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Planning a Nursery That Will Grow With You

By Kate |

Esther created BuyModernBaby.com in 2006 when she was expecting her first child. After hours and hours of research and scouring the web for modern nursery furniture and accessories, she knew the ins and outs of modern baby gear and created an online resource for similarly-minded shoppers. The result is a website full of shopping guides and information about modern nurseries, products, gear and gifts. Created two years ago as an extension to the website the BuyModernBaby.com blog is “a nursery design resource with nursery decorating ideas galore.” We’re excited to share Esther’s guest post about Planning a Nursery to Grow With Your Child.

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One issue many people have when planning their child’s nursery is that children grow out of those baby furnishings so quickly, so why spend too much money of effort to find something really nice? I understand their view and agree that those newborn and even baby days are over before you know it. Before 3 years have passed, you have a little person who doesn’t need a crib, changing table or any other baby-specific accessories. If you add up the price of all your baby furniture and gear and divide it by three years, does the expense make sense? For many people, the answer is no. So how do we justify buying any of the fancy furnishings for our nurseries?

There are a couple of answers that make sense to me. First, if you’re having more than one child, depending on the spacing, you can get many more years out of your nursery furniture. I have two boys who are almost exactly three years apart so we’ve been using our Classic Oeuf crib for six and a half years straight now. It’s currently in toddler bed form and I hope to use it for at least another year!

The second strategy for making the most of your nursery furnishings is to plan ahead and purchase pieces that will last past babyhood and be functional and beautiful into childhood or even the teen years.

Let me show you an example of how you can plan a space where many of the pieces can be used for a long time. Below is a sample nursery board that I put together a couple years ago. It’s what I call “My Own Nursery Updated.” Basically it’s the dream version of the nursery I actually have.

As it stands the room is ready for a newborn. The cradle would last maybe six months tops and the crib would be used about 18 to 36 months. So then what?

Well, let’s take the room and upgrade it for your toddler…

With just a few changes, you extend the usefulness of the “nursery” for a couple more years. The crib (#5) is converted to a toddler bed for $250 with Oeuf’s Classic Toddler Bed Conversion Kit. You might be ready to buy some new sheets (#1), like these Regatta Yellow Crib Sheets from Unison. I’ve added a few circle magnet boards (#8) to hang on the wall where your child can reach them and a play table and small chairs. The ones shown here are the Play-A-Round Activity Table from Offi and their Mini-Drawer Chair (#10). The room will also be a clutter of beloved toys and gifts by now so I’ve thrown in Suddy the Uglydoll.

Next, let’s upgrade the room for a school age child…

We’ve finally upgraded to the Oeuf Sparrow twin bed (#5) and added a side table. The nightlight is put away in favor of the red table lamp and I’ve updated the rug. Once toddlers have outgrown the playtable, they’re probably ready for a desk (#10) at which to do their schoolwork. I’ve also changed out the crib sized bedding for some twin bedding (#1).

Are you convinced? Do you buy furniture intending to use it for a long time, or do you buy what you need to satisfy your present day needs and replace it later?

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Kate

Kate

Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops three kids ages 7, 5 and 2 from their home in Germany. Her military family is making the most of the overseas assignment by traveling Europe every chance they get.

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    Malia

    Love the advice, thanks! I’ve done a much better job of this in my daughter’s room.

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    ShannonShannon

    Great looks! I love the furniture!

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