Designing the perfect nursery for your firstborn is a labor of love. While your bump grows larger, your imagination does too. The second time around, moms don't have the time to nitpick on minute details, but they do what they can to make the room pretty and practical.
With my firstborn, I fretted over which crib to buy for months. Now that my second is on the way, I am less concerned with the look and more interested in the price. Unlike lilsugar's son, my tot is attached to her crib with no desire to move into a bed. Instead of spending $800 on a new crib that will only be used for a few months, I think I'll opt for a cheaper version that can last me until we are ready to make the transition into the big-girl bed.
To see what options I am leaning toward,
IKEA's Gulliver crib is a simple white frame that goes for less than a typical pack and play. It is a bargain at $100. There are some pragmatic options at Target as well. Jenny Lind-style cribs never go out of style and can be found for $160 — $250. While it's not too inexpensive, Dwell Studio for Target keeps the modern twist on the nursery with a sleek crib for $260. After saving so much money on a crib, I figure I can use my reserve stash of cash on special bedding for my daughter's toddler bedding when the time comes!