The birth of a new baby brings heaps of joy and happiness – but often, financial worries too. So, it’s understandable that lots of young families look to save on how much their new family member will cost them, and are tempted to buy certain items secondhand. However, one thing you will want to purchase new is the baby’s crib. Finding a good crib in the vast market, however, can be quite the difficult task. This is why we have listed our reviews of what we feel are the best baby cribs to help you make the best choice for your baby.
Our Reviews of the 12 Best Cribs in 2018
1. Babyletto Hudson Crib
The Hudson sets the bar for a simplistic yet well-made and modern crib. It’s lower in height than most cribs: shorter parents love this feature for easy access to their little one. Even better, thanks to the included kit the Hudson can smoothly transition to a toddler bed or a daybed. No need to worry about the safety of the materials used in Babyletto Husdon – it’s a sturdy construction made from sustainable pinewood from New Zealand. The non-toxic finish means that this crib is also free of phthalate and lead.
2. Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Crib
Want a chic crib that beautifully fits into any nursery decor? If so, the Kendall baby crib is for you. This popular crib is made of solid wood, has teething guards, and is easy to assemble. The Kendall can also be converted to a handy toddler bed, however, the conversion kit is sold separately.
3. IKEA Gulliver Crib
Great news for fans of the popular IKEA Sniglar – the Gulliver version proves to be just as impressive. It can be converted to a toddler bed and the kit is included. This cost-friendly favorite has a white finish, so it’ll look amazing in any nursery decor. Just because it has a lower price, doesn’t make it any less sturdy, just be ready for the traditional IKEA assembly.
4. DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
From the cute spindle posts to the detailed railing, everything about this crib is beautiful. It comes in five vibrant colors. Even more enticing, it’s affordable, a snap to put together, GREENGUARD Gold Certified and made from durable New Zealand wood with non-toxic paint.
This crib is lightweight and has removable wheels for extra mobility, although they are non-lockable. Also, this cute crib converts into a daybed and a toddler bed, though you will need to purchase the conversion kit separately for some color options. For use as a daybed, simply remove one side, replace it with the daybed rail, and bring the mattress down to its lowest level.
5. Graco Charleston 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
This crib offers many different uses during the growth of your child. The Charleston transforms from a crib into a toddler bed, daybed, as well as a twin-size bed. However, you will have to purchase the mattress and the metal frame separately. Also, one side of this incredible baby crib has a higher curved form that becomes a gorgeous headboard for a bigger kiddo bed down the road!
6. Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
The Delta Children 4-in-1 is the best selling baby crib on the market for multiple reasons. The crib offers 4-in-1 adaptability, which means it can easily be converted from a newborn crib to a toddler bed, day bed and, with a separately sold kit, a twin-sized bed. Cribs like the Delta are long lasting, and you definitely get your money’s worth. The durable crib is made with non-toxic material and fully certified. The construction is very solid, making for an extremely durable crib for your little one. It is also constructed with authentic wood (not just a veneer), which looks stylish and robust.
The colors are pretty basic, but it does come in several shades of brown. To make the crib extra-suitable for your baby, three mattress height options are available. You will, however, have to purchase the mattress separately. Overall, the crib looks terrific and can be used for a long time due to the convertibility feature.
7. Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
The Union 3-in-1 Convertible is another excellent baby crib for a relatively low price. It’s made in New Zealand and certified to meet all of the U.S. safety standards. It is a 3-in-1 model that can be transitioned from a crib into a toddler bed or daybed, with the right kit attachment. Putting the crib together is super-easy.
Comparatively user-friendlier than a lot of other models, the mattress can be adjusted to four different stages, providing support through a large portion of your child’s early life. The height under the crib is approximately 5 to 6 inches, which is plenty of space to store items underneath. The side panels are nice and high, and the crib is very attractive.
8. Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible LifeStyle Crib
This next convertible boasts more uses than many others on our list – there are an amazing seven ways to use this crib! In addition to being a traditional crib, it’s a toddler bed and a daybed, and can even transition into a twin, and a full bed (both variants with or without footboard, bed kits sold separately).
This is not a lightweight model. Weighing in at 50 pounds, this Dream On model is one of the heavier cribs on the market. And while we’ve already mentioned the fantastic adaptability of this crib, it is not the easiest one to assemble or move around, that’s for sure!
