Whether you’re a first-time parent or you’re having your fourth child, it’s never too late to switch to a convertible crib. This type of crib is the same size as a standard crib, yet it can grow with your little one, transforming into a toddler bed, daybed, full bed, and sometimes even more configurations. All you need to go from one stage of life to the next is a conversion kit with a few simple pieces.
Still, if you’ve never had a convertible crib you might not be sure if the initial investment is worth it. We’ll cover all the benefits in the following article so you can decide if a convertible crib is right for you.
1. Versatility and Longevity
There are a variety of different types of convertible cribs, from 2-in-1s to 4-in-1s. The model you buy will determine how many stages your crib can offer. Regardless, you can expect a convertible crib to last you for years longer than a traditional crib. For example, the Natart Kyoto Convertible Crib supports three different adjustable heights and three different types of beds: toddler bed, daybed, and full-size 54” bed.
That means you also save money buying just one bed instead of three. The Kyoto retails for $1,549. In comparison, you can expect to spend thousands on purchasing multiple beds as your child grows.
It’s also worth noting that a convertible crib provides comfort as you transition your child into new bed configurations. With traditional cribs and beds, there’s an adjustment period where the child gets used to a new and unfamiliar bed. With convertible cribs, each upgrade to the next size bed is seamless as the child already feels comfortable and safe in the bed they’ve known for years.
2. Space-Saving Nursery Solution
Although you might think convertible cribs would need to be bigger to accommodate the multiple configurations, these beds are actually no bigger than a traditional crib. Some are even more efficient. For example, the Tulip Bjorn, Olson, and Tate collections have compact designs perfect for saving space in small nurseries or shared rooms. Convertible beds can also adapt to different room layouts, which is helpful if you move rooms or homes.
3. Safety and Durability
Convertible cribs are built to the same government-regulated standards as traditional cribs. That includes things like strict specifications on the distance between crib slats, buttonless headboards to avoid snagging, and no protrusions on headboards and footboards.
All Natart, Tulip, and Nest collections meet and exceed government standards for safety. Plus, we go above and beyond to get our cribs Greenguard Certified, which means they’re tested and evaluated to meet strict chemical emission limits.
Convertible cribs are also made of durable materials. For example, the Bjorn is made of solid wood and high-resistance finishes, which help to keep the crib in like-new condition even with kids around. It will maintain its appearance throughout the years as it transforms into bigger beds. That means it also maintains its value if you want to resell it later on.
4. Style and Aesthetics
There are convertible cribs to match any nursery theme or style. Whether your nursery will have a rustic, art deco, mid-century modern, or minimalist aesthetic, there’s a convertible crib to suit your vision.
Plus, as your child grows, the crib can adapt to new themes. For instance, the Nest Lello collection has a modern, sleek appearance with high-resistance finishes and solid wood construction which can seamlessly fit into any nursery, child’s room, or teenager’s room.
5. Eco-Friendly Designs
A core principle in living an eco-friendly lifestyle is limiting consumption and using what you have. By purchasing a convertible crib, you can avoid buying two to three additional beds, which means far less strain on our planet’s limited resources.
Natart, Tulip, and Nest utilize eco-friendly materials, like solid wood, and non-toxic finishes to create the most sustainable cribs possible. Plus, since our cribs are built with high-quality materials, they’re made to last through the years, which contributes to a greener lifestyle.
6. Convenience and Functionality
Convertible cribs are highly practical, not just because they can last throughout the childhood years, but also because they’re so easy to assemble and convert. Many people report setting up a convertible crib in under an hour, with some taking just 20 minutes.
Most convertible cribs offer additional features, like adjustable mattress heights, storage add-ons, and more. For example, you might choose to get an optional changing table or matching dressers. With Natart, Tulip, and Nest products, you can also expect easy-to-clean materials, like solid wood or leather upholstery that are easy to wipe down, dust, and disinfect.
If you’re considering getting a convertible crib, you can expect a number of benefits. Whether you’re looking to make an eco-friendly choice or need a space-saving nursery solution, a convertible crib could be a good choice. When you choose one from our brands, you can also expect the highest quality materials, extensive safety measures, long-lasting style, and excellent functionality.