decorate their room the way they like so that they feel at home.
Here are a few tricks that I used to create a paradise fit for a princess; a princess who no longer sucks her thumb and can ride a bike.
- Replace the closet doors with curtains.
- Use lamps that are jewelled or look like they belong in a castle.
- Apply inexpensive self-adhesive wall decals that will not damage the walls.
- Provide spaces or accessories to arrange and display jewellery (and play dress-up from time to time).
- Include fuzzy chairs in their favourite colour. Kids enjoy them when they’re little but they’re still useful when friends visit.
- Choose feminine bedding that is not too childish, but up the fun factor with playful cushions: they are less expensive and can be changed more often.
Sleep well my two princesses!