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How to Choose a Crib That Grows With Baby

5 tips to help you pick a sleep spot that works from baby’s first night home through toddlerhood.
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January 3, 2023
mom and dad playing with baby in Babyletto Yuzu 8-in-1 Convertible Crib

If one thing is true of kids, it’s that they change, and fast! That newborn you could swear you just brought home suddenly becomes a bouncing infant, then a toddler, then a preschooler. And all the while, their sleep habits are evolving just as quickly. It may seem impossible, but there is furniture out there that will shapeshift to fit baby’s needs—the hard part is figuring out which piece is right for you. Here are five things to look for when shopping for a convertible crib.

1. Find a bassinet or midi crib that will fit in your bedroom.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your newborn sleep in the same room as you for at least the first six months (and ideally a year). Luckily, there are plenty of advantages to this arrangement: Keeping baby close makes it easier to handle nighttime wake-ups and gives you peace of mind. Baby needs a safe place to sleep (e.g., not in your bed), but with space concerns, a full-size crib can be tricky. Enter the Yuzu 8-in-1 Convertible Crib, which starts out as a bassinet and, as your infant gets bigger, morphs into a midi crib. Conveniently compact and a bit wider than a mini crib, the Yuzu midi is a stylish crib alternative for small spaces, featuring clean lines and simple, sturdy construction.

2. Shop for a convertible crib that will change with your needs.

It’s hard to anticipate what you’ll need five years from now. You might move from an apartment to a spacious home, or from a space with an ample nursery to a tiny alcove. And what if you have another kid (or two!) in the next few years, and want your kids to room-share? To make sure you’re ready for anything, pick a crib that gives you maximum flexibility—various footprints, numerous configurations—so your options are always open. As its name hints, the Yuzu 8-in-1 Convertible Crib boasts eight different crib configurations, starting with a bassinet (for newborns), then moving to a slightly larger midi size crib, a midi toddler bed, a midi daybed, a full crib, a toddler bed, a daybed, and a junior bed. This smartly designed convertible crib comes with all the conversion parts you’ll need and will grow with baby from birth to five years old.

3. Make sure your crib is mobile.

In the first six months, baby’s sleep is less than consistent, which means that naps are bound to happen pretty much anywhere and everywhere. A baby monitor is a must, but some parents also appreciate being able to maneuver baby’s crib. Luckily, the Yuzu crib is equipped for easy rolling around the house, with removable locking caster wheels that are compatible with every Yuzu stage.

4. Keep in mind that your child will need more independence as they grow.

The leap from crib to bed can be a big one, but a convertible toddler bed allows your child to ease into this newfound independence while helping them still feel comfortable in a familiar space. A junior bed takes the transition one step further, resembling a full-on bed with pint-size proportions. But the Yuzu crib gives you even more options, with its four additional bed-like configurations leading up to a junior bed.

5. Look for a crib with low VOC emissions.

Certain paints, glues and finishes can release VOCs (aka volatile organic compounds) into the air, and exposure to them may pose health concerns. But it can be hard to know which cribs might present this problem. One solution is to look for third-party independent certifications that indicate baby’s crib (and mattress) have met rigorous testing standards. Luckily, all Babyletto furniture—including the Yuzu crib—is Greenguard Gold Certified, which means they’ve all been tested for over 10,000 chemical emissions and VOCs.

Our pick: Babyletto Yuzu 8-in-1 Convertible Crib with All-Stages Conversion Kits, $599, Babyletto.com. Available in white, natural and natural walnut.

Life with kids may bring about constant change, and there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to littles. But this convertible crib comes close. Ultrasafe and stylish, it offers maximum flexibility, and is built to stick around as your child—and family—grows.

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