I shopped the local BuyBuyBaby and BRU and wasn't too thrilled with the quality of the cribs out there. One pet peeve of mine is that you can see all the screws that hold the thing together! That's a design faux pas to moi! My other peeve is the standard style cribs are a bit shaky. Shopping Craigslist since all dropside cribs have been recalled is scary too, although you can clearly see the dropside hardware and spot them. And besides, I just didn't see what I wanted.
I was very excited last week to win a blog contest sponsored by BB&B, for a $100 gift certificate to CSN Stores. And... guess what, they just happen to have a bazillion cribs on their site for sale! Thanks BB&B!
Reading all the reviews, on all the sites I've narrowed it down to these 2:
One traditional, one more modern. I can see either one in the room we'll be using. I like them both, and even though the 2nd one looks like a pen I like the clean simple styling. They both got very good reviews for quality and stability, and they both turn into a toddler bed.
Once I order one, I'll have to make my own bedding for it too. Add fabric shopping and sewing to the list of 2011 projects!
I'm ready to be creative and make something again!