One of the most basic needs of a human is the need for someplace to rest, especially for infants, they need proper rest every day in order to develop properly. A must have piece of furniture in every child raising household is a baby crib, this article will give you a detailed look at the best cribs 2017 has lined up for parents of all kinds. A crib is the safest place for your baby to sleep, it can be adjusted to suit your baby’s comfort and can be adorned with all sorts of toys and sheets to make the baby feel more at home inside of it.
A crib is a lot like a bed, a bed designed to not only provide a baby with a safe place to rest but also to act as an enclosure of sorts where parents can leave their babies to play while they go about their daily business around home. You can find a huge variety of cribs in the market, manufacturers of all sorts produce cribs in all shapes and sizes so that they can meet the needs of every parenting couple and make sure that very baby gets a proper place to get rest and stay safe from all various hazards that can be found in every household. You can find large baby cribs with changing table attached to it, providing you with a place to comfortably change your baby’s clothing and then put it back inside the crib where it’ll stay happy with its toys while you take care of business.
Of all the expenses of having a baby, buying a crib is one of the biggest ones that you have to face, cribs don’t come cheap and you can’t just choose not to buy one, one alternative could be a bassinet but that won’t provide your baby with the level of safety that a crib can provide. However, once you’ve bought a crib, it’ll keep on coming in handy for quite a few years, most cribs an accommodate children as old as 4 to 5 years, they really help out parents when their children reach their toddling ages and want to explore everything around them. You could choose to buy baby convertible cribs, these cribs are designed to be converted into beds for your babies when the time comes for them to shift to proper beds. All kinds of baby cribs and furniture tends to be expensive so you should make sure to purchase something that suits your lifestyle and your household, if you’re lucky you might even find ways to cut back on costs but remember to never compromise on your child’s comfort and safety just to save a few dollars.
Choosing the right crib can be a challenge, especially for first time parents who are still learning the rope of how to raise their tiny human, the three most important things to be kept in mind when shopping for a crib are; how much safety does it provide, does it have options for future expansions and adjustments and whether or not can it be integrated into your household. We’ve taken our time to carefully select the safest cribs available right now, including some of the best convertible cribs that grant you plenty of customizability that allows you to configure your crib to match your baby’s requirements and your lifestyle.
The 6 Best Cribs 2017 Has to Offer
- IKEA Sniglar Crib
- DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Crib
- IKEA Gulliver Crib
- Stokke Sleepi Crib
IKEA Sniglar Crib
IKEA is a Swedish furniture giant that is well known all throughout the world for providing people with quality furniture at affordable rates, their furniture is designed for people who like to keep things simple but without having to compromise on aesthetics. A first look at the IKEA Sniglar Crib will back up the previous statement, this crib has a very simplistic look to it, its entire body is made of unpainted, sanded beech wood that has a very raw look to it, but not in a bad way. This crib does have an air of elegance to it and its design is up to date as well, making it a great option for parents who have a minimalistic and refined interior theme.
This article has mentioned many times that crib are crazily expensive, definitely making a few people anxious. However, our first entry contradicts what we’ve said in terms of prices. IKEA’s Sniglar Crib is available at a very comfortable price, making it one of the most inexpensive choices on our list, but certainly not the least desirable one. In fact, this crib is a great option for entry level parents who are still learning about parenting, it provides your baby with a decent amount of protection with its four panels that take care not to obstruct your baby’s vision when lying down, the crib can hold a mattress of size 27 1/2×52″, and can also be made more safe with additional accessories such as bumpers and mattress padding which can be bought separately from IKEA.
A simple option that provides you with all the basics that you would expect from a decent crib, the Sniglar also gives you the option to convert your crib into a medium sized bed in the future. IKEA provides you with a conversion kit that you can use when your baby grows out of its crib age and needs a proper bed. Meaning that at this price not only do you get a pretty good crib, but you also get a medium sized bed for your child that won’t stand out or go against your home’s interior design thanks to its modest design.
The only downside to this crib is that it isn’t the sturdiest model in the market, so make sure not to overload it or mishandle it way too much, the crib also wastes a lot of space underneath it that could have been better utilized for storage, but a few cons are to be expected at this price range.
DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Another entry on our list that will appeal to parents that want a simple yet practical baby crib, the DaVinci Jenny Lin 3-in-1 Convertible Crib is an elegant and refined piece of furniture that is made to provide your baby with amazing comfort, plenty of moving room to play with its toys and roll around and well sized bars that make ensure your child’s safety without making them feel too confined. It’s highly detailed spindle posts are from where most of the crib’s elegance comes from, these signature posts make the crib a great addition for any nursery.
The Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib shares a lot with our previous entry, it provides you with a minimalistic yet refined design and the option to convert your crib into a bed when the time comes, what it doesn’t share with the Sniglar Crib is its price tag. This crib is twice as expensive as our previous choice, but DaVinci does justice to its crib by providing you with premium build quality, a timeless elegance and plenty of features that you would expect from a high end crib.
The DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible has interior dimensions of 52 x 27.75″, making it a big crib that has a slat strength if 135 pounds, but just to be safe, DaVinci advise to stop using the crib when your child starts climbing or reaches 35” in height. You get a variety of options that let you configure the crib in order to best suit your child’s needs, the crib can be converted into a day bed or a toddler bed with the use of conversion kits. You can also adjust the mattress height at four levels in order to make reaching your child easier for you. Once assembled, the entire crib weighs around 39 pounds thanks to the lightweight New Zealand pine wood used to make it, four lockable wheels on the bottom allow you to move the crib whenever you want.
All of DaVinci’s products are Green Guard certified, making them an environmentally friendly purchase option, the company even uses toxin free paints to ensure that your child has no trouble breathing. The DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib’s classic rich finishes are available in multiple colors and make them the perfect addition to your nursery when combined with all the premium uses you get out of this product.
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Babyletto tries to appeal to parents who want something classical but with a touch of modern design, the company succeeds at providing just that to parents with the BabyLetto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible Crib. This crib has a very solid look to it, made with high grade New Zealand pine wood, it gives off a very open yet safe and secure feel. At first glance, you would think that it looks a little too plain, but after a better look to it, the Hudson’s timeless charm soon becomes apparent, its simple spindles give it a minimalistic feel, contrasting with its heavier frame that give the crib a very edgy look.
You’ll find a lot of features similar to what the DaVinci crib offers, granted that the Hudson isn’t as decorative as the DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible, but the price difference is really high. Both these cribs offer more or less the same features and even similar build quality, so in the end, it comes down to which design appeals to you more. The Babyletto Hudson lets you adjust its mattress height in four different positions and you also have the option to convert the crib into either a day bed or a toddler bed, making your nursery pretty versatile. One small problem with the Hudson is that it has no wheels to aid in movement, making cleaning under the crib a challenge, but its leg design makes reaching under the crib easier, you can even store items such as extra diaper bags underneath.
In terms of safety and comfort for the crib’s occupant, the manufacturers have paid a great deal of attention, this crib has four walls that provide plenty of protection and don’t hinder yours and your child’s line of sight. You can further augment the crib’s safety by adding bumpers and mattress paddings. All the components used to construct this crib are hidden, preventing them from turning into potential safety hazards for your child and also increasing the crib’s visual appeal. Various color combinations of toxin free paint ensure that you don’t have to worry about your child inhaling anything bad.
Overall, a great choice for anyone who wants a superb crib for their child that offers future proofing and leaves room for customization, the only problem with this crib is its price, this thing has a quite expensive price tag, making it an extravagant piece of baby furniture that most people won’t be keen on buying.
Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Crib
Pottery Barn is well known for providing people with all kinds of accessories to adorn and beautify their homes with, their Kids Kendal Crib does the same. Not only does this crib provide you with exceptional build quality and a variety of features that make it configurable, it also has a very adorable look to it that can make any nursery look heartwarming and give you a picture perfect place to keep your child in. One look at the Pottery Barn Kids Kendal Crib tells you that this is a rather high end piece of furniture, it also has a high end price tag, making it even more expensive than our previous entry.
Looks play a major role for this crib, it has a simple and refined look that you expect from most modern cribs nowadays but has an added look of luxury and posh-ness thanks to the quilting laid inside of it, a cloth drape hangs along the crib’s bottom and hides whatever is beneath the crib, giving it a warm and neat look that can work wonders in your nursery. The crib is available in white, gray and chocolate finishes, all of which are made using toxin free paint on highly durable poplar wood. The crib makes use of construction techniques that minimize the use of screws and other hardware components that not only compromise the item’s aesthetics, but can also prove to be a potential health hazard for your child.
