When C was coming home from the hospital, we were surprised by the lack of cribs available for home use that allowed C to be up high at a reasonable working height for us to be able to care for him without the need to constantly bend over. So we ended up adapting an Ikea crib to fit our needs.
When C got a bit older and he started to almost sit up, we adapted it again to keep the working height the same but with higher sides and a flip-down side. I can’t imagine caring for C without this customized piece of furniture.
There are many things that make sense to purchase off-the-shelf. But I think it’s important to ask the question: could a custom modification make this work better for our needs. Yes, it takes time and money to customize things – but the end product is more efficient.