With twins, everything requires a bit more planning. My twins completely flipped our lives upside down but they’ve been so much fun. Now that my twins are toddlers, their nursery needed a bit of a re-do. This gorgeous pastel nursery we created for our twins turned out amazing and has all the functionality we were looking for with two active girls.
There are a few things to consider when creating a nursery for twin toddlers. As a mom of 6, I knew I wanted to keep things as simple as possible.
That means we needed:
- A space for toys
- A way to organize books
- Beds that kept my girls safe while adding to the look of the room
- Decor that was low-maintenance and could grow with them
Creating a space for Toys
Toy clutter makes me crazy and it makes it hard to tip toe in and peek on sleeping toddlers in the middle of the night. The very first thing I did was move about 80% of their toys out of their room. My twins often wake up in the morning and play in their bedroom before we open their door. That usually means they have managed to dump every box of toys they own onto the floor by the time I go in to get them (seriously. Every. Single. One. It’s impressive).
Getting rid of the toys made controlling the toy clutter much easier and I was able to sort through the toys and make sure there wasn’t anything in their room that could be a risk. Since they often play in there by themselves, I didn’t want any hard toys they could hit each other with (my twins have a love-hate thing going on). I made sure none of my older daughter’s tiny
choking hazards toys had made their way into their room, and I checked to make sure that they only had toys in their room they could play with without getting frustrated.
The toys I left were put in their closet that was secured with these basic door knob covers so they couldn’t open it. I put a few toys out each day and rotate the ones that they have within reach so the toys always feel exciting to them.
Organizing Toddler Books
My girls LOVE to read. That means we usually have books all over the house. It’s a good problem to have. I wanted to make sure and keep their books accessible while giving them a place so they wouldn’t get damaged like they did being piled up on the floor.
I ended up going with this simple sling bookshelf from KidKraft. I wanted something that stored the books forward facing. Toddlers are very visual and seeing the books’ covers always gets them excited about reading. This one was a great price too and I liked that the fabric slings were gentle on our books (because goodness knows my twins aren’t!).
Choosing a bed for toddlers
Choosing the right bed for my twins was a bit trickier. I didn’t want to leave them in their cribs even though they hadn’t tried to climb out yet because they were always so excited to see each other in the morning that I knew it was only a matter of time before they started climbing out. I transitioned my other kids straight into a twin bed using a side railing like this one from BabyHome but my twins still slept kind of screwy in their beds and I wasn’t sure any railing would keep them in.
I was also worried about space. With two beds in the room, it didn’t leave a lot of floor space for play. Down the road we’ll move them into bunk beds but they aren’t ready to safely climb up and down a ladder unsupervised so we went with these cute little toddler beds from KidKraft. I love that they are low to the ground but still have the look of a real bed. My twins are nearly 3 and have been using these beds for almost 9 months now and I suspect that we’ll still get at least another year’s worth of use out of them.
Decor for a Twin Bedroom
I went with a pastel color pallet for my twins’ nursery. I wanted something that was still young but could grow with them and light pastels with a bit more sophisticated decor seemed like a good way to go.
The highlight of this room (and the basis for the pastel theme) was this AMAZING Azteca Natural rug I discovered from Lorena Canals. Lorena Canals makes washable rugs that are perfect for kids’ bedrooms and I was so excited when they sent me this one for my twin’s room.
I love the way rugs add to the look of the room but, with kids, they always end up dirty. Lorena Canals rugs can be thrown right in your regular washing machine and they come out looking perfect.
I’ve washed our rug 4 times already and there’s no visible wear! I’ve loved having the option to throw the rug in the washing machine, especially since the rug wasn’t on the floor more than 5 minutes the first time before one of my twins (who shall remain nameless . . . ) decided to take her diaper off and poop on the rug. Thanks kid. I was bummed that our brand new rug was dirty until I remembered I could throw it in the washing machine.
My kids deal with allergies and asthma so I love that washing the rug helps me keep down on dust. The design is adorable too!
We finished off the room with some simple polka dot sheets from Pottery Barn and this cute giraffe print from Paint and Weave.
I love the way the room turned out and my girls have been having a blast reading and playing in their less cluttered space.