Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tales from the crib

I was doing some research on the Baby Bargains website because we are going to need to purchase a new carseat and high chair soon. DS is almost 29 inches, which is the cutoff for an infant seat, and I am pretty anal about safety. While it's probably fine to keep him in it a little longer, I will try to have a new one installed as soon as possible. The only problem is that the highly recommended ones cost about $250. It's not much when you consider it in terms of safety and the fact that he can be in it until he's 65 lbs, but it's one more thing we have to buy. And high chairs aren't cheap either! I've been looking for a decent one in all of the consignment shops around here, but haven't had any luck yet.

Back to my story. The Baby Bargains website has updated info since their last publication and what did I find out? The company that manufactured our crib went out of business in May. Why is this a problem? We purchased a floor model crib that converts into a full sized bed (with the thought that we could have our kid use it for the rest of his life, or we could use it in a guest bedroom. Since we were moving at the time, the sales guy told us that we could purchase the conversion kit some other time. I believe his exact words were "This company will be around for awhile. They're one of the best." Well...

I'm going to have to make some phone calls tomorrow to find out if I can still purchase a conversion kit. If not, this crib turned out to be not such a good deal after all. Of course we can still use it for the next child that comes along, but I woudn't have spent so much on a crib that didn't convert. We'll see what happens. I guess I have a little project to do tomorrow.

This reminds me of a story I recently read in a parenting magazine. A mom was so tired because her child kept waking up in the middle of the night, so she wondered to herself if it would be possible for her to escape for a little bit and take a snooze in her child's crib. She was fairly small, so getting in wasn't a problem. She realized getting out would take a little more effort if she didn't want to break the crib in the process. As she pondered her next move, she heard her husband come into the room looking for her. He seemed confused as to where her voice was coming from and looked even more confused when he saw her in the crib! I have had that thought a couple of times. I just wonder, "What kind of a sleep would I get in there? " But I am too afraid of breaking the crib, so I'll just stick to my own bed. Would you try to sleep in your kid's crib?

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