Friday, January 20, 2012

Baby Furniture

We are now starting to look at baby furniture but can someone please tell me why everything is so expensive when it comes to babies? Every decent looking crib we've found is at least $700 to $1,200 dollars. Sure you can pay more and add all the extras so they can use it until they are older but I just feel guilty spending that much money on a crib.

You don't believe me, take a look:


I'm guessing we should budget $2,000 for baby furniture. That will probably include the crib and some kind of dresser. I'm hoping the wife doesn't want one of those high end chairs I've see to nurse the baby. I swear we've never paid that much for any of our other furniture in the house.

Have a good weekend!

HS

22 comments:

  1. Honestly, the chair is more important than the dresser or crib by far. She'll spend many many hours in there, nursing and rocking in the middle of the night, and later you'll spend time in there reading books and rocking as well! I found a really nice Dutailier Glider with the recline feature and nursing ottoman on Craig's List for $200 (normally $600+). HIGHLY recommend it - it's the #1 best thing we bought. Gliders are one of those things with so many moving parts and features that you truly get what you pay for...IMO.

    We got the Europa Baby Geneva 4-in-1 Convertible Classic Crib for under $200 - it looks nice and will work just fine! Keep searching, and you'll find good options out there.

    Also, YHL did a great blog post about how to choose a crib that might be helpful to you:
    http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/02/nursery-progress-crib-notes/

    Good luck! :)

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  2. Josey! Thanks for the advice, it helps from someone who just had a baby, I'll pass the info to the wife!

    HS

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  3. This may or may not be a popular opinion I'm going to give, but you can buy a crib from Ikea from about $100 (maybe $200?) and it'll be fine. The reason baby furniture costs so much is because the manufacturers figure you will pay for it. People are naturally excited about having a baby and psychology is 95% of economics when it comes to marketing products to people.

    It's understandable to be excited, but keep in mind that if you buy a bed that costs as much as a driveable used car, you are paying for emotions and not for a useable piece of furniture. Think about it: Does 8 pounds worth of helpless human need $2,000 worth of bed to him him/her safe? Uh-uh... I don't think so.

    I have never used a changing table (I've changed probably a million diapers, more or less, for four kids). Most people change babies on their bed (the parents' bed, I mean, not the crib) or on a sofa or other flat, wide, closer-to-the floor surface.

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  4. I agree with Josey about the chair. I would also look for the convertible cribs that will convert to a toddler bed. :)

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  5. My niece got beautiful barely used furniture off kijiji. Heck of a great deal. Consider that.

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  6. Wow I never realized how expensive things are.

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  7. Good grief. Target has similar cribs for less than $300. Get a used dresser off of craigslist, and before you spend $1,000 on a chair for nursing, you might want to be sure your wife is ACTUALLY going to breastfeed. Since she works, I could see her deciding not to go that route just because of the huge inconvenience.

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  8. Honestly, check Craig's list every night around 7 or 8 PM (these are times when a lot of people list stuff) for at least 2 weeks before you buy something new. The last three pieces of furniture I bought were from CL, and one item (my coffee table) is a West Elm that I got in literally brand new condition for less than half of what it would have been in the store.

    Especially because you live in a major metro area, you should consider it. I'm not really into the idea of buying used stuff, but I have been REALLY surprised at the quantity of high quality stuff that's out there.

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  9. Also, we got a dresser that was the right height and width to double as a changing table and put this on top of it:
    http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Infant-Contoured-Changing-Pad/dp/B001U9OUYC/ref=br_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1L6Y0BM3XBH4T&colid=3PZUXMBCJW7Y7
    with this cover (2 of them b/c one is always in the wash from being peed/pooped on):
    http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Comfort-Ultra-Plush-Changing/dp/B000BN63NE/ref=br_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I14OTA1KTPH6OW&colid=3PZUXMBCJW7Y7

    I know changing on the bed is an option, but that will kill your back if you're a taller person like me or my husband. For $50, it was totally worth it to us to have a dedicated changing area. Also, when I'm changing her in the middle of the night, I'm glad to not be turning on the light and waking up my husband to do it on the bed.

    Also, even if your wife doesn't breastfeed, you will need a comfy rocker/glider to rock the baby in. If you have a comfy LVRM recliner, that could work, but I honestly really like the convenience of having a glider in the nursery right outside our bedroom. At 2am, I don't feel like stumbling downstairs to our LVRM.

