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Designing Your Dream Nursery: A Grandmother's Guide

February 2016
Today’s grandparents are younger, healthier, and far more active than ever. And this generation of parents absolutely love it! We see mothers and daughters shopping together for not one, but two nurseries. This is because grandma, or more often, Gigi, is putting a nursery in her house too. With many new moms holding down full time jobs, it’s an amazing gift to have grandparents that can help with children. It just makes sense to have a dedicated space in the grandparents home for baby. Today’s nurseries are so much more design oriented than baby rooms of the past. There are beautiful furniture collections in every style imaginable, tons of luxury crib bedding collections, amazing art, floor coverings, lighting, and more. So, with so much to choose from, what do you really need?

First on the list is to purchase a new crib that meets all the current safety standards. This is an absolute must because it is the safest place for baby when they are out of your sight. We recommend cribs with the following features:

* One that is high quality and built to last. Iron baby beds are great for the long haul because they don’t deteriorate the way wood can.
* Something that is gender neutral and not trendy. Again, think long term. Chances are you will have more than one grandbaby grace your home so keep the look neutral and classic. Doing this will ensure a great look for years.
* One that converts. Babies grow, so buying a crib that grows as well is a good investment. It may cost a bit more up front but it will pay off in the long run.

It’s wonderful to have a dresser/changer to match your crib, but if cost is a consideration, opt for a beautiful changing tray and add it to a dresser you may already have.

A comfy rocker/glider combination is a wonderful addition. Today’s chairs are beautiful, sumptuous, and available in every style imaginable. We recommend a slipcovered chair in a classic design because it’s easy to clean, affordable to update, and timeless enough to use in another room at a later date. Again, we’re thinking long term.

Every new life brings endless blessings and having the luxury of nurturing that life in your own home adds to those blessings.

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Written by: Mary Bauer


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