This post is sponsored by IKEA. We’re sharing how we gave Lucy’s bedroom a mini refresh for the big girl she’s become!
Earlier this year, we went into Lucy’s room to get her up from her nap, only to find her on the floor surrounded by her favorite books. She was so startled to see us, and she immediately tried to get back in her crib, so that we would find her where she was supposed to be! Needless to say, we installed her toddler rail that same day.
Since then, Lucy’s been loving the Big Kid life (so much so, that when I call her my baby!, she immediately corrects me by saying, big kid now!; for reference, she turned 2 in January), but only recently has she warmed up to the idea of big kid bedding. We didn’t want to rush her, but when she started using her stuffies as pillows, we knew she was ready! Leading up to her first night in a fully equipped bed – comforter, pillow and all! – we would say: Are you excited for your very own pillow? and Pretty soon, you’ll have a big blanket!
Big Kid Bedding (for Pint Sized Cribs!)
We teamed up with IKEA to get everything we needed to transform Lucy’s crib to a big kid bed, and to say she was excited would be an understatement! I closed myself in her room for an hour and prepped everything for her, and when we surprised with her own blanket, her own pillow, her own plush pig(!), she began trying to gather everything she could into her arms. Ugh, my sweetheart.
Did you know IKEA has pint sized crib bedding? I was so happy to find this appropriately sized crib comforter insert, along with the cutest cover and reversible pillowcase! I couldn’t pass up this fitted crib sheet (sprinkled in blueberries!) and this quilted blanket to tie it altogether. I tossed in a plush pig for good measure, and Lucy hasn’t let him out of her sight since.
The quilted blanket (above) also makes the perfect play area for Lucy to dump her blocks, ponies or letters and have a soft surface to roll around on. And because the mom in me can never have too many blankets at the ready, I picked up this vintage-washed quilt, too. It reminds me of denim – the color, weight and feel – and you know I can never pass up a good chambray!
Books for Every Age
I couldn’t resist picking up a few books, because one can never have too many story time options, right? IKEA has the most adorable collection of books, all beautifully illustrated and for a range of ages. Orangutan is Scared caught my attention – Lucy loves monkeys right now! – and Meet the Tiger is full of fascinating facts and infographics (for the nerd in all of us!).
Fun fact: The first time I read Orangutan to Lucy, Scott couldn’t stop laughing at my pronunciation of the word. This led us down a rabbit hole of the right way to pronounce it, and the verdict is still out. How do you pronounce it?!
Trains + Dolls
If you’ve ever browsed the toys available at IKEA, you probably know how hard it is to resist throwing everything in your online shopping cart! Not only is everything a great value (because, IKEA!), but the aesthetics are simple, pleasing and the perfect jumping off point for creative learning. We limited our toy purchase to this 20-piece train set and doll house, two things that Lucy is captivated by. We knew they would bring her so much joy!
Lucy is at the magical age where she’s learning and growing so much! I say this at every age, but I am truly in awe of watching her take in the world around her. And I’m happy to report that her first night in her Big Kid bed was a (literal) dream.
Thank you to IKEA for helping us during this important transition in Lucy’s life, and thank you for supporting the ones that support us!
IKEA Items Used In This Makeover:
RÖDHAKE crib duvet cover set | RÖDHAKE quilted blanket | RÖDHAKE (blueberry) crib fitted sheet | LEN crib pillow | LENAST crib comforter insert | SKÄRMLILJA blue quilt | KNORRIG plush pig | LILLABO train set + battery locomotive | FLISAT doll house | HUSET doll furniture | DJUNGELSKOG book, Orangutan is Scared | URSKOG book, Meet the Tiger