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4-in-1 crib, reinvented: How to choose grow-with-baby nursery items

By Cradlewise Staff

The search for the perfect crib for your baby often begins way before your little one makes their debut. After all, the crib is the crowning jewel of any nursery.

You might start by using a mini crib, bassinet, cradle, or co-sleeper for your newborn. Then you’ll have to transition to a crib and eventually a toddler bed. That means you could end up buying several solutions all in a short period of time, and spend lots of effort and money trying to transition your baby to various new sleeping spaces.

To alleviate this issue, companies designed 4-in-1 cribs, which can convert from a crib into a toddler bed, day bed, and twin or full bed. Unfortunately, they aren’t very innovative, so if you’re looking for a sleep solution that comes packed with tools to help your little one get solid sleep for their first 24 months, and helps you avoid multiple transitions—you’ve come to the right place.

A bassinet-crib combo will grow with your baby

Cradlewise comes with four essential components for sound sleep: A bassinet and crib, as well as a built-in baby monitor and sound machine.

Since Cradlewise is a bassinet-crib combo, your baby can use it from the moment they are born, until they are a full-blown toddler at two years old (and then keep it for possible siblings, too!). It can be easily converted from a bassinet to a crib when your baby is around six months old.

This makes the transition easier for your baby since they won’t have to adjust to a new crib once they’ve outgrown their bassinet. And if you know anything about baby sleep, you know how their sleep cycles can get disturbed when their sleeping environment changes.

Until what age can my baby stay in the Cradlewise Smart Crib?
Cradlewise is designed to be used from day one of bringing your baby home until it’s time to transition to a toddler or twin bed—around two years of age, up to 33 pounds, or when they start trying to climb out.

What to look for when choosing a long-term sleep solution 

As new parents, it can get overwhelming to keep track of all the things your baby needs and whether those things are good for your baby or not. Here are the most important considerations to keep in mind when buying a crib:

Age range

Buying furniture that grows with your baby saves you time, money, space, and the hassle of buying another piece of furniture, and above all, it helps your baby seamlessly transition from their sleeping space when moving from a bassinet to crib. Helping your baby adjust to a new environment can really zap your time and energy—wouldn’t you rather use that time to catch up on some quality sleep yourself? 😴

GREENGUARD Gold certification

Babies breathe faster than adults, so it’s especially important to pay attention to the air quality in your home. Your baby’s furniture should be free of any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause indoor air pollution. GREENGUARD Gold Certification ensures that your baby’s crib is clear of 10,000 chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

JPMA certification

 The JPMA Certification Seal signifies a product that meets additional safety requirements. To become certified, each product is sample-tested at an independent laboratory to verify it meets the highest standards for safety. 

Material quality

Make sure that the exterior and the mattress are made from safe, non-toxic materials. (You can do this by checking with the company about product sources.) Don’t forget about sheets, too! Check where these materials are sourced from.

Why Cradlewise?

  • GREENGUARD Gold certification
  • JPMA
  • FCC
  • CP-65

Read more about how Cradlewise keeps babies safe.

The sleep tools you need, from birth through toddlerhood

Not only can Cradlewise be used for the first 24 months, but its treasure trove of features will also ensure that your little one continues to sleep soundly in the same familiar environment after they transition to using the crib mode.

Here are some of Cradlewise’s features that’ll ensure that your entire family gets a good night’s rest:

Auto-soothing bounce mechanism

It’s the only smart crib that soothes the baby before they wake up and cry. And it accomplishes this feat by gently bouncing the baby up and down, just like you would. The built-in monitor senses early wake-up signs and starts automatically bouncing at a low intensity to soothe your baby back to sleep. 

Built-in monitor

You could spend days researching the perfect video monitor for your nursery. With our smart cradle, you won’t have to worry about it. The crib comes with a built-in video monitor that detects the earliest wake-up signs.

Room-temperature monitor

Babies are much more sensitive to temperature than adults. Our convertible smart cradle comes with a room-temperature monitor that allows you to quickly check your little one’s room temperature from anywhere.

Built-in sound machine

Parents often buy white noise machines for their baby’s nursery because white and pink noise help babies fall and stay asleep. Our cradle also takes this chore off your hands as it comes with a built-in sound machine with safe noise levels. You can also pair your crib with the Spotify app if you have a premium subscription.

More versatile, long-lasting nursery furniture ideas

Besides choosing a convertible crib, you can also invest in other pieces that will grow with your baby and provide multiple uses. 

Dresser

Choose a simple dresser that can serve your kiddo for several years. If it’s a low height, you can attach a changing pad or universal changing tray to the top and store diapering supplies in the top drawer. (This is a great option if you’re tight on space and don’t want a changing table.) Eventually you’ll remove the pad and they’ll use the dresser for clothing.

Chair

Choose a cozy recliner for those middle-of-the-night feeding and soothing sessions. When your child is older, you can use it for bedtime stories or move it to another room in your home.

Open cube shelving with bins

There’s a reason you see storage bins in just about every preschool—they’re great for helping kids see what they have, and practice cleaning up. You can use these for toys and clothing in the early years, and later remove the bins and use them as traditional bookshelves.

