Another Item Question- How did you choose your crib and what kind did you end up getting?August 18 2012 at 4:12 PM
|Teresa (no login)|
I'm sorry if I'm being a pain asking all these product questions, but I could really use your advice.
How did you decide what crib to get? Which one did you get? Is it better to spend a little more on one that is a 4 in 1 and will later convert to a toddler bed and then child bed? I noticed Pottery Barn Kids has a low profile option on one of their cribs, they claim this option is supposed to be easier for someone on the shorter side (I'm 5'3) did anyone go this route?
I'm pretty much set on everything else for LO but the crib thing is tough and I definitely want to order one soon. I'd love to know how you decided and what you went with and any thoughts you may have. Thank you in advance for your help!
We got a convertible crib
|August 18 2012, 5:20 PM |
From Munire. I absolutely loved it as her crib. It really is a beauiful piece- totally splurged on the first born. And she's in the big girl bed now- it converts to a full size- so it is a good investment if you plan on using it as he/she grows up. But here's the thing- and this is totally the girly shopper in me- we've been furniture shopping lately and there are so many cute girly beds- princess, castle....and DD is alllll over them when she sees one:). So while I love the idea that her crib will still be a part of us as she grows up, I can't help but want to get one of these fun ones for her. Maybe if we're lucky enough to have another, but with what we spent on her crib and matching furniture I don't dare even hint at it to DH:)
Have fun shopping!
Found an antique crib and got it refinished....
|August 18 2012, 7:00 PM |
We found an antique crib for $25 or so and got it refinished.
I love how it's very sturdy & well made. My DD just turned 3 and weighs over 40 pounds and constantly jumps on the thing! (I want my sleep so I'm waiting on transitioning her to the big girl bed!)
My sister bought a brand new crib and it fell apart within two years. I don't know what brand it was, but she's not getting her sleep...
I thought about the 4 in 1 cribs but I figured that I didn't want to be stuck with it for life. We've been shopping for a bed and it's nice to know that we can do whatever we want with her room. (We didn't know that DD was going to be a girl when we got the crib.)
easy for us, ours was a handmedown
|August 18 2012, 7:46 PM |
(don't worry, still safe, not some 10yr old handmedown)
and we bought a new mattress. Nothing special about the mattress. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive. firm as it should be.
Our two hardly spent time in it anyways.
family bed was and still is my favourite.
but it's not for everyone and I don't judge one way or the other (as I hope people won't me)
have fun choosing!!
btw if I had to buy one, I'd have bought the kind whose whole side can come off so that I could push it up to my bed (if heights were equal) and have it as a side bed for babe and use it as a toddler bed that way too.
I know a friend who used the Ikea one, that one that the side doesn't go up and down and for my needs, I wouldn't have liked bending down so low to get baby but realistically, babies are in these beds for 2-3yrs tops. Go with what you feel is safe and best for your needs and hope you get to keep it for a #2
(OH! not a pain about asking these questions, you aren't the only one wondering and for those whose babies are grown-ish (ahem, me) it's fun to revisit these days; they go by much too fast. sniff sniff)
DS: born by c-sec Apr15'03, 9lbs5oz 41wks gest. (after 4 years of ttc, starting in 1998)
DD born by c-sec Oct 13 2007, 8lbs13oz 39wk gest. (after just under 3 years of ttc)
~~DS was conceived naturally the cycle following a cancelled DE IVF, using my good friend's eggs. She was on the verge of hyperstimming.
~~DD's nat conception I attribute to using OPKs like a crazy nut, eating grapefruit daily and using preseed. also 5 cycles of TCM ending 2 cycles before that lucky cycle.
Ours was free...
|August 18 2012, 10:20 PM |
We got it from a friend who first bought it for her then-8-yo. The front comes off so now he can climb in/out on his own, but it won't convert to a full-sized bed. I'm glad we didn't get one of those because it wouldn't have fit in his room in our new house as a full bed. We will get him a twin when #2 arrives.
Crib (child ment)
|August 18 2012, 11:20 PM |
We looked at a lot of cribs, but as soon as I saw this one, I was sold on it. We ended up getting an Ouef crib, which does convert to a toddler bed. The design is simple and clean, which we really liked. Also, like you, I am petite (5'1"), so the height was a concern too. Besides the look and sturdiness of this crib, the ease of being able to get the baby in and out was a huge selling factor.
