As early as seven months on our pregnancy, we are already doing window-shopping and browsing over the internet for the best baby crib where we can place our baby to sleep for most of their early years before transitioning to a big bed.
In this article, I have come up a list of pointers and tips to what best baby crib to purchase as there is so many out there offering all good quality and functionality.
Different types of baby cribs
Standard baby crib – From the word itself, you will know already what it should look like. A standard crib comes with four fixed sides and slats. There are many different styles and textures you can pick and choose to match your nursery. It is also the cheapest among others but can be long lasting.
Convertible baby crib- One of the best baby crib types. This type of crib is already all-in-one and designed to grow with your baby. This kind of cribs can be converted into one or more different types of bed. It can be converted into a standard crib. When the baby gets older this can be used as day bed or toddler bed. Amazing combination, isn’t it? This crib is definitely for long-term use but as for cons, you will need to put on some budget into this, since this is not a common crib.
Folding/Portable Baby Crib – A portable baby crib, also known as a folding crib is an improvised standard baby crib on wheels. This can be a best baby crib if you are short on space as it has an ability to move the crib around the room or move it from a room to another with its wheels and it can also be folded, great advantage to keep a watchful eye for your baby. A piece of advice, when purchasing this type of crib, always make sure to meet the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Travel Crib – I will also think about to buy this kind of light weight baby crib as we go to my parents/parents-in-law house every week. It’s the best baby crib that can be easily moved between houses and be quickly set up. It can even be carried onto a plane..
Once you have come up on the ideas of crib you want to buy, you will also need to consider the following:
Crib Size – This matters, since crib occupies some space. You have to make sure it also fits your room or wherever you will place it. You should also choose the one that fits the size of your baby, if you think your baby is quiet big and may outgrow crib right away, select a crib which have much larger frame size so you can use it for a long period time. The standard full-size crib mattress is 27¼ inches by 52 inches, and the crib 30 inches by 54 inches. In both the U.S. and Canada, crib mattress size may range between 27 5/8″ to 28 5/8″ wide and 51 3/4″ to 53″ in length. A non-full-size crib has an interior length dimension that is either greater than 139.7 cm (55 in.) or smaller than 126.3 cm (49 3/4 in.), or, an interior width dimension either greater than 77.7 cm (30 5/8 in.) or smaller than 64.3 cm (25 3/8 in.), or both.
Durability and Quality – Be hands-on in choosing for your baby’s crib, choosing best baby crib for your baby will depend on you and your criteria. Check on the material of the crib and how and what it is made of. If it is made of wood, check how durable it is. If it’s metal/steel, check how strong and properly installed are these on the cribs. If the crib is made of plastic/fabric, check if this are hazard-free and again should meet the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Versatility – Some cribs needs to be assemble, especially those cribs that can be converted to a toddler bed. Make sure that this cribs are easy to assemble and you can also perform few make over for it to look new and appealing again.
Safety First – Most of the best baby cribs offered nowadays are very appealing, with good design and style, moms will surely be confused on what to buy. But always remember that your top priority is the safety of your baby. Ensure that the baby crib meet the standards of CSPC. Avoid fancy decorations or accessories that might be hazardous for your baby or can choke your baby when he/she reach for it. This may look fancy and pleasant but they can trap your baby’s arm or neck when reach or touch.
Here’s the top 3 picks that suits my criteria and style for the best baby crib for my little one.
1. Babyletto Hudson Crib
babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
The best baby crib you can buy for your baby. As above mentioned, this is a convertible 3-in-1 that goes from crib to toddler bed to day bed. This crib is made of sustainable pine wood from New Zealand and strongly built for your baby’s safety. Absolutely worth a penny since this can be used until your baby grows a little older. Not to mention, it already includes conversion kit so you can assemble it anytime you want. Note that this is expensive compared to other crib but you it will definitely save budget in the future. Price ranges $370-$380.
2. Da Vinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Da Vinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
This crib is incredibly stylish that will perfectly fit the design of your baby’s nursery room. This is another convertible bed that provides comfort and safety for your little one since the crib is made of non-toxic and real solid wood material. You can choose from its available colors: Cherry Crib, ebony crib or painted black and white crib. Price is absolutely cheaper compared to other convertible crib as well, for only $190-$199.
3. Graco Pack ‘n Play On The Go Playard with Bassinet
Graco Pack n Play Playard with Bassinet
Top choice for families who love to travel with their babies. This portable crib is composed of folding feet, wheels and can be fold so you can carry it anywhere. It also includes toy bar features to amuse and calm your baby. This best baby crib offered by Graco signature brand is made of bassinet that makes it very convenient to use and also give comfort for your baby. Price ranges $70-$80.
You can’t go wrong with the different brand and type of crib I have recommended. They both have advantages and disadvantages but at the end of the day, what’s important is to see our baby sleep soundlessly and comfortably in their crib.