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Best Baby Cribs for the Sweetest, Safest Sleep

by Bethany Braun-Silva


Best Baby Cribs for the Sweetest, Safest Sleep
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A crib, hands down, is the most important item in a baby’s room. It’s the place where your baby will sleep (hopefully!) and also the focal point of the room. With so many models and safety guidelines to consider, it’s easy to get bogged down by information. If safety is your main concern, you are best off buying a brand new crib. These cribs will automatically be up to date with all the latest safety features and requirements. We know hand-me-downs are tempting, because, let’s face it, you’ll save a ton of money, but they are not always the best options. If you do end up with a used crib, it’s important that you check the serial number for any recalls, that the crib was made after 2011 and that it does not have drop-down sides. These are a big no-no, as they have caused a countless number of injuries to babies and toddlers.

 

 

Best Baby Crib Overall: Pottery Barn Kendall Crib

 

Best Mini Crib:Da Vinci Emily 2-In-1 Mini Crib And Twin Bed

 

Best Affordable Crib: Ikea Sniglar Crib

 

Best Travel Crib: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

 

Best Crib With Storage: Graco Solano 4-In-1 Convertible Crib

 

Best Stylish Crib: Ubabub Pod 2-In-1 Convertible Crib

 

Best Convertible Crib: Babyletto Hudson 3-In-1 Convertible Crib

 

Best Crib With Changing Table: Dream On Me, Anna 4-In-1 Full Size Crib And Changing Table Combo

 

Best Splurge Crib: Nursery Works Vetro Mini Crib

 

 

What Are the Different Types of Cribs?

 

If you do decide on a new crib, there are different types you can choose from. From mini cribs to convertible cribs, let’s break down all the crib options currently on the market:

 

        • Bassinet vs. Crib

A bassinet will serve you in those first few months of bringing home baby. They are small and provide a safe, cozy feel for baby to sleep soundly. They are also smaller in size, which means they can fit next to your bed or in your bedroom with you. While a bassinet is a great choice in the beginning, your baby will eventually outgrow it due to its small size and weight limits. Even if you choose a bassinet, you will need to transition your baby to a crib once they are able to sit up on their own.

 

        • Standard Crib

These cribs do just what they are supposed to and nothing more: provide a place or your baby to sleep safely. Like their name, they have a standard size that will fit a standard crib mattress. You can buy a crib skirt and crib sheet, but just remember no blankets or bumpers.

 

        • Mini Crib

These cribs are smaller than a standard-size crib, which means you will need a different-size mattress and sheets. They measure around 20” shorter than a standard crib, which is great if you don’t have a lot of space but not so great if you plan on keeping the crib for a while. Your child will outgrow this crib much more quickly than a standard crib.

 

        • Travel Crib

These are great for going on trips or keeping as a backup at Grandma’s house. They fold up easily and are usually made of some material like mesh or foam.

 

        • Portable Crib

These cribs look like standard cribs, with one main difference: They fold for easy storage. They are made of wood with hard rails, but usually have lockable wheels that make transporting the crib much easier.

 

        • Multipurpose Crib

If you’re looking to deck out your baby’s room with a changing table and a dresser but don’t have a ton of space, a multipurpose crib will do all those jobs and more. Even if you have space, having your changing table, diapers and a change of clothes easily accessible is such a convenience, especially during those diaper blowouts.

 

        • Convertible Crib

These cribs grow with your child and can be converted from a crib to a toddler bed, twin or even a full-size bed. They are a great option for parents who want to make one purchase and get the most for their money.

 

How to Choose a Crib

 

Because this is such an important purchase, it’s good to go over in advance the things that are important to you. Here’s what to consider when buying a baby crib:

 

        • Safety

Of course you will want to keep your baby to be safe in his or her crib and, as we mentioned before, the safest cribs are the newest ones. You want a crib that’s strong and that won’t fall apart after a few years of use. Cribs need to last and hold up through all the biting, jumping and rough play your child will put it through. You can also look for the JPMA seal of approval. This is an independent company that tests the safety of cribs and other baby gear.

