Probably the largest purchase we faced with baby was the crib. There’s so many different options, and I wanted to buy new. Many other things I got used, but I couldn’t do a used crib. Especially since the safety standards had changed at the beginning of my pregnancy.
Ultimately we decided on a convertible crib. It’s a bit more money initially, but in the long-term it should save us some money. The best types of convertible cribs have adjustable mattress heights, convert into a toddler bed, and ultimately convert into a twin-size bed. So when baby isn’t a baby anymore, we won’t have to buy a new bed.
Once you have the crib, you’re far from done. Now you need to get a mattress that matches the specifications of the crib (height, thickness, length.) And be sure to check what current safety regulations suggest for mattresses just as you did when you were buying a crib.
If you got the convertible crib, check to make sure that the bed rails to convert it into a twin size bed are included. If they aren’t, purchase them separately, but purchase them around the same time. You don’t know if the crib and matching parts will be off the market in 3 years. And if you won’t be able to turn the crib into an actual bed, you’ve kind of lost the point of the initial investment.
The third thing I’d recommend isn’t necessarily necessary, but if you’re going to have the bed for conceivably your child’s entire childhood, you’re going to want to make sure the rails don’t get torn up. Every baby teethes eventually, and odds are they’re going to teeth on that beautiful crib you just spent so much money on. To prevent this from happening, you can get some rail covers. And don’t stop at just the front one; you’re going to want some for the side, too.
Large investment? Absolutely. But spending a bit up front saves money in the long haul. This was one of our priorities with baby, and we found other areas to save in, such as refinishing an old dresser.
What was your biggest baby investment? How did you handle the crib situation?
*Please note that at the time of publishing convertible cribs are considered safe. This article may be up longer than the safety standards remain the same as they can change frequently. You should always check that the crib and any baby gear you are purchasing meets CURRENT safety standards.*