I thought I might share how Aidan’s room has changed as he’s grown older. I can hardly call it a nursery now, he’s just too big and boisterous. This lovely piece of cross stitch that my mum made hangs on his door, it’s terribly sweet.
This is the view of his room from the door. The rug is new and from Aldi of all places. It was the perfect shade of teal to match the curtains and it’s made playtime a lot more comfortable for both of us. He has a toy box shelf now and a matching miniature table and chair set, both from Toys R Us. Aidan is still in his cot but I have the toddler bed on layby and he’ll most likely move into it just before Christmas.
When I first set up Aidan’s nursery I was afraid that when he got older he wouldn’t have much room for play… and he didn’t so I sold the chaise daybed on ebay and it seriously changed the way we live. You’ll also notice the little teepee in the corner. I bought it on Amazon and it came as a set with another separate tent with a connecting tunnel which I keep packed away for now. It’s made of flimsy nylon fabric but I think that if Aidan keeps loving it as much as he does now, I might duplicate it with wood and canvas so it’s hard waring.
This is where Aidan sleeps. He’s slept with a soft flat adult pillow for as long as I can remember, he can’t get comfortable without one. He has a little soft quilt, a mirror, his favourite white mink blanket and his sleepy time friends. I have a “Hoot the Owl” toy on order at the ABC Shop, I can’t wait to see his face when he gets it at Christmas along with his new toddler bed.
Now that Aidan goes to the toilet a million times a day we only really use the changing table to put a new nappy on or dress him. He rarely needs cream and if he does we only use Lucas Paw Paw, stuff is magic. It’s washing day but usually all the nappies fit in the basket under the table. The big blue tub is really handy, when Aidan outgrows something I pop it in the tub then when it’s full I go through it all and donate what I don’t want to keep, too easy.
One thing I wasn’t very happy with was his decals. Sure they’re gorgeous but when I tried to take them off and relocate them they wouldn’t stick properly, even though I’d made sure they were going onto a clean surface. I didn’t want to throw them out so I when to the $2 shop, bought large canvases and glued them on. I love that if we move house or even if we change the room around again, it will make it so much easier.
The big blue bookshelf is still such a feature of Aidan’s room and is always changing. Because Aidan loves it so much I’m constantly rotating whats on it to keep him interested. He has a large collection of books and I’m forever buying new or second hand ones. He has his own books on the bottom self, board books, pop up and paper pages… the kid just loves books.
Another photo of his play area just because I can. After Christmas when he has his new bed, the cot and change table are packed away there will be a bit more room. I’m hoping to make him a lovely little play kitchen and a few other things. Toddlers are so much fun!
So that’s Aidan’s room at the moment. Colourful, bright and functional, just the way I wanted it. I’m glad I chose the colours I did as the transition from teeny tiny baby room to toddler room has been seamless. The best part is that Aidan loves to be in there and that makes all the planning and thrifty shopping totally worthwhile.