Converting Your Nursery to Toddler Room + Giveaway

Every mom knows decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting parts of nesting. You’re so eager to make everything just perfect for your new bundle to come. But eventually that tiny little newborn grows into a toy tossing, personality filled toddler who’s room needs an update. Most toddlers no longer need an abundance of pacifiers and are slowing making their way out of diapers. Here are 3 easy changes you can incorporate to convert your little’s nursery to toddler room.

Play Rug

It may be heartbreaking to pack away that beautiful white fur rug but changing the rug makes a huge difference. Now that your toddler has their favorite characters, grab them a play rug to set the opening act of the room. Since Max loves Mickey, Santa snagged a $15 Mickey Mouse play rug at Toys R Us. Its soft and came with a little car for him to drive all around the MM Clubhouse with the gang.

Add to Their Wall Art

Nursery to Toddler RoomPIN IT!Don’t get me wrong, I’m not stripping down the cute wall art I bought for the nursery but instead I’m going to add to it. Max loves turtles, dinos, and monsters so we hit up Etsy to find art pieces. The great thing about Etsy is that you not only have tons of designs and colors to choose from but you also are supporting small businesses by purchasing a piece.

New Furniture Additions

As you all know, I’m huge on purchasing local and USA made products. Brentwood Home uses a combination of organic, non-toxic, and natural materials when creating their products. They design and craft everything with as many local materials as they can in their LA based factory.

Nursery to Toddler RoomWhen you bought your crib mattress did you prepare for having a newborn and toddler sleep on it? Probably not. Brentwood Home’s Poppy Crib MattressPIN IT! is the way to go. The Poppy was made with two layers, one firm side for your infant and one soft side for your toddler. So when your converting your nursery to toddler room, all you have to do is flip the mattress. Its that simple. Oh, and don’t worry about messes, the mattress’s waterproof cover is super easy to clean!

Create a Reading Nook

Want to know something else toddler’s love? Bean bag chairs. Brentwood Home’s Lounger is a plush hugging seat made with non-toxic polyurethane and gel memory foam. It doesn’t matter if your toddler can read yet or not. They love to explore and look at books now so why not create a great habit out of it when they’re this young? Its the perfect place for them to snuggle up and read a book or relax while watching their favorite show.


I teamed up with the folks at Brentwood Home for this awesome Baby Bundle giveaway, featuring their Poppy Crib Mattress mentioned above and a Sweet Pea changing mat(my fave!). This bed is the perfect size and feel for growing children, plus it’s made with healthy, natural materials that are safe for you and your home.

Also, you can use the Brentwood Home Coupon code “OURHOME” for 10% off!

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  • Will G

    I like decorating with barn wood.

  • Rachel

    My favorite piece to decorate with is a old step stool from my grandma. It’s a classic piece that can be reworked over and over.

  • Stacey

    My mother-in-law took a painting class and painted a sunflower for my daughter’s room which perfectly matched the rest of the room!

  • Lindsay Bade

    I love hand me down stuff! My girls use the same old wooden dresser I used as a kid. We added some fresh paint and it looks so different! I also had 2 small wooden chairs in my bedroom that my girls have now. I have the vanity from my Grandma and one day they will get that too!

  • Lisa A

    My favorite piece to decorate with is a music box that was handed down to me. Sweet and innocent and love working around it for my little girl.

  • Tabathia B

    The only thing I have redecorated was my parents living room door.

  • susan d.

    I like decorating with a lot of fun textures in similar colors

  • Mike M

    I like to decorate with whatever my wife likes to decorate with. 🙂

  • jeremy mclaughlin

    Like decorating with art.

  • Kimmy Ripley

    I love to have a fancy crib blanket. It really helps complete the room!

  • Elicia P

    I love finding old things to decorate with.

  • mark thompson

    I love decorating with wall mural stickers!

  • nickie

    I love decorating with artwork

  • David Heath

    My favorite piece to work with is a pen and pencil stencil set.

  • Terri Ingham-Bollin

    I love re decorate in animated characters. The are bright and colorful.

  • Carolyn Reilly

    I have an od rocking chair from my grandmother.

  • Brittany Millsaps

    I love decorating with fun colors and keepsake baby pieces

  • shirley

    Love barn wood, going after more very soon, waiting on weather to get a little warmer.

  • Samantha Seal

    I love to decorate with hand made things <3

  • Cacee

    I like to use unusual things, and make new things to decorate with.

  • Carmen Nickelson

    I love decorating with anything vintage!

