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Can't beat the value of a convertible crib design. They came out on the market 12 years ago, and revolutionized the concept of a baby crib. No longer is the crib a disposable bed that is only used for a year or so. Today's cribs grow as your child grows. You start out with a nursery for a newborn. The first year they sleep in a crib, but shortly after they learn to climb. Once they climb over the front rail of a crib, you would convert the crib into either a toddler bed or a day bed. This arrangement can hold a child until they are 3-4 years of age. Once they outgrow toddler bed, you can convert the crib into a bed, either into a most common full size double bed or a less common twin bed. Each manufacturer offers different options and its best to buy them at the time of a crib purchase. Models do get discontinued and colors do change, so its wise to think ahead and purchase this option.
Why would I want a convertible crib?
We know you want your bundle of joy to stay cute and small forever, but there will come a time when your little one will outgrow the crib. You'll then have to purchase a toddler bed and later an adult bed as the years go by. With a convertible crib, you don't have to go through the hassle of buying all of these items. The bed is already there and all you need to do is make adjustments as your little one grows. They're also useful for frugal parents who want their dollars to go a long way when it comes to baby furniture.
Are there any drawbacks?
Convertible cribs are more expensive than the conventional variety – which makes sense because they do have more to offer. However, the long-term cost-benefit sort of goes out the window if you plan on having multiple children. It may make more sense to just buy one crib and get each child an adult bed.
It also may not be as easy to convert a crib as you think. It's possible that you will need additional tools and parts (and sometimes another mattress) that did not come with the crib. In the end, you could end up spending more than what you would have had you bought a regular crib and then an adult bed.
Although not a true drawback, toddlers and small children often don't like to be reminded that they were once babies. A baby bed (even if it has been converted) in their "big kid" room may be upsetting to them.
What about conventional cribs?
Just like with the convertible variety, there are definitely pros and cons. As we said earlier and as you know well, your little one is not going to stay in a crib forever. If you don't plan on having any more children, a conventional crib will no longer serve you any purpose once your toddler grows out of it. You may be able to sell it or give it away, but keep in mind that product safety rules change often. You may discover that a few years after you are done using your crib, it may no longer be up to government standards.
Conventional cribs may be a better option for moms and dads who have a particular design aesthetic in mind. These cribs often come with more color and style choices, and parents may have an easier time finding a product that fits their particular style. In the same vein, a convertible crib may not fit in with a child's room once they get older and their room has different furnishings.
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If you’re like most new parents, you’ll probably sneak into your baby’s room at night just to make sure she’s sleeping safe and sound. Although it’s common for new moms and dads to worry about their babies when they are asleep, enjoy the peace and quiet while you can. Pretty soon your child will run to snuggle (or jump) in your bed whenever he or she gets the chance. For now, however, ensure that your little one is resting on her own cloud nine by learning how to select the perfect crib or bassinet.
Safety As with all baby products, safety is the number one thing to consider when picking out a crib. Although you can save a lot of money by using your sister’s hand-me-down items, cribs become outdated quickly, and models made a few years ago are likely not as safe at the current cribs on the market. For instance, in 2011, drop side cribs, which were once popular, were banned for safety reasons. Cribs that have been manufactured after 2011 also require mattress supports to prevent collapses.
It is best to look for products that have been approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). To make sure that the model hasn’t been recalled, check out the Product Recall Finder tool from BabyCenter.com, and speak to an expert at your local Brixy retailer.
Slats Your crib should have slats that are close enough together to prevent your baby’s head from getting stuck. Experts advise that the distance between the crib slats must be no more than 2 3/8 inches, which is roughly the width of a can of soda.
Mattress Even though your little one’s mattress is tiny, it is an important purchase, so don’t neglect this step. It is best to select a tightly fitting crib mattress that doesn’t leave any room for unsafe gaps. Foam mattresses are generally the option of choice, since they are light and relatively inexpensive. Although foam mattresses vary in thickness (between three and six inches typically), look for options that are dense to ensure that they are top-quality.
Adjustment Most cribs allow you to adjust the height so that your little one is higher up when she is an infant, and lower to the ground when she becomes more independent and can stand up by herself. You don’t want your child falling out of the crib when her height (and curiosity!) grows, so adjust the crib accordingly.
Convertibility Since a crib is an investment, selecting a versatile option will help you get the most out of it. When you’re a parent, you soon realize that your children grow up right before your eyes. Before you know it, you’ll be teary-eyed while watching your little one head off to preschool! Some cribs are designed to convert into a toddler bed or children’s bench over time. Other cribs on the market are even able to fold up for easy storage. Some petite folding cribs make excellent playpens on trips away from home.
Crib vs. Bassinet A lot of new parents are unsure of the difference between a crib and bassinet. Bassinets are designed specifically for the first few months of infancy – some babies are more relaxed and less fussy in the smaller space offered by bassinets. We all know that a happy baby = happy parents!
Bassinets are great for parents who want to keep an eye on their infant at all times, since it can be moved easily to your own bedroom. During the nighttime, you can place the cradle right next to your bed to make for convenient middle-of-the-night feedings. Instead of co-sleeping, most pediatricians recommend room sharing during infancy, which allows your baby to have his or her own space to sleep while also ensuring that you’re close by in case of emergencies.
Whatever crib you decide on, don’t forget a protection plan! Protection plans like those from Montage Furniture Protection will replace or repair your crib if you experience any day-to-day accidents, ranging from baby teeth marks to broken parts.
Although top-quality cribs are often more expensive, if you plan on giving your firstborn a brother or sister within the next couple of years, a more long-lasting (and insured) crib may be the way to go!
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