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Convertible Crib Guide
What's the difference between 2-in-1, 3-in-1, or 4-in-1 cribs?
If you could buy a crib that turns into a toddler bed, wouldn’t you? How about a crib that turns into a toddler bed and then a full size bed? Today’s convertible cribs do just this – they adapt as needed with only a few modifications like extra rails, or in the case of a twin or full size bed, a new mattress.
2-in-1 Crib to Toddler Bed Models
Your most basic choice in convertible cribs is a model that changes from a baby crib or infant bed to a toddler bed or baby daybed. Although you’ll also find models that convert from a crib directly to a twin bed, you may still wish to use a toddler bed for larger active babies that can climb out of a crib, but aren’t yet ready for a twin bed.
3-in-1 Crib, Toddler & Twin Bed Models
Cribs with three possible configurations may skip one of the toddler bed stages or may not convert past a daybed to a final adolescence sized bed. You’ll likely still want to use a toddler safety rail for a period of time, so read product descriptions carefully to ensure you’ve got all the form and function you need from your choice of crib.
4-in-1 Crib, Toddler & Twin Bed Models
Convertible cribs with four stages or configurations change from a baby crib to a toddler bed with a safety rail, a toddler daybed without rail, and finally into a twin bed. 4-in-1 cribs are some of the most popular convertible models, but also require the most additional parts, including the toddler rail and twin rails.
DaVinci’s Kalani & Other Popular Convertible Cribs
One of the most popular baby furniture brands in North America is DaVinci, a line produced by the Million Dollar Baby (MDB) company. Known for traditional style and quality, but with a modern twist on design and materials, DaVinci includes well-known and sought-after collections such as Kalani and Emily. MDB, also manufactures Babyletto and Nurseryworks, making them an impressive presence in the baby furniture industry.