Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Crib Conundrum

We are ready to buy a crib for our sweet little gray nursery, but alas, are having a hard time with it.  The problem is that we are cheap.  If we were willing to spend $400-$500 on a crib, well we would be set.  But we don’t want to spend a ton of money on a crib, so that limits things. 

I’ve been looking online at pretty much every store available and reading reviews and what not and just can’t decide what is best.  My MIL had the suggestion of looking on Craig’s List, which I really hadn’t considered because of changing safety regulations, but she didn’t think that having the most up to date crib was that important and somehow convinced me.  So I found a few things that I liked and even emailed a guy about a pretty white crib.  But it turned out to have drop sides.  The guy was an idiot and told me that the sides aren’t drop sides, but one side can be dropped down lower to pick the baby up and such.  Well buddy, hate to break it to you, but that is a drop side.  

So after looking into it more and reading up on what exactly has changed with crib safety and why, I definitely disagree with her on getting a used crib and want to buy a new one.  I don’t mind getting a used changing table or a used glider or any of the rest of it, but the crib is the one place that I should be confidant that my baby will be totally safe, especially seeing as how I won’t be watching the baby sleep every second of the night.  

I think now we have the crib we want pretty much narrowed down to the Graco Lauren Crib, which is what the picture here is.  But we are going to make a trip down to Ikea next week once we get back from Mexico to look at their cribs before we fully decide.  It makes me crazy though that you can’t look at their cribs online at their website.  How silly, everything else at Ikea is on their website.  Erg. 

So my questions for you all: anything you really love/hate about your current crib?  Anything suggestions on cribs in general for people looking to spend less than $200?


  1. I'm not sure where to get a good deal, but I agree that the crib is pretty important. We are hoping to get a convertible crib so that it will grow with our child and we won't be looking to buy headboards in 3-4 years.

  2. I agree a new crib is important. That and caresses I refused to get used

    We have ikea cribs for our twins and love them. There were some recent recall issues though and they aren't selling cribs again until the fall, that might be why they aren't showing up on the website...

  3. Lmao. That was supposed to say "car seats." damn iPhone autocorrect.

  4. I'm with anofferingoflove on the love for Ikea cribs. If you are looking for functionality and comfort over the big "furniture" look they are great.

  5. We have two of the Davinci Emily convertible cribs and like them a lot. :)

  6. I too an cheap, but I agree about a new crib and mattress. Think about how much time the baby will sleep in there and safety while sleeping is so important. When we were looking two years ago (damn that went fast), we found an amazing Amy Coe crib at BRU that I fell in love with. And, we actually found it on clearance and got amazing deal at $250. If you hunt around, check sales and coupons, you may be able to find a new crib for a good price. BRU sometimes does a trade-in event where you bring in an old carseat/crib/whatever and you get 25% off a new purchase that you could use on a crib. I would also check Target-great styles/brands and reasonable prices. Good luck hunting!