(Closed) Show me your crib

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I love the idea of the Montessori route (no crib, just a mattress on the floor so that they are free to explore their environment when they’re ready like this one) but all I can think of is that has to kill your back!  Even though we’re still a ways out (and we’ll probably use a hand-me-down anyways) I’m really curious to hear what everyone says.

Post # 4
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447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We have a Graco Tucson Crib. I like that it has fixed stationary sides and 3 different mattress levels. It’s supposed to convert to a toddler bed. It’s also relatively easy to put together.

Downsides: It doesn’t include bed rails for when it is converted to a toddler bed, and I imagine that it gets more difficult to get baby out upon lowering the mattress. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I think a crib is a better idea not to argue with caitlanc.  But if you have any sort of furniture, it could be pulled down and crush the child.  I read about this before.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@beekiss2   If you use a mattress on the floor, the room is supposed to be completely babyproofed. That would include making sure furniture is braketed to the wall to prvent it from tipping over.

We have a few more months to decide, but I think because we are going to be traveling and staying overnight frequently at my parents and DH’s parents, having our baby used to a crib will be important. I really like most of the principles of Montessori though and we might find a way to make it work for us.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

DG, we have this crib, the Delta Enterprise Shelby crib.  Pluses are that it’s convertible to a toddler bed and eventually a twin bed (the changing table turns into a night stand).  A changing table, hamper, and several shelves for storage are built in.  It also has fixed sides, three adjustable mattress levels, and comes with a storage basket underneath the crib.

Negatives:  The first night we brought Addie home we didn’t have the co-sleeper yet and Pete took the whole thing apart and re-assembled it in our room for the night.  That’s when we discovered it scratches somewhat easily.  Luckily, Home Depot sells wood stain pens that match exactly and are easy to use on little scratches; you can’t even tell they’re there now.  ๐Ÿ™‚  (Btw, Addie ended  up sleeping in our bed anyway, so all his efforts were totally wasted!)

 The only other negative I can think of is that I wish the storage basket under the bed had a handle.  I have to reach between the slats to pull it out.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

๐Ÿ™‚  My in-laws bought it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pete also thinks Addie will be using her crib in the next couple months.  Right now she is starting to nap in her crib once a day, but I think the big transition is going to take me a while.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh, I like both of those, DG!  Especially the first one; I really like the arched back.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ugh, DG, I only have 2.5 weeks left.  Scary!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

We got the Olivia from JCP when it was on sale.  I couldn’t get the 2nd link to load, but I just read the reviews on JCP and I think they did pretty well in Baby Bargains as well. 

The furniture was one of our first purchases, and I have to admit I was greatly swayed by a great sale + add’l coupon I added on top.  So, we bought this before we’d done extensive research, but we are still happy with our decision.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

We have a Pali crib which is Italian crafted and the company has been around for generations with no recalls. When I did my research, it seemed solid–looks like a regular crib to me though. The main thing was that the sliding rails were metal mechanical pieces and not made of plastic.  We won’t be using the dropside, just b/c I want to be extra careful. Also, this brand tends to run high in price because of the quality but we found ours on Craigslist for a steal of a deal. Just check the crib ( if you buy used) that it has the date/model of crib imprinted right on it so you can verify model for recall purposes.  Also, Sears had some very reasonably priced new cribs this weekend.

http://www.pali-design.com/index.php?path=products&template=products_by_serie&section=products&subsection=products_by_serie&page=novara_%28new%29&product_serie_id=31

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