Why is there a large price range between cribs?
The price of a crib is determined by the type of wood, the wood-work, and production process. Hardwood costs more than soft wood; the more intricate the wood-work, the higher the cost; and the more steps taken in the process all add to the cost of the crib.
When should I order the crib?
It is never too early to order your furniture. Ordering early gets it out of the way, and you will have one less thing to think about.
Does the crib come fully assembled?
No, and you will want to have it assembled inside the room it will be used in. This is because an assembled crib will not fit through a normal room's door. If you are handy, follow the manufacturer's assembly instructions, otherwise hire a professional.
When should I purchase the conversion kit for a convertible crib?
Preferably at the same time you purchase the crib. This will avoid potential future issues such as: finish color changes, manufacturer availability, and other production changes and order timing issues.
What is the difference between a portable crib and a pack n play?
A portable crib is a small version of a regular crib that can be folded for storage. They offer a more comfortable and supportive sleeping environment than a pack n play, which is meant more for traveling, naps at home, visiting friends and relatives, or as a portable play pen. It is not recommended to use a pack n play for long term use in place of a crib.
What are twin and full size guard rails, and do I need them?
To convert a crib into a twin or full size bed, you will need to purchase guard rails separately. These are the side rails that connect the foot and head board, and support the mattress.
How do I know whether my crib converts to a twin or full size bed?
Models vary within each type of crib, so if this is something you are interested in, make sure to ask the question.
What is a toddler guard rail, and do I need one to convert my crib into a toddler bed?
Toddler guard rails, either included with a crib or purchased separately, are wooden half rails that are attached to the front of a convertible crib (when foot board is removed) or side of a standard crib. It provides access for the child to climb in and out of bed while providing a barrier to stop child from rolling out while sleeping. For manufacturer's that do not offer toddler guard rails, you can purchase universal rails that slide under the mattress and can be used in most cases.