safety, safety, and safety!
When you are looking for a crib for your newborn, safety should be your first concern. There are lots of strict rules and codes that crib manufacturers have to comply to. For example, the gap between crib slats cannot be more than 2 3/8 inches or wider to avoid babies from getting their heads or limbs caught in between the slats, which could result in strangulation or injury. Do NOT use a crib if you notice any slats is missing.
While all the cribs on the market are supposed to comply with the minimum safety requirement set by the federal government, some of them do carry safety certificates, such as the one issued by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Before you make the purchase, check if the crib has such certificates.
Standard vs. Convertible
Determining the flexibility and use of your baby’s crib is also a factor when buying a bed for your expected arrival. Many parents are opting for a convertible option that allows you to convert from a standard crib to a toddler and/or day bed, and into a full-size bed (with additional headboard and/or footboard) as your child grows. This makes convertible crib a money-saving investment in the long run.
Standard crib, however, offers parents more opportunities while it is time to upgrade to a toddler bed or a full-size bed. So ask yourself: will you let your kid stay with the same bed to his or her teen years? If you will probably change the style for his or her bedroom in a few years, a standard crib might be a better choice.
Some definitions parents should know about convertible crib:
A 2-in-1 convertible crib can be converted from a crib to a full size bed
A 3-in-1 convertible crib can be used as (or converted to) a crib, a day bed, and a full size bed
A 4-in-1 convertible crib can be used as (or converted to) a crib, a toddler bed, a daybed, and a full size bed