Published at Sunday, April 14th, 2019 - 21:22:15 PM. Kids Room. By Eleanor Briand.
If you have enough room go ahead and get a crib and a bed. But if you are lacking on space, just go with a twin bed for now. Most agencies will approve you for a baby even if you don’t own a crib. You can keep an unassembled pack and play under the twin bed to hold you over in case you get a call for a baby. If you do get a call for a baby and end up purchasing a crib, buy one that also converts to a toddler bed. Since sheets don’t take up a ton of space in the closet, I’d suggest buying several different sheet sets and a more neutral comforter. When children come in to foster care they have lost all control of everything, and something as small as picking their own new sheets out of the closet may immediately help give them just the tiniest feeling of ownership over a completely foreign room.
We’ve made recommendations for decorating an older foster child’s bedroom on the blog before and this post is worth reading if you know you’ll be caring for a child within this age group. Many of the points covered in this earlier article will apply whatever age the children are too. So, just to recap – selecting neutral colours for the walls will mean that the room doesn’t feel stereotyped. To allow for personalisation you could fit panels that can be painted and repainted according to children’s tastes, put pin boards on the walls for attaching photos or posters and you could even consider using chalk paint on a section of the room where young children can draw directly on the walls. As you get to know the child you can start adding personalised touches that make the space more their own – this could include peelable wall stickers with themed bedding and their toys.
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