Save Money on Your Crib
Good news! According to a Consumer Reports ratings for cribs, done in May 2004, one of the top-rated models (ranked second) was also the least expensive. In fact, CR recommends that parents purchase the less expensive "no frills" model, which they found to be safer, sturdier, and easier to use than the more expensive choices. The Delta Luv Jenny Lind-style crib, which sells at a little over $100, received top marks and fell just behind the Bellini brand Isabella crib that sells for over $500.
Opt For Less Pricey Brands
High-end manufacturers such as Bellini and Bassett offer quality cribs, but you can find the same standard of safety and features in less pricey brands like Delta Luv, Fisher Price, and Evenflo.
Suggest a Baby Shower Gift
Is someone giving you a baby shower? Don't be shy about suggesting a crib as a group gift. Your friends will be giving you something you'll really use, and you won't have to return any repeat gifts. Grandparents, parents, and in-laws are often happy to buy a crib for a new baby&emdash;especially if they know mom has done her research!
Shop Sales and Use Coupons
Many larger baby superstores periodically offer discount coupons of up to 20 percent off a single item. Take advantage of sales and look for discounts on last year's models.