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From Crib to Big Kid: Keep the Same Decor!

When helping new parents design their nursery, one of my best tips is: Let it grow with the baby! We spend nine months planning the perfect nursery for our bundle of joy, and as all parents can attest, they grow out of it oh-so quickly. Now, by no means am I saying to skimp on the nursery. In my opinion, it should be your favorite room in the house, but if you want to stretch your dollar as far as it can go, design with the big kid room in mind. You can thank me later.

When we started Caden Lane bedding years ago, we didn’t have big kid bedding to coordinate. We were constantly getting requests for it, and it wasn’t until my first was old enough to grow out of his crib that I realized why we had so many requests. You decorate your entire nursery around your crib bedding, then BAM, you’re faced with Batman and Barbie themed bedding at age two (see my old post on themed sheets).

My older daughter has our Boutique bedding in her big girl room now, and every piece of the decor translated so perfectly from her crib to her bed.

So, as our company grew, so did our “Big Kid” bedding collection, and now just about every one of our crib sets has a twin/full/queen version to go with it! Here is an example of our Purple Garden bedding in big kid and baby.

So, plan for the future, and I’m not just talking college! While shopping for your bedding and your decor, make sure it can grow with your little guy/gal. Find wall art that isn’t too baby (or you’ll be buying all new ones in a few years when they tell you it isn’t “cool”), buy furniture that can transition easily, and most importantly, have fun with it! Happy decorating!

Andrea Lowe

Sunday 5th of May 2013

I always design my nurseries with the intention of not making it baby-ish and with the thought that the decor will stay. the crib and the changing table will go when the time comes, but that's about it.


Wednesday 1st of May 2013

When I design or decorate our rooms, I grow quite attached to everything that I even find it difficult to rearrange. So when it comes to my kids' nurseries, yes, the decor usually stays. Only the main furniture pieces get some changes.

Christoper Russell

Thursday 18th of April 2013

Thanks Katy for wonderful tips! I visited many blogs related nursery crib bedding and finally you got me. Just hoping that the one above is available for me.