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We got this crib. It converts to a toddler bed with a rail, a toddler/day bed, and a full sized bed with added kits. The crib mattress will do until we move to the full bed, which will be quite a while.
I got the DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 in Espresso and I love it! It's not solid wood and the finish scratches easily but it's going to be kid furniture. Cost us <$200 when we got it. Not bad for a frame that can follow our girl all the way into high school. :)
We got the DaVinci Kalani. It was easy to put together, easy to adjust and solid. It also comes with the conversion kit to turn it into a toddler bed, so the only extra you need to buy, if you want it, is the kit to turn it into a full sized bed. Most cribs I looked at sold the toddler conversion separate.
My only complaint with it is that the wood is very soft, almost pine-like, so when we screwed on a pressure hold mobile, it left a dent, when my son banged a hard toy against the rails, it left a few dents. It's not a big deal, and honestly, I kind of expected any crib we bought to get destroyed before it got outgrown ... unless you want to pay a fortune, things aren't made to last (and sometimes even if you DO pay a fortune). The crib is solid and safe, but don't expect that you're going to be passing down a family heirloom, unless you expect to do it with dings and dents and possible tooth marks from overzealous teethers. ;)
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My husband is a rock star. He's been working on this nursery since July (I'm due in January). Originally we planned on using vinyl decals to create the trees, but our ridiculously textured walls made that impossible. So my husband borrowed a projector and hand painted all the trees (and the bear). We used wood from pallets for the wood wall, stained them, and put them up. He did such amazing work, and it turned out amazing!
The glider was handed down from my husband's step-sister. The art with the moose and bears and what not was made by his mom (originally it was supposed to be a banner type thing, but it was too heavy so we ended up cutting it apart and hanging them up).
We got the DaVinci 4-1 convertible from Amazon. First-time parents here, so we'll see how well it does from infant to toddler to child, but it's lovely.
Here's a picture of it put together (and here is a wider angle). Amazon lists it for $219, and that doesn't include the mattress.
We decided on this one
We just got this crib in chestnut finish:
It's very easy to put together and the finish seems to be pretty scratch-resistant.
Also just registered for this Chicco travel system:
Seems that the Chicco Keyfit 30 is regarded as the best infant seat/carrier. This combo is less expensive than most other travel systems as well.
Also found this badass diaper backpack last night: