Category Archives: Baby Furniture

To Transfer, or Not to Transfer

I was with a group of Moms recently and the subject of transferring a toddler from a crib to a bed came up.  My older son will be three this September and he has been in a full size bed since last June.  Most of his friends are still in cribs or just transferred.  (Some easily and others… not so much.)

The only thing I can say for sure is that we got lucky.  While I read many articles and talked to several of my friends with older kids, transferring my big guy was not at all what I thought, or heard it would be.  At 20 months my son climbed out of his crib; we watched the whole thing unravel on the monitor.  He pulled himself up with his hands, swung one foot over the railing, then the second foot, hung there for a second, and dropped. It was a piece of cake for him.  I thought, in that moment, my little boy, whom we had worked so hard to sleep train, would never sleep through the night again.

My husband spent the next week sitting at my son’s door at bedtime, monitor in hand, yelling “tushy down,” every time he saw him start to get up.  We knew we had to get him out of the crib, but how?  After that week of yelling by the door, my son climbed into our bed one morning and said, “mommy, I want big bed like you.”  Done.  One of my friends had suggested we make him a part of the bed picking and buying process, so we took a family trip to Sleepys and let him try a bunch out.  He had a blast jumping on all the beds.

Bonavita Metro crib converted to a full size bed.

Bonavita Metro crib converted to a full size bed.

The day his mattress was scheduled for delivery my husband spent the afternoon converting his crib into a full size bed.  We kept our son out until after the delivery men had left and I had made the bed with the sheets he had picked out the week before.  When he finally came in and saw the bed, he was so excited.  That night we followed the same bedtime routine as we did when he was in his crib, and he fell asleep.

Like I said, we got lucky.  He got out a couple of times, but we would just tuck him back in and that was it.  So when people ask me about how we did it, I tell them to listen to their kid.  He told us he was ready.  That being said, I think that as long as a kid is happy in their crib, keep them there! Kids tend to tell you when they aren’t happy; mine does.  The rest, at least for me, was just dumb luck.

My Love Affair With A Glider

Best Chairs Glider

Best Chairs Glider

I have fallen in love all over again… with my glider.  Seriously. I forgot how amazing our glider is.  It had been sitting, filling space really, in my older son’s room for over a year.  When he got a little older we would use it for story time, but once he transitioned from the crib into a big boy bed that we could all fit into, we started reading in the bed instead.  Bye, bye glider.

So when the newest man in my life arrived seven months ago, we moved the glider into his room and it is once again a furniture staple in my house.  Why must we wait until we have children to enjoy the relaxing sway that only a glider can provide?  It is amazing.  An absolute must have for parents.  New, used, whatever… If you are expecting a child, invest in a glider.  Best advice I can give.  My favorite time of the day is spent in that chair, rocking, reading, even feeding.  It makes me sad to think that we won’t always use it or need it.

I remember the day we spent in Bambi Baby’s West New York showroom,  trying one glider after the next.  Do we get the less stylish, traditional one, the modern looking one, do we need an ottoman? (You need an ottoman!)  We labored over that glider.  I think we actually came back on a second day to make sure that we had made the right decision (something new parents tend to do a lot). Ultimately, we decided on a traditional Best Chairs glider because it was by far the most comfortable at the time, and because it was one of the few chairs that completely supported my head.  A lot of gliders stop short at around shoulder height, leaving your neck and head with nowhere to go.  It may not be the most stylish piece of furniture in my house, but it is by far the most comfortable. Don’t tell my husband, but I am having a love affair… with my glider.

Fisher Price Nursery Sets Have Some Cool Features

We are super excited about the newest addition to our furniture family; Fisher Price. The same brand that brought Little People and Big Wheels products into nearly every home in America, is now designing affordable, quality nursery furniture.  It was only a matter of time before this  83 year old company, the world’s leader in infant and preschool toys, would make its way into the land of baby furniture.  That time has come, and the furniture, much like their toys, is awesome!

Fisher Price Lakeland Crib$170 for a convertible crib, $650 for a three-piece-set… Prices like these make it affordable for families on a budget to purchase beautiful nursery sets. Right now there are seven different collections, featuring both modern and more traditional designs.  They come in three finishes: snow white, cherry and espresso.

But I have to say, my favorite feature of the Fisher Price furniture line, and something I have never seen before, is the “Just the Right Height” feature.  It allows you to adjust the height of the actual crib to accommodate your own height; it makes it so much easier to access the baby.  The easy to remove feet of the crib allow for three different height options; so cool!  My husband and I are not the tallest people in the world (we’re actually pretty short)  and we would have really benefited from a lower crib, especially when our older son got bigger and his mattress was set to the lowest level. Such an ingenious idea!  Leave it to Fisher Price!

Welcome to the All New Bambi Baby Blog

Welcome to Bambi Baby’s first official blog post.  With over 30 years experience selling baby products, we’ve learned a thing or two about what a baby needs.

Whether feeding, strolling, sleeping or just plain moving, our vast knowledge of products and personal experiences help parents navigate the endless sea of baby furniture and gear that today’s parents are inundated with:

  • What do I really need?
  • What should I buy?
  • What should I spend my money on?
  • Where can I cut back?
  • Where should I splurge?
  • Got any ideas for a cute nursery theme?

Whatever the question, we make it our mission to have an answer when our customers walk through our doors, visit us online, or call us directly.

In an effort to help our customers even more, we’re partnering with a real stay-at-home Mom to bring you the very best information on baby gear, furniture, nursery design, DIY projects and anything else we come across, baby related of course, that we think you might need to know.  (And some you probably don’t need to know, but we hope you enjoy anyway.)

We are so excited about this new venture!  Our mission for this blog is much like our mission statement, “we deliver everything but the baby.”