What is a Convertible Crib?

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A convertible crib is a crib that you can convert to a toddler bed. Standard convertible cribs are known as 2-in-1 cribs that only offer a dual option of an infant crib and a toddler bed. However, convertible cribs with more options such as a day bed and a full bed with headboard and foot-board are also available. The more options a convertible crib has, the more expensive it turns out to be, but a complete 5-in-1 convertible crib can last till your child attains adulthood and beyond.

How to Use a Convertible Crib

In the first months of your baby’s life, a convertible crib is used as a standard infant crib. You must ensure that it meets all the safety requirements such as appropriately spaced slats, no large openings for decorative purposes, a fitting mattress that can be lowered as the child grows and fitting nuts and bolts. As the baby grows, the mattress must be lowered to ensure his safety.

When your baby grows to become a toddler, he will start experimenting and trying to climb the sides of the crib. This is dangerous and can lead to serious falls. This is the stage where parents have to invest in a toddler bed that is bigger, stronger and more secure. If you have a convertible crib, you can avoid this additional expense. All you have to do is follow the instructions provided and convert your infant crib to a toddler bed.

Most convertible cribs are provided with the additional hardware required for this conversion, as well as for conversion to a day bed. However, some models require additional purchase of these parts. Down the road, you can also convert some convertible cribs to full size beds.

Purchase Precautions

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You must be careful when making your purchase. Check to make sure that the price of the convertible crib is worth it. If you pay a high price for the convertible crib and then have to spend more money later buying additional parts for the transition beds, you may end up at a loss. There is also the risk that a few years down the road, when you want to transition to a full size bed, the compatible parts may not be available.

It is best to do your research beforehand to ensure that convertible crib does not cost you more than separate pieces of new furniture. Buy a popular model that will be in demand a few years down the road. You could also buy all the required parts at the same time. This is useful if you want to test out all the versions for strength and sturdiness. If the product does not meet your requirements, you can return it within the warranty period.


Convertible cribs have many advantages. Your baby uses the same furniture from birth, so every transition becomes easier. You can avoid the discomfort and trauma most children feel when they have to adjust to a new bed. The furniture will also remain in keeping with the décor of your child’s room. If needed, you can always repaint the frame when your child is older.