What is 3 in 1 convertible crib?



What is 3 in 1 convertible crib?

A 3 in 1 convertible crib is a baby crib that grows with your child!

After your baby outgrows the crib, you can convert it into two bigger beds. Conversion types depend on the brand and also differ from model to model.

Majority of 3-in-1 convertible cribs are made from wood, but there are some rare metal 3-in-1 models as well!


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Is 3-in-1 baby crib the only type of convertible crib?

No, it is not. You can get a convertible crib with fewer or more available conversions.

Those with fewer conversions are 2-in-1 convertible cribs that convert only into one bed. And those with more transformations are called 4-in-1 convertible cribs. 4-in-1 convertible cribs are the most wanted type, as they convert all the way to the full-size adult bed. A 4-in-1 crib can be even a lifetime bed for your child!

There are even 5-in-1 models on the market. But they don’t differ much from 4-in-1 cribs. The only difference is the last transformation, where a 5-in-1 model can be with or without a footboard.



Main types of convertible cribs are:

  • 2-in-1 convertible cribs: a baby crib + one bed
  • 3-in-1 convertible cribs: a baby crib + two beds
  • 4-in-1 convertible cribs: a baby crib + three beds




What do I get if I decide on a 3-in-1 convertible crib?

First and most important, you get a crib for your baby! Pay the most attention to the safety, look and the construction of the crib. If there is everything OK, probably all is good with the following stages too.

All 3-in-1 convertible cribs convert into two bigger beds. But the type of those beds differs from model to model. The most common conversions are into a toddler bed and a daybed.

But there are few models that skip a toddler bed and converts directly into a daybed and later into a full-size adult bed. That is mostly because of the financial reasons. As parents usually expect a toddler safety guard rail for a toddler bed, that would be an additional cost for the manufacturer.

However, a toddler bed doesn’t necessarily require a safety guardrail, as it can be without it as well. Read carefully if your preferred model has a toddler safety rail, and if you need to buy it separately!


Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 convertible crib
Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 convertible crib with toddler rail


Babyletto makes great 3-in-1 baby cribs that convert into a toddler bed and daybed. Not only they are beautiful, modern and safe, but they have toddler safety guardrail already included in the price.


Our reviews:

*You can find a lot of convertible crib reviews on our page. We interviewed a lot of parents, done comprehensive research and dedicated a lot of our time to find the best convertible models.


Toddler bed

As I already mentioned above, there are toddler beds with or without a safety guardrail.
For those without safety guardrail conversion is done by removing the front rail of the crib and placing the mattress into the lowest position.
Some parents are completely fine with that arrangement, while other want more security for their child. If you are among them, you need to pick up a model with a toddler safety guardrail!
But be careful! It is not the fact you will get it with the crib. You might need to buy it separately!



If you have a model with toddler safety guardrail, the conversion into a daybed requires two steps. First, you have to remove the safety guardrail. And second, you need to raise the mattress into a higher position.

If your toddler bed doesn’t have a safety guardrail, the conversion into a daybed is done just by raising the mattress into a higher position.


Full-size bed

If your 3-in-1 baby crib skips one of the previous phases and converts into a full-size bed, you need to buy a conversion kit. Conversion kit includes a large bed frame and a mattress pad.

While you can use a crib mattress for a toddler bed and daybed, you need a bigger mattress for this stage.

As you see, you have to make a few extra purchases for the final conversion. That applies to all 3-in-1 models with the full-size conversion!


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Things to consider:

  • what are the available conversion for the certain model
  • does a safety guardrail for toddler bed even exists
  • if it does, is it included, or you need to buy it separately
  • if your model converts into a full-size bed: where you can buy a conversion kit and how much it costs



Baby’s Little Place tips

  1. If your toddler bed doesn’t have a safety guardrail included in the price, buy it at the same time as the crib! Why?
  2. When the time for conversion into a toddler bed comes, you will have it at hand.
  3. Sometimes, guardrails are not on the stock when you need them, so that would cause unnecessary problems to you.
  4. Also, you can see a toddler bed design right away, and immediately find out if this is what you had imagined.
  5. If you buy the whole package at once, you might get a discount!


The shape and size of 3-in-1 convertible cribs

Although there are few oval models, the majority of 3-in-1 baby cribs are rectangular.

The most popular and quality among oval 3-in-1 convertible cribs is certainly a Stokke Sleepi Crib. It is a popular choice for many modern families with enough space for an oval crib.

A 3-in-1 model is available in both sizes, a mini or a full-size crib. Mini 3-in-1 convertible cribs often skip a daybed. As your child outgrows it quickly, manufacturers often decide for conversion into a full-size bed instead of a daybed.

There are also 3-in-1 models with an attached changing table. These are so-called combo convertible cribs. If the last conversion is a full-size bed, a changing table becomes a stand-alone nightstand beside the bed.


Best rated portable cribs - DaVicni Jenny Lind 3-in-1 convertible crib
DaVinci Jenny Lind


Portable & convertible cribs? Why not?

I want to mention two models which are slightly different from the majority. DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 convertible crib and Babyletto Maki are for sure unique convertible cribs.

As they have wheels, we classified them among portable cribs. While the majority of portable cribs don’t convert into bigger beds, these two can do that too!


Safety of a 3-in-1 convertible crib

All new cribs must meet the required safety standards! Cribs with drop side are banned since 2011! If you have an older crib with dropping side, think twice if it’s worth the risk.

There are few other safety risks you have to consider before you decide! You can find them in our article about new crib safety standards.

For new cribs, the risk is smaller. All of them must pass numerous tests. As safety is important, manufacturers always state what tests their cribs had performed.

Information, whether the older model was recalled for any safety reasons, are available on CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) site.








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