Convertible Cribs

Written by Sierra Rein
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Before convertible cribs were invented, parents had to deal with large, clunky cribs with little to no functionality. Once their babies grew too old for their cribs, these pieces of furniture had to be either thrown away or donated. However, a convertible crib is designed to grow along with the baby to provide years and years of versatile use.

Convertible cribs start off in the shape of a four-walled baby bed. Once the baby is old enough to sleep without the need for a high railing, a conversion rail can slide down to transform the crib into a day bed. The sides can be adjusted up or down, depending on the toddler's need for safety rails. Once the child is old enough for a more "adult" bed, the mattress can then be removed and placed in a matching toddler bed.

Some convertible cribs are so attractive, both the child and parents are reluctant to get rid of it. Many decide to remove the side railing and use their cribs as bedroom benches or storage boxes. Convertible cribs can be purchased as part of a larger bedroom set, or can be chosen on an individual basis. If the crib becomes defunct, the family can keep the set of dresser drawers or shelves and then purchase a matching toddler bed through the same manufacturer.

Safety Concerns Regarding Convertible Cribs

The most dangerous aspect of convertible cribs is that they are typically designed with many moving parts. If any locking mechanisms become loose, there is a chance of collapse or captured limbs. When installing and utilizing a convertible crib, take special care to make sure all locking mechanism are in place and that there are no loose screws, hinges, and hooks to be found.

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