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Modern baby furniture.

Posted by David Bowers at May 28. 2005

My wife and I are expecting our first baby in November. we're aware of the Netto baby furniture but were hoping to find something more reasonably priced but still beautiful. Does anybody have any tips for us on where to look?

Thanks

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by BTomasek at May 31. 2005

Congratulations!! I am also expecting in November and am on the same hunt. I have found the OEUF crib at www.babygeared.com along with some other interesting items. I however, am still looking for something more affordable per my budget. Any other ideas would be appreciated!!

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at June 02. 2005

It's all abouty IKEA I am sorry to day if you are looking for something that won't break the bank. They won't be passing it along to their grandkids, but it will look ok and you won't feel bad replacing it in a few years when the kiddos are less destructive. And really, the quality isn't bad. The crib we got for our some is now being used by our daughter and it is holding up nicely.

Some other ideas:
[url href=http://www.hic-cup.com/index2.html]The Tall Grass Crib[/url]

[url href=http://store.yahoo.com/modernseed/offibebecrib.html]The Offi Bebe Crib[/url]

:: christy ::

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by bjork at June 02. 2005

Check out the mission style crib at target.. it has clean lines and is built sturdier than the IKEA cribs.

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=sc_pgc_r_4_0_3145001/601-2592498-2784940?%5Fencoding=UTF8frombrowse=1asin=B000639N9K

We got this one last weekend 'cause it is simple and only $199. If you are handy, you might be able to modify it and make it more modern.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Kara Weber at June 06. 2005

We ended up getting this one from Childcraft, though I did almost splurge on the Netto. Glad I didn't, now. And by the way, the lack of dropsides is a non-issue for us. Solid wood, at $200!
http://www.childcraftindustries.com/common/item.php?Site=childcraftItem=215

Also just discovered Nurseryworks - they make some beautiful stuff, too:
http://www.nurseryworks.net

Good luck and congratulations!

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Zachary Anderson at June 07. 2005

we got the [url href=http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101storeId=12langId=-1productId=19172]sniglar crib/bed[/url] (i don't know why they don't show all configurations on the web-page?) b4 our daughter was born, and it has now been transformed into bed mode. she's almost 3, and she'll be using it until she grows out of it (probably when she's five or so). it has been great to have one [strong]$89[/strong] piece of furniture that worked for the baby crib (the bottom raises up to a higher level for little infants), older baby crib (lower the platform to the bottom), and now a bed (it's designed to transform, and it does rather well). we could even keep it around as a little daybed/couch after that. even the cheap ikea mattress has been good so far (make sure to get a water-proof cover).

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Brittany at June 07. 2005

Congratulations!

There's some very cool baby stuff at these stores:

www.modernseed.com
www.lalaling.com
www.cocoacrayon.com

Would love to know what fun things you find!

brittany @ www.loftlust.com

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by darrel at June 09. 2005

I have to second Ikea. There really aren't any alternatives in the affordable universe. Besides, this isn't heirloom furniture. You use it for 6 months to a year and then get rid of it anyways.

For our second child, we did a bit of ikea, skipped the crib completely and just went with a pack-n-play, and then got a tool cart for the changing table:

http://daddytypes.com/archive/2004/02/13/industrial_changing_tables.html

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Jeff Kalm at June 14. 2005

My wife and I just found out yesterday that we are expecting our first child. She is only about a month along but I have a list of things to get done in the next 8 months. One of the bigest is baby furniture i have looked at all the links here and they are all very nice but some are way out of budget. Has any one else found more affordable furniture. I am still on the hunt and will keep you all posted on what is found.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by darrel at June 14. 2005

jkalm:

I think you've just gone through what everyone does. Everyone ends up at IKEA. ;o)

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Jeff Kalm at June 15. 2005

Incubus

yeah that is what I kind of figured and am pretty sure we will end up in Minneapolis at Ikea. I do like the tool cart as a changing table idea, now just to convince my wife that it is a good choice.

jeff

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by mitch at June 15. 2005

Has anyone used the Nest High Chair? http://www.babygeared.com/nestchair.html
I was looking at getting this for our first baby, but I was wondering if it was more flash than comfort for a baby. Looks pretty cool and will fit our decor

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by David Bowers at June 19. 2005

In the end, after seeing just about every crib there is and travelling to check them all out, we settled on the lullaby crib from roomandboard.com. It has simple lines, it's solid beech and unlike the Arts and Crafts maple crib (the early favorite) it doesn't have any ugly brown plastic pieces visible. It's also only $400 which seems very reasonable.

