I’m going to be honest-- if I bought everything I thought was cool, then I would, without a doubt, be well past bankrupt. That’s precisely what we want to avoid, obviously, so we’re going to do the exact opposite and limit ourselves. The product in question happens to be baby cribs.
You have your budget, but usually, that isn’t enough to keep people on track. Try to do some research beforehand. Go to a couple department store websites and look for a couple cribs that you like. Try to narrow it down to about two or three, and beeline to those models when you get to the store, itself. Extra points if you manage to find a couple storewide deals or coupons.
Put it on Your Baby Registry
For some reason, everything just seems better when it’s free. Food… Clothes… Furniture… There’s just something about a gift that makes it so deserving of appreciation. Though cribs can get quite pricey, you never know who might be willing to pool together a couple bucks to get you what you need to transition into parenthood. And even if no one does get you the crib of your dreams, most stores offer discounts on items on your registry, so it’s a win win. Who knew being proactive was so helpful? Incredible.
Stay Away From “Unique” Cribs
A lot of cribs are now designed to be aesthetically pleasing, which may or may not be the worst idea ever considering how little you will actually use this particular piece of furniture not too long from now. Stay away from weirdly shaped cribs; anything that isn’t the good ol’ rectangular shape is a no go. These cribs require extra padding and special fit mattresses. They are often bulkier, and harder to fit into a room than a rectangular piece. Not worth the time, or investment. If you do, however, want to purchase one-- power to you! They may not be the most practical, but they are, admittedly, eye catching.
Ditch the Ornamentation
Lots of cribs come with all these fancy lights and little musical toys. Even as an adult, you probably can’t help but play with the mobile, but you have to resist. It’s a trick. You don’t need it. Though extra items may sound nice when you are looking at them in the store, they would not truly make a large enough difference at home. Remind yourself that, more than any toy, your baby wants to spend time with you-- and you don’t need anything other than time to do that. Last time I checked, that specific tool was free.
Buy a DIY Crib
When you buy things that are not fully constructed yet, you often find yourself with way more cash, but also a new project. This may or may not be a fun experience, depending on how handy you actually are-- not how handy you think you are. Tons of people who buy DIY anything often start with contentedness, continue along to frustration and finish with bitter defeat. The good thing about assembling furniture, though, is that as long as you follow the instructions, you should be fine. The other good thing is, you can construct it to your liking; it would be exactly the size you want, and would be custom made to blend into the furniture already in your home. Plus, at the end, you’ll get the joy of saying that you built something useful. Look at you!
Decide if Convertible Cribs are Worth the Extra Cash
Convertible cribs are considered useful simply due to the fact that they can be used for a prolonged period of time. When a child gets older, these cribs can convert into beds, therefore saving you a trip to the store. Unfortunately, most things that sound convenient are not cheap. If you plan to have another child, this won’t really save you a trip back to the store, because you’ll simply have to go and buy another crib. Small bedrooms often have the issue of not being able to accommodate the full size of a convertible crib, as well. So even though it may work for a while, ultimately, the crib/bed would be thrown out for reasons that were easily avoidable. It would be easier to buy transitional beds, in some situations-- but it all depends on the person.