  • Angelica

    Anything old and chalk painted. A room is not complete until it has something I dragged out of the dumpster and refinished! 🙂

  • Christine Labelle

    I love to decorate and refinish older furniture. We also have a of of hand made things by us. We made an entertainment center for our living room recently.

  • Stacie H

    It’s amazing what a little paint, a throw pillow and an accent rug will do for a room. I also love to find old furniture pieces at yard sales and fix them up. 🙂

  • Cindy Peterson

    I love using fabric to change the designs. Draped fabric to make a reading nook. Covering dresser knobs in fabric. Re-covering old pillows. So many things a piece of inexpensive fabric can do to quickly change the look.

  • Lisa Coomer Queen

    I love decorating with old furniture that we can re-finish.

  • Danielle Magee

    I love to decorate with pictures and candles.

  • Tracie Vandermeulen

    I like to decorate with old stuff as the focal and modernize it from there.

  • Juwairiya syed

    I love to paint as decoration

  • Ronda Patrick

    I love old barnwood, sayings and pictures burnt on it are beautiful!


    I love to decorate using pottery my husband made!

  • Holly Thompson

    Awesome giveaway! THANK YOU!

  • angela smith

    Older wood

  • Sarah Gillespie

    Our decor is mainly family photos along with two Thomas kinkade paintings from my grandmas house.

  • Peggy Johnson

    My favorite piece to decoratewith is a handmade quilt from my mother

  • Kristina Mc

    I like to decorate with paintings.

  • Jean millsap

    I love to decorate with reclained wood!

  • Wendy R.

    Wow, I like to decorate with everything! Pillows, paint, decals, etc.

  • Thriftyfunclub

    Anything that I can paint.. its so versitile

  • Cathi Schlosser

    I love decorating with anything vintage!

  • golden storm

    i like to decorate with neutral colors

  • dianne hall

    I have a nice rocking chair that was passed down to me 🙂

  • theresa j

    I love decorating with fabric!

  • Kenny

    I love decorating with fun art pieces

  • pam irwin

    I love to decorate with art

  • kristy balser

    I love to use older pieces and refurbish tem


    I like to use different paints

  • Kristen L

    My favorite thing to decorate with is old pieces from our local resale shop.

  • Shannon

    I love decorating with photos of our adventures!!

  • latanya

    I like decorating walls

  • lori clark

    I love antique looking pieces. Distressed, slightly weathered furniture really makes a statement

  • Meghan

    I love awesome rugs

  • Kim Naumann

    I love the hand painted art work from my grandkids!

  • Ashley

    I love decorating with barn wood & pallets. My husband made a hanging bookshelf from a pallet & it looks adorable in our nursery!

  • Janine Vance

    I like decorating with wall art. So many options and ways to switch things up to keep it updated!

  • Christine

    I like to decorate with vases and candlesticks

  • Lea Anna

    My Great Grandmother’s paintings

  • Kristin McCall

    I love decorating with pastel colors.

  • Marilyn Nawara

    I like to decorate with unique and colorful fabrics… pillows, drapes etc…

  • Trasina McGahey

    Anything solid wood that I can repaint and customize!

  • Cami Valenzuela

    I love to decorate with pictures.. and wall stickers.

  • Denise

    I love to decorate with fun pillows. Combining different patterns/textures.

  • Vera Sweeney

    What a fun giveaway!!! I love decorating kids rooms, it’s fun when they transition to older ages to redo their rooms!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That wall art is the best! I think it’s such a genius way to nip the “monster under the bead” fear before it even starts!

  • Debra @ Traveling Well for Less

    You did an awesome job. That teepee is the cutest thing ever! I absolutely love it.

  • Amie W

    I like to decorate with handmade items like quilts and wood carved items.

  • Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

    That tee pee is so cute! I love that idea in a toddler room. All of this looks really nice!

  • Allie

    I like decorating with fabrics

  • Danalee

    I don’t really have a favorite piece to decorate with.

  • Amanda Simkin

    My boys and I had such a fun time transitioning their nurseries to big boy rooms. It was great to have their opinions and perspectives and really see their personalities shine through the decor they choose.

  • Dogvills

    I love decorating with a mix of pastel and vivid colors. These are great tips. Good luck for those who are joining.

  • My Teen Guide

    I want to have talent like yours. I am creative in thinking but when i does things it doesn’t look good. Lol! I love the ideas!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I love the look of this room. The little nook under the bed is a fantastic idea.

  • Kathy Myers

    My grandson is moving on up! This is adorable!

  • Elizabeth Brooks

    I love decorating with my kids art work

  • ricci

    What a cute nursery conversion! I love little kids rooms, they are so fun!!

