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We have an opportunity to buy the baby furniture we *think* we want without paying shipping costs, if we decide within the next few hours. Here's our question:<br><br>
The crib we chose is a VERY well made piece, a bit pricey, but converts to a toddler bed, then later to a standard double bed. So the little diablita could use it until she goes away to college. (And of course we'll buy the other necessary pieces in the line, like the dresser that can be used as a changing table.) But some of our friends have said that it's not such a good idea b/c as baby becomes an older child and is barraged with marketing, she's going to insist on having the latest Barbie/Castle/Princess bed, making our purchase obsolete.<br><br>
We don't think we'll cave in to plastic princess bed requests down the line, and could always put this set in the guest room. But I guess what we want to know is:<br><br><b>As your babies became children, was their overall development and well being negatively impacted by not having a major change of furniture in their rooms? And if you did make said changes, are your children at Yale yet, and/or have their eyes on future astronaut and US presidency opportunities?</b>
 

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I had the same bed my entire childhood (antique and brass). I just outfitted it with my little pony blankets and sheets.<br><br>
Its your house...do what you want.
 

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To answer more directly. When each of our girls was born we bought a crib that was able to be converted into a toddler bed and then then a twin bed. Neither is in use today. We gave one to the salvation army and the other to my BIL.<br><br>
Not only did the children want different beds, but MrsT and I wanted different beds in the kids' rooms too.
 

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I don't know about kids now, but I had the same bedroom set until I went to college, and I turned out relatively normal.<br><br>
FWIW, we're planning to do the same thing with any little coroners that come down the road.
 

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I think as long as you don't cave on plastic princess beds, your daughter will turn out just. fine.<br><br>
And she probably will even if you DO cave on plastic princess beds.<br><br>
However, I think when it comes to plastic princess beds, that is the perfect time to discuss the value of timeless good taste in decorating.
 

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My oldest (5) is in the same solid wooden twin bed that I used from the time I was 3 until the time I got married and bought a king. She loves the fact that it used to be mine.<br><br>
My youngest (3) is in a <i>new</i> solid wooden twin bed (from the same manufacturer as mine) and was only momentarily sad that it wasn't daddy's too <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
My point...<br>
The kids won't care if they don't have princess beds.<br>
Just dress it up with sheets and comforters. Those are much easier to swap out anyway...
 

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I think I pretty much had the same bedroom furniture from the time I was 3 until 18 y.o.<br><br>
I don't think I was scarred for life.<br><br>
My baby dresser was my mom's baby dresser and now I use it for all my running clothes at my house.
 

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We bought a very good crib and used it for both kids. However as both outgrew it we bought them their own beds, and upgraded at least once with each of them. By the time they left school they were both sleeping in queen size beds. Did it help? We are not sure, but the older one is on the dean's list, going into 3rd year of nanotechnology engineering at the best engineering school in Canada. The other is heading back to school this fall after the better part of a year off, and is trying to reach the Canadian Junior Track & Field championships this summer. I think she's going to make it if she stays on her schedule.
 

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We bought the same type furniture for my now 15 year old DD.<br><br>
She still uses the converted bed, although we recently bought her a new dresser because the old one wasn't beig enough for all her teen age wardrobe.<br><br>
And she seems to be pretty normal.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i28.tinypic.com/2wgui39.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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The other thing is:<br><br>
You don't need a "toddler" bed.<br><br>
Just get guards for a regular twin bed. Presto! No falling out.
 

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I think I would've been laughed out of the house if I had demanded a new bed. My crib wasn't a convertable one but I slept in the same bed from childhood to college. Sheets, pillows etc could be personalized but the major furniture stayed the same.
 

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Dude.<br><br>
Although, we just put the twin sized matresses on the floor. That way when DS falls out of bed, he can crawl back up into bed (if he so chooses).
 

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We dispensed with the crib too -- co-sleeping is cheap! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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If your darling goes through a princess phase... buy princess posters, princess sheets, princess dolls, princess costumes, etc. You don't need to change the furniture, she'll survive.
 

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Are you going to try for more babies? You might be needing that crib more often than you think so keep that in mind as well. Our crib is about 6-7 years old (it was the floor model at Sears that I got hella cheap because I worked there) and I took it done once. <img alt="ugh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/ugh.gif">
 
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