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How To Create A Nursery That Grows With Your Child

Teddy bear wallpaper looks sweet when a baby is no bigger than a stuffed animal, but it can get old—fast. Instead of completely redoing the room every few years, choose a style from the start that will still work as your child gets older. Designer moms pass on their best tips:
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Go beyond pink and blue. Pastels may be classic nursery colors, but they’ll seem too cutesy once your baby’s walking. Opt for a neutral, such as tan, silvery-grey, or ivory, recommends Sherri Blum, a decorator and mom of four in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Then add brightly-colored rugs, lamps, pillows, and blankets. Oh, and the baby (aka the best room décor of all).

Think non-permanent. You could do duckling wallpaper border—or you could go for framed art featuring baby animals, Winnie the Pooh, flowers, you name it. This way, the baby accents can be easily replaced by that [insert teen idol] poster down the road.

Choose multi-use furniture. “Today’s convertible cribs are wonderful—they take you from crib to toddler bed to full size,” says Blum. She suggests choosing a finish other than white, so that the bed won’t be too juvenile for a rock-star ’tween. If you’re buying a rocker, pick a fabric that can eventually blend in with your living room décor.

Get creative with storage. These days you won’t have to store much more than tiny diapers, wipes, and baby clothes, but soon that room will be filled with toys, books, and puzzles. Consider space-saving pieces, like an ottoman that opens up to hold toys or fabric bins that slide under the crib, suggests Nidhi Huba, a decorator and mom of two in Woodstock, New York.

Hang it up. One of the most useful accessories you can put in a baby’s room: clothing hooks. “You can hang the baby’s towels and blankets on them,” says Huba, “but as the child gets older, he can use them for jackets and sweatshirts. It’s the easiest way to get a kid to keep his room neat!”

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by Thank you. I have been doing a lot of research on different sites to find out what I need to travel on a plane with an infant; this list has everything on it. The only other suggestion I would make is, people are suggesting to bring pajamas instead of a regular outfits.This way you don't have to fuss with socks, pants and a top. Plus I think the added bonus to wearing pajamas is, I don't have to worry about her touching things on a dirty plane. This limits it to just her hands and face (no missing socks, etc.) July 5, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Great article! We went on our first family vacation and this list helped bunches!! (: June 6, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I agree with this article. Although we may have an idea of what we'd like to see or what the baby might like to see in their room every day, those interest can develop and change quickly. I wasn't really into a lot of pink for my baby girl, so I pulled inspiration from the cover of her baby book, (which we received prior to birth and did not know the gender of our baby). It has a cute giraffe on the cover with pastel (pink, blue, green, yellow) dots along the lower corner. I wanted to have some sort of decoration for her room without being to invested in a definitive theme, so we went for light beige walls, and randomly painted pastel dots of various sizes around the room. May 16, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Packing a stroller is really important for day trips! March 28, 2014
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