davinci emily convertible cribChances are, your baby will spend the majority of their first years in their crib. It is incredibly important to buy a crib that is comfortable, high quality, and most importantly – safe. Determining your price range and desired features is essential for taking on the daunting task of selecting a crib for your baby.

Types of Cribs

  • Fixed-Side Cribs – A fixed, sturdy, and permanently ‘in-place’. Also referred to as a static or standard crib. These tend to cost a bit less than other types of cribs. The height will vary based upon model, but the standard size measures approx. 54″ x 30″.
  • Convertible Cribs – A popular choice for most parents today. With their unique feature of converting into a toddler bed, day bed, or a partial crib. Many varieties to select from since convertible cribs get you the most crib for the money.
  • Rounded Cribs – Typically designed to save space in the nursery. There are no headboards or footboards which enable the baby to experience 360 degree views from their crib. Usually very cozy and atypical in design with a sphere or oblong shape.
  • Drop-Side Cribs – Commonly known as the most dangerous kind of crib with it’s history of baby related injuries and deaths. Since June of 2011, the CPSC issued a notification that made it illegal to sell, donate, or manufacture in the United States. All parents need to avoid drop side cribs at all costs!

Top 10 Recommended Cribs

  1. DaVinci Emily Convertible Crib
  2. Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Crib
  3. Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Stages Crib
  4. Stork Craft Venetian 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib
  5. Graco Stanton Convertible Crib
  6. DaVinci Thompson 4-in-1 Crib
  7. Oeuf Classic Crib
  8. Oeuf Sparrow Crib
  9. DaVinci Parker 4 in 1 Crib
  10. Dream On Me Liberty Collection 4 in 1 Crib

Important Crib Safety Basics

  • Old or Used Cribs – Buying an old or used crib is not recommended. Federal Crib Safety Guidelines went into effect in 1973 – meaning that any crib built before that year is incredibly susceptible to safety hazards and violations. However, any older or used crib could have issues such as splinters, peeling paint, stability problems, and other dangers. It’s best to purchase a brand new crib to ensure safety is of top priority.
  • Drop-Down Style CribsDO NOT USE! As previously mentioned, since 2011 they are now illegal to manufacture, sell, or donate in the United States. According to the CPSC, at least 32 babies died from issues relating to drop down cribs from the year 2000 to 2010.
  • Crib Bumpers – Once viewed as a decorative nursery item, crib bumpers are now frowned upon since they pose a potential hazard to your baby while they are in their crib. There have been cases where bumpers have been linked to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • Has Your Crib Been Recalled? – Checking with the CPSC Crib Information Center to see if your crib has been recalled due to any reason is essential to ensure proper safety. They also offer several tips and advice for keeping infants safe.

What Else Will You Need?

  • Crib Mattress – We recommend buying a crib mattress at the same time you purchase your crib. Select one that is firm and brand new.
  • Crib Sheets – Select crib sheets with a tight but comfortable fit.
  • Crib Mattress Protector/Cover – Will keep your crib mattress clean and dry. Often waterproof to protect your investment from spills and accidents.
  • Baby Monitor – Keep an eye on your baby at all times from anywhere throughout the house. Very important safety item to have.

{ 0 comments }

DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib Review

April 21, 2012

Stationary cribs are becoming the standard in nursery design for parents that are seeking a safer option than the drop side cribs. Stationary cribs reduce the risk of the infant unlatching the crib and becoming caught in between the drop side and the mattress and becoming injured, as well as creating a more stable sleeping […]

Read the full article →

Child Craft London Euro Style Stationary Crib

April 8, 2012

Modern and minimalist designs are becoming more and more popular in nurseries throughout the globe. To accommodate these styles, brands like Child Craft have created cribs that can be placed in these rooms with clean lines and modern styles. The popular London Euro Style Stationary crib combines the style of the modern crib, with the […]

Read the full article →

DaVinci Piedmont 4 in 1 Crib Review

March 30, 2012

Finding storage in small spaces like nurseries can be difficult. Parents searching for a way to increase the storage space without sacrificing the style of the nursery should choose cribs that include storage. The DaVinci Piedmont 4 in 1 crib is a great option if that interests you, as there is a hidden drawer in […]

Read the full article →

5 Reasons to Buy a Brand New Crib

March 18, 2012

The crib is the focal point of the nursery and one of the biggest purchases that parents make for the infant. As one of the bigger purchases, parents often search for ways to save while shopping and this leads many parents to consider choosing a previously owned crib for the infant. Though it can be […]

Read the full article →

Graco Charleston Non-Drop Classic Crib Review

March 6, 2012

For a classic crib in white that is designed to be reminiscent of cottage chic, the Graco Charleston Crib is the perfect addition to any space. The Non-Drop ensures that the infant is going to remain safe and that the crib is going to be current with safety standards. Features of the Graco Charleston Non-Drop […]

Read the full article →

Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Crib Review

February 17, 2012

Named Babble.com’s Best Crib of 2011, the Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 crib is a great option for parents seeking a modern choice through the shape and design of the crib, combined with the classic pairing of espresso tones that are used to create the crib. One of the biggest shortcomings when it comes to […]

Read the full article →