A baby crib may be the most important piece of furniture you buy for the nursery. It’s often the most visible thing in the room, and hopefully where your baby will spend the most time. It can also be one of the most expensive items, and probably one where you might not want to skimp.
Why 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs?
The most popular (and bestselling) cribs these days are convertible, meaning they can be changed to a bed for when your baby gets older. The majority of these are 4-in-1 convertible cribs, a single piece of furniture that serves as:
- Standard crib. A standard 4-sided crib, usually with adjustable mattress heights to accommodate your growing little one. The highest mattress settings are for newborns; the lower settings help prevent them from climbing out as they get bigger.
- Toddler bed. The next step is a small bed with rails that still uses the crib mattress, but lets your toddler climb in and out on his own. These open up the room a little bit and most kids just love them.
- Day bed. This is probably the least-used option, but you can remove the toddler bed rails and make it a 3-sided day bed (pillows not included) and keep it in the nursery, giving you a place to sit during the day.
- Full-size headboard. Last but not least, the 4-in-1 crib usually converts to a headboard/footboard for a full size (double) mattress. I wish this were a twin mattress, which seems like the natural progression, but even our 2-year-old daughter was comfortable in a full.
These options not only save money and storage space, but ensure a consistent look for your baby’s furniture as he or she grows.
As with most baby products, there are many choices when it comes to convertible cribs. Here, we compare and review the bestselling 4-in-1 convertible cribs.
Convertible Crib Mattresses
Don’t forget that you’ll also need a mattress for your baby crib! Luckily, all of the convertible cribs here take a “standard” crib mattress, which is about 52 inches long by 27 inches wide. See our article on the best crib mattresses for our recommendations from Kolcraft, Sealy, and Serta.
Other Types of Baby Cribs
If you’re looking for a sturdy but compact crib that doesn’t convert to a bed, check out our mini crib reviews. Looking for something to take on a trip or leave at grandma & grandpa’s house? Have a look out our guide to portable travel cribs.