Good Questions:Long Term Nursery Planning

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Rita writes: My partner and I are just about to start putting together our son's nursery, which we are, naturally, quite excited about. When we conceptualized the design, we knew that we wanted to 'go green', so low VOC paint, etc, is in the plan, but as part of that philosophy, we also want to use items in the nursery that will last longer than our son's babyhood will.

So many nursery items we see seem very specific to very short periods of time in a child's life...

...and we want to find furniture and accessories that will be perfect for a nursery but also transition well as our nursery becomes a toddler's room, a child's room, and then a teenager's room. Do your and your readers have any suggestions?

Do we ever!
First up, the bed. Sure, you could buy a bassinet, then a cradle, then a crib, then a toddler bed, then a twin bed....or, you could start out co-sleeping, and transition to a twin bed that will last until 'baby' is in college. But if co-sleeping is not your thing, we really like the idea of starting with a crib, and then transitioning to a twin mattress on the floor (a la Vincent's room tour), and then eventually getting a twin bed frame when your son is older. And if you can borrow a crib, or buy one and then pass it along to a friend who needs one once your son is done with it, even better, green-wise (and karma-wise)!

Speaking of house tours, Roman's nursery is a great example of a room that will clearly transition well from nursery to big kid room, while still being a charming nursery now. From the lovely neutral on the walls to the furniture that works now in a nursery and 15 years from now in a teenager's room, this is a stellar example of a baby's room done with an eye to the future.

We have a few more suggestions, here, but also want to hear real life solutions from AT Readers - how did you make your nursery design work after your baby started growing up? If you have an older child, what would you have done differently to give your nursery design staying power past the baby years?

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