Livi’s toddler room

Finally made some progress with the little lady’s toddler room!

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When we first moved in, I wasn’t quite sure what to do about decorating Liv’s room because I knew at some time or another it would be time to switch from the crib to a bigger bed. Her favorite color is yellow, so I thought it would be fun to change it to one of the main colors and also be able to use some of the old pillows and nursery furniture.

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(Bed: Ikea // Mattress: Amazon // Bedding: Land of Nod (on sale now!) // Leaf canopy and rug: Ikea // Wall shelf: Target // mini table and chairs: Overstock (similar) // Bench and curtains: Target // Sign: Home Goods)

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Still getting a lot of use from her little kitchen:

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Some things that helped dramatically with the transition:

-We hyped it up BIG TIME. When she started to escape from her crib, we knew it needed to happen ASAP, and we started to talk about “her cool new, bigger bed” she’d be getting. Since we’d hyped it up, she felt so proud and excited while Tom was assembling everything.  

-She picked the bed. I was stoked that she picked this frame at Ikea, since I’ve been scoping out a very similar (but much more expensive) one at Land of Nod. We already have a queen-sized bed for her (which is in the guest room) but decided to do a twin bed before moving her into the queen. We went with a less expensive frame and a more expensive mattress, using a suggestion from a kind reader to get the green dream foam mattress from Amazon. The combo is perfect and the new bed is so comfy 🙂 She loves it.

The “OK to Wake” clock. Since we started using the clock while she was still in her crib, she already knew that she needed to call for Tom or myself to get her out of bed when the clock turned green. I think that because we’d already been using the clock for a week, its uses translated easy to the twin bed.

-Her falling barrier. One thing that has always freaked me out about getting a bigger bed was that she may fall. They have quite a few bumper options to choose from, but in the meantime, Tom folded a quilt into a cylinder and we put it under the fitted sheet. It’s soft enough that she can rest her head on it, but enough to keep her from rolling over and off while she’s sleeping. 

-Same rituals, different bed. We still following the same routine for bedtime, so it’s not that much has changed. I’m just so happy she likes her new bed 🙂

I’m still looking for some more pops of yellow colors to add to the room to tie the bedding in with everything. Let me know if you have any ideas!


*more pics from our California house are here (linking because I love posts like this from other bloggers!) and our Tucson home + Liv’s nursery.

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  1. Colleen on May 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Looks amazing! I’ve been scoping out “okay to Wake” clocks for my little guy, but I’d prefer one that isn’t a night light when it’s sleep time. Is the clock you use lit during the night, or does it just light up when it’s time to wake up?

  2. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on May 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Love her cute bed! The little lady is growing up so fast 🙂

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on May 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    That is one steller room! She is a smart girl, yellow is a great color! (The color of my bedroom actually!)

  4. Amber Schumann on May 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I have that clock sitting in my Amazon Wish List. But I have no idea how to enforce the system– the past couple months she very adamantly wakes at 6am (and it seems to get earlier and earlier each week… o_O

    We recently transitioned to a toddler bed after an unexpected accident where she climbed out of her crib and fell down the stairs (she’s not event 2……..climbing out of the crib was not in our cards of expectations yet).

    Anyway… she is a very strong-willed girl, and I don’t think “wait for it to turn green” will hold her back (bed chains maybe???? kidding……). How was it teaching Liv the rule?

  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Awww it looks so cute! She is getting so big.

  6. Becky @ on May 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    What a cute little space! I can’t wait to redecorate for my little man when it’s time to switch to toddler stuff

  7. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I love the pink and yellow combo!

  8. Kristi on May 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Cute room! You could add more yellow by buying a few cheap canvases from a craft store, and she helps paint them yellow – either free style of her own abstract masterpiece or solid. Or buy a few frames for rotating yellow artwork creations with crayons or whatever as a less messy alternative. 🙂

  9. cait @pieceofcait on May 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    that bed with the leaf is darling!

  10. Kim on May 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I like how you keep the toys organized in her room, but how do you keep the living room from looking like a toy store?? Our girl spends most of her time playing there, and I don’t think a kid’s toybox storage unit would look right in the grownup living room.

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2014 at 12:34 am

      we have everything hidden. if you open the doors to the entertainment center, there are bins with coloring books, crayons, toys and rows of books. we also have two wicker baskets in the den filled with toys. she makes a huge mess while we play during the day, but the rule is that we clean up when we’re done playing. she actually likes helping me put everything back in the baskets

  11. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on May 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    you are such an amazing mom 🙂 love you

  12. Sarah on May 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Pool noodles work for bed bumpers and they are cheap! Or Amazon sells a foam barrier that goes right under the fitted sheet. I liked those 2 options because you don’t have to permanently attach anything to the bed and they can travel with you easily.

  13. Brooke on May 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    For pops of color, you could do yellow tissue paper balls to hang above the bed or in a corner of the room. You could also do yellow paper flowers on the wall somewhere in her room.

    Love everything you did and I loved canopies when I was younger! I may have to bring the canopy back but with an adult sense of style when I move into a new house next year.

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

      love these ideas!! thank you!
      i’m a huge fan of canopies too 🙂

  14. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on May 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Very nice! Great tips to transition into the big kid bed too. Lots of big changes going on for the little lady these days! Sounds like she’s doing great with it all.

    A few ideas to add in yellow: Maybe do away with the dark curtains and replace them with some lighter ones that have yellow in them; add some canvases/art to the walls with yellow in it; add in a yellow pillow on the bench.

    • Fitnessista on May 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      awesome ideas, thank you!! i ordered a cool rapunzel print that has yellow 🙂 the curtains would be an easy fix, but they are sleep saviors (they’re blackout curtains)

  15. Amber Schumann on May 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Idea for more yellow: Get a couple sheets of paper, yellow paint (maybe a few different shades of yellow), then let Liv go to town! After they are dry, frame them up nice and pretty and display them in her room!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      she will love that!! sounds like we have an art project this weekend 🙂

  16. stacy on June 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Very cute! How about some bright yellow ribbon added to the curtains? you could do vertical stripes with the ribbon or a few horizontal bands along the lower half, etc. It will add a pop of yellow but let you keep the black out curtains you already have. 🙂 Really cute room, though. Great job!

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