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  10. We got both of our cribs used. Both were solid wood. The first one cost us $50 (in 1998) and the second one cost us $300 (in 2002). Before buying new, check out used cribs. Some people get beautiful cribs and barely even used them, preferring to keep the baby in their own bed, so you might be able to score an almost brand new crib for half the price. Make sure to buy the crib mattress new though.

    My opinion on change tables? I loved mine and had one upstairs and one on the main level. I hated getting down on the floor to change my babies.

    I agree with a previous poster - you and your wife will spend lots of hours in a rocker/recliner over the next 3-4 years. Get a GOOD, comfortable rocker!

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  11. Dang!! You could furnish YOUR bedroom for that much! Ridiculous.

    Wait for baby shower. Grandparents love to help out. :)

    I got a glider rocker fairly cheap. It's a necessity because babies love to stay awake when you're the most sleepy.

    Changing table was the biggest waste of money though!

    What about ebay?

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  12. Ebay, Craigslist! why didn't I think of that!

    HS

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  13. Totally agree about the glider. I loved mine and that was 15 years ago. Gliders glide and rockers rock. I really liked gliding. Also, we used the top of a dresser as a changing table. The changing pad had two tabs on it that we put nails through so that the pad wouldn't come off the top of the dresser. If buying a used crib, make sure it isn't too old...older cribs may have the slats too far apart (I suppose that probably relates to 15 years ago also). I'm sure there are other standards now...just make sure a used crib follows the current standards. Also, shop around! Don't buy the first thing you see unless you know it is a great deal.

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  14. Holy Smokes! I got a hand me down from my sister that works just fine. I would keep looking.

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  15. I'm nearly six feet tall and it didn't bother my back. I would never change a baby on top of something high like a dresser or changing table. Babies roll sooner than you think. It just makes sense not to place them upon something high.

    And that's the last of my baby-furniture-buying advice! (Keep in mind that I hardly used a crib at all even though we owned one - but that's another story - in fact, a whole 'nother topic I'll leave alone. Keep an open mind and don't buy too much stuff - that summarizes my advice!)

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  16. are you serious? $2000?? I'm gobsmacked!

    go to some garage sales and second hand furniture stores.

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  17. Please don't spend that much money on a crib. Our dark espresso sleigh convertible crib was $250, plus another $250 for an organic mattress (we splurged on the mattress due to freakish concerns about SIDS and research on chemicals in non-organic mattresses). That's all the furniture we bought. You don't need a changing table, just get one of the pillows for the top of the table an you'll have the ability to change the baby anywhere. You don't need a dresser, or if you do it doesn't need to be fancy. We have a plastic one that hides in our sons closet. We leave the changing pad on top and pull it out when we need. It's much easier to change the baby wherever is most convenient.
    Everyone I know that spend a fortune on a crib has had a baby that never uses it. Refuses to sleep or lie in the crib. They all proclaim it was the worst use of $1500 they've ever spent.

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  18. For cribs, I was most concerned about safety, not style. The Emily crib by DaVinci is reasonable and most highly rated by consumer reports. We got it when our 14-month-old was about 6 months, and we have been very pleased with it.
    http://www.amazon.com/DaVinci-Emily-Convertible-Crib-Honey/dp/B000FT7NYC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327191277&sr=8-1

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  19. Both of mine slept in a $100 crib we got at a consignment store that specializes in baby/kids stuff. We did buy a new mattress....but the crib? Don't waste your money on something brand new.... JMHO

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  20. As far as furniture goes as long as the item isnt being recalled buy used. Baby stuff is used so gently bc 1-hello baby!? lol and 2-babies arent babies for long.
    Thats my 2 cents.

    Also thanks for commenting on my blog. I replied. I never noticed the reply feature before so I wanted to just check that you got it. :)

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  22. With my 14 year old we bought a $400 dollar crib (which was a lot back then) he barely slept in it, he slept with me. My mom bought a used crib for about $100 for my second, again we co slept. With breastfeeding co sleeping was so much easier.
    I know it is your first baby and you want all new stuff, but they use stuff so little, sometimes not even at all; used is the way to go. Except on a car seat. We have an upscale used children's shop near me that has items in almost perfect condition. I am sure you have one near you as well.

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