Turn an old crib into a baby gate and a garden trellis
Pam figured out a way to integrate a broken baby crib into her family's babyproofing plan:
We broke our daughter's first crib (tiny plastic latch and the side rail wouldn't stay up anymore, turns out the crib was discontinued and we needed to replace the whole thing). What do you do with a broken crib? Well, we cut the legs off and used some hinges to connect the sides and voila, a baby gate for an awkward area so much cheaper than the commercial versions. Now, ours isn't connected to the wall because our 18 month-old is pretty good about avoiding that area altogether, but it would be easy to make more secure if you needed to. (Not for use at the top of stairs; please use common sense and your knowledge of your own child's daredevil tendencies).
What did we do with the other side rail? It's currently outside and will be a trellis for climbing flowers this summer.
Has anyone else come up with good uses for old crib parts?