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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Baby gear: Cribs

I get all sorts of people asking me for information about baby stuff: what we used, what we liked, what's worth getting. I thought I would write up little posts about some of the gear we have and what we've learned along the way. I know you may not agree with me and that's okay. This is just what I think about things and maybe these posts will help someone trying to navigate through that sea of baby stuff.

I remember before Little J was born being overwhelmed by all the decisions we had to make. For some things, I just wanted someone to tell me what to do, which one to buy, that it was going to be okay. Truth is, it will be okay. You have a baby and you learn as you go and make do with what you have or you get something different.

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Let's talk about cribs! I think pretty much everyone gets a crib for their baby. A lot of people set up elaborate nurseries with matching furniture and 10-piece bedding sets and that's really great, if that's what you want.

Babies don't need much but a safe place to sleep is important. With Little J, we thought we'd keep him in our room in the pack-n-play for the first bit but he was such a loud sleeper that he was in his crib by night 3. It would have been night 2 but we spent one night in the hospital! With Little K, she slept in our room for months. I'm pretty sure we only moved her to her crib because she was getting up on her hands and knees in the pack-n-play.

The first crib we bought was from a baby store. It wasn't the most expensive one there, but it was still a few hundred dollars. It came with a mattress and the hardware to change it to a daybed and then a double bed. The mattress height could be changed to something like 6 different levels and converting it has been quite easy.

The second crib we bought was a $50 crib from IKEA. It didn't come with a mattress but can be converted to a toddler bed and then a double. There were two heights for the mattress and changing the mattress height and converting it wasn't as easy as the more expensive crib.

So we have two very different cribs and I can tell you that, other than the bit of frustration and extra time to convert the IKEA crib, they're the same. If I had to buy another crib I would go with the cheap one. Sure there aren't as many options for design and colours, and if that matters to you and you have the money, by all means splurge on a fancy crib. Do what you want to do but know that all cribs in Canada must comply with safety regulations so getting the cheap crib is just that, cheap.

Tell me, do you agree that a crib is a crib is a crib or did you splurge on a fancy one for your little one?


  1. Bit of both for me - since I was on bed rest, I went shopping online and got a middle of the road one delivered, from Sears. We're really happy with it (and we'll see how it converts) but buying the matching change table was a customer service disaster sooo, I'm not sure if we'd buy from there again. We got the crib mattress from WalMart (also online).

    Looking forward to more info about your kid gear!

  2. I bought a cheapo crib from Ikea and it has done just fine - I think I paid $50 for it. It isn't the cheapest model they have, but a version they were discontinuing. Max slept in a bassinet for the first 3 months though - then he was in his crib in our room. We didn't move him into his own room until he could stand up in the crib and creepy stare at us :-D

    Actually Max's bedroom furniture cost us less than $100 - all older furniture that we just re-finished/made safer or used stuff....