Baby Cribs: Good, Simple & $$
I knew nothing about cribs… That is, until my friends, Laurie and Michael, enrolled me in helping them with their nursery. They are having twins in June and are looking for all the help they can get. They are getting it, but they have also been hornswoggled by me into starring in my next episode of Mission: Organization as a hapless couple having twins in a one bedroom apartment! So, the top cribs we found after a lot of looking around were #1 The Arts and Crafts Crib by Pacific Rim Woodworking (nearly impossible to find), and #2 The Dick Crib (yes, Dick) by Bratt Decor. The good about the Arts & Crafts is that it is simple: made with mortise and tenon joints out of solid maple, and finished with totally non-toxic tung oil and beeswax. The good about the Dick is that it, too, is simple, and a bit more stylish with solid ends. Both cribs have removable sides that allow them to become co-sleepers or daybeds. Problems? Only the price. I found the Arts & Crafts ran from around $741 (shipping included, 4-12 weeks) to $974 (shipping included, 2-3 weeks), while the Dick goes for $700 (shipping included). So, if you still want cribs for $100 – $300 go to Ikea for the Gulliver or Babies R Us for a largish selection, otherwise, enjoy something really well made and have LOTS of children (and definitely hand it down!). MGR
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