A 1-year-old child is rapidly gaining in both motor control and cognitive development. From 12 to 24 months, she learns to walk, manipulate objects and focus her attention on things that interest her. A well-designed and decorated girl's room at this age encourages her to explore the world around her and to begin to better understand patterns.
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Lay down a linoleum or wood floor. Carpet is softer, but small objects that a child can swallow or step on may hide in carpets. A smooth surface is easier to clean and disinfect. An area rug can create a soft, warm place for the child to sit and play.
Arrange the furniture so that the parent's steps are minimised in reaching for the items they need to care for the child. The changing table and all supplies should be next to the bed. The bed and sleeping child should be visible from the doorway.
Hang simple, representative pictures that are brightly coloured on the walls. Many 1-year-old girls are fascinated by patterns and will enjoy looking at them. Their eyes are making the transition to see in long focus, so ensure that there are interesting objects to look at across the room from the bed. A range of pictures having both contrasting and complementary colours helps a 1-year-old develop an understanding of a "little" and a "lot" different.
Use inexpensive fabrics to quickly change from one colour scheme to another without having to repaint the walls. Mix and match bold and vivid colours with muted ones for contrast. Use different types of fabrics, from silk to burlap, to help the girl understand that the world is full of wonderful things to learn about.
Place your toddler girl's toys in an easy-to-get-to-bin, preferably one without a lid that can shut on her little fingers.
Minimise if possible the use of electrical cords, and carefully hide the ones that are used. Place safety plugs in all unused outlets.
Secure any objects to prevent them from falling on your little girl if she explores them by climbing on them.
Tips and warnings
- A bedroom should be a safe, welcoming environment for a 1-year-old. If it is too intense with decorations and visual stimuli, it may become a source of discomfort. Monitor the child's behaviour and reaction to what is around her and adjust accordingly.
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