FAQs

Q: What is a 4-in-1 crib?

A: A 4-in-1 crib refers to a crib that can be converted four different ways as your child grows. It typically starts out as a traditional crib for infants, and can be converted into a toddler bed, a daybed (i.e. a toddler bed without the safety rail), and finally a full-sized bed. This type of crib is designed to be versatile and to grow with your child, so you can continue to use it as your child transitions through different stages of development.

Q: Is Cradlewise a 4-in-1 crib?

A: Cradlewise is different from typical 4-in-1 cribs in that it redefines the ‘4’ in 4-in-1. It comes with 4 essential components for sound sleep: A bassinet for infant sleep, a crib for baby and toddler sleep, a built-in baby monitor, and a sound machine.

Q: What are the stages of a 4-in-1 crib?

A: A 4-in-1 crib typically goes through four stages as your child grows.

  • The first stage is a traditional crib for infants, designed to provide a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep.
  • The second stage is a toddler bed, which is lower to the ground and has guardrails to prevent your child from falling out.
  • The third stage is a daybed, which is similar to a toddler bed but without the safety rail, with a high-sided frame to provide a sense of security for your child.
  • The fourth and final stage is a full-sized bed, to accommodate your child as they grow into a teenager or young adult.

The exact design and features of each stage may vary depending on the specific crib you have.

Q: Does the Cradlewise 4-in-1 crib come with a mattress?

A: The Cradlewise 4-in-1 crib comes with a mattress made of coconut coir and natural latex wrapped in a soft, 100% cotton, quilted cover. The Cradlewise Smart Crib has a unique shape and the mattress is specifically designed to fit securely into the crib for the safety of your baby. You should only use the mattress included with your crib. cells have been found to stay in the mother’s body for as long as decades after the birth of the baby.

Q: Is a 2-year-old too big for a crib?

A: It is generally recommended that children transition out of a crib and into a toddler bed at around 2 to 3 years of age.

By this age, most children are too active for a crib, and they may even be able to climb out of a crib, which can be dangerous. But every child is different, and some may be ready to move out of their crib earlier or later than others.

If you are unsure about whether your 2-year-old is too big for their crib, ask your child’s doctor. They can help you determine if your child is ready to make the transition to a toddler bed.

Q: Is it OK to put a newborn directly in a crib?

A: Putting a newborn directly in a crib is safe as long as the crib meets current safety standards and is properly set up. Always follow specific guidelines and recommendations from your child’s doctor to ensure the safest sleep environment for your newborn.

FAQs

What are the stages of a 4-in-1 crib?

A: A 4-in-1 crib refers to a crib that can be converted four different ways as your child grows. It typically starts out as a traditional crib for infants, and can be converted into a toddler bed, a daybed (i.e. a toddler bed without the safety rail), and finally a full-sized bed. This type of crib is designed to be versatile and to grow with your child, so you can continue to use it as your child transitions through different stages of development.

Is Cradlewise a 4-in-1 crib?

A: Cradlewise is different from typical 4-in-1 cribs in that it redefines the ‘4’ in 4-in-1. It comes with 4 essential components for sound sleep: A bassinet for infant sleep, a crib for baby and toddler sleep, a built-in baby monitor, and a sound machine.

What are the stages of a 4-in-1 crib?

A: A 4-in-1 crib typically goes through four stages as your child grows.

  • The first stage is a traditional crib for infants, designed to provide a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep.
  • The second stage is a toddler bed, which is lower to the ground and has guardrails to prevent your child from falling out.
  • The third stage is a daybed, which is similar to a toddler bed but without the safety rail, with a high-sided frame to provide a sense of security for your child.
  • The fourth and final stage is a full-sized bed, to accommodate your child as they grow into a teenager or young adult.

The exact design and features of each stage may vary depending on the specific crib you have.

Does the Cradlewise 4-in-1 crib come with a mattress?

A: The Cradlewise 4-in-1 crib comes with a mattress made of coconut coir and natural latex wrapped in a soft, 100% cotton, quilted cover. The Cradlewise Smart Crib has a unique shape and the mattress is specifically designed to fit securely into the crib for the safety of your baby. You should only use the mattress included with your crib. cells have been found to stay in the mother’s body for as long as decades after the birth of the baby.

Is a 2-year-old too big for a crib?

A: It is generally recommended that children transition out of a crib and into a toddler bed at around 2 to 3 years of age.

By this age, most children are too active for a crib, and they may even be able to climb out of a crib, which can be dangerous. But every child is different, and some may be ready to move out of their crib earlier or later than others.

If you are unsure about whether your 2-year-old is too big for their crib, ask your child’s doctor. They can help you determine if your child is ready to make the transition to a toddler bed.

Is it OK to put a newborn directly in a crib?

A: Putting a newborn directly in a crib is safe as long as the crib meets current safety standards and is properly set up. Always follow specific guidelines and recommendations from your child’s doctor to ensure the safest sleep environment for your newborn.

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