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Pimp Your Crib: Buying a Second Crib

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!

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lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
lil, why buy a second crib? if you have a portable crib you can use that for the new baby. when your first is ready for her bed move the new baby into the crib. my first 2 were 12 months apart. the first crib was a round crib. then we bought a bed that could be used as a youth bed, then as a headboard for a double bed. the youth bed option was weak. it didn't look like a youth bed, it looked like you had just taken off one side of the bed, lol. when the 3rd baby was born we put a matress on the floor for my second. after a couple of months we added the box spring and then at a year put the bed in a frame (when we were sure she wouldn't fall out).
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
In my family we share cribs. My crib which was HELLA expensive (I was the first baby in the family for everyone)but it was used by like 5 other cousin after me!!! So we just share everything instead of buying new unless no one has it and then something great gets bought and then passed along.
bessa bessa 9 years
I spent a fortune on our crib for our firstborn, saying we'll reuse it for all our kids. I didn't think about the fact that my firstborn will be under 2 when baby 2 needs a crib! We're going to buy a cheap toddler bed (takes a crib mattress) from Ikea for her and move the crib into the baby2's room.
anniebananie anniebananie 9 years
i got a great buy from craiglist i got a crib, changing table, matress, and wicker baskets all for $150. It looks brand new the person who sold it to me kept it in great shape. I jsut couldn't justify spending a ton of money on something that will be used for 2 or less years.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
We got a 5-in-1 convertible crib for our first, and were trying to decide whether to boot her out of it and use it for the new baby, getting her her own twin bed now, or to get another convertible crib for the new baby and leave the big girl in her toddler bed a while longer. I did the math, and it actually worked out to the same amount of cash outlay over the long haul, but it's cheaper short term since a twin mattress is pretty expensive and we can get a new crib for a lot less. I plan on re-using all the crib bedding for the new baby, though, and letting my daughter pick out some new sheets for her bed :)
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