Happy Thursday, my friends! Are you surprised to hear from me? Like you, I have been busy focusing on my family and home during the past few months. However, I’ve been meaning to share with you a sweet new addition to our guest room. It’s a Pottery Barn Baby crib for a special little fellow. Come check it out!
If you recall, back on February 4th my husband and I were blessed with our first grandchild~a beautiful, healthy baby boy! We traveled to New Jersey the day he was born and were able to visit the proud parents and our precious grandson moments after. What a difference a few weeks make, right? Had he been born a month later, we would have been unable to visit them in the hospital and probably wouldn’t have been able to travel to New Jersey at all, given the pandemic and new rules. Several weeks after Ford, our grandson was born, most states were under mandatory lockdown. Our son and daughter-in-law live in a high rise building in New Jersey and were unable to take the baby out at all. We invited them to come down and stay with us in North Carolina for a while until things calmed down. They arrived on March 22nd and have been with us ever since!
When our children arrived, our grandson was 6 weeks old. He was still sleeping in his bassinet but it was getting increasingly too small for him. I had been searching for a crib for him to use at our house when they visited and all of a sudden, we needed one quickly! I wanted a bed similar to the one they have at home. Theirs is from Pottery Barn Kids. Pretty, right? (This one is shown with the toddler conversion kit, but is the same style.)
As you know, cribs can be quite expensive. Especially ones from Pottery Barn! However, they are well made, sturdy and meet all safety guidelines and standards, including my own! So, as I often do, I turned to Facebook Marketplace to shop for a suitable crib for our grandson. After looking for a few days, I found the perfect one! It’s the Fillmore Crib by Pottery Barn. The list price is nearly $1000. (This photo is from their catalog.) I love the classic shape and style.
And this style of crib can convert to a toddler bed, which I love! The conversion kit is sold separately and is usually an extra $100-$150.
As luck would have it, I found a Fillmore Convertible Crib in Mahogany on FB Marketplace for $100! It was in good shape, with only a few dings and marks. AND it came with the toddler bed conversion kit! Sold. My husband and I went to pick up the bed in the truck and brought it home. Thankfully the seller included all of the screws, bolts and an Allen wrench for assembly.
I gave the entire bed and springs a good cleaning with disinfectant wipes and then I rubbed it down with some Restore-A-Shine by Howard. It’s a wood finish polishing compound that buffs out light scratches and restores the gloss finish.
I like to keep this on hand for various projects and is also available in different wood stains, including the following shades. Not bad for around $13.99 and it lasts a long time.
My son put together the bed in the guest room in the basement where they have been staying. Ford is still waking up several times a night but seems to like his “big” bed better than the bassinet or the pack and play.
This sweet little crib was a steal for $100 and will last for many years and many grandchildren! (Fingers crossed!)
The best advice I have for buying a second-hand crib is to make sure it meets today’s safety standards. Be sure the crib slats are the appropriate width apart and that it doesn’t have a drop-down side. Therefore, I wouldn’t suggest buying a vintage crib~although they can be quite charming. Be sure to check with the manufacturer for further safety information and instructions prior to purchase.
Also, I didn’t know until recently that bumper pads for cribs are no longer used. They have been shown to cause injury and death due to entrapment and suffocation. Yikes! So, no bumper pads for our little guy. I tell you, things have really changed since I had an infant and I find it so interesting! We have a few more little ones coming into our family this year, so I am especially intrigued by all of the new methods and gadgets. As I find more newly gleaned knowledge, I’ll be sure to share!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL day and I hope we chat again very soon! Well, I’m off to snuggle with my precious grandson a bit and then I’m off to play (or attempt to play) golf this afternoon. Happy weekend sweet friends! xoxo Dell