When deciding on a dresser style, think not merely about how much space you have but additionally about what you will put in it and how a child will use it. It will be used much longer compared to the crib, so choose with an eye to the future. You may even want to buy this piece at an “adult” furniture store. You can even get a cheap dresser at an unfinished furniture store, then paint or stain it to fit your crib or other furniture you may already have chosen. Spend a little extra on unique knobs, and you’ll have a custom piece for a fraction of the price.

A low, double-wide bureau is a wise choice, as all of the drawers are easy-access by age three (using a small step stool), when most kids start wanting to dress themselves. A highboy is practical only if you are short on floor space and want to store things from your child’s reach; make certain any tall dresser is securely anchored to the wall.

Think about the way the dresser will function down the road. Some models are section of a set that allows one to add a hutch on top or a corner shelf unit (also called a “radius shelf”‘) on either side. Your child’s storage needs is only going to grow, blind cords so plan accordingly.

Armoires are an extremely popular choice; in the infant years, the most notable cupboard is outfitted with a pole to hang small dresses or jackets, while the lower drawers store the rest of the clothes and blankets. Some parents begin with shelves in the most notable portion, leave the doors open, and utilize it as a display area for the baby’s treasures. Later, the cupboard can store collections, books, or even a television.

Safety considerations are the obvious-is it sturdy and free of sharp edges? And the not obvious-are the drawer knobs or handles easy for small hands to acquire a grip on? Gliders or center guides can make drawers slide in and out more smoothly, rendering it easier for preschoolers to dress themselves and put away their clothes. Drawers which are heavy and quick to shut, however, are a recipe for pinched fingers. If your child is a climber, put safety locks on the drawers, or they may be used as steps (another reason to anchor the dresser to the wall). Finally, ensure that the drawers can’t be removed altogether, or a toddler may find yourself pulling one out on top of him.