I thought I lucked out when I logged onto the Sears website and saw that the cradle we’ve been wanting to buy for baby was on sale at 20% off until Friday. Score! I’d been holding out on buying it for months on the off chance that it might get a bit cheaper before the end of October, when I’d have to pull the trigger no matter what. (We were going to buy the Jolly Jumper mission cradle in white, by the way — it’s still on sale!)
We’ll be keeping the baby in our room for awhile, once she shows up — I’m not sure how long for, but I knew we needed a place to keep her. We explored the different bassinet options, pack n’ plays, Moses baskets, but a cradle seemed like it’d be compact, sturdy, relatively inexpensive, and not ugly (some of those bassinets are pretty frilly).
I was idly browsing Facebook last Saturday during a few spare moments while Matt and my dad were out of town buying trim for the nursery, when I saw a wooden cradle on one of the local buy and sell pages. I looked closer, thinking it’d be on the auction site, where things often get up to prices higher than what you’d pay, retail — and realized it was just straight up for sale, $30, no auction, and better yet, it had just been posted, meaning I probably had a good chance of being the first one to ask about it. I quickly texted Matt the link, and he told me to go for it.
Maybe five minutes later, there was a message in my inbox telling me it was all mine!
The bear and blanket are just in there to cover the sheet up for now, until I buy the cream sheets I want for the cradle & can move the bear into the finished nursery — don’t worry!
Okay, so it didn’t fit in the car, and I had to grab Matt once he got home to help me load it into the truck. But that was the extent of the difficulties — it’s in great shape, it fits PERFECTLY in our room, the wood almost matches our bed frame, and hello, $30! So much better than even the sale cradle. Now all I need to do is wash it down, get a mattress liner/pad (I want something waterproof, and maybe a tiny bit cushier than what it came with), and buy a few sheets.
Murphy was pretty interested in it and tried to jump in twice, but he was ejected quickly both times and stays away from it now. The other cats don’t care about it at all, surprisingly.
One thing — it fits into all the Health Canada recommendations, except I don’t know what the weight limit is. I tried looking up the model/manufacturer but alas, it seems like it’s old enough that the info is missing. Any rule of thumb out there?