From baby nursery to toddler nursery

Even though I am trying to fight it as long as humanly possible the truth is this - I have a toddler. A wild, crazy, sassy, full of personality toddler. I still go to bed every night and watch videos of her and look at photos of her but I am also grateful for the rest. Little lady can be a handful!

We have started to phase out some of the "baby" things in her room which got me thinking about all the things that we still find super useful. So I thought I would share those items with you all in case you were on the fence about needing it or not.

If we have anything in mass abundance in Presley's room it is books. My goodness we have so many books we could probably read a different one each night for three months. It's a little awesome and a lot insane. I have found that books and toys alike need a space to call home at the end of the day. Which is why I am fan of baskets. Easy to toss them in without thought and easy for her to get to to inevitably pull out all over again the next day.

Where we live we don't have central heat and air (ugh, I know) and as the nights grew longer and colder I was beginning to worry about P's room getting too cold at night. We have a heating wall unit in the family room but the heat is unable to reach her room. When our baby monitor was showing the room temp in the low 60s I knew we needed a solution. 

I first ordered a different space heater off the internet and thought it would do the trick. My concern with a space heater (as many people's is) was that it could catch fire. So I researched and found one with a tip-off switch - it tips, it turns off. So when it arrived in the mail and I plugged it in there was one slight issue. It was HOT. Like burn your hand hot. So off it went and back to research I went. 

That's when I discovered the Sunny CS space heater by Vornado. This is a worried parent's dream for trying to heat up a small space. Not only does it have a tip-off switch, but it comes with loads of other really neat features as well. A crib sensor (heat won't turn off until the crib reaches the desired temp), cool touch case (no burnt fingers here!) and hidden cord storage.

The highlight of the machine is how efficiently it works. Now my daughters room is not that large, maybe 11 x 11 but this mighty little machine works in minutes to start notching up the temperature. I also have no qualms about leaving it on all night. Once the desired temperature is reached it will kick into fan mode - basically making sure the room stays at your set level of warmth. Now I don't worry about P being too cold and I can rest easy at night.

With an easy to read digital display and also a nice aesthetic appeal I know we will be using this for a long time to come. One last thing worth mentioning - it comes with a five year happy parent guarantee. That's quality!

When P was a baby I didn't have a diaper pail in the nursery. I have to laugh now because at the time I thought my house is so small I can just toss it in the bathroom. I'm fairly certain I bought a diaper pail on day 12 of her being alive. What I love about this diaper pail is it never makes the room smell. Don't get me wrong - the pail STINKS when diapers are in there and we open the door to drop one in. Once it's shut though it's trapped in there.

We are strong believers in white noise and this is on 24/7. It really helps to drown out other noises and we think it's a lot nicer than sleeping in silence. Woof - that's the worst!

I had started out with another monitor but felt the screen and settings were just sort of old school. There are a couple of things I really like about this monitor aside from the WiFi connectivity - which I love when I am at work. This is one of the only monitors that displays the time! Weird right? Maybe it's because mom's and dad's everywhere want to stay in denial about what time they are waking up in the morning to take care of their baby? I also like that this shows me the temperature (which is how I knew to get my Sunny CS!) You can download an app to your phone called Hubble, to log in and see your monitor anytime. You can also view a log of wake/movement times - it's pretty neat!

P received one of these for her first birthday. It took her awhile to use it - and she still doesn't grasp that she can sit on it - but she does love it. She is constantly scooting her wheely bug (her's is a ladybug) all over our house. Good thing my dog doesn't have a tail as it would have assuredly been run over by now!

Okay this is a total fun one but we adore our custom tepee made by Courtney of Tnee's tepees. P is just starting to see how fun it is to crawl in and out of it. When I see her reading books inside of it my heart just melts. Tnee's Tepees are way better than any other tepee I have seen - yes I am including all those big name box stores.  So if you need a tepee look no further!

*I connected with Vornadobaby to review the Sunny CS heater. Always and forever opinions here are 100% my own.



14 comments

  1. Love working on practical items that last longer than a year or two x

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  2. did presley get the large or small ladybug?! def putting that on violet's first birthday wish list. and i think it's time that we finally buy a diaper pail! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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    1. We got her the small and I think it's a perfect size for her!

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  3. Yes, yes, yes to the noise machine. Our entire family is hooked now! I will have to check out that space heater because we need one for our playroom in the basement. Do you think it would work with kids playing around it?

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    1. Absolutely! We have Presley's up on a nightstand but I wouldn't be at all worried about it on the floor. It's really designed with babies in mind! You can also lock the controls if you have a little one curious about the buttons.

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  4. Love this! My little one is 19 months old and we need to start moving baby stuff out!

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    1. I know - it's so crazy how quickly it all happens!! The only reason the changing pad has to go is because she is too big for it!

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  5. Dirty toddler diapers are the worst! So much stink! I can't empty our pail, my husband has to do it or we will be cleaning up another stinky mess. Lol.

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  6. Oh, I love these! We are big believers in white noise. We have 3 of those Dohms and they're amazing. We also love our teepee! Yours is so pretty!

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  7. I love tepees in kids rooms! So fun! I seriously don't think Oliver would ever sleep without white noise! Definitely a keeper!
    Ally- Life as I know it

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  8. The baskets and teepee are awesome! I should have jumped on the white noise with my kids but didn't. I wish I could go back and try again. Ha ha!

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  9. That heater sounds awesome! I want one for my master bedroom!! And the tee-pee is perfection!

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