A beautiful crib here, an armchair there, comic books on the wall, carpet, teddy bears … Decorating the child’s room is fun and exciting. There are several aspects to be considered so that the environment is warm, safe and at the same time, conducive to imagination and stimulating for development.
One of the secrets is to focus on the child, of course! The room needs to be safe, comfortable and with elements that stimulate learning. “The first thing parents should think about when creating or re-creating a children’s space is in the organization because it directly interferes with learning. The child needs to know where everything is, because his time in the bedroom should be to play and learn, not to try to find things, “advises Fabiana Visacro, a psychologist, interior design, and mother of two girls. What you can do to build a development-friendly room:
How about no crib?
Many families already bet on rooms with mattresses on the floor – or small beds. The idea is to favor the autonomy of the child, that lies down and raises anytime he wants – without having to call his parents. Some families have chosen this alternative since the baby is born, others feel safer by changing the room for this “model” when the baby already crawls, for example. Some features can (and should) help with the safety issue, such as cushions on the side of the “bed”, a little gate at the door of the environment, baby monitor…
A blackboard on a wall, for example, encourages playfulness and manual functions, just as a rubber mat favors play and is safe for possible falls. And how about a mirror for the child to see and get to know himself? It can be placed horizontally, next to the mattress, for example.
Everything at the height whom use is for
Instead of putting things on top, decorating or everyday items should be within reach of the owner of the room, after all it is he who will enjoy everything, right? Books and toys should be on shelves at a height that facilitates access or even in baskets on the floor. Pictures and wall stickers at the height of the child’s look. Another idea is to create a space dedicated to changing clothes, with racks or low drawers (easy to open), with everything that the child can move and try to dress.
An organized space is more conducive to autonomy. In an organized room, the child develops the sense of organization, understanding the difference of investing, and spending their time. But that doesn´t happen just by putting things in place. One must think about what the child uses, and sectorize toys and accessories thinking about it.
If the child grows, the room grows together
That simple, and it’s not just the height of things that grows! The child’s needs change over time, the plays too, and personality traits become clearer. Experts recommend recreating the environment, so it will always be appropriate to the child’s current interests.
The most important: consider what the child likes and how he fits.