The mattress can be adjusted to four positions to provide different levels of support and to reduce the danger of climbing out. This quality crib belongs to the best available. It not only meets but exceeds all the necessary safety standards. With its simple yet elegant appearance, it’s sure to please parents with even the most discerning tastes.
9. Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages
One of the best portable cribs we could find is the Graco Travel Lite. Well-constructed portable baby cribs are hard to come across, but due to the popularity of this model, it deserves a place in our review. Smaller and lighter than most portable cribs, this is the “go to” crib for parents who travel more than the average family. It fits into smaller spaces like a dream, which is a true bonus when you are on the go with your baby.
The crib will serve you well throughout different phases of your kiddo’s life, from newborn to toddlerhood. It has two height levels and a bassinet is included, as well as a quilted mattress pad and a canopy. The pad is quite thin and not very suitable for long-term use, but works adequately for travel. It is simple to wipe off and easy to keep clean too! Only weighing 19 pounds, the crib is easy to move around. Plus, you can fold this crib with one simple push of a button, a handy feature which scores high in customer reviews for cribs with storage and portability.
10. Graco Benton Convertible Crib
Graco has long been a respected brand among parents, and the great crib reviews of their Benton Convertible Crib has made it one of today’s top sellers. This convertible crib has a classic style. It is fully certified, making it one of the top-rated cribs for your little bundle of love. The mattress is adjustable to three different levels, plus the crib can convert into a full sized bed, a daybed, and a toddler bed.
When it comes to this crib’s outer appearance, the Benton may look simple and delicate, but it is actually very durable and sturdy. It is, however, worth noting that there have been a couple cases of the crib’s paint chipping quite easily, which would definitely warrant a return of the product, though these cases are extremely rare. The extra storage space underneath, however, is absolutely marvelous!
The Benton is more straightforward to assemble than a lot of other cribs, and it comes with easy to follow instructions. This baby crib is manufactured by a much-trusted brand, which is known for their superb safety specs.
11. DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail
The DaVinci Kalani comes with multiple simple conversion options – the toddler rail is included, making it easier for you to convert into a daybed/toddler bed, or the crib can be converted into a full-sized bed with a separately sold kit. It comes in a wide range of toned wood colors to suit any nursery décor. This crib is focused on being environmentally friendly which is excellent news for parents and their little angels!
The depth of the interior is about 27 to 28 inches, including three different mattress heights. The distance between floor and crib is acceptable, allowing you to store items underneath the crib. Another great feature is the fact the headboard and footboard can be attached to any standard bed frame.
The complaints about this crib claim it is more difficult to assemble than most. However, once you do put together, it is a great looking crib in terms of quality and durability.
12. Storkcraft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
The Stork Craft Tuscany is a quality convertible crib that can be used in 4 different ways. Either as a newborn crib or toddler bed, this crib is durable and looks fantastic in the nursery. The base is made of solid wood, and you can adjust the mattress to two different levels. With the proper attachments, it can smoothly transition into a full-size bed. The rails needed to expand it into a full-sized bed are not included, however.
The Tuscany comes in five colors, which are all relatively neutral, but still very welcoming. The quality of this crib is undeniable, and it is not hard to assemble. This crib can be a bit harder to find, but it is well worth the effort.
It can take up to an hour to assemble, and voila! Your baby crib is set up and ready to use. Although this crib does not come with a mattress, you can purchase one for a very reasonable price.
Types of Baby Cribs and Other Know-How
The variety of baby cribs available to buy is huge. The main factors that separate the types and models are their portability and how well they function over time. Many people have expressed their disappointment stating while they research for baby cribs, they have a difficult time finding good and trustworthy information.
When it comes to baby cribs, there are several terms and definitions being banded around that are all basically describing the same kind of crib. So, for the sake of simplicity, we’ll break it down for you into neat little chunks of information. Let’s begin with the two major categories of cribs – convertible and portable cribs.
Your particular lifestyle can help decide on which style of crib will be right for you and your baby. Portable cribs are an excellent choice if you are traveling, but they lack the versatility convertible cribs offer.
