Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Saga of the Bassinet

This summer we picked up a bassinet at a yard sale for $10 or $15. We didn't buy one for T, and it was the one major baby purchase we didn't make that I regretted. I was really excited to find one second-hand, because bassinets are expensive. This one even had the co-sleeper side I wanted.

Fast forward to last weekend, when I took all the sheets, ruffles, and various bassinet detritus off the darn thing to get washed for T Version-2. Ry, being, well, being Ry, went online to look for the instruction manual. In his search, he found that this particular bassinet had been recalled. Doh.

I was sad. (You know, completely rationally, because I'm not hormonal or anything right now.) I didn't really want to fork out the $100+ for a new bassinet, and the company who sold this one has since gone belly-up. We noticed that several retailers were taking them back, so we gave one a call. They told us to bring it in ... and gave us store credit for $107!

We took that credit and promptly gave it right back to the store for the bassinet I really wanted. We're now the proud owners of an Arm's Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet. Wooh! All in all, we're out about $50 for a brandy-new bassinet for our littlest man to sleep in. Considering that nothing else he'll use is new, it's nice to have one new thing for him. It turns out that having a recalled bassinet wasn't all bad.


Becky said...

So does a bassinet for the new baby mean that Tucker in going to stay in his crib?

How is a bassinet different from a crib, anyway?

Ryan said...

Crib is much larger at 52" X 27" or so. The bassinet is about 30" x 18".

Jenn said...

Leave it to Ry to be all technical and nerdy about it. A bassinet is much smaller. It is designed for infants only because it's not very deep. Once the kiddos can start rolling or lifting themselves they have to move to the crib. Also, bassinets fit in our bedroom, so every two hour nursing will be much nicer than having to drag my butt to another room.

Jenn said...

Oh, T will stay in his crib for the time being. I figure we've got a good 8 weeks after the baby is born before we need the crib. I value my sleep too much right now to risk screwing it all up by moving him into the big bed.

Cathy said...

You are brave - you don't think he will freak when you "give" the baby HIS room? And Ry you are a geek

Frank said...

The difference in Ryan and Jenn's answers has nothing to do with nerdiness, but rather the difference between men and women. Ry answered the question in two sentences. Jenn took a paragraph. Women always use more words than men. :-) Having said that; Jenn, I am all for your comfort. Love, Dad

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