Thanks to you all for your advice.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by David Bowers at June 19. 2005

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by darrel at June 21. 2005

Just M(very)HO, but $400 for a piece of furniture you'll use for a year or so is a bit much.

It really is a nice crib, but cribs are so temporary. I admit, with our first child, it was hard to not to go and buy the greatest and best for them, but they outgrow things SO fast that in the end, you'd be better off with $150 Ikea crib and spending the rest on some quality books or toys.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Robin Kelly at June 22. 2005

Wow, there are some really gorgeous cribs out there! We spent more than necessary on our first and bought more things than we needed. Now, after 3 kids, I would have done some things differently. Unless you are wildly wealthy I'd skip the expensive crib. There are plenty of inoffensive cheap cribs out there, and it makes more sense to spend the money on the items that are used longer. I'd splurge on a really great jog stroller (I love my BOB), getting the infant carseat (even though they transition into the convertible seat pretty quickly), a really comfortable chair for mom (or dad) and baby for long nursing/reading/soothing sessions, a decent high chair (preferably one that reclines for baby to hang out in while mom and dad eat together), a great breastpump, and some really cute clothes and mod toys.

It is so tempting to go all out when the baby arrives, but the baby doesn't care, and chances are, you'd be better off spending the money on yourselves! (You know -- beer, therapy, washable clothing -- all things you need more of once the baby actually arrives!)

Robin

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by darrel at June 23. 2005

robinCO nailed it. Couldn't agree more. ;o)

And definitely invest in a good chair for mom-and-dad and a good stroller. Your back/legs/neck will thank you for both.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Christy Kilgore-Hadley at June 28. 2005

Yeah - I am here to agree with Incubus and Robin. Also, if you spend a bunch of money you will freak when they chew on it, bang on it, blow it up - you know - the typical kid things.

If you are wanting to put more money into a furniture piece do a dresser or a changing table that can be used as a desk later.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Camille Sweeney at July 06. 2005

The tool cart changing table concept is phenomenal, and talk about long-lasting! We're getting a Cosco portable crib to use as our perma crib for our baby due in Oct.
$79
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000056HND/qid=1120704026/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl75/102-0306984-5629704?v=glances=babyn=507846
We live in a small apartment and those big cribs are not 500 square-foot friendly.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Jesse Mellon at July 06. 2005

We're expecting our first in about 5 weeks. We picked up a fairly benign crib here:
http://www.communityplaythings.com/c/BabiesToddlers/Cribs/index.htm

Price was great, and shipping was free. Found the link on daddytypes.com a few months ago.

For a changing table, we picked up a double-wide dresser at an appropriate changing height, so once the baby's done with diapers, it'll still serve a purpose.

Also picked up several packs of blik 'lugs' for the nursery, which we love. Good luck!

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by lisa at July 08. 2005

I love the clear view ends on the crib. Is the mattress a standard size that most crib sheets will fit? Thanks for the link!

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by kimba rizzo at July 08. 2005

i have to first say that i'm not the expert cuz i dont have a child as of yet. But, from reading all of these there is one thing i have noticed- everyone is intending on buying a new crib for their new baby. speaking from a reduce reuse recycle aspect, are there not more options to buy from consignment/ second hand place. is it the aesthetic issue? just a thought.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Jesse Mellon at July 08. 2005

The crib we got (the 'dewdrop') seems smallish, compared to other cribs, so I'm not sure about standard crib sheets. We picked up some sheets from the site.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Lisa Entler at July 13. 2005

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Julie Rainer at July 17. 2005

oooh, they must be new! thanks so much for the link to ModernNursery, that is the most fabulous modern baby site i've seen yet.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Michelle Rochan at August 07. 2005

makes me want to have a baby!

Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Michael Ramsey at August 07. 2005

Kimba, we felt the same way. We were torn between a nice new unit, and five free ones.
Real hard to turn down a free crib, when you know you will only be needing it for a few years.
We ended up with a pretty nice looking unit we found at a yard sale, probably paid about twenty bucks for it.
Baby stuff is crazy, there is so much you don't even need, but they try like mad to convince you that you can't live without it.

Re: Modern baby furniture.

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Re: Modern baby furniture.

Posted by Robert Hinrichs at August 19. 2005

A little off topic-- I need to buy a baby gift. Dwell magazine, maybe a year ago, had a hand-painted-wood, German-made, crib toy in the product design section. Does anyone remember and have the link?
Thanks

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