The term ‘convertible crib’ refers to the kind of crib that can usually be repurposed in three to seven different ways – and believe us when we say, that is an awful lot of conversions! Most of the best convertible cribs share common features. They can be easily transformed from a baby crib to a toddler bed and then back again. This enables you to use the bed for your baby’s early years. From newborn baby to toddler – convertible cribs will get you and your baby through those first years with ease and comfort.
The downside is that these highly recommended convertible baby cribs can be very complex. Some can even convert into full sized double beds or day beds, but you will usually have to buy additional attachments to unlock that kind of functionality. That said, it is precisely this amazing versatility that gets convertible cribs to the top of the consumer reviews time and time again. Smaller convertible cribs also exist, called mini cribs, most of which provide the same functionality but take up less space.
The name says it all here – portable cribs can be easily moved by being easily folded and reassembled. A portable baby crib that can keep up with your baby’s physical development is much more difficult to find. Newborns need special support, and sometimes a portable crib is not the best option in the long run.
However, they can be the best cribs for babies and parents who travel frequently. Many times the best portable crib is a travel or pack and play, a very affordable option when it comes to babies and their parents on the go. These cribs are folded and reassembled more like a tent rather than foldable furniture. There is one review below for a portable crib, but we also provide more travel crib reviews if you’ve already decided that’s the type of crip you need.
Some Important Questions and Answers
How can I tell if the crib is US certified?
It is crucial that the crib you purchase meets U.S. (which in most cases also means global) certification. When you buy a crib online, it can mean it’s imported from another country, so it is of utmost importance you check to be sure your crib is U.S. certified. All of the cribs in our reviews below have been certified by ASTM and CPSC, both of which are well-recognized safety regulators.
What does make the internet a great place to buy a crib is the wide range of reviews, which make it possible for you to compare different brands, types, and models. This way you can be assured you will find the safest and best baby cribs.
What do I need to know about the mattress?
The right mattress for you and your child is one of the most important things to consider when buying a crib. Most cribs come with a standard mattress, but if it’s portable or is branded as a larger or smaller size, it will probably have a custom size mattress. Plus, the mattresses that come with a new crib can be thin and lack comfort, so it may be best to buy one that is sold separately. The crib matress shown here is by Milliard and is quite popular and well-received by customers.
How long can I use a baby crib?
This depends on the baby crib you purchase and the size of your child. Because every baby grows at their own pace, there is no steadfast rule for when you should stop using a crib.
This being said, most babies outgrow their crib at around six months of age. This is when you should move them to a larger crib unless you have one with a mattress that can be adjusted. The highest quality convertible cribs can be used throughout this entire period. Whether you use a crib right from the start or transition your little sweet pea into a crib later, you will definitely get years of use out of their crib, especially if it converts into a toddler bed.
Which are the best crib brands?
To ensure quality and certification, it is best to purchase a crib made by a reputable brand. Some of the top brands are Delta, Graco, DaVinci, and Dream On Me. These brands are trusted, and well established in the US. They also have, on average, the highest customer reviews. Of course, you can always find good baby cribs from lesser-known brands as well.
Do I really need a crib?
Along with the bassinet, a crib is the best and safest place for your little one to sleep, so it is recommended that you use one. Yet, regardless of which brand you choose, it is essential to follow safety guidelines. The crib should be free of blankets, bumpers, and toys, all of which are considered health hazards. This doesn’t mean you can’t make it attractive. Once you bring the new crib home, you can cover it with a cute fitted sheet in preparation for your new baby.
A few words about crib safety
All cribs that are purchased new will comply with safety standards automatically, seeing how these standards have to be passed for the crib to be sold at all. If you are considering a used crib, it is a whole other issue. You will want to be sure your crib was made after 2011 and make sure there are no recalls on the model you are considering for your baby.
Make sure the crib you choose has a few adjustable mattress settings, so you can raise or lower the mattress as your baby grows. While your child is an infant, you’ll want the mattress higher, allowing you to scoop them up easily but as your child develops, you’ll find yourself lowering the mattress again so they can’t climb out.
What else do I need to know about cribs?
