What to Look For When Buying The Best Crib For Your Baby
Your first major baby purchase is likely to be your crib. If you want it to see you through more than one pregnancy, you need to consider the best crib that will be perfect for your needs. It’s the one product I recommend purchasing brand new; this will ensure that it meets all mandatory safety standards set out by the federal government.
While bassinets will initially be satisfactory for your new baby, eventually, your baby will grow and will require a crib. Specialists all advise that co-sleeping isn’t a good option for many reasons, in particular the safety reasons.
If you purchase a cheap crib, it may not see you through the years, although this option might be all you can afford right at this time with all the expenses involved with having your first baby.
There are several different options out there for choosing the best crib. There’s not one stock standard type, and there are several things to consider before making your purchase. In particular, you need to decide if you want a stand-alone crib or a convertible crib. Even then, you have convertible cribs with a changing table attached or convertible cribs with drawers. You may even need a portable crib if your a family that likes to be away from home.
When you first put your new baby in the crib, you will wonder how he or she will ever fill it. They look so small in such a big crib, but trust me, it won’t be long, and you will think it’s time for a toddler bed. This is where convertible cribs come in handy as they grow with your baby and turn into a toddler bed, which will get you through the first few years out of the crib.
If, on the other hand, you are considering having your babies close together, a convertible crib may not be the perfect choice for you. You will probably want the new baby to have the crib and get another bed for your toddler.
Crib Buying Guide
There are several things to consider when purchasing a new crib for your baby, from safety to styling options to suit babies new room. Like always, safety comes first, so here are some tips to help you through this important part of the process.
Your new baby’s safety when in bed is paramount, right? Somethings that you will need to consider are:
- Sturdy headboards – when baby grows and starts to move around in the crib and ultimately pulling itself up on the sides,
- Corners are flush – particularly if you are purchasing a timber crib as you don’t want little fingers getting splinters and with metal cots the chance of your baby getting pinched when the crib moves,
- Hidden attachments – make sure all the screws and joinery are on the outside of the crib and tightly in; this ensures when the baby is older, he or she is not tempted to use its little fingers to unscrew any visible hardware. This could be a choking hazard if placed in its mouth, particularly any decorative knobs that could loosen and come off,
- Paint/varnish isn’t peeling – all babies tend to rub their gums on hard surfaces to relieve the pain when those first teeth start to come through. Generally, the side of the crib is one of the first places to see little teeth marks! If that paint or varnish is toxic, it could harm your child,
- Slats – the spacing of the slats on the crib must not exceed 2 3/8 inches as this is the national standard. This ensures that your new baby can not stick its head through and get stuck and possibly injury itself. Always ensure that the slats are produced from strong solid timber and will not break easily,
- Antique/ decorative cribs – avoid these types of cribs, especially anything over ten years old as standard regulations have changed in this time. They may not be within the new parameters and could be dangerous. As with decorative cribs, they might look great but do they meet all the safety regulations, particularly those with headboards cut out in decorative patterns,
- Adjustable base height – these are great when the baby is young as it is much easier on our backs. Make sure you have lowered the base well before your baby is pulling itself up as he or she could easily fall out of the crib if it is raised,
- Drop-side cribs – while this is a very common type of crib for ease of getting your baby out of the crib, these are no longer considered safe and have been associated with the death a many babies. Single drop gates are now the preferred option for increased safety,
- Stabilizer bars – all cribs will have two metal rods which are placed under the mattress and provide extra protection to the crib,
- Properly fitting mattress – this is often overlooked as a hazard, but an ill-fitted mattress is a safety concern, especially when the baby starts to roll and could get stuck down the sides.
The Safest Location to Set Up Your Baby Crib
Now that you have considered all things safety when choosing your new baby’s crib, it’s time to consider the safest location to place it in the baby’s new room. Here are some points you need to consider room safety:
- Never place your crib close to curtain or blinds, and in particular cords, your baby may be able to reach these and pull them down, and cords are a choking hazard
- Under windows, as something might hit the window from the outside, such as a football or baseball, showering the crib with pieces of glass
- Next to furniture that your baby may be able to climb on and then attempt to climb out of the crib
- Near heaters or radiators, placed too close this could be a fire hazard if the sheeting were to catch the light
- Indirect sunlight, your new baby could overheat and dehydrate or even get sunburnt
- In a draught from a doorway or window, if your baby kicks off the bed covers he or she might get cold
Purchasing Your Baby Crib
Cribs vary in price from the cheapest at around $100 right up to $3000 for custom made designer cribs. Here’s a guide to purchasing the best crib on any budget. White baby cribs and wooden baby cribs are extremely popular, but the newer, less traditional cribs are increasing in popularity.
