Figuring out a Newborn Nursery – What About Norton?

I remember when I was pregnant with Norton, figuring out his newborn nursery was nothing short of a nightmare.  You see, with Andy, I lived at my parents’ house and he slept in my room.  I made a little newborn nursery in the corner of my bedroom because it was the best that I could do.  With Norton, I could do much better, and I did.  We spent months agonizing over every little detail.  We must have decided on five different sets of nursery furniture for Norton before we finally really did settle on one and order it.

That was just picking out the furniture.  Don’t even get me started on the decor.  Or the work on refinishing the room.

It looks like figuring out a room for McAfee/Eudora won’t be any easier.

So far, the husband and I have gone through a few ideas.  First, we were going to give Norton a brand new room, complete with an awesome Captain’s bed or a trundle bed.  Then we looked at the price tags and realized that it would cost about the same for a new nursery.  (We do lifetime furniture.)  It was the realization that Norton is not yet potty trained (or, as I like to call it, “housebroken”) that was a huge problem with this idea.  No dresser was wide enough to also be a changing table, so we’d have to buy a changing table.  That cancelled out any cost savings aspect.  And I was looking to the future and seeing myself with one kid mad because the other had a full size bed while that one had a twin, and then I’d have to buy new bedroom furniture, anyway.

So, yeah.  The whole buying a twin bedroom set for Norton really lost its appeal for me.

Why not a toddler bed?  Well, I’d  have to buy a new crib mattress, and those aren’t particularly cheap, either.  And then I’d just have to replace it in a couple of years.  It seems like toddler beds are either really nice and cost as much as a twin would cost anyway, or they’re so darned cheap and flimsy that I wouldn’t trust in it.

On top of that, I don’t want to take anything away from Norton.  So, yeah.  Kicking Norton out of his room for new kid has been completely removed from the table.

That gets us to a new conundrum: what do we want to do for newborn nursery furniture for the new kid?


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. My cribs convert to toddler beds and then I’m going to get twin beds when they get too long. I use the top of the dresser as a change table. I got what is called a “combo” which can double as a change table (Low enough and wide enough). I got everything in white so that when I get the twin beds for the girls it will be easy to match. It is so hard….You’ll figure it out!

    • Yeah, our crib converts to a toddler bed and the a full size bed. And our changer is a combo. 🙂 Beautiful set, but really, really bad service. So that means we won’t be buying from the same company this time around!


  1. […] my husband is almost 100% on the same page as me when it comes to what we’re going to do with Norton’s nursery furniture (it’s lifetime furniture; it’s Norton’s furniture for a lifetime), we’re […]

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