Baby Furniture…How much is too much?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got the crib (which also converts to a toddler bed and can also be converted to a full size bed later), a 3 drawer dresser, and changing table from Overstock.com for LESS THAN $400.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it depends what is included.  I think for just a crib and a dresser, $2400 sounds pretty expensive, but if it has other pieces included, it might be a good deal.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Whoa.  We don’t plan to spend much on the crib because we will move them into a big kid bed by the time they are 3 or 4.  We’ll probably spend $200-300 on a basic crib and then buy a regular dresser and armoire so it can grow with them.  I wouldn’t mind a crib that converts to a twin headboard but the pricing on them is a bit steeper than I want to spend.  We never even used the changing table for my sister.  She was so wiggly we changed her on a mat on the floor so we wouldn’t have to worry about her falling off the changing table.

P.S. If a kid can get bunk beds, they always choose the bunk beds over a nice heirloom piece of furniture.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

$2400 seems ridiculously expensive to me. Does it get up in the middle of the night, pop the paci back in, and rock the kid back to sleep? Because that’s the only way I’d be willing to spend that much on baby furniture. If/when we TTC (a year from now), I will most likely buy something on consignment/from Craigslist and don’t intend to pay more than $300. Slap a coat of paint on, and it will be exactly what I want. And when it’s time for a toddler bed, we’ll go back to CL for something equally inexpensive. Their preferences change quickly, so it seems like a waste to “invest” in something.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Except for the crib mattress, which we bought new – we got everything from yard sales and thrift shops for next to nothing. I mean like $100 for the crib, high chair, stroller, etc. Maybe spend some bucks on a new car seat.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lovekiss: Does it get up in the middle of the night, pop the paci back in, and rock the kid back to sleep? Because that’s the only way I’d be willing to spend that much on baby furniture

LOL, i’m literally at my desk at work chuckling. But yeah what she said.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think 2400.00 for a bed and dresser that could potentially last you 18 years is reasonable but I kind of side with your husband, your kiddo may want changes in the future. It’s also going to take a beating as your child growns and it may not last as long as you’re hoping.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Charlies_Angel:  We bought the crib, toddler rail, matching night stands and long dresser with changing top plus glider and ottoman from pottery barn kids. We spent $4,000 total, including shipping, in home delivery and set up. The crib itself was $499 plus $100 for delivery/set up. The dresser was $1,000ish. My crib converts too & the way i see it is baby girl isn’t going to ask for a different bed if we don’t give her the option to, or we could use crib for baby #2 in the future. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@lovekiss:  I would spend 5k for a crib that does night feedings while I sleep. If anyone finds one. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

$2,400 is outrageous even if it is something that you think could grow up with your child. I don’t have kids yet, but I would never bother with buying something that is solid wood and costs an arm and a leg for a teenager let alone a baby. I can only imagine that through the stages your baby will gnaw on the wood, draw on it, etc. It probably won’t look that great after years of wear and tear. Like your husband said, it is highly likely that your child will grow out of the furniture pretty quickly, and it may be a better idea to just buy something cheaper that you won’t mind replacing later. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t do it! As soon as my son learned to stand in his crib he started gnawing on the railing. We ordered rail covers but by the time they arrived he had scraped a nickel sized area of paint off of it. And he is only 10 months old, so we have years of furniture destruction ahead of us still. Save your pennies until he is old enough to learn not to chew/color/put stickers on furniture.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Way too expensive IMO. 

I don’t mind spending a decent amount on nice furniture that is going to last but I know I won’t be using a crib after my child is old enough for a real bed.  I’m not even a fan of spending $ on toddler or twin beds.  I’m not big on the conversion ones because if you have multiple kids you’re going to have multiple “conversion” beds.  I’d rather just use/reuse one crib and then buy a full size bed for them after that.  And if it’s a dresser/changer type of combo..that won’t get 20 years of use either.  I’d rather spend less on the baby stuff and put that $$ towards an actual dresser and bed child can use and take with them when they leave home.

I spent $200 on a crib and dresser/changer that I got used (barely used though) because I know I won’t want any of it after kids are 3+. 

The problem is kids tastes changes frequently and you aren’t going to be using a crib for 20 years.  Even if you had grandchildren and want to use it for them, safety standards change so much that something that old wouldn’t be recommended in the future. Also, kids tend to destroy furniture (biting, playing, etc).  So that’s why I’d go cheaper over more expensive.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The set I’m looking at is 400 for the crib , but this converts into a day bed and then into a full size bed…so can be used for years and years. The dresser (which can also be used as a change table)  is $430. so with taxes I will be looking at about 1,000…. and I still feel this is expensive 🙁 I probably wouldn’t pay anything more.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When we started looking for furniture i thought a crib that converted to a full size bed would save money since they could use that furniture their whole life.  Then I realized, toddler beds, and even full size beds are cheaper to buy as she grows up than have to buy a new nursery set for the next kid.  Cribs are usually more expensive and we plan on having more kids, so now we plan to keep her in the nursery until we have another child who needs the crib.  Then she can get a big girl bed and it will be much cheaper.  FWIW, I think we spent 1300 on a crib, toddler rails, chest of drawers, changing table/short dresser, and hutch/bookshelf piece to go on top of the shorter dresser. 

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