Thanks for the memories

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A bit more than eight years ago, CareerMom and I bought this crib. We went to Toys-R-Us, Babies-R-Us and every other R-Us derivative you can imagine. I think we ended up about 15 miles north of our house in some suburb of the suburbs, in a no-name strip mall containing a high-end baby store.

And thus the Bonavita “Carla” crib came into our home.

Two weeks ago, I dismantled it. Eight years and three kids later it’s finally done. And other than some dried, crusty milk between the vertical slats, it’s in pristine condition. None of my kids “teethed” on the rails. It’s bittersweet letting it go, but it was time Baby-Girl got her own big-girl bed.

Government safety laws prohibit the donation of cribs manufactured prior to 2010 due to some issue with drop-sides on pre-2010 cribs and even though ours doesn’t have a drop-side, we still can’t donate it. Which is a shame. You spend $1200 on a crib, you want to see it not end up in a dumpster somewhere. But I think we have a taker for it (for free). Hope it goes to another good home.


10 thoughts on “Thanks for the memories

    nowickcandle said:
    February 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    What a milestone that I’m sure is bittersweet. Your children are beautiful 🙂

      dobeman said:
      February 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you!

    dearfriends said:
    February 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Oh my, how strong you are to be able to let this crib grace someone’s home. Memories of 3 children in that bed must be so strong. As you can see, I’m one of those “memory keepers” that now has a garage stuffed with “maybe the kids will want it some day.” Good for you. Your children are beautiful–all the best–barb

    The Father of Five said:
    February 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

    We still have our crib! Five kids and 18 years (give or take) later. It’s stored away in the basement until one day when we have grandchildren we are allowed to see / visit / have over…

    I doublt my wife would ever be able to part with it…

      dobeman said:
      February 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

      That’s probably the smart thing to do (keep it and re-use it), but I can’t even think that far ahead! Gotta made room for my “Doomsday” supplies! 🙂

    Allison said:
    March 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    That’s interesting– I’ve been making a list of items I want to sell in a June yard sale (my first yard sale, and yes, the idea scares the bajeezus out of me), and I was wondering if the baby bed would be considered yard sale contraband because of the sliding side too. Smart of you to get your money’s worth out of it by having more children ;-).

    pamajama said:
    May 25, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Are you really collecting doomsday supplies? I’d love to hear more on how the experience of having that baby girl has changed your life. I always wonder about that. The crib should be saved, it’s beautiful.

      dobeman said:
      June 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Yes 🙂

    Lisa said:
    June 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Wow came upon your post through google we are expecting our 3 child in Dec and our 2nd child will only be 1 in November. We have this crib and was desperately looking for the same to put in the same roo for child number 3…LOL I can’t find this crib anymore and I am so sad I LOVE the one we have!!!

      dobeman said:
      June 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

      It was a good, solid crib. No teeth marks either! Hope you find another good one that doesn’t break the bank!

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