Safe, Durable Cribs

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

Her mother, Elizabeth Essig 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 with Consumer Reports explains, "We looked at 14 cribs from $160 dollars all the way up to $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 this 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.

Kim 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.

Kim 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 this Graco Charleston Convertible Crib for $190.

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

That's a plus for any new parent.

In addition, Consumer Reports 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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