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5 Drop-Side Crib Alternatives

5 Drop-Side Crib Alternatives

From ultra-sensitive baby monitors to breathable bumpers and bed rails, baby products that ensure a safe sleeping environment are a top priority for moms. It's no surprise then that the Consumer Product Safety Commission's decision to ban the manufacture, sale and re-sale of drop-side cribs in the U.S. has many Circle of Moms members debating the ban and re-evaluating their babies' sleeping arrangements. If you're considering discarding your drop-side, here are five alternative sleeping solutions recommended by Circle of Moms members.

    1. Converted Drop-Side Crib
      Mother of three Ashley B. advises that you don't necessarily need to toss your old drop-side crib to eliminate the safety hazards: "You can also convert your drop-side to a fixed-side. Most manufacturers are offering free kits that convert them into a fixed side crib."
    1. Crib with a Sliding Panel
      Some crib manufacturers, including brands like Babee Tenda and Innovation Crib Designs recommended by Krista E., have already realized the demand for drop-side alternatives and responded with crib models that feature a sliding side panel. As Katherine E., a mother of two, shares, "My friend had a crib with a sliding panel-like thing to get the baby out. It was really cool."
    1. Fixed-Rail Crib

      "I purchased a fixed-rail crib and was very happy with the purchase," says Anna K., a mother of two and one of many Circle of Mom members who recommend fixed-rail cribs. Christi T., a mom in Mesquite, TX, also raves about her fixed-rail Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib Set: "I looooooove my crib! It changes into a toddler bed and becomes a full-sized bed."

      While many moms feel drop-side cribs are helpful for shorter moms or those with back problems, Scottsdale mom Monica B. found that her fixed-rail sleigh crib was low enough to the ground to eliminate the height issue: "My son is 15 months old and I am 5'3 and we have a fixed-side crib. We have had no problems whatsoever and his mattress has been on the lowest setting since he was 4 months old."

    2. Step Stool
      At a height of 4'11, Morgan B. found it difficult to comfortably reach her young daughter in the crib. Her simple solution was to use a step stool: "I have a solid hardwood crib, I use a step stool and have no problems reaching my daughter that way." Although some moms argue that bending over while on a stool wasn't perfectly safe either, others agree that it was a safer option than using a potentially dangerous drop-side crib.
  1. Co-Sleeping
    Another option some moms recommend is to give up the crib entirely. Co-sleeping with an infant is itself a frequently discussed and debated issue on Circle of Moms. If you do decide to co-sleep, check out moms' recommended products for safe co-sleeping including bed-side bassinets, bed rails, bed sleeping pads, and floor mattresses.

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