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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