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Consumer Reports: Testing cribs for durability, safety

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It goes without saying that you want the best for your baby, and that includes a safe, sturdy crib. Consumer Reports' rigorous tests of cribs are designed to help you choose one that's just that.

Consumer Reports looked at 14 cribs costing between $160 and $800.

Each crib was inspected and measured to make sure it adhered to federal guidelines.

Testers made sure the crib slats are close enough together so little arms and legs can't get trapped, and testers also measured the strength of the crib slats when pulled — you know, all that pushing and pulling from a growing baby. All of the cribs met government standards, but Consumer Reports' tests revealed big differences.

Another test simulated a baby's repeated bouncing and jumping to see how well the mattress support system holds.

You don't need to spend a fortune to get a good, sturdy crib. Consumer Reports found two cribs to recommend that cost less than $200:

  • The Graco Charleston Convertible Crib, $190
  • The Delta Venetian Convertible Sleigh 3-in-1, $160

Both convert into a toddler bed, so you'll probably get a lot of use out of it, which is a plus for any new parent. And Consumer Reports found both are easy to assemble.

Complete ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website.

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