We ran the numbers: You could spend $1,000 on a crib and $500 on a mattress only to move your little beanstalk into a toddler bed before he’s 3.
Or you could take that $1,500 and spend it on Table Tots, a convertible, boothlike activity table that goes from scribble space to homework station in seconds.
The first piece of children’s furniture from Brooklyn-based design studio CounterEvolution comfortably entertains little ones from 18 months to 6 years old when it’s upright. Flip it on its side and remove the tabletop, and you’ve got a sturdy desk that will last far beyond elementary school.
In terms of sustainability, Table Tots hits the jackpot. It’s handcrafted from heart pinewood salvaged from old bowling lanes and coated in an earth-friendly, zero-VOC stain that’s nontoxic and scratch resistant. Plus, its sleek lines mesh with grown-up decor, so you can repurpose the piece (media stand, bookcase, side table) once its child-rearing days are over.
We’d bet the house on it.
Available online at counterev.com.
What: Keep clothes tidy with locally made burp cloths and bibs ($10-$35).
Why: Chemical-free cotton stands up to many messy mealtimes.
When: Now’s good.
Where: Online at ashleybug.com.
Starlight Cinema Drive-In Movie
What: A free outdoor showing of Megamind, plus music and activities beforehand.
Why: Your mini cinephile leaps at any chance to scarf down popcorn.
When: Sat. Activities, 6 p.m.; movie, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Centre, 5860 Trinity Pkwy., Centreville. For inclement weather cancellation info, call 703-324-7469.
What: Get an earful of folk tunes at the free family-friendly concert.
Why: The watermelon and corn on the cob make for an end-of-summer feast.
When: Wed., 7 p.m.
Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln., at Strathmore Hall St., North Bethesda (301-581-5100).
Photo: Courtesy of CounterEvolution