UPDATE- This month's contest has ended. The new contest will be announced on October 1.
At the top of our stairs, we have a loft.
When we first moved the playroom was upstairs,
we used the loft as an office.
When we moved our bedroom upstairs, however, it became apparent that we needed a sleeping space upstairs for little ones who weren't ready to be too far away from Mom and Dad. We turned the loft into a toddler room for Caleb, who slept there until recently when we swapped the playroom (now a school room) back in June.
Up until that point, Kylee had her floor bed in the corner of our bedroom. She has used the floor bed for naps from birth and for the first part of the night as she has grown older. Kylee has not spent one minute of her life in a crib! Here are some pictures of Kylee's new toddler room in the loft. Although she spends little time in her room not sleeping, she does enjoy to play there while I sew or do upstairs chores.
Eventually I will add her hair brush to the top of the dresser, along with a basket for her hair pretties. The small basket next to the dresser is her laundry basket. Since she won't be able to carry it down the steps, I will teach her to dump it into my bigger basket when it is full.
The Floor Bed
Just one blanket so she can easily spread it out herself to make the bed when she grows a bit bigger. The rag doll is handmade and she does like to snuggle it. Her mattress is actually a Pack & Play mattress with a soft pad added on top. The pillow is made into the bed under the sheet.
The Reading and Playing Nook
Kylee loves the rocking chair. Her favorite activity is actually to take the blanket off the back and then lay it over the top again. She will do this for a long time! There are four sturdy board books in the basket on the floor and toys (giant beads and a variety of Little People figures) in the small baskets on the shelf under the table.
The table/shelf in the pictures is the boys' old train table that Tim built. They are no longer using it and it needed a home. Although I was unconvinced at first, having it there provides a nice visual entry to her room and creates a walkway between the top of the stairs and our room. It has definitely grown on me!
Other details not pictures are a painting of a bird at Kylee's eye level next to the gate, a child height ABC tapestry, and a picture of Kylee as a baby with her Daddy and brothers. I have a small wooden cross to display, somewhere, but the inspiration hasn't hit as to where! Although the room is small, in many ways it is the perfect toddler scale, right down to the low slanted ceilings!
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