There are many exciting milestones during the preschool years, and not least among them is moving from a crib to a 'big kid' bed. In and of itself, this is a big step. But it also heralds a much bigger transformation.
For as goes the crib, so too will go the changing table, and eventually (alas!) the glider or rocking chair. (The latter, we find, is the hardest to let go of -- think of all those nights rocking the baby to sleep!) And now that all of the baby furniture is gone, it appears that we are left with a certified, bona fide Big Kid's Room.
But before we all start sobbing into our coffees, let's think positive. There are a lot of fantastic things about a big kid's room. Especially from the perspective of the Big Kid herself. Let's name a few, just to make ourselves feel better.
As you can see, refurnishing and decorating your big kid's room is a joint project. It's also a lot of fun. By the end of the process, your child will truly think of the space as "my room." As long as she doesn't hang up a "Do Not Enter" sign just yet, everyone will be happy.
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