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Moses is starting to out grow his bassinet. A full size crib fits in his little space but my sister convinced me to go the small-portable-crib route. {I was leaning that way anyway.} I need one 48″ long or shorter. I’ve checked out the usual chain stores, etc. but none of the cribs quite have the simplicity or clean lines I’m looking for. Then I saw this photo last week {It is from a 1970’s magazine} and ever since I’ve been on a hunt for a vintage crib. I thought I would ask since ebay, Craigslist, and thrift stores have yielded no results. Does anyone’s mother have one of these in their attic that they want to sell?

This photo from flickr user jinxy515 via OhDeeDoh

  1. Alyssa

    March 31, 2008

    what about looking at hotel furniture stores? They usually have the compact cribs …

  2. jordan

    March 31, 2008

    I looked at some of those hotel or church furniture sites. But the cribs were $200-$400 which seemed a little high for a little tiny portable crib. That is the route I’ll go if I can’t find anything better.

  3. Julia

    March 31, 2008

    There are some very cute cribs at IKEA that mimic the cleaner lines of the crib in the photo:

  4. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008

  5. jordan

    March 31, 2008

    Yeah Julia, I’m familiar with the Ikea cribs. Those are great but longer than 48″

    I like that Ebay one {I’ve been searching Ebay for a week now} but it is would only work until the baby could stand.

  6. love.boxes

    March 31, 2008

    Good idea. My friend did something like that.. only hers was more like a small play pen thing.. but she loved it because they travel a lot and the baby never was upset because he always had his own bed.

  7. pve design

    March 31, 2008

    wish i had a small crib to send you.
    that is a darling one.

  8. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008

    Just be careful. Safety standards have changed a lot since the 1970s.

  9. vida

    March 31, 2008

    I don’t know of any cribs like that, BUT…
    I’d be happy to buy your slightly used bassinet when you are at that point. (I’m only 4 1/2 months along, so we have time).

  10. Alexa Johnson

    March 31, 2008

    Funny that the photo is from a 1970’s magazine. It looks so vintage, yet so current!

    I second the hotel furniture idea. When we get a crib brought up its often just like the one in the picture.

    Good luck!

  11. tracy m (dandelion mama)

    March 31, 2008

    Yeah, do be careful- a lot of the older cribs might be painted with lead-based paint or have slats wider than modern safety standards dictate. I think the cut-off for lead-paint was 1978- but I could be wrong.

  12. Tina

    March 31, 2008

    a lot of “fleatique” stores have small cribs that mimic the look you are going for. most are natural wood color, but you can always paint them. i don’t live in California anymore but Laurel Street Antiques in San Carlos has a lot of antique baby gear if youre willing to drive (half hour drive).


  13. amy t sharp

    March 31, 2008

    have one- but cannot part with it as it was my fathers- but look at this amazing piece I saw in Ohio over the weekend:

  14. driver

    March 31, 2008

    been a lurker until now, love the design inspiration I find on your site. My son just turned 13 and it’s so nice to take a break from teenage angst to look at adorable baby gear! Anyway, found this listing on my local craigslist. Not quite the same, but…

    If it’s what you’re looking for, shoot me an email. Quincy’s not far and I’m sure it wouldn’t be that hard to mail.


  15. miggy

    March 31, 2008

    We too went the port-a-crib route. We HAD to because we didn’t have space for a larger crib, but we’re already needing a bigger crib because at 13 months she’s too big for it. Same with our friends–same small crib as us, and their kid was too big around 11-12 months…something to think about if you don’t want to buy 3 cribs in one year.

  16. Anonymous

    March 31, 2008

    have you thought of having your handy father in law retro fit two headboard/footboards of a full or double or 3/4 bed into something? As long as you go w/ safety guidelines (rail openings narrow) etc and get a good snug mattress you could probably make something and stain/paint it yourself…just a thought.
    Sara L

  17. Andie

    March 31, 2008

    I know others have said it, but I wanted to add my two cents about safety. Newer cribs have standards for slat width, lead paint, and appropriately fitted mattresses.

  18. michelle

    March 31, 2008

    There’s always the bathtub… (kidding!)

  19. Mrs.French

    March 31, 2008

    good luck in your search!

  20. Maman Pélissié

    March 31, 2008

    Any European crib would probably work. They are usually small, compact, and really simple.
    E-mail me for a picture.

  21. Ali

    March 31, 2008

    ohdeedoh did a post on this a while back, not sure if you remember it. here are some of the ones they suggested. the lines aren’t as simple as the 1970’s crib, but thought it might be a start.

  22. LoGunns

    March 31, 2008

    My niece Brittney has one. Someone in her ward gave it to her.

  23. Kiasa

    April 1, 2008

    I love our little wood portable crib we bought off of craigslist here in Manhattan for $30. Our daughter is 18 months and still sleeps in it. Many of my friends here in the city have small wood cribs as well. Buy Buy Baby sells them (not sure if they do at their online store).

  24. mama bear

    April 1, 2008

    I just got a small white crib from a daycare center that was upgrading all their cribs. It’s in great shape and fits all safety guidlines – the only problem is I need to find a mattress pad and bedding to fit! You could check with local daycares to find out where to buy one, and maybe they’ll be upgrading too!

  25. Kate

    April 1, 2008

    I don’t have a little crib or have any ideas as to where to find one, but I love that picture from Ohdeedoh. I just saw it the other day and was telling my husband that #2 needed to come soon, so I could have that as a nursery.

  26. Lene

    April 1, 2008

  27. Anonymous

    April 1, 2008

    daycare centers… good idea:|productSubCat~~p|2534374302091321~~f|/Assortments/Lakeshore/ShopByCategory/infantstoddlers/cribscotschangers.jsp

  28. Bev

    April 2, 2008

  29. viv

    April 2, 2008

    There are lots of mini cribs now. I have a crib very similar to the Mini Baby Mod Just note that when the mattress is lowered to the lowest level it is a bit difficult to put my daughter in but that could be just because I am 5’3″ : ).
    P.S. your blog is great!

  30. Marina

    April 2, 2008

  31. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008

    Just be careful. A friend of mine who chose chic vintage design over new, boring, cookie cutter choices a la babies-r-us had a tragedy… With her little 6 mo. old baby girl sleeping soundly, the crib fell and killed her instantly. The mom is still grieving. Be careful.

  32. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008

    Ikea…don’t know the price, but it was small and looked just like in the picture you posted.

  33. sassypriscilla

    April 16, 2008

    I’m a little behind in my blog reading but had to respond to this. Please reconsider your search for a vintage crib. As another poster mentioned, slat size has changed dramatically over the years and there is the lead paint issue. Good luck in your search.

  34. Julia

    April 19, 2008

  35. April Patrick

    March 13, 2009

    Not to be the bearer of bad news, but I’ve heard of several accidents with vintage cribs, several fatal. Its the railing, distance between the bars that cause unimaginable harm. You’re better paying more for a modern furniture manufacturer that is designing to current standards with the same style. Wish I had a referral, sorry.

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