Designing a Nursery that Grows with Baby

Nursery transition from crib to toddler to day bed

The baby’s nursery is one of the most important rooms in the house for moms, dads, and—of course—little ones. Finding the perfect color and décor is definitely fun and can take up a lot of your attention. However, dedicating some of your focus to creating a nursery that will grow with your child can save you a lot of time AND money. Your little nugget will grow up quicker than you could ever imagine—consider a few of these tips for creating a room that will help ease some of the growing pains (for both of you) by easily transitioning as your child grows.

Convertible Nursery Furniture

Look for nursery furniture that can easily transition with children as they grow. A convertible crib is a great option as it features multiple stages—a traditional crib, a toddler bed, a daybed and a full-size bed. If you’re like many parents, there will be a moment when your toddler tries to climb out of their crib. At that moment you know you need to transition to a toddler bed immediately! Just think of the time, worry (and sleep!) you’ll save by being ready to transition her crib to a toddler bed on the spot. Plus, as she continues to outgrow her jammies, toys & snuggles, her bed will continue to grow with her through her teen years and help to remind you both of simpler times. Check out these great options for grow with me cribs:

  • Roscoe 3-in-1 Convertible Crib: This chick, mid-century modern line crib is a great addition to any nursery. Not only does this 3-in-1 have three mattresses heights, but it easily converts into a toddler bed or day bed. If you’re looking for a modern take on a classic design check out the Elston 3-in-1 Convertible Crib.
  • Harper 4-in-1 Convertible Crib: All the benefits of the 3-in-1 convertible crib, PLUS the option to convert into a full-size bed. This crib combines framed pencil molding and a classic design to create a bed that will last for years! Check out these other 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs here.

And because you can’t have a crib without matching furniture, each of these designs offers a collection featuring dressers and bedrails.


Dual-Stage Crib Mattress

Infants, especially under the age of one, need a very firm and supportive crib mattress for safe sleeping. When your little one reaches toddlerhood, they can transition to a softer crib mattress. Sealy Baby offers a variety of 2-stage Crib & Toddler Bed Mattresses that takes away the worry of having to upgrade the mattress as your little one grows. With a firmer side for infants and a softer side for toddlers, simply flip over the mattress and you’re all set!

You can also add additional layers of cushioning or cool gel memory foam create a cozy sleeping space. When your child is ready to transition into a twin, full-size or queen bed, Sealy offers a wide selection of coil, foam and hybrid options!

Related Article: Transitioning from a Toddler Bed

Classic, Timeless Finishes

When selecting a crib, dresser, or chest for baby’s room, look for timeless colors and finishes such as white, gray or dark browns. These classic finishes are gender-neutral and offer parents a blank slate to design baby’s nursery around. A crisp white finish easily grows with baby, plus it can be freshened up with crib sheets and skirts for a fun pop of color. All paints and stains used with Sealy Baby cribs and dressers are non-toxic, so they are safe and built to last for years to come.

Gender Neutral Theme

A gender-neutral theme that is not overly ‘baby’, such as nature, nautical, or geometric shapes, can easily grow with infants and save parents time and money spent redecorating too often. New artwork, accessories, and fresh linens are easy and inexpensive ways to freshen up the look of a child’s bedroom as they get older and their tastes change. When decorating the walls, consider using removable wall decals or painting one feature wall a bright color that can more easily be updated in the future.

Because much of a child’s time is spent in their room sleeping, playing, and bonding with parents and friends, it is one of the most important areas in a family’s home. To save time, money, and space, think about investing in convertible furniture. This way, your child can easily grow into the room and you can save big on style!

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