Maybe it is the first time you’re hearing about a convertible crib. In simple term, it is a baby cot that can be transformed to a different kind of bed when your baby grows. You can use it as a toddler bed, full size bed or even a day time bed therefore can be used by your child for many years.
Why a convertible crib is important
They are cost effective because once you purchase it your baby can use it through his childhood therefore you won’t be needed to buy another one but rather transform it making it environmentally and economically friendly. It is also of high quality lasting for long and very easy transitioning it to a bed.
Instances that may drive you not to buy one
As much as convertible crib may be used for a long time it is very expensive than other cribs but if you can afford it at the time then it is worth to invest in. In case you are considering buying a bigger bed when your baby becomes a toddler then there is no need of buying it. Lack of space for a big bed may also be a limitation for you to obtain one thus a standard crib may just be fine. At every stage of conversion different pieces are also required which may be expensive.
Types of convertible cribs to choose from
Toddler day bed-during conversion the front rail is removed leaving open the front of the crib. This is suitable for older toddlers but you can also choose to use it as toddler bed. Your baby is able to enter and leave the bed with ease and you can also still use the same beddings. Safety rail is however recommended since your baby might fall out of the bed.
Toddler bed-You can always convert to this once your baby becomes more active as he can easily get out. The front rail of the crib or drop-side in this case is removed and replaced with a guard safety designed for toddlers. The same mattress can still be used. Due to availability of toddler safety rail and the crib then I recommend this over the day time bed since it is safer.
Twin bed-They are mini-sized and lasts your toddler for years. It can convert to a twin bed which is perfect before considering getting a full bed. The front and back panels are used as head and footboard securing them with wooden or metal rails. You will have to purchase another mattress to fit in the bed.
Full or double bed-This is great for children who are more independent. Use the front and back panels for the headboard and footboard. Depending on the type of the crib then you can use full bed rails or metal frames which are full-sized. A full size mattress is also required and in this case always involves your child when shopping for this.
Conversion pieces are sometimes sold with the crib or separately. You can always purchase the piece that fits your bed option .Always buy them when purchasing the crib since they may not be available after sometime as styles change over time.
Features to look for in a Convertible Crib
Conversion kits should be available-to ensure that when the time to do the conversion comes you will have an easy time.
It should not fold but rather be permanent and stable suitable for use as a nursery crib for your baby.
It should be eco-friendly by having materials, woods and finishes that will not harm your baby.
An under crib storage drawer is also necessary to enable you store your baby’s stuff and find them easily whenever you need them.
Wheels are ideal if you intent to move it around the house and also makes it easier to change linens and clean under it. It should however have a solid and a good locking mechanism since other kids may be tempted to push it around thus endangering the baby. A changing table is most suitable as it helps you save space.
The crib must allow you adjust the mattress by adjusting the height to suit your baby depending on how much active they are.
When buying your best convertible cribs, always consider what you would want them to convert to. Also consider the price of conversion kits required at each stage of conversion before buying it to make sure that you can afford it when required. Conversion pieces are sometimes sold with the crib or separately. You can always purchase the pieces that fit your bed option .Always buy them when purchasing the crib since they may not be available after sometime as styles change over time.