 

        • Cost

Becoming a parent means that things just got a whole lot more expensive, and some cribs out there can cost thousands — yes thousands! — of dollars, depending on the materials and style. But don’t worry, most cribs will only cost a few hundred, and places like Ikea offer great, less expensive alternatives.

 

        • Style

For some, decorating a nursery is a fun project that takes months of planning and prepping. Picking a theme, a color palette and all the right furniture can be a rewarding experience. Nowadays, cribs come in a variety of styles, colors and models. You can choose a vintage, glam, neutral or even acrylic crib — whatever matches your style aesthetic best.

 

        • Assembly and Convenience

When we say cribs are a big purchase, we don’t just mean important, these things are huge. You need to consider whether you will have it shipped or will pick it up, have it assembled or attempt to put it together yourself. If you plan on putting the crib together yourself, read the reviews and see what other parents thought of the assembly process — trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

 

        • Will it transition with your child?

As we mentioned above, many cribs will grow with your child, even lasting through their teenage years. If this is something that you want, then purchase all the right equipment right away. That includes conversion kits and toddler rails. Many of these products get discontinued after a few years.

 

Image Credits: Pottery Barn Kids

Best Baby Crib Overall

Pottery Barn Kendall Crib

Price:$600.00

No matter what your decor style, the Pottery Barn Kendall Crib will be a good fit. It seamlessly fits into any nursery and comes in four different colors. The mattress can be dropped to three different positions, and it also comes with a teething-guard rail, ensuring that this crib will last through baby's first year. It’s made with sturdy poplar wood and will convert to a toddler bed (conversion kit is sold separately). Pottery Barn also sells a coordinating dresser for a streamlined look to your baby’s nursery.

Specifications:
Crib is 57” x 32” x 44”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Nearly four years ago, I purchased the Kendall crib for my first grandchild. It is now being used by granddaughter #2 who is one. The crib is just as beautiful as the day we bought it. It is classic in design and well made. Love, love, love this crib!”

“Beautiful clean and classic style. Sturdy and well built. Does not scratch easily. Love the plastic covered teething rails. Low profile crib choice is perfect for petite parents. Totally great crib.”

“Bought this for our first, who is now 2. We didn't wind up using it at first when he was first born, since he seemed so little and the crib seemed so big - we used a bassinet instead for the first month or so. But after that, it was golden - incredibly sturdy, and the chew bar was nice. We bought the toddler bed conversion and just started using it - very easy adjustment.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Mini Crib

DaVinci Emily 2-in-1 Mini Crib and Twin Bed

Price:$160.00

Despite being a mini crib, the DaVinci Emily will convert to a twin-size bed! It is also a lower height, which is great for shorter parents — no need to worry about falling over the rail when putting baby to sleep. It’s made from 100% sustainable New Zealand pine wood and includes a 1” waterproof mattress pad and removable wheels. It comes in six different finishes and will fit in any size space.

Specifications:
Crib is 39.5” x 28” x 37.9”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I absolutely adore this crib. We are a military family and my two children and I have moved into our in-laws house while my husband is deployed. Because my daughter and I are both sharing a bedroom we decided to get a mini crib to save some space. After using this crib I honestly wish that I would've used many cribs for both of my children since they were born.”

“Love this crib. I was so worried it wouldn't work or that my son would grow out of it but, at 16 months, he still fits perfectly and sleeps in it every night. He is in the 70th percentile for height-around 32" and about 26 lbs. It's pretty much the same exact size as a standard pack n play so if you're wondering how your little will fit, use that as a guide.”

“We live in NYC in a 1-bedroom apartment, and although our bedroom is spacious by most standards in this city, every inch counts! We wanted a crib that was reviewed to be safe, compact, sturdy, versatile (converts to toddler bed), and aesthetically pleasing. This mini-crib delivers on all counts.”

