It was January 2002, and I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of my first child. Yet, as eager as I was there were 3 grandmas probably more excited than I.
I was about to provide the first grandbaby on both sides of the family. So, like any good grandma would do they all chipped in to buy a gorgeous sleigh bed crib from Pottery Barn. It was expensive but I knew I’d use it for many children and I wanted something that would last.
Along comes Haley (2002), then Haven (2004), then Paisley (2006), then Sterling (2009) and then Camden (2011). For 9 years straight this crib was in use.
Now my children aren’t exceptionally rough with furniture so how did this crib bite the dust??
Well, over those 9 years our family moved 6 times. Every move meant taking apart the crib and setting it back up. Add to that the times I had to take it apart to move it from one room to another and the raising/lowering of the mattress. That’s a lot of wear and tear!
Of course, that doesn’t excuse the breaking of the moveable siderail early on.
Why I finally had to retire the Pottery Barn crib.
I knew it was time to buy a new crib, and let go of my dream of using the same crib for my grandchildren, when the previously mentioned siderail became a severe health risk.
The screws were constantly coming out and Camden could easily have wedged himself out the crib. My husband was tired of hearing me complain about the crib and said, “Just order a new one!”
Why, thank you, great husband, for giving me permission to go shopping!
I started where every good shopper starts…Amazon. I scoured all the reviews then price shopped elsewhere and ended up buying a reasonably priced crib from Amazon.
When you are paying for something yourself you realize that 1) I could care less if it has a name brand on it that automatically adds $800 to the base price and 2) I want durability not something to brag about.
The sad thing is my boys’ room is a totally hodge podge of wood colors now. But, who cares, right? It’s a boys room and it’s messy most of the time any ways.
The things I like about it is that it is real wood, converts to a full size bed, comes with the toddler rail, easy to put together and it has the newer crib look that wasn’t around in 2002 (pre-“moveable-side-rail-is-bad-days”).
The things I don’t like now that I have it in my house: scratches easy due to the soft wood and 2 of the locking screws (I have no clue what they are actually called) were stripped out and I had to send hubby in search of suitable replacements.
For $250 I’d say this is a great buy for a beautiful, solid wood crib. Whether I am blessed with more children or not I know this crib/bed will get much use.
Oh, and I should add it’s definitely sturdy. Camden is a jumper and he will spend 30 or more minutes every time he’s in there just jumping up and down. It absolutely hilarious!
You’d think I would have taken an action shot of the crib but alas this is all I could find:
Does your crib have a story? Please share!