- Looking for something that's ready to go?
If you want to purchase something that you can simply set up and go, then it's best to opt for a crib that has a mattress included. This way, you know that the mattress already perfectly fits the dimensions of the crib.
To make your life even easier, ensure the crib has an adjustable mattress height option so that you won't need to be swapping out the mattress as your child starts to grow.
- Want to be fully prepared?
While some conversion cribs come complete with all the parts you need to convert them through every stage, with others, you will need to buy certain things such as the toddler bed guard rail and the bed extension rails separately.
If you are looking to ensure that you are fully prepared for converting the bed through each stage, and if you have storage space to house these additional items, it's best to either make sure that they are included in the initial purchase or to opt to buy all the parts in one go.
- Like a little versatility?
Some cribs are multi-functional, featuring additional surfaces and storage space for your convenience. These are great to factor in if you are looking for a few more places to store items in your nursery, especially things that you want to have to hand when putting your child to sleep, waking them, or feeding them in the night.
For those who are not blessed with the magical touch of being able to effortlessly put together furniture, many cribs come with the option of already being assembled upon delivery. This saves you the hassle of needing to do it yourself.
However, if you are buying a convertible crib, keep in mind that you will need to make specific adjustments to the structure of the crib when transitioning it from one type of bed to another. The crib should come with specific instructions and, in some cases, even video guides on how to do this.