One of the mistakes I made when I was a rookie soon-to-be mom: I spent roughly $700 on a crib. Yes, that’s right. I spent $700 on a crib.
When I was planning my baby gear list, I got caught up in only wanting the very best for my pending bundle of joy, so I followed the “best” recommendations for each category in my Baby Bargains book to a tee.
But while my daughter’s made-in-the-USA white wooden crib certainly has worked well for us and I like that it will convert into a toddler bed, it’s a purchase I regret.
Why? Since I bought it, I’ve seen family and friends’ nurseries filled with nearly identical looking convertible cribs — from the likes of brands including Ikea, Delta Children and LaJobi — that have one major difference from the crib I bought: prices in the $100 to $200 range, and so what if they aren’t made in the USA.
So, to help other future parents avoid the same mistake I made, today’s hint is to go for the cheaper convertible crib. Delta Children is giving away a crib from its new Modern collection, the Delta Waves 3-in-1 Crib, to one lucky Hint Mama reader – details below.
In fact, according to Baby Bargains, you don’t have to spend $500 or more on a convertible crib, as there are affordable cribs in the $100 to $150 range that work great.
To be sure, not all inexpensive cribs are created equal. In fact, until recently, Delta Children’s cribs weren’t ones you’d necessarily equate with quality. According to the Baby Bargains book, one of the biggest crib recalls in history involved Delta cribs back in 2008. However, since then, the quality of Delta Children’s cribs has improved, and Baby Bargains now rates it a B- and gives it a recommendation, up from an F rating back in 2012.
“The millions of Americans who purchase cribs from Delta Children every year are a testimony to our quality and affordability,” says a spokesperson for the brand. “Delta prides itself on safety” and thoroughly tests each crib, the spokesperson adds.
Meanwhile, many of the relatively inexpensive cribs are made of pine, which can scratch easily. However, I figure that little ones are going to be gnawing on cribs no matter what they’re made of (my daughter scratched away much of the paint on the top of our top-of-the-line crib before we came up with a clever DIY crib rail cover solution), so parents should expect scratching to occur no matter the crib price tag and material.
Finally, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge proponent of going for convertible cribs, since the fact that they can turn into toddler beds means you get more for your money (though you generally have to buy a separate conversion kit no matter the crib price range). An added bonus of many of the budget-friendly styles is that they’re convertible, just like they’re more expensive counterparts. Delta Children’s Waves 3-in-1 Crib, for instance, converts from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a daybed.
For more on the best budget-friendly cribs on the market, check out the ratings from my friends over at Baby Bargains (just don’t feel you have to follow the “best” rating for each category, like I did).
What are your tips for saving money on cribs? What crib model would you recommend for soon-to-be parents and why? Share your thoughts, and enter to win a Delta Children Waves 3-in-1 Crib, which retails for roughly $130 at Walmart, in the color of your choice (gray, white, espresso or navy), below.