Redesigning for a Toddler: A Tough But Happy Customer
Some months back while my daughter was at a play date, I upgraded her from a crib to a toddler bed. She was ready to be a “big girl” and I was ready to stop breaking my back. So being true to myself I re-organized her whole room, rearranged everything, made the new bed and was pleased with my hard work. Lil’ Bit gets home from a day of fun and I told her I had a surprise for her. When we got to her room:
Mom: “Look at your new room baby!”
Mini Stager: (Standing in the doorway.) “Hmmmm”
Mom: “Do you like it?” (In shock that a 2-year-old was my toughest critic.)
Mini Stager: “I wanna to move my bed over here” – And proceeded to do just that, I helped.
Mom: “Is that better?”
Mini Stager: (Pointing) “A little more over there”
We adjusted until everything was just right. Mini-Me rearranged the pillows, dolls, and accessories until everything was to her liking. She returned to the doorway and said –
Mini Stager: “Thank you for my new room Mommy, I like it!”
They say children learn more from what they see than what they are told.