We loved our crib and so did my DD, and she is loving it as a toddler bed too. Ouef has a lot of different styles, the one we chose was from their classic collection.http://www.oeufnyc.com/theoeufclassiccrib.aspx#section=overview
Good luck and happy shopping!
I too like oeuf/ links to gender neutral nursery designs
|August 19 2012, 6:29 PM |
because of aesthetics and the fact they seem to work well for us "shorter" moms (I'm 5' 3'). I would have bought the grey oeuf sparrow, which I see all over the place on design blogs. I have ended up having a hand me down oeuf offered to me by a good friend- couldn't turn this offer down, although it was not the same/style color I wanted. Will buy a new mattress for it, I think.
Separately, thought there were some great nursery decorating ideas at these links!
One thing i noticed when scoping out crips, is that some of the necessary add-ons do add up - mattress, convertible to toddler features, so keep in mind these extras when thinking about price. The stokki cribs seemed to have the most "extras".
I love those nurseries!
|August 19 2012, 8:12 PM |
I go back and forth between wanting a more "mature" nursery like the ones pictured and a more fantastical type with modern tree murals on the walls (it makes sense in my mind...). In any case, I love the ones in this blog and just "pinned" them on pinterest! Thanks for sharing!
Went with one from Restoration Hardware
|August 19 2012, 11:37 AM |
I liked the look of it and other pieces that went with it.
The side does not come down (not sure if many do these days).
It is super sturdy and they had good customer service.
Oh, it does convert to a full size bed, hence wanting the other pieces in the group.
All so helpful, thank you!!!
|August 19 2012, 5:19 PM |
I really appreciate everyone sharing what they have, you were very helpful, and it's going to be hard to choose, but I love knowing what people recommend in real life.
AJ- I would be the same way if I have a little girl...I love ALL things GIRLY and PINK!!!
MargieD- that's awesome, I love antiques and would have never thought of doing that. DH is super handy and has found some "gems" in his travels that he restored and what's so nice is that they're unique and personalized. I love your idea!!
Juliemam- I would never judge you!! And how lucky you were able to catch a hand me down. Our friends with kids...theirs are mostly in middle school, so we haven't been so lucky to be offered any freebies. I WISH! I think we will be testing out lots of cribs in the coming weeks. Thanks for the Ikea suggestion too, I've purchased so many things from there and it'll be good to hit it up, see what's out there...maybe even for a dresser if we don't go for the crib there!
Laura, raised a very important point about room size..we will be moving this spring and who knows how big LO's bedroom will be. That's really something to keep in mind!! Thanks for pointing that out. I bet your toddler will have fun picking out a "big boy bed"
Mel- those Ouef cribs are beautiful, DH LOVES them and the fact that they're easy to get the baby in and out of is a huge plus for a shorty like me, good to keep in mind, thank you!!
Karma- RESTORATION HARDWARE is one of my favorite stores and I didn't know they had a baby line. OMG!!! Thanks for letting me know..went to the website..oh that Collette crib is DREAMY!!!!!!!!!!! I want every single one of those nurseries..THAT'S my TASTE!! Going to have to make a trip there to see in person...
Thank you again to ALL, you have made this so hard, LOL. I appreciate all your help and telling me the pros to each!!
If you are lucky enough
|August 19 2012, 7:51 PM |
to live near an outlet, you can get some good deals.
I happened to be at one (near Boston) buying a bathroom cabinet and wrote a request out if they received the crib I was looking for. Within a week, they called me. I just bought the other pieces, as I did not want to wait and I am so pleased with the quality. I love that all drawers are lined with cedar and are super sturdy.
If you see something you like, I would not hesitate buying from them.
Do you mind sharing the name of the outlet?
|August 19 2012, 8:10 PM |
I'm near Boston too and would love to know- I'm always up for a good buy!
|August 19 2012, 9:42 PM |
It is a Restoration Hardware outlet in Wrentham. It's off 495 (which is off 95).
|August 20 2012, 1:47 PM |
I should really get down to the Wrentham outlets. Whenever I do it's always so crowded, but I suppose that's a small price to pay for good bargains!
THANK YOU, KARMA
|August 20 2012, 6:29 AM |
I dreamed about those Restoration Hardware Nurseries last night! And I just checked and there's an outlet store about an hour and a half away from us on the Eastern end of Long Island. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
cool, find some cute items!!
|August 20 2012, 8:37 AM |
If there is something you really want, ask them to keep an eye out for it. They have a form for you to fill in, so it is a regular practice and they will call you!