Image Credits: Ikea

Best Affordable Crib

Ikea Sniglar Crib

Price:$80.00

If you’re more of a minimalist who can’t justify spending a ton on your baby’s crib, the Ikea Sniglar crib is a perfect choice. It’s made from beech wood, which explains its low price, but it’s also very durable and solid. The crib mattress can be placed at two different heights, but keep in mind that you have to purchase the mattress from Ikea as well, as this crib has different dimensions than a standard one. Luckly, Ikea now offers delivery and assembly, so there’s no need to look for that extra Allen wrench you saved from years of putting together Swedish modular furniture.

Specifications:
Crib is 53 7/8” x 28 1/8” x 33 1/8”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We have had this crib for 3 years now, since our first child, we have also added a second and it’s so sturdy, beyond worth the money and even if a sharpie made it on there..I know that me not spending a fortune on such a well made item, made the sharpie marks hurt less. If I do buy another crib, it will be the same thing.”

“My son has been sleeping in this crib for 4 months now. I love the simple design, ease of assembly, and quality. If you want something basic that gets the job done then this is the crib for you.”

“With our first child still sleeping in a crib, we needed a second crib for our newborn and didn’t want to “splurge” for something super fancy. Now I wish we had gotten this one the first time. Clean lines. Ridiculously easy assembly.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Travel Crib

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

Price:$300.00

If you’re traveling with your little one, you are likely stressed about where they will sleep. However, the BabyBjorn’s Travel Crib Light is a perfect crib alternative when you are away from home. It has vented, mesh sides so you can see your baby at all times. The fold and unfold is also very easy to do. Just pop it open and closed with one motion — the legs unfold automatically so you’re all set. It also weighs just 13 lbs., so it’s light enough to take with you on a plane or to and from a relative’s house in its convenient travel bag. The mattress is comfortable and machine washable. What more could you ask for?

Specifications:
Crib is 32” x 44” x 24”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Worth the cost. Lightweight, great travel case (size of a large briefcase), easy to set up and break down, thicker mattress than most, shape that doesn't encourage baby to climb the walls, and finally -- the most important -- it is made entirely of mesh, so the risk of suffocation during sleeping is much reduced.”

“We've had this for almost a year now, and our one year-old LOVES sleeping in this bed. The mattress is very well padded. As perfect as the design is, the shining characteristic of this pack n play is the EASY fold/set up. I can’t even do it justice-- IT'S BRILLIANT!”

“I love this travel crib. It’s totally worth the price. It is super easy to assemble, takes only 2-3 minutes. I love that it comes with a comfy mattress (usually you have to buy and carry a mattress separately with other travel cribs or pack‘n‘play).It folds really small and fits perfectly in its travel bag, it’s super light weight and can be even carried as carry-on luggage on a plane if needed.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Crib with Storage

Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Price:$200.00

This crib really offers a lot for your money, as it can convert to a toddler bed, day bed and full-size bed. But it doesn’t stop there: The Graco Solano also has a drawer at the bottom of the crib for convenient storage. Feel free to stash crib sheets, blankets or even clothing for your little one in this easy-to-reach spot. While the crib is standard size, having that drawer at the bottom will really help you maximize your space. Specifications: Crib is 41.42'' x 55.91'' x 29.67'

Specifications:
Crib is 41.42'' x 55.91'' x 29.67'

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Would recommend this crib. Our nursery doesn't have a closet so I'm desperate for storage and bought this crib for the built-in drawer. The drawer works well and the crib itself seems to be in good shape (no nicks or dings). Can't wait for our little one to arrive so we can try it out!”

“This is made of quality wood and really smart design in so far as construction and parts! Very very good quality”

“it's beautiful! IIt even came with the necessary tools to complete the assembly! The drawer slides and glides so smoothly and with ease! I'm so happy with this!”

“This crib is not only beautiful but well made. The assembly instructions were easy to follow and took us very little time to put together. I love the added feature of the drawer - I am using to hold blankets. I know my baby will enjoy it for years to come.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Stylish Crib

Ubabub Pod 2-in-1 Convertible Crib

Price:$2.00

If a stylish home is what drives you, you’re going to love this crib. It has a unique design with clear acrylic panels and wood sides. It’s a low height but allows for the mattress to be moved to two different levels. There’s a custom mattress included, so you won’t have to go crazy looking for one that will fit this crib. Bonus: The Ubabub Pod Crib surprisingly also converts to a toddler bed. Many parents love that it uses clear acrylic rather than wood slats. We just love the star-shape cutouts that make this one ultra-modern, super cool crib.

