Buying a crib can be difficult. There are so many types and brands to choose from, it can be downright overwhelming. So what should you look for in a crib? Well, the typical every day crib has pretty much died out and the convertible crib has taken its place. There are many different types of convertible cribs available so let’s take a look at what convertible cribs are and how they can benefit you and your baby.
What is a Convertible Crib?
Simply put, a convertible crib is a baby bed that grows with your child. It transitions easily from a baby bed to a toddler bed, and some of them even convert into a twin-sized headboard.
These cribs are typically made to withstand being put together and taken apart again. They are also built to withstand more abuse and for a longer duration of time. Typically, these cribs survive going through multiple children and are still perfectly useful.
What Safety Features To Look For In Convertible Cribs
The safety features that you should look for in convertible cribs are the same ones you should look for in standard models.
A convertible crib should:
- Be sturdy and not be wiggly when shaken
- Should not provide more than 2/38 inches between the slats
- Should fit a standard sized mattress and not leave more than enough room for two fingers between the edge of the mattress and the crib
- Should be built of sturdy wood or other hard material
- Paint should not peel
- Should have tight hardware and hardware should be easy to tighten should it become loose over time.
Buying Guide for Convertible Cribs
When buying a convertible crib, you should never purchase a used crib. If you must purchase a used crib, ensure that it does not have a drop side and that it has not been recalled.
When buying new or used, make sure replacement parts are easy to find in store or online. If your baby’s bed will convert, make sure that all of the pieces needed to convert it are easily accessible or in the box with the crib.
Make sure you understand how the assembly process works. Some cribs are difficult to put together. If you are not up for the frustration, see if the store you are purchasing from will put it together for you.
If the crib has wheels, make sure the casters are sturdy and well installed. Some cribs have been known to have wobbly casters that are not properly imbedded in the wood or frame.
It is wise to make sure there is a return policy on the crib you purchase. This ensures that if you get it home and there is a problem with the product, you can easily take it back to the store and get a different one. It also ensures that the store stands behind their products and that if you are simply in need of replacement parts, they are likely to provide them to you.
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