You are pregnant and the list of what you need to buy is getting longer and longer! Although it might feel like pregnancy lasts an eternity, forty weeks will go by quick and babe will be here before you know it. Did you know some cribs are available in-stock and others can take up to 14 weeks to be manufactured? That’s longer than a trimester! With so many styles and colour options to choose from it is best to get a jump start on buying your nursery furniture to save yourself from any stress before baby comes.
Here are a couple tips that will hopefully make your crib decision process a bit easier:
1. Know your budget: There can be a big variance in crib prices. Cribs alone can cost anywhere between $400 and $1,500. Have an idea of what you are willing to spend so you don’t fall in love with that one crib that is out of your budget. But remember there are reasons as to why you would pay top dollar for some cribs.
2. What’s your style? Like all furniture, cribs come in variety of styles. You can find cribs that speak to traditional, modern, rustic or contemporary furniture styles. If you have an idea of what style you are looking for then it will drastically cut down the amount of cribs you will need to look at.
3. Colour: Grey and White cribs are very trendy right now but there are many other colours to choose from. Some people will buy a crib to fit their nursery decor, other people start with the crib and figure everything else out later. If it is all too overwhelming, you can always stop by the Design Centre in Nestled by Snuggle Bugz. One of the lovely associates will happily help you create the perfect nursery!
4. Made in Canada? If you prefer to buy local and support the economy, then there are many Canadian made cribs available to you. Natart Juvenile and Dutailier are two popular Canadian nursery manufacturers. Just remember, you will pay a premium for Canadian made product… but it is totally worth it!
5. GreenGuard Certified: A GreenGuard certified crib means that it has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Look for the GreenGuard certified logo. We all want what is best for our babies!
6. Convertibility: Did you just buy a crib or a Transformer? Standard cribs are still available, however most cribs these days will convert into a toddler bed, day bed and even a full sized bed with just a few extra pieces. This will allow your child to continue using their crib well into their teen years. Don’t forget to buy the conversion pieces while you are buying your crib. You never know when a manufacturer might discontinue a collection.
Happy crib shopping!