There is something about having to choose a crib that is really making this whole parenting thing seem....real. As in, a real little person is going to be living here soon, and right now, their sleeping options are a choice between 'bottom drawer of the bureau' and 'on the dog's flop-and-drop'. Time to maybe do something about that, because frankly, that dog isn't much into sharing.
Our plan is to cruise garage sales in upscale suburban neighbourhoods, looking for modern homes that might yield a sweet Ouef or Stokke, gently used and substantially cheaper than retail. But in case those high-end dreams doesn't materialize for us, we need to come up with a game plan to figure out how to find a crib that is both safe and beautiful.
When in doubt, turn to Consumer Reports.
Unfortunately for us, they say to buy a new crib, so that we can be sure it conforms to current safety standards. Some of the best suggestions we saw, outside of the safety recommendations, were to assemble the crib in the room in which you intend to use it (in case it doesn't fit through your nursery door!) and to give serious thought as to whether or not you really need a crib that converts to a toddler bed and/or full size bed before committing to a very expensive 'sleep system'.
Obviously, Consumer Reports is the gold standard, but we thought it might be helpful to see what other people had to say about buying a crib.
All of these resources stress that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great crib, and that buying a high-end crib is a personal choice, not a safety necessity, which is a nice counterbalance to most advertising aimed at new parents, which seems specifically designed to reinforce the notion that we have to spend a lot of money to outfit our nurseries.
How did you decide which crib to buy? Is yours a hand-me-down or garage sale find? Did you comparison shop online and find a great deal? Are you happy with the crib you have? Not happy with it? What should we be thinking about that the experts above didn't address?