  • Echo

    These are fantastic ideas! Both of my kids have reading nooks and they love them! I love Brentwood Home. Their stuff is so amazingly made!

  • Amanda

    My favorite thing to decorate with in the nursery is my own watercolor art!

  • Kendall Rayburn

    Great tips here! Love how colorful and fun your blog is! These are all great ideas – we just converted our youngest sons bedroom – such an emotional but fun experience!

  • uprunforlife

    I love it. We transitioned my son’s crib into a toddler bed. He stayed in it until he was 3.5. Then he asked for a big boy bed for Christmas. I love the teepee.

  • HilLesha

    I love mixing vintage with modern. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ashley Pichon

    I have an antique store, so anything old that can be repurposed safely. I love using old dressers and making them into new statement pieces.

  • Kendra W

    I love to decorate with paintings and drawings I created for us! It really gives everything that personal touch to make it feel like home!

  • Deborah Cruz

    Super cute ideas and I love the decor but can I say one thing, that freestanding ladder by the tent is scaring the heck out of me. I can just see a toddler climbing up it and pulling a Clark Griswold and falling completely over. LOL But the wall art though, it is an amazing space.

  • Em Mahr

    I love to decorate with prints and pictures – they are easily changes and can be subtle with neutral tones or bright and fun.

  • SaRa

    What a great giveaway! I have been reading a lot about Brentwood home lately, they carry so many great home items.

  • Michelle J.

    I love homemade signs!

  • Afra

    I love decorating with artwork and anything that is simple and interchangeable for mutliple ages.

  • Afra ahmed

    I love decorating with artwork and anything that is simple and interchangeable for mutliple ages.

  • Marcia S

    I love family heirlooms to decorate with

  • Colleen P

    I love bookshelves for decoration because they are functional, but can also be beautiful, especially when items are thoughtfully arranged,

  • Natalie

    I love decorating with murals!

  • Darlene Carbajal

    I like decorating with art. It adds a touch to each room in the house.

  • Gayle Gildehaus

    I like to give old things new life.A coat of paint does wonders!

  • Rivka

    I like using small add-ons!

  • nicki joseph


  • Nicole Martin

    I love updating antique furniture!

  • Alicia Brown

    I like to find a fabulous art piece and decorate the room around that!

  • Carrie goodin

    bedding 🙂

  • Sundaes & Flip Flops

    That would be a fun DIY for toddler parents! I love all the goodies Brentwood offers.

  • Amy Hopper

    I love decorating with wood pallets.

  • Larrissa

    Anything nautical is always cute!!

  • Dana Beeman

    I like decorating with items i find at the thrift store, like this wonderful small bookshelf I repainted.

  • Kelli G

    I love my wood picture of an elephant!

  • Michelle M

    I love using decorative pillows!!

  • Angela Williams

    I love wooden signs with cute quotes.

  • Casey Lynn

    I love decorating with words, the ones u stick on walls, or the photos with word phrases!

  • Jill Rivera

    Venice Lounger is the piece which I could see my granddaughter curled up with a book.

  • Erica Pallutch

    Old doors with glass look so cute for pictures on the wall

  • Eileen burke

    My daughter has a personalized snow globe that I love decorating around.

  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley

    I love decorating with blankets!

  • Elizabeth McCone

    I have an obsession with decorating the house with old glass jars and vintage mirrors!

  • Andrea Rust

    I like to decorate with vintage pieces!

  • Kenia

    I like decorating with upcycled things like dressers I like to personalize.

  • Crystal Gregg

    I love decorating with wall art.

  • samantha solorio

    Rugs and artwork 🙂

  • Lesley F

    I like to decorate with vintage items

  • Jennifer H.

    I like to decorate the wall.

  • John H.

    I like dragons to decorate with.

  • Mandi Smith

    I love wall decals because when I get tired of a pattern I can change it up easily and without damaging the wall with holes to hang pictures and stuff like that

  • Laurie Nykaza

    I love to decorate with pieces that are painted with a theme in mind. The walls to the dresser with flowers or animals that go together.

  • sarah s

    I like decorating with items that were my mom’s.

  • adriana

    i like to decorate with art,

  • Julie R

    A framed footprint and picture of my baby!

  • allyson becker

    I love to decorate with bedding.

  • Quá hay

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog article. Awesome.

  • Movi

    In general, a successful nursery to toddler room transition is one that allows for independence in a safe place.


    Not sure how or when it happened, but at some point your sweet snuggly baby became a full-blown, fiercely independent, yet incredibly needy toddler.