The Kids Kendal Crib is medium sized but weighs around 77 pounds, which is pretty heavy considering the fact that the crib has no wheels that can allows easy movement. A metal board is used to provide the mattress with a base to rest on, while this does offer more strength to the crib, the metal surface could prove to be uncomfortable if you compromise even slightly on the mattress, its best to buy a spring mattress along with extra mattress padding in order to provide your child with the maximum amount of comfort possible. You can adjust the mattress in 3 different positions in order to accommodate your child’s growth and the fixed side rails can be taken off to convert the crib into a day bed. All conversion pars are sold separately.
The Pottery Barn Kids Kendal Crib aims to be posh and durable, it certainly succeeds at providing you a good bit of both, if you plan on having a big family that’ll need a crib for quite a while then you should definitely consider buying this crib.
IKEA Gulliver Crib
Another budget crib by IKEA that offers plenty of promise, the Gulliver Crib costs quite low, providing you with good aesthetics, decent build quality and a few options to configure the crib to suit your needs. Unlike some of the previous entries, this crib aims to be lightweight and portable, weighing only 40 pounds, it’s great for parents who have confined living spaces or who don’t want to go too overboard with their spending.
This crib is a few dollars more expensive than the Sniglar for various reasons, first of all it has a more complete look to it, the Sniglar is supposed to have a raw and natural look to it that has its own appeal but may not suit everyone’s taste. The Gulliver Crib is a simple cot with four sided rails that provide a good amount of protection to your child without shutting them off completely from the rest of the world. The well placed spindles allow your child to look around the room comfortably and also let you keep an eye on what your child is doing inside of the crib. Another plus that it has is the fact that you can adjust the height of the mattress at two different levels according to what height suits you and your baby the best. You also have the option to purchase a separately sold conversion kit and remove the railing from one side to convert the crib into a day care bed.
The Gulliver Crib has a pretty solid construction quality, made using solid beech wood, since it’s an IKEA product, it goes without saying that you must carefully tighten every nut and bolt so that nothing can come loose and turn into a potential threat to your child’s well-being. This product suffers from the same flaw that the Sniglar has, due to its extremely light weight the crib is unstable and can topple over, IKEA advise you to permanently fix the crib onto a wall from one side to prevent such accidents from taking place. It also shares the problem of not making proper use of storage space under the crib.
The Gulliver Crib is a great option for parents on a budget, it has a few downsides to it but luckily it’s nothing that can’t be fixed, plus you also get a multipurpose set of furniture that can service your child for quite some time.
Stokke Sleepi Crib
The Stokke Sleepi Crib is the most unique looking crib in our entire list, an oval shaped cot surrounded by a neat looking wooden railing, this crib provides you with a great look for your nursery and tons of options to customize it to suit your child. This crib also guarantees the longest lifespan, a whopping 10 years of reliable service to your child, thanks to its highly adaptable design. The Stokke Sleepi Crib is also the most expensive entry on our list, costing you a lot, but the product does a lot to justify its price tag.
Stokke took the word “convertible” and used it as the core theme of this crib’s design, the company states that this crib grows along with your child, transforming to meet your child’s needs as time goes by. For the first 6 months of infancy, you can use the Stokke Sleepi Crib as a bassinet, adjusting its mattress height and removing part of the railings to turn it into a safe and compact place for your baby to sleep in. Once your baby grows up and needs more moving space, you can expand the bassinet and turn it into a proper crib that keeps your child safely behind bars that aren’t too confining but get the job done, you can also leave one side rail free to allow your child to go in and out of the crib as they want. When the time comes where your child no longer needs a crib, the Stokke Sleepi doesn’t give you the option to convert it into a bed, instead, it gives you the option to transform into small sofa or a pair of chairs that can be placed in your child’s playroom.
This crib definitely does justice to the term “convertible”, its ability to multi task helps you save on money in the long run by eliminating the need to buy certain items for your child, but there is one down side to the flexible design. Every conversion requires its own conversion kit, all of which are sold separately, meaning that this crib might just end up costing you very much in the long run. At a price range this high, the one thing that you don’t have to worry about is build quality and safety levels, you can rest assured that by burning a sizeable hole in your pocket, you have gotten the best crib there is for your child.