Kinds of Baby Cribs: Which One Is Best?

By: Alessandra P on Nov 5, 2011.

a baby laying down in a child courtSo, the baby is on the way and the parents are aware that they need a crib for the baby to sleep in. Upon shopping for cribs, parents may find that they struggle to decide what type of crib to buy for their little one. There certainly are a few different types of cribs to choose from. This list should serve as a preliminary buying guide to help parents decide which kind of baby crib will be suitable for their needs.

1. Standard Baby cribs.

They come with either a single drop side rail or a double drop side rail. The drop side rail is nice because it provides ease for the parent to get the baby in and out of the crib. Some parents may want to be careful with this style of crib because the drop side can be a safety hazard for the baby. The standard crib is going to serve the exact purpose for what a parent needs for the baby: a place to sleep. There really are no extra “bells and whistles” included with this type of crib.

Standard crib

2. Convertible cribs are convenient for parents thinking more long term.

The child will eventually be out of the crib an into a toddler bed so there are cribs that cater to this need. The crib will eventually convert into a toddler bed when the child is ready. This type of crib can be a bit more costly but a great investment for the long haul.

Convertible crib

3. Portable cribs with wheels.

These types of cribs are much easier to transport if the need arises.

Portable crib with wheels.

4. Round cribs are becoming increasingly popular.

These certainly serve the same purpose as a standard crib but have a round shape to appear more modern, contemporary, or decorative.

Round crib

5. Baby cribs available with a canopy option.

Some parents may want to go the extra mile to make the baby’s room look more elegant so there are cribs available with a canopy option. The crib will have posts that are used to hang a piece of fabric called a canopy. This serves no actual function besides adding aesthetic value to the room.

Baby crib with a canopy option

This list is very inclusive of the kinds of cribs offered for parents doing some shopping around for cribs. Hopefully, it will help you understand what type of crib best meets your new baby’s needs.

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