Crib Confusion

We’re currently trying to figure out which crib we want to order.  For those of my friends out there without kids, did you know that it can take 3-4 months for the cribs to be delivered?  This was shocking news to us.  Thankfully, I read about this issue and we were able to get out there and go shopping.  We spent a whirlwind Saturday traipsing around Southeastern Pennsylvania to visit 3 stores with Toni (my MIL) and even another stop on Sunday to see one more brand that the other stores didn’t have.

I can assure you that after a while, EVERY CRIB STARTS TO LOOK THE SAME!  Honestly, there are only so many designs out there.  We started our Saturday out at Karl’s in Center City, went down to Norman’s in South Philly, and then over to Baby Supermart in Broomall.  By the end of the day, we were pretty sure that this was the crib we were going to go with.

It’s the Trieste line by Pali.  There was something fairly unique about the design that we liked.  It wasn’t overly traditional and had fairly clean lines without being too boring.  Toni hit the nail on the head though.  It reminded us of the wardrobe with moths in her drawers from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (my favorite Disney’s Princess Movie BTW – Belle is awesome!  It might have something to do with her being an avid reader).

Wardrobe from Beauty and the Beast

By the end of the day, we were confident that this was it.  The crib is convertible, which means it can be used as a toddler bed then as a full size bed, as long as you buy the convertible rails.  Additionally it was a great price.  With rails and delivery, a little over $700.

But, there was one more line that we wanted to see.  These three stores didn’t carry it, so we had to go to USABaby in Cherry Hill.  We really were interested in seeing the Romina Line of Furniture, not only because it is very eco-friendly, but also because it is completely made in Europe, instead of Asia, where most other lines are made.

When we went to USABaby, we fell head over heels in love with this crib, the Antonio.It is extraordinarily well made and we were very impressed.  The crib is stained with a beeswax stain, so no VOCs or fumes.  It also is a convertible.  One BIG difference between it and the Pali though was the price.  Think DOUBLE.

So, here’s our dilemma.  Do we buy:

The Pali:

1) Affordable

2) Reviews say crib is good but customer service leaves a lot to be desired if there are issues

3) Dovetailed drawers, but MDF bottoms in drawers

4) Crib rails are thin

5) Will it last for 18 years or will we end up having to buy another bed later down the road?

or

The Romina:

1) Eco-friendly and non-Asian (nothing against Asia, but sometimes I think we, as the US, are overly dependent upon their cheap labor – which often shows in their work)

2) Very well made of completely solid wood from Germany

3) Complete assurance that it will last the 18 years that (hopefully) the baby will be using it

4) Expensive.

We have until the end of July/beginning of August to order the crib.  We’re pretty sure we know which way we are leaning as well.  We just have to see how things play out.

Some food for thought:  Why am I having such an issue devoting this much money to a crib/bed that will be used for 18 (or even more) years when I had no problem paying a similar amount for a wedding gown that was worn for one day?

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