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toohotinhere Tue 18-Jun-13 15:29:10

I'm just doing a bit of research into the ages kid's go into toddler beds, and what they are into at that age. I'm trying to design some toddler duvet covers and was just after some ideas. Do kid's go into toddler beds between 18 months and 5 years? If so, what are they into at that age. The ideas I've got are

1. Dinosaurs
2. Outerspace theme
3. Jungle theme - eg monkey, giraffe etc
4. Construction theme - eg digger trucks
5. Pirates

1. Fairies
2. Princess
3. Dolls
4. Cup cake

I think the girls one is pretty straight forward - unless there are some that I've not thought of, but I am not sure about the boys - not sure if the age group is too young for Dinosaurs, Pirates, and outer space!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

BlueChampagne Tue 18-Jun-13 15:41:31

Never bothered with toddler beds - ours went straight into full size singles at 2-2.5. I think they're a waste of money unless either your cot transforms into one, or you're really pushed for space.

Think you're pretty much spot on for boys - how about adding ponies to the girls list?

ditavonteesed Tue 18-Jun-13 15:43:45

do some pink out of space and dinasour ones.

SillyBlueHat Tue 18-Jun-13 15:46:12

Butterflies & flowers? Ladybirds?
Cupcakes are everywhere.
Apparently the botanical theme is fashionable for interiors.

BettyandDon Tue 18-Jun-13 17:14:16

Is it to sell? You would do a storm of Peppa Pig or Thomas the tank engine. Licences obviously a problem though. I have yet to meet a 2 yr old who doesn't like either. I think a lot of parents end up buying what their kids like rather than what looks good deco wise. I have an enchanted woodland room and my 3yr old is just so so about it although it is clearly fabulous!

notso Tue 18-Jun-13 17:18:53

Judging by what is around now I'm probably in the minority but I would like some unisex toddler bedding that isn't themed as such.
Just bright colours maybe with numbers, letters, shapes or animals that would go with different colour schemes.
Ikea do some like this but not many other places.

I have two toddler DS's sharing a room and didn't want anything themey as they tend to go off things quickly and as they grow up I bet both boys will like different things.

llamallama Tue 18-Jun-13 17:23:36

I think fairies and princesses are essentially the same theme!

Some unisex ideas would be good...woodland, circus, jungle, polka dots, stripes etc

wetnoodle Tue 18-Jun-13 17:24:42

I tend to stay away from character prints as every few weeks DS is into something else (first Peppa, then Toy Story and now Thomas and Cars).

There's a real lack of unisex and/or contemporary bedding for toddlers.

US brands like Dwell Studio and Serena & Lily have a great selection of unisex bedding but the cost is £££ (£100+ for a duvet cover!)

Hasitfallendownagain Tue 18-Jun-13 17:36:32

Those themes all sound a bit "safe" ie boring and the same as everything else that is out there.

I'd love something a bit different, a bit original. 2 year old girls probably don't like cupcakes that much (no more than boys do anyway) - eating them yes, having them all over their bedding, don't imagine they would care either way.

I'd like stuff that was a bit more unisex - stars, stripes balloons, letters and numbers, some different animals for a change. Woodland animals instead of jungle ones, or maybe fruit and veg instead of cupcakes grin fairgrounds, playgrounds, under the sea... just something a bit different to every other product out there.

One feature I really like is "reversible" bedding - John Lewis does this in the kid's range, there is a different pattern on each side of the duvet.

cantreachmytoes Tue 18-Jun-13 17:40:15

I agree about unisex. Your lists strike me as nothing new. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but if you're going to go to the effort of designing something and getting the designs printed it would be a shame to do something that essentially already exists.

The advantage of unisex is also that you have double the market per design!

Betty5313 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:15:39

I think you would have a niche if you did non obviously just boys space, dinosaur, jungle, construction... my 3 yr old dd loves all of those and so do lots of her friends. Please, please. no more pink fairies princesses cakes etc!

4yoniD Tue 18-Jun-13 23:15:10

DD1 (5) would like a pink background with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Plus maybe some purple butterflies. HTH.

DerbyNottsLeicsNightNanny Tue 18-Jun-13 23:17:20

Vw campervans please for my ds! If you do this let me know & I will purchase wink

mrsyattering Tue 18-Jun-13 23:26:18

you are spot on with your choices imo. but some unisex, brightly coloured animals, stripes, shapes, numbers. Might be a good idea. I have two dcs, one dd and ds in toddler beds, sharing a roomsmile

SkiBumMum Tue 18-Jun-13 23:43:52

Oh for goodness sake read your list and be a bit more inventive please! I have two girls. At toddler bed stage they like(d) wild animals because we go to the zoo a lot, balls and bikes because they play in the garden a lot, domestic animals because they see them around, cars because they see them around and they are colourful. Kids don't know about princesses and pirates unless we force it down their throats.

All kids seem to love dinosaurs but please please please don't do them in effing pink to sell to parents of girls and khaki for boys. Please.

wonkylegs Wed 19-Jun-13 13:49:01

Another one for good quality unisex bright bedding.
It's hard to find but I pounce on it when I can get to it.
I love White backgrounds with a mix of bright colours (red, yellow, blue, green).

Bugs/ Birds/ Fish
Picture frames

Unisex bedding is really helpful for toddler beds as it quite often lasts for a 2nd child.

toohotinhere Wed 19-Jun-13 16:50:51

That's great. It's given me lots of ideas. The unisex one is one I didn't even think of, so we could be onto someting there. Thanks for all your help.

poocatcherchampion Wed 19-Jun-13 22:48:05

a bit gender stereotypical isn't it?

dd would like dogs or ducks on hers

PriyaKoothrappali Thu 20-Jun-13 12:09:30

My DD would like monkeys (specifically cheeky ones), different animals including lions and tigers and ones with teddy bears on them.

CreatureRetorts Thu 20-Jun-13 20:05:24

Def yes to unisex. DS's are from ikea although he'd love the octonauts

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Fri 21-Jun-13 12:18:59

bright primary colours with unisex patterns on. im sick of this pink/blue divide. football and princesses. give me a break.

notso Fri 21-Jun-13 16:28:45

Maybe I'm not in the minority after all!

RobotElephant Fri 21-Jun-13 16:32:53

Have you checked the duvet sizing for toddler beds? They're quite awkward. Single duvets work but are big really, and cot mattresses are too small. If you're doing duvet covers what size duvet are they going to fit?

If they're just singles, then less of the dinosaurs for boys and princesses for girls please. Girls like dinosaurs too (though I'm not sure how boys are on princesses wink ) so make them bright interesting colours, not blue or brown. Anything based on rainbow colours is generally a winner IMO.

mum2jakie Fri 21-Jun-13 16:33:26

Please make it 100% cotton - polyester bedding drives me mad (and is no longer allowed through the door!)

RobotElephant Fri 21-Jun-13 16:33:36

Oh - and include some owls. Owls are great.

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