Yesterday I was running a mundane errand, the kind I tend to put off until necessity drives me to finally just take care of it.
You know, like running out of toilet paper or getting a ticket for having an expired car registration or getting a warning letter from a credit bureau because of your 4-year-old’s overdue library books.
(All purely hypothetical examples of course.)
(Have I mentioned that I’m a procrastinator?)
To be honest, I was kind of resenting the fact that I had to interrupt my schedule and feeling more than a little sorry for myself about the whole thing. And then from the backseat I heard a tiny toddler voice begin to sing.
I looked in the rearview mirror at my daughter, sporting Hello Kitty sunglasses and a ginormous smile. By this point her whisper had grown to a full-on toddler wail, belting out a favorite song.
You make me haaaaapppppyyyyy, when skies are gwaaaaayyy.
Suddenly I wasn’t feeling so sorry for myself anymore.
I started thinking about the importance of music in my children’s lives. They’re constantly walking around the house singing and dancing and being, well, KIDS. It brings me so much joy.
And since music is such a huge part of our life, why not bring some of those influences into the children’s spaces around my home? I’ve rounded up a wonderful collection of children’s song-inspired accessories and decor for your toddler’s room.
These simple reminders of the joys of childhood— the ring-around-the-rosies and tiny fingers playing Itsy Bitsy Spider—really put the drudgeries of adulthood into perspective. Maybe it’ll inspire us all to take a moment, between the paying of the bills and the scrubbing of the baseboards, to rediscover that childlike magic.
I hope you enjoy!
You Are My Sunshine 1 of 8This colorful print based on You are My Sunshine will brighten up any toddler's nursery or playroom.
Happy Print Shop/Etsy
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2 of 8My son probably sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star a thousand times by his 3rd birthday, and he referred to the second floor of our house as our "up above." My husband and I laugh about it to this day. This hand stamped spoon would make a beautiful reminder of his toddler years.
Bella Jackson Studios/Etsy
Row Row Row Your Boat 3 of 8Life IS but a dream when you have a toddler. I love this beautiful print from:
Have You Any Wool? 4 of 8Baa Baa Black Sheep is one of the first songs many children learn. I love the idea of framing this cutie toddler-size onesie after your child outgrows it. So sweet!
Little Blue Feather/Etsy
I’m Gonna Let It Shine 5 of 8My daughter loves singing This Little Light of Mine, a song she learned in preschool. I hope she always lets it shine! This print would be a reminder for her as she gets a little older.
Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word 6 of 8This light switch cover is made from vintage wallpaper. So cool!
Mary Had a Little Lamb 7 of 8I have yet to find a print from Sarah Jane Studios that I'm NOT in love with, and this one of Mary and her sweet little lamb is no exception!
Sarah Jane Studios
Eieio 8 of 8Banners and buntings are such a sweet way to add a little color and vintage flair to your child's space. This Old MacDonald-themed banner was actually made from vintage Little Golden Books. Two classics in one!
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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