Many cribs sold these days convert into a toddler bed. There are a few that even transition into a regular sized bed frame. Some of these convertible cribs do require a special conversion kit to convert into other types of bed. Sometimes these are included, but most often they must be purchased separately.
Some parents prefer to use a mini crib, which is smaller than a standard crib and more portable as well. A mini crib is perfect for the family that travels a lot, and it takes up less space for a baby who sleeps in more than one location.
Although you can use a crib for your baby right off the bat, many moms and dads prefer their newborn to sleep in a co-sleeper or bassinet. Then, around three or four months of age, they transition to a baby crib. If you don’t want to purchase a full-sized crib right away, why not put one on the registry if possible? It is a costly item, and friends and family might be willing to pitch in a few bucks to help you out with your purchase.
Depending on your child’s size, you can use a crib until he or she is four to five years old. However, most parents usually transition their children into toddler/twin beds at around two to three years of age.
How did we decide which cribs are best?
We’ve gone through hundreds of reviews of the different crib options available, and we’ve spoken to many parents about their experiences with purchasing and using their cribs. We then added our own research and insight. We feel you and your baby will find at least some of the cribs on our list to be suitable for your needs.
Extra Tips on Using a Crib
Best sleeping position for baby
Which crib your baby sleeps in is important, but it’s much more important to ensure that the baby sleeps on its back. Their feet should be at the bottom, with the sheets tucked in around his armpits. This method is called “feet to foot,” and it keeps the baby from slipping into the sheets and overheating or suffocating. Babies are just safer on their backs, and this position greatly reduces the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome, or cot death).
Room temperature and bedding
The safest temperature for your baby’s nursery is around 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18°C). To that end, you can purchase a room thermometer so you can keep close watch of the ambient temperature in his or her room. Make sure that your baby’s night clothing is appropriate to the temperature as well. Baby bedding should be made of a material that lowers the baby’s risk of overheating. Also, never allow your infant to sleep in a hat because we all regulate body heat through our heads. Of course, just like adults, in hot weather, a baby will need fewer bedclothes.
Where to place your baby crib
The position in which you put your infant’s crib is also important. For the first six months, it is recommended that your baby sleeps in his or her crib in the parent’s room. Once your infant is old enough to sleep in their own nursery, there are a few more hazards you should keep in mind to keep your little one safe:
A bumper warning
Bumpers are not recommended due to the danger of the baby becoming overheated, though this can be regulated, as previously mentioned. The more prominent risk here is the risk of suffocation. If you do choose to use crib bumpers, be sure to remove them as soon as your baby looks like they are able to get on their hands and knees.
The lowest side of the baby crib should never be lower than the shoulder height of your infant. Once your baby can pull him or herself up to stand (approximately around nine months old), they’ll be able to get their arms over the side of the rail and possibly climb out. If your baby starts trying to do this, it is time to convert the crib into a bed for their safety.
Place the crib with the base in the correct position
A lot of cribs these days come with adjustable mattress bases that can quickly be lowered to prevent the child from climbing or rolling out. The highest position is only recommended for use until your infant is around three months old. The lowest mattress position is safest and should be used as soon as your child is old enough to sit up by himself or herself. If your baby can reach over the top rail on the lowest mattress level, it is time to convert the crib into a bed.
A note on drop-side safety
Drop-sides are now banned in the United States after several infants’ deaths occurred owing to the child getting trapped between the drop side and the base of the bed. The European standard has also changed over the years, and it now requires manufacturers to attach a lock to the drop-side to be used while in the lowered position.
Many crib safety experts believe this kind of accident is not possible when a crib complies with the current British standards for cribs. So if you are thinking of buying a European model, please make sure you look for the BS EN 716: 2005 marking. Never leave your baby unattended when the drop side is down on their crib.
Making the final choice of a baby crib
Generally speaking, all new cribs sold on the market today are safe and only very few better-known models are of low quality. It is just a matter of you choosing a crib that suits a type and model that suits both your, and your baby’s lifestyle and circumstances. As always, balancing the price with your budget is important.
Finding the right crib can be a lot of hard work, but we hope this article has offered some assistance. Remember, once you’ve set up your new crib, the joy of having a child becomes a reality. It won’t be long, and you will have a sweet little angel to love and take care of, and we wish you and your baby the very, very best.