While I've been happy to talk up the no-nonsense Jenny Lind crib we got, it was still something we settled for. We really wanted a crib like you'd see in the dictionary: an old-school, industrial or institutional model that was all form-follows-function and no frills. We never could find one.
Then this morning, DT readers Arielle and Rob emailed me about this crib collection from Community Playthings, a religious community collective which makes furniture for schools, hospitals, and day care centers. [It's called Bruderhof, a happy, friendly, if strict and conservative, Anabaptist-like Christian denomination, not, you know, Heaven's Gate or anything.]
Anyway, these maple hardwood cribs are as simple as can be. They're designed for heavy use, optimized for professional caregivers, and they look AWESOME. They come with in all-wood spindle or plexiglass end versions; with movable or fixed sides; and with adjustable or fixed (i.e., "evacuation models," which can hold up to 130 lbs worth of babies) mattress heights. I'd want to know the dimensions, because that'll affect mattress and sheet buying. Bless their hearts, but I'm not interested in a cotton/poly blend sheet.
The most amazing part: they're about 300 bucks, with free shipping. To which I say, Hallelujah.
Community Playthings Maple and/or Plexiglass Cribs[communityplaythings.com]