All categories from budget through to high-end cribs have available to purchase convertible cribs. What are the best convertible cribs, basically they are cribs that turn into beds?
- 3 in 1 Crib – The 3 in 1 crib have three possible configurations, likely it will be a standard crib that converts to a toddler bed then into a full-size twin adolescent bed. These are a great option if you are planning on not reusing your crib for your next bundle of joy.
- 4 in 1 Crib – The 4 in 1 crib converts from a baby crib to a toddler bed with safety rail to a daybed and then full twin bed. Another great option if you are prepared to purchase a new crib for each bundle of joy. When purchasing this product, check that you have all additional parts for later years. These cribs are fast becoming the most popular in the convertible models.
Budget Baby Cribs
- Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib: The Union crib’s simple, yet elegant design is a beautiful addition for all types of nursery decor. Its smooth and clean lines allow for a touch of sophistication from minimalist styling to a richly decorated nursery.
- Dream On Me, Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib: The Dream On Me Classic 3 In 1 crib is a beautiful addition to any nursery. It features a stationary (non-drop side) rail design which provides the utmost in product safety. It’s dual safety hooded, locking wheels, and multi-position mattress support comes standard. This crib easily converts to a day bed and takes a standard size mattress, sold separately.
- Stork Craft Hillcrest Fixed Side Convertible Crib: The beautifully crafted stork craft hillcrest fixed side convertible crib has a modern look and design that is both trendy and functional. Not only does this crib look great, but the hillcrest will grow with your child as it can be converted to a day bed and full-size bed, providing your child with years full of enjoyment. The starcraft hillcrest crib is made from quality and attractive wood and wood products and will safely fit any standard size crib mattress. This crib also features three height adjustable mattress levels for your convenience.
- Dream On Me Addison 4 in 1 Convertible Mini Crib: The Dream On Me Naples Mini Crib will add cheer to any baby’s nursery. The Contemporary style will add beauty, and the convertible features add versatility. You can use this crib during your baby’s younger years then convert it to a day bed through toddlerhood and beyond using an optional conversion rail kit. This crib may be smaller in size, but it’s just as gorgeous and comfortable as a standard size crib and is perfect for freeing up space in the nursery
- Stork Craft Venetian Convertible Crib: The Venetian 4 in 1 fixed side convertible crib by stork craft. This is a classic crib with graceful, elegant curves, and timeless design. The construction of the Venetian is sturdy, the finish is gorgeous, the design is stunning, and the value is impressive. With secure, static side rails, this piece provides the ultimate in stability and function. This crib will grow with your child as it converts from a full-size crib to a toddler bed, to a daybed, to a full-size bed (bed rails not included)
Mid-Range Baby Cribs
Mid-range cribs are generally much more sturdy and decorative. There is a range of timbers and finishes for you to choose from that will suit all rooms. The crib slats are likely to be made of thicker timber with rounded edges. The top end of this range will have no exposed joinery or glue residue. They may also include cribs with drawers and baby change tables attached or baby cribs with changing table set.
- Child Craft Camden 4-in-1 Lifetime Convertible: The Camden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib has a timeless style and features a soft arched top, detailed cap rails, and flared legs, making it the perfect addition to any nursery. The Camden 4-in-1 convertible crib grows with your child by converting into a crib, toddler bed, day bed, and full bed. The crib is constructed from selected woods with a strong, steel mattress support that will adjust to two heights. The crib mattress is not included, sold separately.
- Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail: Delight in mid-century modern appeal with the Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. Stylish rounded spindles bring a simple charm and give the Hudson Crib an open, radiant feel. The all-spindle sides let you keep an eye on baby from all angles, while four adjustable mattress positions allow you to maximize comfort and safety for both you and baby. The Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib converts to both a toddler bed (rail included) and daybed and is solidly built from sustainable New Zealand pine wood.
