How to Know if Your Child Has Outgrown His/Her Bedroom

When your child is very young, it's incredibly easy to create the best possible environment in his/her bedroom. After all, all you really need to do is make sure that the room is as calm and soothing an environment as possible. However, as he/she starts to get older, that can change pretty significantly. One thing that a lot of parents are often pretty unprepared for is the point when their children start developing opinions of their own. Suddenly, the adorable decor that you spent months of your pregnancy making as perfect as possible is “babyish” or “boring”, and they want something new. Now, this can be a little frustrating for some parents since they don't want to have to redecorate all over again. However, it's important that you remember that this is your child's room, it's a space where he/she should feel ownership of and a sense of pride and comfort in it. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can change your child's room when he/she starts to grow out of it.

Embrace their passions

The last thing you want is for your children to feel as though you don't care about or respect the things that they really love. Now, there's a chance that you might have no idea what the appeal of something your child loves is, but that's not the point. The point is that you should be willing to embrace his/her passions regardless of your own opinions. You might think that some band or TV show is pointless and annoying, but if your child loves it, then let him/her decorate the room with stuff to do with it. Not only will it help your kiddo to feel more comfortable in hi/sher own room, but it will actually help to strengthen the relationship between the two of you.

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Use furniture that grows with them

There's nothing more frustrating than having to buy new furniture every single time your child goes through some kind of growth spurt. Because of that, it's a good idea to try and use furniture that grows with him/her. Things like a cot that turns into a bed is great for going from babies to toddlers, and things like cabin beds from Cuckooland are the sorts of beds that will be perfect for your child for years to come, not just for sleeping but for playing in as well. That way, the changes you make to your children's room as they grow can be mostly cosmetic and therefore cheap and easy.

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Get them involved

If your child wants something about his/her room to be different, then the best thing that you can do is to get him/her involved. Not only does this mean that you don't have to do it all yourself, but it also gives your child an important sense of ownership over the bedroom that he/she might not have had before. Knowing that he/she made the room look exactly how he/she wanted is a great way to make your child really feel connected to the room, as well as making it that much more likely that he/she will stick with a certain style for at least a little while longer.

Don't try to take over

You might have a whole bunch of ideas about how you want your home to look, and that's great. However, it's important that you try and avoid taking over and trying to dictate the way your child's room looks. The rest of the house is your domain, but that room is the little oasis of privacy that your kid gets from the outside world. It's incredibly important that you understand that and that you avoid telling him/her how the room is supposed to look based on the interior design that you want for the rest of your home.

Of course, it's important to remember that, however passionate your child might be about one thing, for now, there's a chance that the preferences will change with age, environment or group of friends. Again, don't let this stress you out. Instead, try to think of ways that you can make your child's room adaptable so that, if he/she decides on a new style, it's not going to be some kind of huge task to deal with. Things, like keeping the walls plain but covering them with pictures and posters, mean that you can change them incredibly easily and keep certain things like wardrobes and drawers plain mean that you can save a lot of money on things like furniture as your child grows.

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