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A Growing Bedroom for a Growing Child

How fast they grow! In no time, it seems your child goes from being small enough to hold in one hand, to requiring just a crib, to requiring a regular bed, and finally to needing a room of his own. Children grow fast--and you need to be prepared to help his room grow with him. The idea is to have a room that the child enjoys playing in, and won't mind sleeping in...a place where a kid can be a kid.

So what kind of room should your child have. It depends on the age of your child. For instance, a one year old child is a bit mature than a baby, and his room should reflect this growth. You'll probably want a room that has bright colors and enough different things and looks to keep the child interested and engaged. You might want to consider color choices such as greens, reds, yellows, oranges, and for boys, bright blues -- for girls, pinks. Try to make the bed a fun place to be so the child doesn't consider going to bed a punishment. Put some stuffed animals or an oversized comforter on it. There are a number of great vintage bed spreads that will work. Also, avoid themed comforters. Your child will enjoy it for a while, but as he outgrows that particular theme, he'll tire of it. Instead, use a simple bedspread with colorful pillows to accent it.

Younger children enjoy cute dressers. As they get a bit older, they'll sense that it's too childish even for them. When they reach that point, try painting it a different color to match the room's new color scheme. At the same time, add some other new furniture to match, and the child will appreciate it. you can even try re-doing the changing table. Some ideas would be to make curtains for the shelves; then you can use them to store toys so that your child can reach them without having to call for you. Also, if you take off the foam-changing top, you'll automatically gain extra room for more toys.

Does your child need a new place to sit in the room? There are a number of kid-sized chairs you can buy for this purpose at Wal-Mart or most stores that sell furniture and / or child's products. These chairs come in a wide array of bright colors. You should be able to find something to match the room. You can also add to the room an overstuffed adult's chair or even a glider. This will give you a place to sit with your child while talking to her or reading a book to her.

Do your child's walls look a bit blank? Consider hanging some pictures on the wall. Not just any pictures, but kid-friendly pictures. You can get some lively, fun pictures out of magazines. Just cut them out and yes, frame them! You'll be surprised what a fun improvement this will bring to the room. Or create your own frame out of colored poster board. There are lots of options if you'll just use your imagination.

And finally, take a look at the windows. You can update and improve the window treatments by using panels of a solid color, and also a valence in order to bring all the colors together. You can also choose from an assortment of unique curtain rods to coordinate with the rest of the room.

A few changes like this, and your child's room will become new again. He or she will feel a bit more grown up, but will still have place to feel at home as they play -- and rest.

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