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Wood Baby Cribs Are Warm. Iron Baby Cribs Are Stylish. Information to Help You Decide Which Crib Finish is Best for Your Baby Nursery...

Wooden cribs are offered in a wide range of finishes. Among current favorites are:

  • White
  • Natural
  • Honey
  • Cognac
  • Cherry
  • Espresso, and
  • Ebony
Handpainted Cribs

There are also wood cribs available, which have been handpainted to complement various color or nursery themes.

Because of the handpainting, they are relatively expensive. However, if you can afford a handpainted crib, it makes an absolutely stunning addition to your nursery.

Check out the designer crib section of ababy.com to see what's available.

iron crib finishes Iron baby cribs come in an even wider variety of finishes including:
  • Antique White
  • Celedon Green
  • Antique Blue
  • Antique Bronze
  • Slate
  • Venetian Gold, and
  • Black
to name but a few.

I prefer standard wood baby cribs for a baby nursery. They are warm and soothing, give a comforting, cozy atmosphere, and are available in a wide variety of styles.

If you are buying a wooden baby crib, you should look for one made from hardwood. (Cherry, oak, ash, birch, beech, maple, poplar.)

This is especially important if you are looking at a convertible baby crib. It will be sturdier and more durable than a crib made of softwood, such as pine.

Wood baby cribs made of softwoods may also develop structural problems such as warped slats.

baby kneeIron baby cribs seem too hard and cold for a little being with dimpled fingers and nibble-icious knees.

Nonetheless, because of their undeniable elegance and style, iron cribs are fairly popular and are made in many different ornate designs. Watch that price tag though - it can get fairly hectic!

Read more about Iron Baby Cribs here...

Whether you choose wood baby cribs or iron, is really just a matter of personal taste (and budget). Either way though, there are several things to bear in mind when deciding on the best finish for your baby's crib and other baby nursery furniture.

Is the color neutral?
Furniture in neutral colors is versatile and will complement many girl, boy or unisex nursery themes. It is also easily co-coordinated.

If the color is not neutral, is it unisex?
Pink might seem like a good idea now, but what if your next baby is a boy?

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Is the color non-unisex, or is the baby furniture themed?
If you are really set on this option, consider whether or not your planned nursery theme will carry through to when your baby is a toddler. (It comes around quicker than you think!)

If not, a convertible baby crib in this color or theme may not be a good idea. Rather buy a less expensive standard baby crib and pass it on to the next baby.

Is the finish dark or light?
A dark finish can add a touch of class to a baby nursery, but if your room is too small, dark furniture will look big and clunky and will suck all the light from the room. Also remember that a dark finish looks best with light bedding for contrast.

convertible baby crib If you are planning on a convertible baby crib, bear in mind that dark furniture will usually not work well in a kid's or teenager's room. If they have their way, you will probably end up buying new furniture!

My personal favorite for a baby nursery is simple, old-fashioned natural wood. It's warm and cheery, goes with everything, and doesn't distract from your decor if you are decorating with a theme. It's also the easiest to refurbish later if you need to.

If you want to invest in a convertible baby crib, a natural finish will see a baby boy or girl all the way through to college.

So go ahead - choose something you like - and don't worry! From simple to stunning, wood baby cribs to iron, any crib will look gorgeous with your very own cuddly bundle curled up in it!

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Please be aware that the baby cribs information provided by Creative Baby Nursery Rooms is for the purpose of helping you to decide on the best crib for you. Upon making your choice, it is your responsibility to ensure that your preferred baby crib adheres to the CPSC standards in crib safety.

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