I can't believe it's week 18! 2 weeks away from being halfway to meeting my little boy! He is able to hear my voice much clearer now and I can only imagine what he is starting to think! This week, his nerves are forming, which will help him to begin to make sense of what it is that i'm saying, start to recognize familiar vs. unfamiliar sounds, and things of that nature.
I have been working hard on my registry to make sure I am getting the safest and best products out there, because there's a LOT of crap out there! As an SLP, I would try to steer parents towards good quality feeding and toy products, but was never able to discuss the products they had before they met me. I'm learning so much!
My next few posts will be about well researched baby products.
I'll start with more of a category of things to look for, which is non-toxic furniture and bedding. babies sleep a lot, so that means they will be spending a lot of time in their crib and on their mattress and sheets. I'm only looking at products that are Okeo-Tex certified (fabrics) and Green guard Gold certified (furniture). That means that they meet the highest safety standards for cleanliness. The cleanliness I speak of is in terms of chemicals used to make the products. You would think all baby products are safe from chemicals because, well duh, it's a baby, but the harmful chemicals are used even during the process of making cotton sheets and clothes! Even our clothes typically have chemicals and dyes in them that can rub against our skin. Our skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs those chemicals.
So back to products. There are luckily so many brand these days that are aware of this fact and because it's what parents want these days, more people are making safer products and hopefully one day, we won't have to check because all products will be made without harmful chemicals! Until then, thank goodness we have Google!
You don't need to spend a fortune to get a decent crib. I had a checklist that this crib had to meet.
I like buying things that serve more than one purpose. My house is small, so maximizing space is a necessity!
Buy Buy Baby and Target seem to have quite a few cribs that checked off boxes 1 and 2 and 4! They sell Carter by Davinci is Greenguard and they have attractive looks, but upon close inspection of the reviews for some of these beds, people claim, that it is MDF wood, which in my opinion is flimsy. Many people had rave reviews though! Without storage, it didn't meet the mark, but for less than $200 it is worth a serious look!
Natart is another brand, but like the Cadillac of cribs! These are beautiful pieces of furniture that are not only safe, but made of solid wood, convert to full size beds, and of course get glowing reviews. With a price range circling $1400, this seemed like a pipe dream, but if you can afford it, give these a good look because even though they lack storage, you can tell these are quality pieces that will probably last many many years and can serve multi purposes.
Babyletto is another Greenguard brand that seems good. the reviews are great and it hits many points on my list. Price point is around $400 in most stores that sell it. The only thing missing was storage!
Oeuf is another brand I considered that looks just like Babyletto, but is a lot more expensive. Hovering closer to $800-900.
The only brand I found that seems to have storage is Pottery Barn. I ended up getting the West Elm x pbk Modern Convertible Storage Crib when it was on sale. It was advertised for $900, but ended up paying around $650 not including shipping and taxes. There was a cuter one I wanted, but it sold out! I nabbed this before the same could happen because I wasn't crazy about the looks of the other two storage cribs they had. I don't know why more brands are not doing storage cribs!?! There's so much baby gear that most people are in desperate need of that extra storage space!!
This crib is fair trade certified, Greenguard Gold certified, uses water based paint, converts to a toddler bed, and is made of wood. 5/6 things on my list isn't bad!
UPDATE: The crib has arrived ahead of schedule! I posted a review so you can see for yourself the crib before you buy it.
There's a great website if you want to explore some other non-toxic crib brands that really helped me in my quest! I'll post the link below.