- Stork Craft Portofino 4 In 1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib Changer: The beautiful solid construction of the Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer, makes this a royal centerpiece for your nursery. All four sides of the Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer are stationary and include an adjustable three-position mattress support base to add to the security and stability of this versatile crib. Designed for multiple stages of life; the crib converts from a full-size crib to a toddler bed, to a daybed, to a full-size bed (bed rails not included). The attached changer is designed with safety in mind, with an extra deep surface for added security and stability while changing your baby. The changer also includes a waterproof vinyl change pad.
- Athena Daphne Convertible Crib and Changer: The Daphne crib and changer combo is a versatile baby station, whether you are limited on space or want features such as ample storage space, a changer, and crib combined with the ability to convert to a youth bed as your child grows. The changing unit provides an optional changer top for easy access and three drawers and two nooks on the side for all your storage needs. The lower two drawers can store bigger items such as blankets and other linens.
- Graco Remi 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer: The Graco Remi 4-in-1 convertible crib and changer will transform your child’s bedroom into a modern, functional, and stylish nursery. With a large drawer underneath the crib and an attached changing table featuring multiple drawers and shelves, the Graco Remi offers an abundance of storage space for all of your baby’s belongings. The Graco Remi 4-in-1 convertible crib and changer has gorgeous clean lines and a low profile to give parents of all sizes easy access to their child. This Graco crib will grow with your child as it easily transitions to a toddler bed (no guard rail), day bed, and full-size bed to last you many years.
Luxury Baby Cribs
Luxury baby cribs are usually hand made and styled with curved end boards, and hand-painted details to ensure you have the unique baby crib that you are looking for. They are often referred to as high-end cribs meaning the top few in price on the market. Most modern baby cribs on the market are increasingly leaning towards the round baby cribs or oval baby cribs. These designs are in vogue with celebrities at the moment.
Luxury baby cribs are often custom made and part of a nursery suite where all the nursery furniture is matching. High-end cribs are generally produced with eco-friendly materials, which are also available in a variety of different shades. Some cribs are made from sustainably harvested hardwoods with water-based, non-toxic finishes that are very safe for your baby. The natural wooden crib is becoming increasingly popular.
- Evolur Aurora 5-in-1 Convertible Crib: The Evolur Aurora 5 in 1 convertible crib incorporates the soft, feminine carving, detailed spindles, Queen Anne style feet, and intricate ribbon bow scrollwork which creates a room as if taken straight from the pages of a fairytale. This timeless crib adds a classic fairytale elegance that is sure to make your little girl feel like the belle of the ball. This beautiful crib has three mattress heights and is easily converted into a daybed, toddler bed and full-size bed providing you and your child with years of happily-ever-after. The toddler rail and bed-rail sold separately.
- Oeuf Sparrow Crib, Birch: With its wide range of finishes, this stylish and versatile crib will co-ordinate with any nursery decor. Slim side rails and spindles give this crib a light, airy feel and make it a favorite of interior designers. Its high quality and sturdy construction mean it will last for generations.
- Suite Bebe Winchester Lifetime 4-in-1 Crib: The superior bold construction of the Suite Bebe Winchester collection introduces a gender-neutral element of design. Following the pattern of style, safety, and durability of the Suite Bebe brand, Winchester is constructed from the finest wood and wood veneers to capture a presence in any room. The applied moldings and pull-out drawer below the crib provide and efficient means of storage for easy access to items. Versatile and eye-capturing, this 4-in-1 convertible crib is sure to last for years to come.
- Ubabub Pod Crib: The pod crib is a cozy cocoon-shaped crib with smooth, rounded edges for a distinctly modern look. Innovative clear acrylic sides with star-shaped cutouts allow for an unimpeded view inside the crib, making checking on baby simple. Plus, it’s easy to assemble, clean, and maintain. The pod crib also includes a custom-fitted mattress, toddler bed conversion kit, and features two adjustable mattress positions.
- Stokke Sleepi Crib: Your first bed turns into your second. And third. And fourth! The Stokke Sleepi has been designed to grow with your child and can be used from birth through approximately three years of age, or up to 10 using additional parts in the Junior Extension Kit. It expands to accommodate the changing needs – and sizes – of the growing child while maintaining a comforting familiarity with its distinctive oval shape. Once your baby reaches the curious climbing stage, you can remove one side of the bed for easy access, and boost feelings of freedom and independence.