What is a convertible baby crib?


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What is a convertible baby crib?

A convertible crib is a baby crib that grows with your child. Depends on the type of convertible crib, it can convert into one or more bigger beds.

If you decide on a convertible crib, you will get more than just a bed for your baby. When your baby outgrows the crib, you can convert it into a toddler bed, daybed, or even into a full-size adult bed.


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Types of convertible baby cribs

The main types of the convertible baby crib are:

There are also 5-in-1 convertible cribs on the market. Some have even higher numbers in the name. But that is more a marketing trick, as these cribs don’t differ much from the 4-in-1 convertible crib.
For instance, a 5-in-1 convertible crib can be with or without a footboard in the last conversion into a full-size bed. That is the only difference from 4-in-1 models.
Manufacturer states that you can use a 6-in-1 convertible crib as a bench. A bench is actually a daybed that all 4-in-1 convertible cribs already have. You see, not a big difference!


What is a 2 in 1 convertible baby crib?

It is full-size or a mini crib that can convert into one bigger bed.

You can find everything about 2-in-1 convertible cribs in our article: What is a 2-in-1 convertible crib?


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DaVinci Kalani 2-in-1 Mini Convertible baby Crib

What is a convertible baby crib? DaVinici Kalani 2 in 1 mini crib

Kalani is an elegant mini crib, designed for smaller nurseries or for the grandparent’s house. With soft, subtle curves it mirrors its big sister DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 crib’s timeless design.

Main characteristics:

  1. it is a mini crib, with assembled dimensions: 40″ x 28.625″ x 38.125″
  2. four mattress levels allow you to adjust the mattress height to your child’s growth
  3. it is a great alternative to a bassinet, as it provides a safe and sturdy sleeping place for your baby
  4. it is a 2-in-1 convertible crib, which converts into one bigger bed → in Kalani’s case into a twin-size bed
  5. you need a twin-size bed conversion kit for the transformation
  6. unfortunately, a conversion kit is not included in the price

As you can see, this model skips the daybed and toddler bed stage. That is common for a mini crib. Babies outgrow them faster, so those two phases don’t have a lot of value.

Another great feature of DaVinci Kalani 2-in-1 mini crib is its low profile. Since cribs with dropping side are not safe, low profile cribs become very popular among short moms. Leaning over the rail and placing a sleeping baby into the crib is much easier with those cribs!

RELATED READING: Best cribs for short moms



What is a 3 in 1 convertible baby crib?

It is full-size or a mini crib that can convert into two bigger beds.

You can find everything about 3-in-1 convertible cribs in our article: What is a 3-in-1 convertible crib?


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Babyletto Hudson 3-In-1 Convertible Crib


What is a convertible baby crib? Babyletto Hudson 3 in 1 convertible crib

Hudson is the best-selling model from Babyletto. It has an open design, which makes the crib light and airy. Modern European design with sophisticated colors distinguishes the Hudson from other 3-in-1 convertible cribs.

Main characteristics:

  1. stylishly rounded spindles on all four sides
  2. Hudson is a full-size baby crib with stationary sides
  3. it can convert into two bigger beds: a toddler bed and later into a daybed
  4. Hudson’s toddler bed has a safety guardrail
  5. toddler safety guardrail is included in the price
  6. Hudson has a metal spring support and takes any standard size crib mattress
  7. the position of the mattress is adjustable to four different heights

Babyletto Hudson is a popular choice for many parents. Why? Because it is a modern and beautiful crib, and you get everything you need for all the conversions in the package.
Hudson is also a low profile crib, perfect for petite parents. Hudson has a low profile due to short legs, not low rails, so don’t be scared for the safety!

RELATED ARTICLE: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib Review



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Union 3-in-1 Convertible baby Crib

Union 2-in-1 convertible crib review

Union Crib has a simple yet elegant design. With clean lines and minimalist styling, it is a perfect choice for modern nurseries. It is a full-size 3-in-1 convertible crib, so it transforms into two bigger beds.

Main characteristics:

  1. it is a safe and affordable baby crib
  2. it converts into a toddler bed and daybed
  3. you need to purchase a toddler safety guardrail separately
  4. the crib is available in seven different colors, including some rare choices like emerald and lagoon
  5. it has a four-level mattress support
  6. Union 3-in-1 convertible crib has slats all around the crib, so you can see your baby from any angle of the room


You can find the review of this crib here: Best deals for baby cribs



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Dream On Me Aden Mini Convertible baby Crib


What is a convertible baby crib? Dream On Me Aden 3 in 1 convertible crib


We deliberately chose this model, because it is a perfect example of confusion. Some will claim it is a 3-in-1, another it is a 4-in-1 convertible crib. Why? Because of a footboard. The crib can transform into a full-size bed with or without a footboard.

