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A Classic, Affordable Crib: Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertable Crib

When our second baby arrived just a little over a year and a half after our first one, we weren’t quite ready to put our 19-month-old in a toddler bed. He slept through the night well, but bedtime was still a bit of a struggle. I didn’t want to give up the option of placing him in something he couldn’t escape from just yet, especially with a newborn to take care of.

Our first crib was a white Stork Craft model with a changing table attached to it, which was perfect for a newborn. But our older son had long outgrown the small changing table on the side of the Stork Craft crib, making it pretty much useless for him. I had taken to putting a contoured changing pad on the floor for our large, hard-to-lift son, so I only needed a basic crib for his new room.

I didn’t want to go all out and buy a designer $600 crib. I wanted one that converted to a toddler bed, but I’m not planning on keeping the crib forever, so a good-quality, basic model would do. I opted for the Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible crib in a natural finish. I like the stylish headboard, and the wood is good quality. I especially like the edging on the top of the crib rail; it adds a bit of design to the piece. I bought the Sealy Baby crib mattress to go along with the crib, and it seems to be holding up well.

I have yet to convert the crib to a toddler bed, but the headboard on the side of the crib seems like it will look nice and a bit more “grown up” than the Stork Craft model.

Overall, the Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible crib has been a great addition to our toddler room.

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An Affordable Baby Carrier: Infantino Swift Classic Carrier

Ever since I had my first son two years ago, I’ve kept hearing mothers rave about baby carriers. Names like BABYBJORN and Ergo Baby kept coming up in casual conversations with moms at my MOPS group, play dates, and dinners with friends. My older son is really independent; he didn’t like to be held that much, let alone be strapped to a parent. He was more of a swing and stroller guy.

But when our second son arrived just a little over a year and a half later, things were different. For the first few weeks, I couldn’t put the baby down for fear that his older brother would trample him. I had to hold the baby at all times to protect him from his active toddler sibling. (He still climbs on the baby, but our now four-month-old can hold his own a bit more).

I didn’t want to shell out the $60-$100 for the more well-known carriers, so I decided to give the Infantino Swift Classic Carrier
a try. I found it on Amazon for just $15.99, so it was a low-risk trial.

It was totally worth it.

The Infantino Swift Classic Carrier got me through the first two months with the new baby. Our latest addition to the family cried as soon as I put him down, so I came up with a solution: not putting him down. I held him in the carrier while I emptied the dishwasher. I held him in the carrier while I answered e-mails. I held him in the carrier while I sent out baby announcements. I even held him in the carrier while I went to the bathroom (I actually found a sanitary way to do this).

The Infantino Swift Classic Carrier has also gotten us through several zoo trips, many church services, and even a funeral. Sometimes I hold the baby in the carrier while my husband pushes our two-year-old in our single stroller. Then we switch off.

If you’re looking for a basic, affordable carrier, the Infantino Swift Classic Carrier might be for you.