No, I Don’t Live in an MTV Inspired Mansion

Actually, we’re having a baby. If all goes well, we should be welcoming a newborn child into our humble abode around the middle of August. But as it’s our first, there is so much to learn.


Aside from having mini freak-outs daily, I’ve been trying to read up on how to prepare for this impending arrival, and how to get our space ready. In this vein, choosing and buying a crib has been an interesting experience. There are so many possibilities that it can be dizzying, but I’ve really enjoyed it.

I Found There Are Several Things to Look For (Or Look Out For) In a Crib

  • If it’s painted, it shouldn’t be chipped or cracked.
  • There shouldn’t be any splinters.
  • It should be devoid of ribbons or bows.
  • Slats spacing shouldn’t be larger than 2 3/8 inches.
  • It’s best to avoid finials or corner posts.
  • Mattress height should be adjustable.
  • And drop-side cribs should never be used. Actually, beginning this month, it is now illegal to sell drop-side cribs in the U.S.

But even after looking at all of this, there are still a great number of cribs from which to choose, ranging from about $100 to well over $1000, and the look of a crib, after accounting for all of the safety issues, might be what influences your choice.

This is What We Chose

Photo of baby in crib by seventwentysk

What convinced me about this crib was that it’s on wheels and moves easily, but also that it converts to a toddler bed (as pictured here) and later a junior bed, for up to a 10-year-old.

Photo of toddler near crib by Mark and Allegra

I’ve been resisting the temptation to get in for a quick nap, but I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

Once you have the crib and the baby, the next thing is to help your baby sleep. For help with that, try checking out The Happiest Baby On The Block: The New Way To Calm Crying And Help Your Baby Sleep Longer.

More Advice

For tips on how to provide an organic experience to your child, try The Organic Guide To Baby's First 24 Months.

So Many Decisions

To help with purchasing choices, glance through Guide To Baby Products.

Photo credit: seventwentysk and Mark and Allegra


Author Bio:

Alejandro Gallegos is finding it difficult to stop his wife from dressing up the cat and putting him in the crib.



Thanks for the crib notes!

I was kind of wishing that

I was kind of wishing that this post would be a little bit more like "Cribs." You know, "Check it out! There's a hot tub next to the changing table!" But, nonetheless, a very educational post.

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