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Submitted by Stacey W., Sprout Contributor

When I found out I was pregant with my fifth child, I knew I wanted her to start out sleeping in a bassinet in my bedroom. I was planing on nursing, which would give me time to find the right crib for us. Well, that was easier said than done. I started looking for a crib when Bella was 2 months old, and at her 8 month mark, I was still looking. About the time I started looking for a crib, I started hearing about all the recalls going on, which started making me nervous. I had drop-side cribs with my other four kids, due to the fact I am only 5′ tall and it’s hard to lay them down over the side of a fixed side crib.

I knew my price was not to go over $200, and I wanted a crib that I could turn into a toddler bed when it was time. So one evening, I went to Kmart to look at cribs, and they had a few I liked so I wrote down the names and went home to research them. I started looking around the internet and realized there is so many out there that I did not know about. I started seeing 4-in-1 cribs, which start as a standard crib, convert into a toddler bed, then to a daybed and, finally, transform into full-size bed with headboard and footboard. A 4-in-1 crib makes most sense for me to get, since it will grow with my child, and if I invest my money in this now, it might save in the long run.

But there are so many brands and colors out there. I still have to narrow it down. Her bedroom theme was Winnie the Pooh for now, but as she grows, it will change. I decided that I wanted a light-colored wood frame that should go with everything. I wanted a crib that was no more $200, wood with fixed side, and a light color. I started going to different sites, and when I would find one that fits that description, I would look up the brand to see if it had any recalls. Most companies that make cribs have had some kind of recalls on some kind of crib, so that was not always helping me. I started asking people what they where using and looking up reviews, and found a Graco I really liked. At 9 months old, Bella will be moving out of her pack-n-play she has been sleeping in for the last 6 months, and into her own crib. Since I am still nursing and she has only slept in my room, I do not know how well this will work for me. Only time will tell.