Choosing which to crib will entail several decisions. There is the option to choose a standard crib that will possibly turn into a day bed (this is accomplished by dropping the mattress support to its lowest level and removing one rail to allow junior to freely climb into and out of the bed). A child will remain in a crib for approximately 2-3 years and if it is then transformed into a day bed then it will be a further 2 years of use.
You may notice that you can no longer purchase a crib that allows you to raise and lower one of the side rails. Due to some recent recalls in the U.S., most higher quality companies have opted out of making these cribs due to the high safety concern. Eventually these cribs will not be allowed to be sold in Canada. All cribs sold at Moms to be…and More surpass all safety standards. All the standard and convertible cribs we carry will hold a standard sized crib mattress, as they all have the same internal dimension of 28” (71cm) wide x 52” (133 cm) long.
The other option is to purchase what is known as a convertible crib. This crib, along with specifically-made extension rails, can convert this crib into a twin or double bed. A crib is a piece of furniture you are investing in and the type of wood, amount of wood, type of hardware and the workmanship is what you are paying for. When considering a convertible crib, keep in mind that this piece of furniture will logically stay with that child for some time, and should be made to last. Future siblings will receive their own set. If you are in the mind set that you would pass the crib down you are not only breaking up a set, but you are then investing in a larger bed for the eldest child. Leaving children with their original set is the most economical route to take.
In the last few years a third option has arrived - space saver crib. These cribs are slightly smaller, often with rounded edges to take up less room. Some will extend to increase their life, others will only hold up to 18 months. Keep in mind that eventually they will have to go into a full size bed, so they will need room to grow.
If you are past the baby furniture stage and you are looking for junior items including beds, bunks and desks, we suggest that you look at the College Woodworks line-up as they are deep, extensive and quality driven. The furnishings show room (located on the upper level of the store, accessible via the maternity department) houses many examples of nursery set-ups, but not all. There’s just no room to show you all the options that our different companies offer. There are plenty of catalogues and samples for you to browse though. Speak to one of our many furnishings staff members for more details.
Tip 1: Make sure to have your crib set up as soon as your baby is born. If day-time naps are in the crib, and night-time sleep is in the bassinet (next to you), you will have less of an issue with transitioning them once they have grown out of the bassinet. Otherwise, if you have a Moses bassinet, you can place the entire bassinet in the crib so they get the feel of being in a larger space – while still feeling the same cosy environment.
Tips 2: Lighter furniture shows more marks! The darker the stain, the more it will hide scuffs, scratches and teeth marks!