I’m having the hardest time picking out a decent crib. There’s so many options! I bought a one-month subscription to Consumer Reports online to read what they had to say about cribs, and to say the least, I was underwhelmed. I don’t know how they conducted their research, or the specific factors they were testing.
Next, I bought the most up-to-date crib chapter from Baby Bargains. I need to go through it, but after my brain can sort through all that info.
So now, I’d like to turn to you and ask those of you who have purchased a crib in the last year or two to give me some recommendations. If you love your crib or hate it, please let me know!
I’m looking for:
- No frills. It’s just a place for baby to sleep, after all.
- As far as how it looks, I don’t care that much. Don’t care about the stain or paint color or design. I’m unpicky in that regard.
- A side rail that lowers without much hassle and is fairly quiet.
- Sturdy! I want this thing to last us for at least two babies.
- I’d prefer a mattress support that is springs or something — not just a board. Doesn’t seem too comfy.
- Simple enough to assemble.
- A lot of cribs out there today offer “convertible” models that can go from an infant crib to a toddler bed and more. I don’t want to pay more for one of these options, especially since I’ll likely move my baby from the crib to a regular bed when he’s ready. But, I’m open to a convertible model if that seems to be the best pick. So, either way on this.
- Can it please cost less than $200? Or maybe less than $250?
- What else should I look for?
- If you suggest a specific crib, can you also tell me which mattress you bought, and if it fits really snugly?
I know that all cribs must meet federal safety regulations. But, for goodness’ sake, so many cribs have been recalled lately, and now the state of California is suing several crib manufacturers because the cribs are emitting high levels of formaldehyde. Are you kidding me?
Sometimes, I wish I was a kangaroo. That way, Baby would already have a place to sleep and I wouldn’t have to worry about it.