finding the best convertible crib

When you are not holding and feeding your baby, you are putting him or her down to sleep. And, babies sleep a lot.

Therefore, you have to get your baby the best sleeping solution. A baby crib, the small bed with enclosures and an open top cage, is where your child will live.

Whether you share the room with your baby or have a nursery set up, get your baby the best convertible crib. You don’t want to buy a new crib after a few months. While comfort is important for your baby, safety is vital. The crib must have the highest safety measures.

Convertible cribs are different from other standard cribs in that they have an allowance for the adjustment of the mattress levels. With the different mattress positions, your baby grows with the crib. Once your baby can move on their own, you can move the mattress down keeping them safe.

A convertible crib allows conversion into a toddler bed. The toddler bed is the lowest adjustable mattress position. At that position, your baby can stand on their own. Therefore, it is important to get a crib with a toddler rail.

You can also convert the convertible crib into a day bed. Some cribs allow conversion into full-size beds. However, you have to get the conversion kit if not provided.

Therefore, we can all agree that a toddler bed is the best parenting gift.

Features to Look for When Buying Convertible Crib

  • Presence of Toddler & Full-size Rails
    The convertible crib will change through the years. However, the good-quality cribs allow for conversion into a toddler and full-size beds, you should consider getting one with toddler rails. You can buy the toddler rail separately but, just make sure that the rail is compatible with the bed.
    Look for full-size bed rails too to complete the crib’s conversion from a toddler bed. The full-size bed rail is the skeletal oblong frame which you attach to what was the stage 1 large slatted sides that will now become the headboard and the footboard.
  • Adjustable Mattress Platform
    This is one of the other important features of a convertible crib. Being able to adjust the mattress level as your child grows determines their safety and your comfort. Since your child grows tall fast, the mattress adjustment starts from the highest level, and you can drop the level gradually to accommodate your child.
    The adjustment of the mattress level enhances your baby’s safety. You should look for those cribs that have three or four different positions for the mattress.
  • Certifications
    Is the convertible crib safe? While reading the list of absent chemicals and toxins is reassuring, certification from a big trusted body makes it easy for you to trust the crib.
    Some of the highest and revered certifications for quality and safety include Consumer Product Safety CPSC, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association JPMA, and the American Society for Testing and Materials ASTM.The best cribs meet safety standards set by at least one of these bodies.
  • Crib’s Style
    What is your preferred style for the nursery and your home? Which crib’s style will fit into your home for years after the birth of your child? Some of the styles you may want to consider include traditional, modern, eco-friendly, designer, portable, mini or round. Consider the color of the crib too.

5 Best Convertible Cribs Reviews 2017

1 - Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible Life Style Crib

Bringing up a child is expensive considering all you have to buy for the safety and the comfort of your baby. Sometimes, you have to replace furniture and accessories every few months. Some of us find ourselves buying multiple items instead of buying just one.

However, despite the challenges of parenting, you can still save money by making a wise choice. Buying this Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible Life Style Crib saved us a lot of money. You see, this crib is convertible into a toddler bed, a day bed and a full-size bed.

You also have two setup options for converting the crib into a twin bed and two settings for converting it into a full bed.

Even though you have to buy the toddler guardrail, stabilizer and the full-size rail separately, this remains our best purchase. For the best mattress and bed frame, you’ll have to make separate purchases too.

This convertible crib features a four-position mattress support system. With this support system, your baby will use the crib in different stages of growth. The positions also enhance your comfort. It starts with the highest setting, and you drop it down gradually.

The crib is durable, and it has an attractive finish thanks to the solid pine wood finish. The finish is smooth, and it also features flowing lines and gentle curves which give the crib a sophisticated look.

Assembly is easy, and you won’t need much help. It has an ergonomic design, and the structure of the crib is sound and stable.

An important factor we all look at when buying baby cribs is safety. A look at this convertible crib reveals that it meets ASTM and CPSC standards. By meeting these standards, this crib is free of toxic elements including lead, phthalates, BPA, and latex.​

Things We Liked

  • It is safe, and it meets CPSC and ASTM standards.
  • It features four mattress support positions.
  • It is sturdy and durable.
  • The 7-in-1 Convertible Crib is easy to assemble.

Things We Didn't Like

  • You have to buy a guardrail for your toddler separately.
  • The instructions aren’t clear to follow.

2 - Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This is another option of a convertible crib with a simple 3-in-1 convertibility. It is beautiful, and it easily converts into a day bed and a toddler bed. However, you will have to buy conversion kit separately.

Its assembly is easy, and the crib features a sturdy design. As long as you follow the setup instructions well, the crib will remain in good shape long after your baby outgrows it. The crib’s construction is with sturdy materials.

This convertible crib isn’t just strong and durable but also stylish. It features smooth and clean lines which add a touch of sophistication to the crib.

This Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib has four adjustable mattress levels. Adjusting it from the top moving downwards, you can use the crib for your child’s few years as he or she grows.

