Is a convertible crib the best option for your toddler, or a new bed?

Convertible versus standard cribs

In your search for a crib for your new arrival, you've undoubtedly come across at least a few that are categorized as "convertible." So what does a crib "convert" into exactly? Depending on the brand and model, your child's crib could be transformed into one (or more) of the following types of furniture: 

  • Adult bed (single or double)
  • Bench
  • Daybed
  • Toddler bed

If you come across a convertible crib labeled as a 2-in-1, 3-in-1, etc., this is usually referring to the number of potential configurations that a bed could have. 

Why would I want a convertible crib?

We know you want your bundle of joy to stay cute and small forever, but there will come a time when your little one will outgrow the crib. You'll then have to purchase a toddler bed and later an adult bed as the years go by. With a convertible crib, you don't have to go through the hassle of buying all of these items. The bed is already there and all you need to do is make adjustments as your little one grows. They're also useful for frugal parents who want their dollars to go a long way when it comes to baby furniture. 

Are there any drawbacks?

Convertible cribs are more expensive than the conventional variety – which makes sense because they do have more to offer. However, the long-term cost-benefit sort of goes out the window if you plan on having multiple children. It may make more sense to just buy one crib and get each child an adult bed. 

It also may not be as easy to convert a crib as you think. It's possible that you will need additional tools and parts (and sometimes another mattress) that did not come with the crib. In the end, you could end up spending more than what you would have had you bought a regular crib and then an adult bed. 

Although not a true drawback, toddlers and small children often don't like to be reminded that they were once babies. A baby bed (even if it has been converted) in their "big kid" room may be upsetting to them. 

What about conventional cribs?

Just like with the convertible variety, there are definitely pros and cons. As we said earlier and as you know well, your little one is not going to stay in a crib forever. If you don't plan on having any more children, a conventional crib will no longer serve you any purpose once your toddler grows out of it. You may be able to sell it or give it away, but keep in mind that product safety rules change often. You may discover that a few years after you are done using your crib, it may no longer be up to government standards. 

Conventional cribs may be a better option for moms and dads who have a particular design aesthetic in mind. These cribs often come with more color and style choices, and parents may have an easier time finding a product that fits their particular style. In the same vein, a convertible crib may not fit in with a child's room once they get older and their room has different furnishings. 

Figuring out the type of crib that will work best isn't easy. If you want some honest opinions about the products that are available, don't hesitate to head down to your local Brixy store and have a chat with some of our knowledgeable staff.