Pros and cons
Choosing a crib for a newborn baby is a very serious and responsible business, because the safety and comfort of the baby depends on it. The traditional rectangular model increasingly began to fade into the background, and to replace it, a round or oval-shaped crib is gaining popularity.
Round cribs have a number of advantages over other shapes. They do not have sharp corners, which means that the child is less likely to get injured. It can be placed in the center of the room, this will allow parents to approach the baby from any side, and he, in turn, will see the room from all sides and expand his horizons. A round bed with its shape will remind the child of a mother's tummy and it will be very cozy and comfortable for him to sleep in it. This form is also a modern and stylish solution for the interior, especially since due to its mobility and compactness it can be placed almost anywhere, built-in wheels will help it quickly and silently move it to the desired place.
The bestseller is the round transforming bed for the newborn. It is able to grow with the child: it expands and its length can always be adjusted in relation to the child's height. This will make the purchase durable and eliminate the need to buy your baby a new bed for at least five years in advance.
Round cribs have only a couple of drawbacks: this is a high price, especially if the bed is equipped with various devices, and the difficulty of acquiring - not every store has a crib of this shape. Also, difficulties will arise with the purchase of bed linen, although they are often sold already along with a set of accessories for sleeping. The negative point of the transforming bed is the inability to adjust the width. A bed bought for many years in advance can get boring for a child, but children are lovers of everything new.
For maximum comfort of the child, it is important to choose the correct size of the crib. For a newborn baby up to six months old, a size 90 x 45 cm is ideal for a restful sleep. An oval transforming bed with a length of 120 cm and a width of 60-65 cm will be comfortable for a child up to about three years old. But the offspring of five to seven years needs the bed to move apart to at least 140 cm.
The most practical and long-term purchase will be the purchase of a bed that can be extended up to 190 centimeters. The width ranges from 70 to 80 cm
At the very first step of the length, the berth has the shape of a regular circle with a diameter of about 70 cm and is suitable for a newborn baby. As the furniture grows, it is recommended to gradually increase the length of the furniture to about 120 cm before the child can sleep without the side boards. The convenient height of the sides and, accordingly, the height of the changing table is about 80 cm. The depth of the bottom, comfortable for the baby's sleep and the convenience of the parents, is from 40 to 70 cm. The length of the sleeping place, which can already be turned into a full-fledged sofa, is about 180 cm.
However, all these sizes only constitute a standard and are very subjective, and therefore each parent can adjust such a convenient thing as a transformer for his child and its parameters.
The safest and most environmentally friendly material for a crib is wood. The surface should be well sanded and varnished without toxins and odor. The most durable types of wood are birch, alder, maple. Beds made from these types of wood will cost significantly more than, for example, pine furniture for children, since pine is more prone to scratches. You can buy a fiberboard crib, but you should not rely on the strength of a plywood or chipboard crib, they are unreliable and emit various harmful substances.
Despite the fact that wood is the most popular material for making children's furniture, pediatricians also advise you to look closely at metal cribs. In addition to the fact that this is a very durable material, it does not emit any harmful substances and is not varnished, so you can not worry about the health of the baby in a metal cradle.
It is possible to combine several types of materials in one bed, often the main material is supplemented with inserts made of plastic, rattan, bamboo, plastic, textiles.
Types and modifications
Round cribs can look different and have a variety of additional features besides a pleasant sleep for your baby.
The simplest model of a round crib is a cradle. It is quite small, like a cocoon, a crib, it can be suspended or standing, removable or one-piece, with or without wheels. The cradles are designed for tiny babies up to 6 months, some models are designed for an infant up to nine months, if he is not very active. There are models in which the cradle can be converted into a highchair and even a small stroller.
A sophisticated model of a round bed is a transforming bed, which, in turn, is presented in several modifications. Most of them have the ability to adjust the length - when sliding, the bed turns from round to oval.
The three-in-one round transforming bed allows you to change the height of the bottom: if you place it as high as possible, you get a changing table, the bottom at the lowest height without wheels turns the bed into a playpen. Putting the bottom at the average height, which is the most comfortable for the parents, you can put your baby to sleep. The three-in-one crib is designed for babies up to one year old, after which it can be permanently turned into a fenced play area. In some models, there is even a built-in special door with a lock, which the child can use after learning to walk independently.
The five-in-one transforming bed has even more functions. This model already allows you to increase the length of the bed. The movable wall allows you to transform the bed into a mini sofa. Removable side sections transform the bed into a table with two seats. Also, the transformer can serve as a changing table and playpen.
In addition to the listed functions, a six-in-one transforming crib has the ability to turn the sleeping area into a play area. To do this, it is necessary to pull out the bottom, and attach the back wall with the help of special rails to the wall. A child will not be able to leave this house without the assistance of adults. Six-in-one beds, as a rule, have a metal body or, very rarely, a base made of combined materials, which increases the strength of the structure.
A very functional model of a children's round bed - a transformer eight in one. It can serve as a changing table at maximum height and as a playpen at maximum lowered bottom. The cot can be used as a cradle and placed close to the parents' bed. Removable sides and an adjustable bottom can convert the bed into a table with two small armchairs. When the child turns one and a half years old, you can turn the transformer into a sofa during the day, and raise the wall back to sleep at night. When the baby reaches the age of four, the side walls can be completely removed, and the transformer will turn into a full-fledged bed for an older child.
