I am saving one room for Isa. We have three bedrooms, where one is converted into study room cum guest room, while the other one I just put a single bed along with Isa’s clothes drawers. Well, it was actually boxes from IKEA’s Antonius storage system which I am yet to get its frame. And a towel rack perhaps. The idea is to make sure that when Isa has come to an age where he’s comfortable with sleeping separately from us, the room will need minimal changes before he moves in.
At first I was tempted into making it more like a nursery or baby room, but it is actually a very foreign idea in our culture I suppose. There’s no kids’ room until they are sleeping on their own, which is normally pretty late by western standard since we Asians mostly c0-sleep. I mean, my nephew still sleeps on his parents’ bed and he’s five this year.
From what I get, a baby room is where the kid will be spending time doing whatever activities he likes, especially when he’s come of age where he can play on his own. I did ponder about this for a while you know, decorating the walls with cute photos and all, but then, when will Isa actually spend his time in that room apart from weekends? We arrive home mostly around 6.30 p.m, and by 8 he’s normally sleepy already.
I have no heart to leave him alone playing (if he ever will anyway) in a small room, let alone in a crib. Though I recognise that this will save me time in childproofing the house (by only focusing on this room only), the idea still seems impractical to me.
Sure, Isa needs a play/activity area.
That is why I am sparing an area in our living hall for him to play around. Well, since he can only now roll over, it is not much of a problem when it comes to childproofing, but knowing what future will bring, I have minimised the number of furniture in the living hall (which is adjacent to the dining area). I’ll try to childproof it as much as I can, get a huge playmat, get a storage basket for his toys, add some pillows and a bit of soft comforter/playmat/blanket for him lie on – voila, we have a play area.
For the time being, here’s how it looks like:
Bare wall and all.
This would last only a few minutes.
And now I want mommy!
On a separate note, separation anxiety does strike early with this child. *Sigh*