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Sleeping in Style: The World’s Craziest Cribs and Cradles!

Not long ago, I posted an article about modern designs for traditional baby essentials like tubs, bathtub toys, bouncers, high chairs and room decor.  It occurred to me there are probably some wild crib and cradle designs out there that would wow us. My ‘Net search did not disappoint. Expectant parents, here are a few of your options. Everyone else, this article proves that, whether you’re rich or poor, it’s nice to have money.

I absolutely love this first one, probably because it’s crazy, colorful and just plain fun. On the down side, I can easily see this baby, in less than a year, freaking out from a few of the creepy faces staring at him (her?)  while drifting off to sleep.

What little princess wouldn’t want to lay her head down in this spectacular crib that includes what appears to be storage and a changing table? I like the blocks on the wall, too, which might be clever cabinets to store baby books and toys, or simply delightful decor.

Too bad babies can’t really appreciate the splendor in which their parents place them for naps and night-night. The cradle below looks like pure steampunk to me. I’m a huge fan of the steampunk movement–crazy about the attire and the jewelry! Steampunk is a literary (think Jules Verne and H.G. Wells) and film subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that features advanced machines and other technology based on steampower of the 19th century and takes place in a recognizable historical period or fantasy world. This subgenre has inspired a subculture brimming with fashions, jewelry and gadgets as unique as anything you’ve ever seen.  Devotees often choose  steampunk for their wedding style, and when the time comes, this is the cradle I imagine those couples would choose.

Notice the retro simplicity of this next crib. I see it as a contemporary version of Cinderella’s ride to the ball, a magical pumpkin carriage conjured up by her fairy godmother. (I’m still waiting for my fairy godmother to show up…)

Here’s a crib for parents who like to cut corners. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) I wonder if there are any advantages, other than impressing people with your unique sense of style, to having a round crib.  At the very least, it’s got to be tough to find sheets for this beauty.

I picked this last one because of its style and functionality. It starts out as a bassinet, converts into a crib, and ends its shelf life as a youth bed.  I must say,  judging from the photo, that the young boy looks as if he would be a bit cramped in the bed, but it’s hard to tell.  Gotta go now. Time for my nap…


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