Baby Cribs

Find your baby's dream bed

Choosing the right type of crib is an important decision; the first of many you will be making in an effort to keep your child safe and comfortable. Baby cribs come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and can vary between less than $100 to as much as $15,000. Which type of crib is right for your baby? Take a look at the different varieties available and choose the one that best fits the needs of you and your child.

Standard Cribs

Standard baby cribs probably bring to mind the classic crib that many of us slept in as children. Although the design and styles may have changed over the years, standard cribs provide a natural choice for parents who want a crib that looks familiar to them.

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Most of these types of cribs come equipped with drop sides, which allows the parent to lift the baby in and out easily. Some cribs are available with double drop sides, which can be useful if the crib is not set against a wall. Cribs with fixed sides, commonly found on the more modern-looking designs or sleigh cribs, would be a fine choice for tall parents, or if the crib will only be used occasionally.

Convertible Cribs

Convertible baby cribs can be an alluring option for many parents, as they convert from a baby crib to a toddler bed, saving the parents the necessity of having to purchase a bed for their older child later on. Some convertible cribs can also be transformed into full-size beds, but will most likely require additional hardware. A convertible baby crib might be the answer for parents only planning on having one child, but the expense might not make it ideal for families on a budget.

Portable Cribs

Portable cribs are a convenient option for families on the move, which gives parents the freedom of traveling with their child anywhere. Whether on vacation or visiting in-laws, your child can have the comfort and familiarity of home in their portable crib. These traveling cribs fold easily, and generally include a carrying case. If you decide to use a portable crib for your baby, just be sure to regularly inspect the screws and other hardware which can become loose during transition, and be certain that all of the latches are correctly in place and locked to prevent the crib from accidentally collapsing.

Modern Crib Options

Two popular options for parents looking for a more unique look for their baby's nursery are the canopy crib and the round crib. Canopy cribs are built with four corner posts that hold a canopy frame and fabric, providing a secure, partially enclosed environment. Parents can have free reign choosing the type of fabric that is used for the canopy top, and many of these designs can lend a very elegant look to the crib as well as complement baby bedding. As safety is always a concern, parents must be diligent in making sure the canopy material is kept out of the reach of the baby, who could pull it down over himself and become entangled.

Round cribs are becoming increasingly popular, not only because of the distinctive design, but because of the amount of space they save. Some of the other benefits include easier child access, increased child visibility, and no corners for the child to potentially hurt themselves on. If you're looking for something different, or need a certain size to fit comfortably in your child's room, a round crib might be the answer for you.

Whichever type of crib you end up buying for your baby, make sure that it meets all of the required safety standards. Most of the current cribs in the above styles meet these requirements, so just be on the lookout for older models or used cribs, especially ones made before 1978, which may contain lead in the finish. Other safety tips are available from the National Safety Council, so keep this in mind as you're making the decision on choosing the right type of crib for your baby.

By Alaina M. Coyle