The Best Baby Cribs for the Sweetest, Safest Sleep

by Bethany Braun-Silva

The 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 better 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 countless injuries to babies and toddlers.




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 for 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.


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Best Baby Crib Overall

Pottery Barn Kendall Crib


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.

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!

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Best Mini Crib

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


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.

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.

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Best Affordable Crib

Baby Relax Adelyn 2-in-1 Convertible Crib


If you’re more of a minimalist who can’t justify spending a ton on your baby’s crib, this crib is a perfect choice. It’s made from sturdy wood and non-toxic paint. The crib mattress can be placed at four different heights.

Crib is 54.25in W x 31.5in D x 41.63in H

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 my 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.

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Best Travel Crib

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light


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?

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.

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Best Crib with Storage

Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib


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'

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!

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Best Stylish Crib

Storkcraft Orchard Canopy 5-in-1 Convertible Crib


If a stylish home is what drives you, you’re going to love this crib. It has a unique design that's made to look like a small house. It’s a low height but allows for the mattress to be moved to three different levels. It converts to a toddler bed, full-size bed, daybed, and playhouse.

Crib is 57.28" x 30" x 60.65"

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.

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Best Convertible Crib

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib


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”

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.

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Best Crib with Changing Table

Dream On Me Casco 3-in-1 Mini Crib & Changing Table


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.

Crib is 56.75" x 29" x 41"

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 the top of the changing table for the bottle warmer and wipe warmer.

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Best Splurge Crib

Nursery Works Vetro Mini Crib


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.

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.