The 7 Best Convertible Cribs
7. Dream On Me Violet
6. Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1
5. DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-In-1
4. Dream On Me 3-in-1 Aden Mini
3. Delta Children Canton 4-in-1
2. Union 4-in-1
1. Graco Benton
A Cute Little Bundle Of Debt
Babies bring unforeseen amounts of joy into the lives of parents, sibling, aunts, uncles, godparents, grandparents, and more. Some might go so far as to say that procreation — the drive to continue the species — underlies every decision we make from the moment we hit puberty, if not before.
For all that bountiful glee and purpose, however, babies come with one more thing: a hefty price tag. Having children is expensive, whether you’re talking about saving up for their education or simply keeping them fed and clothed sufficiently enough to keep Child Protective Services from paying you a visit. That said, there are a few ways to save money on the experience of parenting that don’t involve depriving you or your child of anything.
Reusable diapers, for example, are a great way to cut down on one of the costliest expenses in the first year of parenting. They require a little extra effort, but they leave behind a much smaller environmental footprint than literally thousands of soiled disposable diapers would.
Breast pumps and milk storage bags also make great investments in the early months after delivery. There will be times when a new mother needs a little relief from a mammary that’s full-to-bursting. You don’t want to wake a (rarely) peacefully sleeping child and force them to feed if they aren’t hungry. Instead, you can set aside fresh breast milk to bottle feed when the youngster starts to feel peckish. That also means you’ll never have to supplement your natural feeding with costly, foreign formulas.
Anything that can grow up with your child is always a good idea. Baby books that begin by tracking the little one’s first days come in sizes capable of recording milestones all the way through high school. A well-made blankie can become a nostalgic keepsake as your child grows into adulthood. And, of course, a convertible crib can provide your child with a comfortable, safe, and sturdy sleeping surface for many years.
How A Convertible Crib Will Work For You
A Convertible crib will transform itself to suit the needs of your young one as he or she grows from baby to bombastic child. Without one, you’d have to purchase a crib as your baby’s first bed, then a bed for their toddler years that may require some additional railing material for their safety. After that, you’ll need a bed for their early childhood days that won’t make them feel like a baby. A convertible crib rolls all of these purchases into one, saving you money, of course, but also saving you valuable time spent shopping for, transporting, and assembling all these different beds every couple of years.
Some of the cribs on our list are designed to transition your child out of a crib and into a new, full-size child’s bed. This transition often includes the gradual removal of the crib’s bars. Other cribs will transform first into a transitional space with partial bars, and then into a full-fledged bed capable of comfortably sleeping a growing child.
You won’t really lose any functionality by going with a crib that can convert to more than two states, so these are often the best styles to seek out. The only factors that might make you take a closer look at some smaller, less convertible options would be cost and style. Cribs with more available setups are often more expensive, and you might prefer to just buy a bed that can take your child to his or her high school years by the time they’ve left the transitional toddler bed.
Style is that other variable, and it can be a sticky one. Some of the most beautiful cribs in the world are made to be more attractive than functional, and some parents see convertible cribs as unappealing compared to their single-purpose counterparts. This is understandable to a degree; after all, parents have a tendency to competitively compare everything about their child rearing decisions, so why should the choice of crib be any different? Fortunately, over the last few years and decades, convertible cribs have become aesthetically much more appealing than models past.
A Few Words On Crib Safety
Given the fact that it’s where you lay your baby’s head down to sleep every night, you would understandably expect the crib to be a safe place. For the most part, it is, but there are statistics out there that necessitate a review of some best practices. This way, you and your baby can sleep easily.
Quite possibly the best investment you can make for whatever room your baby calls his or her nightly home is purchasing a high-quality baby monitor. The best of these will relay video and audio feeds anywhere in the world, so long as you have a smartphone or a computer with an internet connection. More practically, though, you won’t have to get out of bed to go check on the baby every time you hear the slightest sound. A quick peek at them through the camera, and you can see they’re sound asleep.
Even with a high degree of surveillance, there are still risks in the crib. To avoid these, it’s important that your baby’s crib is free of clutter. Too many toys and blankets can pose hazards to a sleeping baby, or at least reduce their nighttime comfort. A good mobile should be enough to keep their little minds occupied.
If your crib didn’t come with a mattress, make sure the one you get fits snugly against all four sides of the crib before laying your precious one down to rest. If you can fit more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib walls, it might be too small. Also, note that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against the use of bumper pads, as these can increase the risk of SIDS. In short, try to keep a clean, well-fitted, clutter-free space for your baby, and keep an eye on them whenever possible.