Re: cool, find some cute items!!
|August 20 2012, 9:04 AM |
that's good to know!! thanks for the tip! i know sometimes its hit or miss with those outlet stores and they get new things in all the time, but it will be hard for us to visit it often as it's not that close by to where we live. im excited to go see what they have, im a big fan of all their decor and i never realized they had an outlet store. xoxo
Never used my converter except for toddler
|August 20 2012, 9:13 AM |
We got a very sturdy honey colored one from a local store. The side came down for a toddler bed and I liked that a lot. It converts to a full but here's my schtick with the full. A full mattress is almost the same price as a queen so a queen seems a better investment. That said, since I buy a lot of vintage items, we bought her a vintage twin white bed when she turned 3. I plan to get a second twin at some point for sleepovers for her bedroom. I can hopefully use the crib again or I would sell/donate it.
just keep in mind long term
|August 20 2012, 1:21 PM |
kids only stay in cribs for 3-4 years (or less), so really think about how much you want to invest because it really is a short term item, and frankly you just want to get rid of the thing after awhile. If you have more children of course you may get more use out of it, or if you plan to keep it for your grandchildren or something (but most people want to buy new cribs for safety reasons).
I'm also not a big fan of the convertable cribs because I like to keep them in the crib as long as possible--toddler and beds don't really go well in my book! Basically that means they will be getting out a lot! I just kept my older dd in her crib until 3+ and then went for the big bed, you can get side rails etc if you fear them falling out, but she did fine. So that is where you might want to spend more money, as they will be in that bed much longer.
Sorry to be the downer voice of reason but I know with your first it is so exciting and I just don't want you to come to reget a lot of money spent later when you just dump it!
I have a 2yr old and plan to buy another crib for this one because I don't want my 2 yr old out of her crib yet--so basically I will be looking for a nice but reasonable crib!!
just some things to think about, hopefully you can find a good deal on one.
similarly think about changing table that can convert to dresser etc. You don't want to have to buy a whole new furniture set for them when they turn 4!
I liked the changing table until.....
|August 20 2012, 2:20 PM |
Until DD was pulling things off of the shelves....which was cute at first....and then it became a PITA....
|August 20 2012, 3:23 PM |
I had all these cute pictures above her changing table that I just had to take down because she was pulling on them and I was afraid they would come down...they do eventually stand up on the changing table and my dd is super tall!
Also, don't put pictures above her crib where they can reach--I almost did that as well.
Unfortunately safety can really ruin a cute nursery!!
Great tips and good points, thank you
|August 21 2012, 4:44 PM |
It is SOOOOO easy to go "buck wild"...I'm so excited, I want to buy everything!!! I know that's unrealistic for financial reasons and practical reasons too. So thank you for these tips, and pulling me back in, HA HA HA.
Actually...the one thing we weren't going to buy is a changing table...was just going to buy a changing pad and anchor it to a dresser. I can't see spending the money on it.
Thanks again for your helpful tips!
Yeah, I give a thumbs-down to changing tables
|August 21 2012, 10:55 PM |
We secured the changing pad to the top of a dresser. It's way more functional. It wasn't too long before I had to change DS on the floor anyway bc of how wiggly he was.
|August 22 2012, 12:14 PM |
having one of those cheapy changing tables downstairs is really useful, although depends whether you have stairs or not. This is still downstairs in our formal living room that we never use! It has shelves below and I would keep some baby clothes downstairs too! I sometimes change her on the ground but it's a real backbreaker. My friend had a pack and play with a changing table on it which worked also, although I think you have to lean over those more. My sister used her big laundry room, but we don't have one!
How did you secure it to a dresser?
Changing Pad to Dresser-
|September 1 2012, 11:42 AM |
I registered for a 3 sided changing pad by Colgate at BuyBuyBaby and the pad snaps and screws to the back of a dresser or changer for added safety (the screw snaps are provided) so this is what we're going to do on top of her dresser (once we decide on one!!) If we had more room here (still in an apartment until the spring) I would have considered a changing table, but I feel okay with this.
We had a convertible..
|August 20 2012, 3:03 PM |
We did have a convertible crib and it was nice going from crib to toddler bed but we won't use it for a big kid bed.It turns inot a full bed which is too big for DS's room. The crib I have now for our 2nd and LOVE is the ikea gulliver. It's so great and converts to a toddler bed nicely. I felt like I could have had it in place of my co-sleeper because it was level with my bed on the higher setting and low to the ground when you move the mattress down. Plus it's only around $100 which is nice too!
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