Specifications:
Crib is 55.51" x 27.56" x 39.72"

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is so much more special in person. The plastic is so airy and the design is so sleek and clean. It looks gorgeous in the nursery and seems like the perfect way to get around the prison bar cribs.”

“This pod crib is absolutely my favorite piece of furniture. I searched forever to find a crib without slats because my son got himself stuck several times in his old crib. We will definitely be using it for generations.”

“Beautiful modern crib, good quality materials, stands out in the room comes assembled so you don't need to struggle putting it together, you only need to install metallic legs in the base.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Convertible Crib

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Price:$380.00

This popular crib is a favorite among parents because of its sleek design and also because it comes with a conversion kit (most other crib models require you to buy the kit separately). It easily transforms from a crib to a toddler bed (with rail) to a daybed. The design is also very eco-conscious, as it uses sustainable New Zealand pine wood, is lead and phthalate safe and has a non-toxic finish available in many different colors, so it will work great in any style nursery. The mattress for the Babyletto Hudson can also be adjusted to four different heights. Specifications: Crib is 54” x 29.8” x 35”

Specifications:
Crib is 54” x 29.8” x 35”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a beautiful crib in person. It has the retro mod look i was searching for. My son is now 2.5 and had this crib since birth. We had used all the mattress settings and now using the toddler rail that came with it as a toddler bed. I highly recommend this crib, it still looks like the day we bought it.”

“Love our crib. We were specifically looking for something with clean lines and no "headboard" style to it. We love the way the crib looks, it was relatively easy to put together and decently light weight to move around the room as needed. I am very happy that it comes with the toddler rail for when we are ready to transition him to the toddler bed.”

“We were looking for something simple and elegant when it came to a crib, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Not only does it looks really great, but it was very modestly priced, especially when compared to other cribs of comparable style.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Crib with Changing Table

Dream On Me, Anna 4-in-1 Full Size Crib and Changing Table Combo

Price:$183.00

If it’s convenience you’re after, the Dream On Me Anna provides just that. It is a standard crib, with a matching changing table attached. Going back and forth from crib to changing table is a breeze and makes for a smooth bedtime routine. The changing table also has two shelves underneath, perfect for storing diapers and wipes. The crib converts to a toddler bed and daybed for an added bonus.

Specifications:
Crib is 53.2” x 29” x 38”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I think this crib is so chic. I purchased some collapsible bins to put under the changing table and since I'm the mom who changes her baby on the bed, I ended up just using top of the changing table for the bottle warmer and wipe warmer.”

“I ordered this crib/changer combo more as a functional space saver rather than just for its looks. I liked the idea of the changer being attached to the crib, as well as the 3 shelves for extra storage. And, of course the price could not be beat! I like this crib”

“This crib was just what we were hoping for!! This crib was easy to assemble, the directions were very clear, and once it was together it was VERY sturdy!! Also, the attached changing table and shelves come in very handy for those late night diaper changes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!”

Image Credits: Wayfair

Best Splurge Crib

Nursery Works Vetro Mini Crib

Price:$2,900.00

If you’ve longed to “keep up with the Kardashians” or get in “Formation” with Beyoncé, you can do so with this crib. Kim Kardashian chose this crib for all three of her children and sister Khloé followed suit when decorating her daughter True’s nursery. Rumor has it that this is the same crib Beyoncé used for Blue Ivy’s nursery. If you’ve got the cash, this crib, made from recycled materials, is a beautiful choice. It’s completely non-toxic and has three different mattress levels. It will definitely elevate your nursery style and last for a long time.

Specifications:
Crib is 32'' H x 25.25'' W x 39.5'' L

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Such a beautiful piece. Easy instructions although you may need two people due to weight and such. Put it together in about an hour.”

“Very nice, excellent quality . I would recommend this piece to others.”