Post # 1
Ok… I have to say I’m overwhelmed!! I’ve been trying to decide on a crib, I want one that is decent quality, durable, safe, convertible and won’t cost me an arm and a leg! Ive been looking at reviews and consumer reports and am more confused than ever! Does anyone have suggestions or advice about how you chose your crib!!! Thanks!
Post # 2
MrsFireChief: I felt the same way about carseats! I was totally overwhelmed. As for the crib- I just….chose one. I went with what I thought looked nice, met all safety requirements (which all the major brands do) and converted to a toddler bed (which most of the ones we looked at did). We got ours at Babies R Us. Good lcuk! Just do it!
Post # 3
Get the book Baby Bargains. It does a great job of analzying all the brands of car seats, cribs, mattresses, etc. It not only provides grades for different brands, it makes suggestions based on whether your budget is high, medium, or low. We treated that book as our Bible during our registry. We got a Graco crib for both of our girls. I think the style was Lauren.
Post # 4
Get one that converts to a toddler bed. Both of my girls climbed out early- 11 months & 15 months. No sense buying a crib and only getting a little use out if it befor you have to switch .
Post # 5
My biggest thing was materials and reviews and safety standards …along with space. We did not have a lot of space, so since Europe had great safety standards and tended to have smaller cribs not made with formaldahyde (sp?) …we went with the bloom alma papa crib.
So really it was a process of elimination based on what I knew I wanted but before I figured all that out…I cried a lot because I hate how many options there are! Good luck! =)
Post # 6
We went with the Grace Sarah crib. We’re pleased.
Post # 7
I went with fairly basic Graco cribs. I honestly don’t like most convertible cribs, and just didn’t have enough money for all the extras.
Car seats however, I happily spent whatever was needed. The twins are 4 years old and still rear face with a good deal of growing room. My nephew is also still rear facing, but rapidly approaching the limits. Clek Foofn on all, dang expensive but very worth it.
Post # 8
We got a cheapie Graco crib. It does the job!
Post # 9
I got the Graco Mason crib. Even found it on sale at Target for a little over 100 bucks. It looks great and will convert into a toddler/day bed!
Post # 10
I’m a proponent of ikea cribs. Cheap, sturdy, meet safety requirements and turn into toddler beds.