When we bought a crib, before Payton was born, we spent a little extra and bought the crib that converts to a toddler bed, and then a full-size bed. I thought I was being exceptionally thrifty. We would only need to purchase a full-size mattress eventually, and that would get Payton through until he moved out. So, Payton is now too tall for his toddler bed, and we went looking for a full-size mattress, to convert his toddler bed.
We shouldn't have taken Payton mattress shopping with us. At the second store we went to, they had a loft bed with a SLIDE! I threw a blanket over the slide part, hoping he wouldn't notice. It didn't work. Once he saw that bed, we couldn't get him off of it. I left the store without buying the bed, exercising some restraint. But, Ray and I discussed it. Buying the bed was going to be a couple a hundred dollars more than buying a mattress. And, we could use the full-size bed with Payton's crib frame in the guest room when we build our new house. So, we asked Payton if he would have at least two hundred dollars worth of fun on the slide bed. Guess what he said?