(Warning – content not approved by the husband. This post is written only from a Mama’s perspective.)
Consider yourself warned. When thinking about a crib for Mr. Man who is coming in about 7 weeks (eek!) there is a lot of pressure! Not just on style, that’s secondary to me with this topic. It’s also about safety. Prayse’s crib was recalled twice. After the second time I began to really worry – and when they recalled and talked about the safety of all drop side cribs in general? Well, out to the trash it went.
So with all of the crib recalls last year, (and at least two already in 2011 – one in February, another in March) there has to be a lot of thought put into this topic – more so than just a great design. Secondary to this – Prayse slept in her crib for less than a year. Throw tomatoes at me now, but she co-slept with us until 8 months (my idea, not Raymonn’s – I must put that out there b/c he will if I don’t). Not only that, but when we were ready to convert it to a toddler bed, it didn’t work out well. She kept rolling out and no matter how many pillows we put down on the floor, ended up underneath the bed freaking out and screaming. We moved her fairly quickly to the Queen size Murphy Bed in her current room.
(INSERT PIC OF MURPHY BED HERE?)
However neither of their rooms have enough space for that right now so we’re all going to have to be patient and make adjustments. So it’s an important, multi-faceted decision here, a balancing act if you will. Safety, function, fashion, and budget (you knew I had to put that in there right? But really if they don’t use them after the crib stage is it worth exorbitant amounts of money?).
A few bassinets to start with – even though we’ll be using our old one. So this part of dreaming has zero chance of becoming reality. First up – a huge “No” from the Mama Section. I found it on Interior Design News, it’s from bloom. Although certainly modern, not sure if it would even come close to our mid century modern theme. Plus it’s a big fah-reaky from a “OMG my baby could fall and get hurt” Mama’s perspective. And I think I’d be constantly looking over my shoulder wondering when the hairdresser would be there to cut his hair. No? Maybe that’s just me.
Another bassinet is from Babycotpod. I found the Cascara design originally on vithouse. According to both websites this is stilll getting approval for manufacturing. It is definitely modern and I can see the hubs liking it – it’s not my style I don’t think. I just don’t think I can see putting my baby to sleep in an egg, but again – might be just me.
So a few cribs that I’m in love with – it’s a challenge incorporating cute adorable kid’s furniture with a mid century modern feel though. I found this at coochicoos. I understand the clean lines, the feel, but I was honestly hoping for something, a bit more “baby.” A blend of MCM and cute? Plus at $1,390 starting price per piece I don’t have to worry this too much.
Another that Raymonn has already approved, but while I like it it would take some getting used to I found on Creative Juice (which this post in particular has quite a number of cute ideas I could have pulled out – I highly encourage you to check it out). Isn’t it cute? A bit different – but with my babies and their apparent need for info 100% of the time I can see Lil Man digging this. I am however hoping for darker colors in his bedroom. I couldn’t find any references to where this came from on the blog so I’m not sure if it comes in any additional tones or woods – or even how much this would set us back. Actually, never mind – find it here. It’s a Ubabub crib from Australia (I’m telling you, the Aussies have such cool design ideas) – but at $1900 I’ll have to keep looking (design on a budget people!).
A few of my absolute all-time faves – the Sam Crib from Muu. Is it not gorgeous? Yes, I’m tending to go a bit, just a tad bit more traditional with this design but I luuurve. If I could find something like this or similar or for a really good deal (staying within my self proclaimed limits) I’d be in heaven. I’d probably go for the more boyish theme, although I love the flowers as well (hey, a gal can dream right?).
For now the front runner in the current dream phase is the Sweet Peat Modern Crib that I found on ohdeedoh as they were searching for cribs under the theme of modern but affordable. Again, probably toward more the traditional route than some of those above, but with the straight lines I think it will work. Forever with Prayse I wanted a sleigh crib – but realize that it’s not really our style or what we want in our house and if we are to remain true to our goals – I think this might get us there. Anyway, I think it’s adorable and love that the bookshelf is a part of it.
Aaaand, yes yes, I know this is about cribs. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you this nursing chair from Ollie and Ella, featured on Babyology. Again, in the UK and Australia – boy they’re good over there. But I love love love love love. Have I mentioned I love it?
So show me the way people – what are the other ideas and where can I get them? Because the true hunt has just begun.