In today's post, I will share 5 tips to consider when purchasing a crib and then our personal experience with the crib that we use - the trendy Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib.
5 Tips for Purchasing a Crib and Our Personal Experience with the Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib1. Style and Versatility: We take a ton of baby photos, so it's important for us to have beautiful nursery furniture in our photos as our home is part of our memories. In addition, you should decide whether you want a crib that you will use for 1.5 to 3.5 years or if you want a convertible crib that grows with your child. I read that the average baby uses a crib for just two years. If you opt for a convertible crib that converts to a toddler bed, you may gain a couple of extra years out of the furniture. Further, if you purchase a 4-in-1 bed that offers 4 types of conversions, you will be able to make the furniture last until your child moves away from college. Personally, we have the Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib that converts from crib to toddler bed to day bed to full-size bed frame! I'll talk more about this shortly, but the versatility of the furniture that you purchase should be part of your decision process.
2. Assembly: My husband and I are both engineers, so we feel confident assembling furniture and are relatively quick at following building instructions. On the other hand, I won't say that we enjoy spending hours tediously building furniture. I also know many friends that simply give up and hire someone to assemble their furniture because they become frustrated by overly complicated directions. They also lose confidence as to whether they are creating safe furniture when they stumble through pages and pages of instructions. Most cribs have their assembly instructions online if you search the web for them. Avoid cribs that involve overly complicated and lengthy instructions unless you are certain that you will complete the steps perfectly or have a budget to hire a professional. I'll talk about how we went with the Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib shortly. This crib was easy for us to assemble and I liked that there weren't too many pieces. I appreciated that because I am a worrier that has to double-check and triple-check every step! Here is a link to the instructions so that you are able to see how easy it was to assemble. I'll also talk about my personal experience (with photos) shortly.
3. Brand and product reputation: You will want to check whether the crib that you choose to purchase has ever been recalled. Many brands will offer free conversion kits if a crib is recalled, but personally, I searched the web to make sure that the crib that we use did not have an recall notices before using it. Even then, I still periodically check the web for recalls on all of our important purchases. You'll want to check brand websites, but I also use SafeKids.org and the CPSC.gov website.
4. Adjustable mattress height: Pay close attention to make sure that the crib that you purchase allows you to adjust the mattress height and follow the recommendations for your child's respective age/size. Be especially careful as your baby grows because some become quite the climbers and you do not want them to climb and fall out.
5. Skip the bumpers and decorations for your crib: You may have used bumpers for your other children, but the government now recommends against them due to the risk of SIDS. You should also skip decorations that could be hazards. Purchase a stylish and good quality crib that meets federal guidelines. Simple is the style to go for with nurseries!
Our Personal Experience with the Kolcraft Continental Convertible CribLet me start by saying that this crib made me do a happy dance! I instantly fell in love with our Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib. This trendy crib makes me so happy because it is gorgeous. I love that we are able to use it as a crib, toddler bed, day bed, and full-size bed frame. The designers of this bed have a great sense of style and seem to be perfectionists that paid close attention to detail. Seriously, it is made from high quality wood (real wood - not fiberboard or pretend wood-like materials) and has an elegant and classic look that is perfect for our home.
Let's start with a video from Mira Studios that highlights the features of the Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib. This video is great because it shows you the four different ways to convert this bed, including a crib, toddler bed, day bed, and full size headboard.
We started by assembling the crib. The photo below shows the pieces. We followed the instructions that came with the box. We were able to assemble them with an Allen wrench that came in the box. We didn't need fancy tools. It was super easy.
Here is a photo of the trendy crib. I love that it was so easy to assemble this centerpiece crib. The trendy look is perfect, especially since our family takes so many photos in the nursery. Our home and nursery furniture are part of our memories and it's nice to have a gorgeous crib to look back on in photos! You will also notice that we keep things simple. There are no bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or decorations due to safety reasons. The trend in modern day nurseries is to purchase high quality furniture and minimal decorations for a simple and elegant look that is strongly driven by safety concerns.
Here is a photo of the crib converted to a toddler bed. My husband converted it quickly and commented again how it is nice that he didn't need fancy tools.
Here is a photo of the toddler bed converted to a day bed. This gives the room a nice look.
Finally, we look forward to the day that we use the full size bed frame! Again, it was easy for us to convert this to a full size bed frame. We haven't purchased a full size mattress for it, but we couldn't resist trying all four conversions for this bed.
We absolutely love the trendy Kolcraft Continental Convertible Crib. The combination of price, quality, and versatility is fantastic. It's really nice to shop once for bedroom furniture that will work for our child from birth until college thanks to the 4-in-1 design. It's a great deal for trendy moms that want high quality furniture that a child won't outgrow in just a few years.
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