Since we bed-share (note: bed-sharing is sharing the bed with your child, co-sleeping is sharing a room to sleep) Belle is used to nursing to sleep. She had a few naps in her crib, but transitioning her from nursing in my arms to a laying down position was just always a fail. I knew she would be on a floor-bed eventually (crazy sleeping Rose still is, but is moving to a real bed soon) I just didn’t realize how soon it would work out to be the best option for us. Having her on a floor-bed allows me to snuggle up and nurse her to sleep before sneaking out for some grown-up time, or to get cleaning done. While the Ergo is still her favorite place to nap, I can occasionally get her down in her bed. I will explain the different area’s in detail.
Floor-bed: Having her crib mattress on the floor allows for independence. She can roll or scoot off and get to her toys easily.
Toy Basket: I plan to switch this to shelving eventually, but for now this works just perfectly. The goal here is to display her toys beautifully and give her minimal items so she is not overwhelmed with too many choices. The toys I have chose here are soft toys she can play with on her own.
Banner: It is best to treat the child’s room as it is- theirs. You wouldn’t have your wall art or decorations on the ceiling, so why put the child’s art so high that they cannot enjoy it? For now Belle only has a banner, but I plan on having Rose paint her some wall art. To make your own banner, simply use some colored paper or fabric, print and trace a bunting banner pattern, cut and secure to a ribbon. This was so easy but added so much to her space.
Rug: Belle’s rug is more for looks than comfort, but if you have rough carpeting, or even wood floors you should use a rug that will enable your child to comfortably navigate their room. I actually pulled this rug out of the give away pile. It has a hole that is hidden by the need, so this was just perfect. I dislike taking things out of the give away pile, but this is one I am thankful I thought of!
I believe the room is very visually stimulating and calming. I stuck with the pink and teal/light blue color scheme which really helped the decorating process. I was able to do this in a few hours with belongings from around the house.
Be sure to always take your child’s safety into consideration before all else. As soon as Belle is big enough to grab her banner, it will come down or be raised. Her basket is secured to the wall so it down not topple on top of her. If you use shelving you absolutely must secure it to the wall. Belle has a lovely, heavy, framed piece of art that I wanted to hang low for her, but decided against in fear it could fall on her. I moved the jars down for the photo but those are actually out of reach, on top of my night stand. Her caddy that holds diapers, wipes, her breathing monitor and PJ’s sits down there usually.
I am so happy with this space and it truly sparks joy! When I first made it, I kept walking in just to look at it, and called it our “happy place”. I really encourage you to make every space in your home a “happy place” as I am working on doing!