Crib Drama

I'm pretty particular when it comes to making *major* purchases. It has to be exactly what I want, at the price I want, or fugghetaboutit. I'm not going to spend my hard-earned cash on something I don't absolutely love. And that's final. I'm also thrifty, so a $1,000 crib was completely out of the question (yeah, Oeuf cribs, I'm talking about you).

Naturally, I knew I'd have a hard time picking out a crib because of these factors, so I started researching and scoping them out early. Like... pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant (which was back in February).

It's now almost October and I was finally able to commit. But not without drama and endless mind-changes. Because that's just how I am. (Side note: I'm actually starting to wonder if I make things more difficult for myself on purpose so my life isn't boring. Wouldn't that be terrible? Knock it off, Meg!)

Up until a few weeks ago, I was dead set on a particular crib from Ikea. It was a rockin' lime-green color, only $99 and I was telling everyone about it. So fun. So unique. It was mine. I was sure of it. Then the worst thing ever happened. The dreaded "Ikea Crib Recall of 2011." My lime-green dream was shattered. I obsessively checked Ikea's website for months to see if they were back in stock yet. No such luck.

Devastated, I knew I had to move on if I didn't want my infant sleeping in a dresser drawer.

I looked at cribs from Target, Wal-Mart and even Overstock.com. However, I didn't like white, natural wood, dark wood, or oak. Yeah, I'm THAT picky.

The Baby Mod collection at Wal-Mart had my favorite styles, but I wasn't thrilled with the color selection. That is, until I discovered this little number. For some reason, it never popped up during the first few searches I did on their website, but I kept digging and it magically appeared. (In reality, I probably thought it was black at first and skipped over it).

The Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 Fixed Side Crib in Navy
Cue "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. 'Cause that's how I felt when I discovered her.

Modern lines, four mattress positions, converts into a toddler bed, non-toxic finish, and most importantly... made of "sustainable pine wood from New Zealand." SOLD! Haha. Just kidding. At $199, I figured we better just go for it. I was tired of waiting for Ikea to get their butts in gear.

Because I'm a cheapskate, I opted for the free "site-to-store" shipping which takes a little longer, so it's set to arrive next week. I can't wait for the nursery to actually look like a nursery! Stay tuned, because I'm eventually going to post a complete breakdown of everything in Baby A's room: price, source, inspiration, etc. We were on a tight budget, but it's coming together beautifully and I can't wait to share photos of the finished product.


  1. I think I may like that crib even more than the Ikea one! I love how the sides are different than the front and back.

  2. I am in love with the crib you found. When I went to walmart.com they had one picture of the crib that is a true navy which is darker the the main picture they show. once you got your bed delivered was is closer to color in the picture in your blog or more of the true navy color (last picture within the walmart.com site)?

  3. So how do you like your baby mod crib? I just ordered it for our little guy and it will arrive this week. Hope you LOVE it!

  4. I love the crib so far! Our little one has been sleeping in it for about 3 months now. It's very sturdy and I love that it has a non-toxic finish. The only problem I've run into is trying to attach crib bumpers securely since it is solid on the ends. Flynn does bump his head on the sides A LOT and will also wake up screaming b/c his legs are hanging out of the crib. So I really need to figure out the bumper situation b/c he's not a happy camper when naps are interrupted!

    As for the color, it's a very dark navy, but it definitely looks blue and not brown or black. If that makes sense...

  5. Yay! We love ours too. Max has been sleeping through the night in it for about a month now. He will wedge himself in the corner and wake up crying, and I've seen his little foot hanging out of it, too. I wonder if you could alter the bumper you have into two smaller bumper panels just for the sides? I bet that would work if you are comfy with a sewing machine. I don't think we are going to use bumper pads, so hopefully we don't run into the same problem! The color sounds cute, we have it in cool grey, although the other furniture in his room is a very dark navy, almost black.. So yeah, the color makes sense to me! I'm going to post pix on my blog soon of his nursery.


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