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ASK THE EXPERT.  Chris Dwyer Product manager, Silver Cross

I’m currently looking at furniture and accessories for my first baby, due this winter.  I’d like some advice on planning and buying furniture for a room that can grow with a child.  I want to avoid the need to refit the room entirely when my child is older and has different needs.

Buy the furniture you need, then wait until your baby is born and using the room before you fill it to the brim.  For real longevity choose furniture designs that are not too nursery-based.  Look for colours and tones in accessories that add finishing touches but can be updated as your child grows and develops, giving you flexibility without huge costs in the future.

When creating Silver Cross furniture we have built in quality and design that will adapt and last well beyond the early years.  the wardrobes in our six collections offer full-length hanging space, cots turn into toddler beds, and changing units have removable tops that transform them into a ‘grown up; chest of drawers.  Silver Cross new Richmond range offers a choice of storage options, ideal for a smaller nursery there are clever space-saving features, including a baby changer that fits on top of the cot and a tallboy with a small footprint saving on floor space.  Alternatively for a larger room there are five pieces, allowing you to choose.  Prices start at £60 for the Cot Top Changer.