At the moment, you can find and buy an eleven-in-one transformer crib model. This bed has a carrycot, which can also be adjusted in length from 60 to 90 cm. The built-in pendulum mechanism allows the baby to automatically swing to make him fall asleep faster. Can be used as a normal wheeled carrycot. All other transformations of the bed also work: into a changing table, playpen and play area, a bed and a sofa for a student, a table with two seats. This is the most practical model of a round transforming bed, which will definitely become a useful purchase for many years to come.
In addition to the above functions, sometimes transformer cribs are filled with additional accessories: for example, built-in drawers turn part of the product into a chest of drawers, and a removable bottom will help to convert the crib into a full-fledged desk.
The ComfortBaby model is the truly comfortable and most suitable crib for a baby's sleep. This convertible bed is sold with a soft orthopedic mattress that can also be changed in length, a canopy and a cozy cradle. Sometimes even a blanket with a small pillow is included. Subsequently, the ComfortBaby bed, like other transformers, will turn into a sofa or a table with two chairs.
The variety of models of round cribs, materials from which they are made, and the functions with which they are equipped, confuses some new parents. When choosing and buying a bed for a child, you need to pay attention to just a few points.
First of all, it is important to decide for how long the furniture for the newborn is purchased. If you want to buy a new crib for your child upon reaching the age of one, it is better to limit yourself to a cradle or a regular round crib. With a sufficient budget, you can get a three-in-one transformer. If parents wish not to change the baby's sleeping place until at least five years old, then convertible beds from five in one will do. They can be extended and turned into a mini sofa or table. A purchase for many years, but also requiring a good cash investment, will be the choice of a transforming bed eight or eleven in one.
When choosing, you need to take into account the dimensions of the room in which the children's sleeping place will be located. Transformers always take up more space than regular cribs without additional functions.
Next, you need to decide on the materials from which children's furniture should be made. Metal frames, as well as cots made of hardwood, will cost more, but they will be safer for the baby's health and will retain their beautiful appearance longer. The most budgetary option is furniture made of chipboard, if, nevertheless, monetary restrictions force you to buy a berth from this material, then you must definitely require the seller to have a certificate of conformity and a hygienic certificate. It is better to study in advance what characteristics a completely safe chipboard product should have. Regardless of the type of material, furniture should not emit any smell and have a smooth surface without chips, chipping and splinters.
We must not forget about small but significant details. When a baby's teeth are teething, he begins to gnaw literally everything in his path, and the sleeping place will not be an exception. Silicone pads on the upper bumpers will not only relieve the bed from damage, but also smooth out accidental bumps and protect your child's teeth. The ideal distance between the slats is about seven centimeters.
In such intervals, the arms and legs of the baby will not get stuck, but at the same time the head will not get through. Removable castors built into the bed will become additional helpers for any parent. They should be rubberized so as not to spoil the floor surface and roll furniture as quietly and smoothly as possible.
If a mattress is included, then it should ideally fit the size of the bed without gaps. A mattress of medium hardness, sterilized from ticks and with a hypoallergenic filler will be useful for a healthy baby's sleep.
All textile elements in the model, as well as bed linen, are recommended to be bought from natural breathable fabrics.
In terms of the quality and functionality of the future crib, it will be easier to make a choice in accordance with the available budget.
Round cribs-transformers for a newborn, first created by German designers, have recently become widespread among buyers in Russia. Parents, of course, in most cases are satisfied with such a purchase. First of all, the products conquer with their great functionality and excellent quality. In addition to the fact that they have become fashionable and are combined with any interior, they are also very comfortable.
Often in the reviews there are words of buyers that it is in a round crib that the child agrees to sleep separately from his parents, because the soft outlines remind him of his natural environment and his mother's tummy. Parents with many children also note the unconditional benefit of transforming beds, because a sleeping place made of durable materials can be easily turned into a sofa and a table with seats, which will be comfortable and practical for children of different ages.
The most important thing is the safety of the baby, and the creators of the round and oval cribs have done everything for this. The adjustable height of the sides will not allow the baby to fall out, the correct distance between the rods will save you from unpleasant injuries. The absence of corners will protect the baby from bumps. Silicone pads will soften the pressure on young teeth. The ability to fix the play area to the wall will prevent your toddler from leaving the safe fence without parental help. Safe materials do not emit substances harmful to health. These and many other factors help new parents make a choice in favor of such furniture.
Of the negative points in the reviews, there is a not very beautiful appearance of the fasteners, for example, some manufacturers do not mask bolts well, but this does not affect the quality and strength of the product. Also, not all parents can afford buying such a functional and fashionable thing as an oval transforming bed, but if you take into account all the advantages of this acquisition, such as the safety of the child, the quality and durability of the purchase, then the transformers are definitely worth their money. In addition, buying things such as a changing table, playpen, sofa, chest of drawers and mini-table separately will cost a lot more money. So do not skimp on the safety and comfort of your baby.