For the safety and comfort of your child, you may want to buy the Da Vinci mattress sold separately. It is 100 percent non-toxic, waterproof and hypoallergenic.

This mattress is also easy to clean, and it is free of polyurethane foam, chemical retardants and vinyl.

Instead of normal unsafe compounds, this mattress has a medical-grade nylon construction. This mattress is also lightweight, and it fits in the bed snuggly.​

Things We Liked

  • The set up was really surprisingly easy and quick.
  • You can convert to a daybed and toddler bed.
  • It has sturdy and durable construction.
  • It has 4 adjustable mattress levels.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The painting comes off after several months.

3 - Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This 4-in-1 convertible kids’ bed from Delta Children is another one of our favorite convertible cribs. It is a perfect blend of comfort and safety thanks to its sturdy construction design. The crib’s construction contributes to its longevity.

Regarding safety, it has a JPMA certification. This tells you that this crib meets the highest safety standards set by the ASTM. It is free of harmful chemicals like lead and safe for use by baby.

It has a stylishly timeless design seen through the sleigh silhouette which opens the slats around the four sides. The design of this crib makes it perfect for use in any nursery.

This bed grows with your child. You can convert it to a toddler bed, a full-size bed and a day bed with a headboard and a footboard that fits the needs of your child.

Unlike other convertible cribs on the market, this crib comes with a toddler guard rail and a daybed rail. You have the buy the full-size bed rails separately though.​

The toddler guard rail and the four straight legs make for the comfort and the safety and the stability of the crib. The three position mattress support system lets your child sleep comfortably as he or she grows.​

Things We Liked

  • It's very easy to assemble.
  • You can convert it to toddler bed, daybed, and full size bed.
  • It has sturdy and durable construction.
  • It has 3 adjustable mattress levels.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Costly price.
  • Heavy chemical smell.

4 - babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

Are you into the Mid-century modern design or rather, does your baby’s nursery feature mid-century modern décor? If yes, then you may want to complete that look with this babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib.

Its 3-in-1 convertibility makes it the ideal crib for your baby to grow with until he or she is a toddler. It comes with a toddler rail meaning that you won’t have to purchase additional parts as your baby grows.

This versatile and stylish babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib also comes with a toddler bed conversion kit making for easy transition from crib to toddler bed and a day bed.

It is a safe bed designed with the industry’s highest safety measures. It has a GreebGuard Gold Certification having gone through screening for 460 VOCs and more than 10,000 harmful chemicals.

The finish is non-toxic, and it is free of phthalates and lead. As a result, this convertible crib meets all the ASTM and CPSC standards.

Besides being stylish, this convertible crib is durable. It features a sturdy construction design using New Zealand pine wood. The design of the crib is eco-conscious supporting your efforts to go green.​

Things We Liked

  • It's very easy to assemble.
  • It is stylish and looks great in the nursery.
  • Toddler bed conversion kit included.
  • It has 4 adjustable mattress levels.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Expensive price.
  • The wood is soft, and it gets dented fast.

5 - Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib

The GreenGuard Gold Certification on this convertible crib means that your baby will sleep in the safest environment.

This certification shows that the crib has gone through screening for the presence of over 360 VOCs and more than 10,000 harmful chemicals. The results of the screening show that the product is safe.

This 4-in-1 convertible crib also meets CPSC and ASTM safety standards. It is free of chemicals such as lead, phthalates, and PVC.

In short, this is the crib you can trust for the ultimate safety of your baby. The finish is non-toxic thanks to the multi-step painting process.​

The 4-in-1 convertibility of this crib into a toddler bed, day bed, and a full-size bed makes this an economical and a convenient sleeping solution for your baby.

As he or she grows, you get to adjust the four mattress levels to fit their growing needs. This also keeps babies safe.​

For conversion into the toddler bed, the crib comes with a conversion kit. It also comes with a toddler rail. The crib comes with a one year warranty.​

Things We Liked

  • It's very easy to assemble, the instructions are clear.
  • You can convert to toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed.
  • It is sturdy thanks to the use of New Zealand pine wood.
  • It has 4 adjustable mattress levels.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The use of soft wood means that the crib scratches easily.
  • Not easy to move around the house.

Conclusion

A convertible crib is a perfect answer to ‘tough times ahead’. With its convertibility, you can use the crib throughout your child’s early years. Convertibility into a toddler bed, a day bed and a full-size bed saves you a whole lot of money.

As long as you assemble the bed as required by following the assembly procedure, the bed will remain standing for a long time. An important feature to look at when buying a convertible crib is the crib’s mattress adjustment levels.

The adjustability of the mattress level makes it easy for you to use the crib as your baby grows. A convertible crib with all these features and one that will save you lots of time and money is the Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible Life Style Crib.

It has a 7-in-1 adjustability, and you can use it as a toddler bed, a day bed, and a full size. Even though it doesn’t come with a toddler rail, its construction is sturdy, and it is worth the money. It has a stylish finish, and it is safe. It is durable too.​