We had decided a while back that we would get this crib from Ikea. I discovered them when we first moved here. We needed some furniture for Luke’s room and having just bought a house money was tighter than usual. So we bought him a bunk bed and chest of drawers from Ikea. I thought he’d destroy them in very short order, but with any luck by then we’d have the money to buy sturdier stuff down the road. Well, I must say it’s almost three years later and that furniture still looks brand new! And it’s not because he hasn’t tried to destroy it, trust me.
I also like its plain lines, never cared for ornate cribs. When I first saw it, I thought we’d paint it a nice bright blue, or “hack” it like this one from the Ikea hack site, but now I’m thinking not so much. Something about this baby is making me want to be all crunchy and “green.” I want flora and fauna and this plain crib will be perfect. It’s also small, which is good because it’ll probably be in our bedroom for the first few months, then we’ll move it into the nursery. With Luke’s crib we (and by “we” I mean Whit) had to take it apart again to move it.
If you watch HGTV a lot like me you’ll recognize the crib from Sarah’s House. At least I’m pretty sure it’s the same crib, she just had it painted blue. I know for certain that those are Ikea curtains because I’ve seen them in the store. They shop at Ikea a lot on that show.
We also plan to get this chest of drawers. We liked using a changing table with Luke, so we’ll attach a changing pad to the top of the chest. That way once he’s out of diapers we’ll still have the chest. I like the idea of having the drawers. Our last changing table was open sided and I thought it always looked messy.
I don’t know if I already mentioned it, but I got my lovely Lazboy Rocka-Recliner. All I can say is “Where the hell have you been all my life?” I sleep in it quite a bit, it’s so comfy and cozy I think all pregnant women should be issued one. It’s durable as hell too. Luke hasn’t managed to break it yet, though he’s doing his damnedest. I’ll be the first to concede that it’s not the most attractive piece of furniture I’ve ever owned, but at this point, I don’t even care. It will probably wind up in the boy’s room. I look forward to many years of reading them bedtime stories from the comfort of my “push prize.”
I’m still kicking around the idea of going with cloth diapers this time. I did it a bit with the Luke, but not full-time. I bought the flat-folds, but wish I’d had these BumGenius. I love these things like damn and whoa. Unfortunately, they’re crazy mad expensive. However, since you only have to buy one set to last you until the baby potty trains it does save you money in the long run. It runs into the thousands of dollars if your baby is in diapers until age three. But you have to put out about $300 in the short term. I’d probably need 12-18 and the cheapest I’ve found them is $18 a piece. Aren’t they too cute for words, though?
Poopy diapers are a main concern of course, but they’ve got this hand gizmo that you attach to the toilet for spraying the poop off. I’m thinking this will come in handy for cleaning the tub as well since it’s right next to the toilet. I would probably just keep a small trash can next to the toilet to drop the diapers in after spraying. And since I do at least one load of laundry per day, it shouldn’t be that big a deal. I’m still debating though.