Main characteristics:

  1. Dram On Me Aden is a mini crib with the same features as standard full-size cribs, just in smaller dimensions
  2. a crib with three level mattress support
  3. it can be a lifetime bed for your child
  4. Dream On Me Aden’s conversions are: toddler bed, daybed and twin-size bed with or without a footboard
  5. its toddler bed doesn’t require a safety guardrail
  6. you have to buy a twin-size conversion kit for the last transformation


You can find more about Dream On Me Aden in our article: Best mini cribs for small spaces



What is a 4 in 1 convertible baby crib?

It is full-size or a mini crib that can convert into three bigger beds.

You can find everything about 4-in-1 convertible cribs in our article: What is a 4-in-1 convertible crib?


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DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible baby Crib


What is a convertible baby crib? DaVinci Kalani 4 in 1 convertible crib


Kalani is the most popular model from DaVinci. It is one of the best-selling convertible models since 2014!

Main characteristics:

  1. Kalani is a static, full-size crib that converts into four bigger beds
  2. Kalani’s conversions are: toddler bed, daybed, and full-size adult bed
  3. the crib has a four-level mattress support
  4. metal spring support and slats around the whole crib allow good air circulation
  5. it has a toddler safety guardrail, which is included in the price
  6. as for any convertible crib, you have to buy a conversion kit and a full-size mattress for the last transformation


RELATED ARTICLE: DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib Review



Additional features of convertible baby cribs

Conversion into bigger beds is not the only feature a convertible crib can offer to you!


Convertible cribs with changing table


Best Combo Crib with Changer: Delta Children Abby 4-in-1 convertible crib with changing table
Delta Children Abby 4-in-1 convertible crib with changer


If you want a whole nursery station, you can decide on a combo crib. Those are convertible cribs with an additional changing table. A changing table is attached on the one side of the crib. Usually, is on the right side, but in some models, you can choose the position on your own.

You can find them under several names:

  • combo crib
  • combination crib
  • multi-functional convertible crib
  • multi-purpose convertible crib

Combo crib is a space and money saver. A full-size combo crib will take less space as a separate convertible crib and stand-alone changing table together. The same goes for mini combo cribs.

If you are familiar with combo crib prices, you probably think that the previous statement is not correct. Combo cribs are not cheaper from convertible cribs. Yes, if you focus only on the cost of the convertible crib. But, if you add the price of a stand-alone changing table, the whole package won’t be cheaper as a combo crib anymore.

Changing table won’t be useless after you stop changing the nappies. In the last conversion detached changing table becomes a nightstand beside the full-size bed, which makes it even more appealing for parents with space issues.


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A portable and convertible crib at the same time?

Yes, it is possible, but in rare cases. Those cribs are not traveling cribs, as portability refers to the attached casters. They are meant for moving around the house, and that’s it!
Portable convertible crib won’t go in your car, as it can’t fold down! For vacations pick a good travel crib! A Pack n Play is also a convenient choice for traveling or using as sleeping or playing area at home.


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


I know, this is contrary to my claim that convertible cribs don’t fit through the door frame. Yes the majority of them don’t, but there are some exceptions. And these exceptions are usually portable models. Why would you have a crib on wheels, if you can’t move it around the house?



So, for the conclusion I will answer your question:

What is a convertible baby crib?

once again:

  1. It is a full-size or a mini crib, that can transform into different bed options. → It is a crib that grows with your child!
  2. Convertible cribs are usually made from wood, but there are few available metal convertible models too.
  3. You don’t need to convert the crib if you don’t want. → You can use it only as a crib.
  4. Toddler beds are with or without a safety guardrail. → Safety guardrails are sometimes included in the price.
  5. If the crib converts into a full-size bed, you need to buy the conversion kit and mattress too!


Why would you decide on a convertible, not a regular baby crib?

First of all, there is not a lot of regular cribs on the market anymore. And second, you won’t save any money with that purchase. Convertible cribs offer an opportunity to use them longer as regular baby cribs.


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Baby’s Little Place tip:

If you already know you will convert the crib, we always recommend buying the conversion kit and/or toddler safety guardrail at the same time. There are a few reasons for that. First, you can get a discount. Second, when your child gets to the full-size bed stage, manufacturers might won’t sell your crib model anymore, or it will be out of stock. Spare yourself those troubles.



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