Safe, Durable Cribs

It goes without saying you want the best for your baby, and that includes a safe, sturdy crib. Consumer Reports' rigorous tests of cribs are designed to help you choose one that's just that.

Two-month-old baby Kaytlin sleeps peacefully in her crib, but more important-safely.

Elizabeth Essig, Kaitlyn's mother says, "I was looking for the safest product. Her safety when she's sleeping in her crib is the most important thing to me."

And that's exactly what Consumer Reports is looking for when it tests cribs.

Kim Kleman of Consumer Reports says, "We looked at 14 cribs from $160-$800. To see how well they hold up, we tested them until we literally destroyed them."

Each crib is inspected and measured to make sure it adheres to federal guidelines. For example-testers use a block to check if the crib slats are close enough together so little arms and legs can't get trapped.

This test simulates a baby's repeated bouncing and jumping to see how well the mattress support system holds up.

Kleman says, "I refer to that test as our temper-tantrum test."

And here testers measure the strength of the crib slats when pulled-you know, all that pushing and pulling from a growing baby.

While all of the cribs met government standards, this test revealed big differences.

Kleman says, "But the good news is you don't need to spend a fortune. We found two cribs that we recommend that cost $200 or less."

One is the Graco Charleston Convertible Crib for $190.

Kleman says, "It converts into a toddler bed, so you'll likely get lots of use out of it."

In addition, Consumer Reports also recommends a crib from Delta that also converts into a toddler bed and costs even less.

It's the Delta Venetian Convertible Sleigh 3-in-1 for $160.

Consumer Reports found both it and the Graco Charleston Convertible are very easy to assemble.

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