I read the blog Young House Love religiously. Like, if anyone at work were to check my web browsing history they’d notice that every day around 9 am and 1:30 pm I check to see if they’ve posted the day’s post yet… Yup, it’s like crack. (You won’t tell, right?)
Luckily for me — and not so luckily for Craig, ha — they have a two-year-old daughter so they’ve been through the whole baby thing already. Which means I can peek at their archives to see how they’ve handled the various baby gear dilemmas I’ve run into so far (and any other suggestions their readers, which number more than my five, might have).
They landed on a sweet looking Baby Mod crib from Wal-Mart (surprise!) for an affordable all-wood option. Apparently pressed wood and MDF can be held together by formaldehyde. Not good. But many commenters had great luck with an even more affordable-yet-modern looking wood crib from Ikea: the Gulliver. At less than half the price of the Baby Mod, while the frame and slats are made of sturdy solid wood, there is a fiberboard base. But we talked about it and decided that if we got the cheaper crib we could splurge on the organic cotton and wool mattress of my dreams. Well, one that we hope will give the Lima Bean many happy dream-filled nights to come. (While I’m usually all about buying furniture off of Craigslist, with the ever-changing safety standards of cribs it seemed safest to buy a new one.)
I’m sure this is a sign of the paranoid mom I’m going to become, but it just makes me feel better knowing my sweet lil’ babe will be sleeping on something chemical free. All mattresses in the U.S. must be flame retardant — which means they’re treated with chemicals with a questionable safety record (see this recent story in the New York Times for a little background on flame retardants and this investigative series in the Chicago Tribune.) Just buying an organic mattress doesn’t save you from the chemicals. The key is to have one made with wool, which is a natural flame retardant and therefore exempts the mattress from the (scary) chemical onslaught.
So, well, let me tell you these cotton/wool mattresses are not as cheap as their regular brethren (or even as plain old organic cotton mattresses). But after much research I found a reasonable option at Organic Grace, which, with a coupon code I found on mothering.com, only set us back $250. And when I say set “us” back, I mean Craig’s mom, who very graciously bought her new grandbaby’s crib and mattress. (Thank you so much, Pat!)
A few photos for ya to see what the whole shebang looks like so far (you get a peek at the new window coverings we made, which I’ll tell you about soon!).
We moved one of the recliners upstairs for some comfy nighttime feedings, and the little nightstand next to it I found at the curb mart. It had a matching dresser too, but alas that was too heavy to lug home on a 10 pm walk…
So, how many of you think I’m going to turn even nuttier once the Lima Bean arrives? Any tips on how to stop myself from becoming a basket case about every possible owie? Or how to arrange furniture in a teeny tiny nursery with lots of odd angles?