A new baby requires a lot of equipment. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the baby’s crib. This essential piece of furniture will keep your baby safely rested (and contained!) for several years. The best ones can even last through multiple children, making them a wise investment.
We’ve created a list of some of the best baby cribs this year. We’ve also given you some pointers on what to look for in a crib for your new addition. Check out the reviews and info we’ve compiled to help you decide which crib is best for your family and baby.
|The Best Baby Cribs||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Delta Bentley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib||This is a durable bed that will last from crib to full-size bed with elegance and beauty.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib||This easy to assemble crib is also Greenguard Gold certified and transforms into a toddler bed and daybed.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib||A certified non-toxic bed that grows with your little one all the way to an adult size bed.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Dream on Me Violet 7-in-1 Convertible Crib||This bed has seven options of adjustability for the ultimate in choices and usability.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib||With the connected changing table, this bed is the ultimate in beauty and convenience.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib||This bed features a classic arched headboard that highlights the beauty of this adjustable bed.||♥♥♥♥♥|
The Absolute Best Baby Cribs of 2020
#1: Union 2-in-1 Convertible Crib
Looking for something simpler that does its job well? Well, this is a great bed for babies and toddlers. The Union 2-in-1 Crib takes on a modern and simple crib look and is understated and ideal for your little one. This crib meets all safety standards and is certified non-toxic.
It utilizes the top-quality New Zealand pine wood in its construction to ensure a lasting product. The smooth line design is pleasing to the eyes and adds a touch of sophistication that is a throw-back to classic cribs. It converts from crib to daybed to keep your baby safe and comfortable until he/she is ready for a big bed. With six fun colors, you can choose the one that will best match your home and nursery. It comes in ebony, espresso, lagoon, natural, sunshine, or white. There are four adjustable mattress heights for easy access to infants. This bed also works well as a co-sleeper when pushed up against an adult bed.
Why We Love It
- Easy to Assemble
- Six Color Choices
- Takes up Less Room
- Can Be Used as Co-Sleeper
- Converts to Daybed
- Screws are Visible, Detracting From Overall Look
- Short Height
- May Not Be as Durable as Others
For a minimalist design that will seamlessly fit into any room, this crib fits the bill. The color choices allow you to customize your nursery and add a splash of color. While this crib may not endure through a bunch of children, it is perfect for growing with your child from infant through preschool.
Without the additional bulk, it can be what it was created to be, a simple, understated bed for your baby. This bed sits lower to the ground and is great for shorter parents, making it easier for them to reach in and pick up baby. If you need a crib that will keep your baby safe and secure for the first couple of years, without all the added hullabaloo, this is the best baby bed for you.
#2: Delta Bentley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
For the ultimate in usability, the Delta Bentley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is the solution. This bed converts from a crib to toddler bed and then to a preschool daybed and finally, to full-size bed with the addition of bed rails (which are sold separately). The sleek, beautiful look is sure to be an elegant addition to your nursery.
There are three great colors to choose from: white, espresso cherry, and chocolate to accommodate any room’s decor. It meets all safety standards and is well-made to last through childhood and beyond or is a great hand-me-down for younger children. It has three levels for the mattress and includes the guard for use with a toddler bed. No matter what kind of bed your child is ready for, this bed can be converted into it.
Why We Love It
- Four Beds in One
- Great Sleigh Design
- Four Color Choices
- Includes Guard Rail
- Reputable Brand
- Great Customer Service
- Color is Not Consistent With Pics/Other Furniture Pieces
- Rails for Full-Size are Sold Separately
- Strong Smell
Delta is a reputable brand with excellent customer service to back its products. Although it doesn’t come with the necessary rails to convert to a full-size bed, it has the capability for a nominal additional fee. The sleigh design is a stylish addition to your nursery and the timeless coloring will look great in your child’s room through adulthood. It is durable and reliable, simple to put together, and sturdy to ensure many years of use.
#3: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
This high-quality 3-in-1 crib is the ideal solution that grows with your child. The stylish, rounded spindles give the crib a modern feel that can fit into any nursery. With the Greenguard Gold certification, you can be sure the Babyletto Hudson upholds and surpasses the highest safety standards. The easy to assemble design makes it quick and easy to get the crib ready for your new arrival.
If you are looking for a bed that will grow with your child, this one transforms from a crib to a toddler bed with a rail, and finally to a daybed for your preschooler. The wood is premium quality from New Zealand pine wood and comes in three colors, gray, white, and two-toned white/espresso. There are four levels of adjustability to put the baby’s mattress at exactly the right level for comfort and to make getting the baby in and out of the crib more convenient.
Why We Love It
- Three Beds in One
- Made of Premium New Zealand Pine Wood
- Greenguard Gold Certification
- Easy to Assemble
- Three Colors to Choose From
- Included Labels Do Not Come Off Easily
- Screw Holes Do Not Line Up Correctly
If you want a crib that will hold up well and is easy to assemble, this one is a great choice. With the ability to convert to three separate beds, your child will be able to use this for several years to come and it will through several children without wearing out. Babyletto exceeds all safety standards to set your mind at ease and ensure the safety of your baby. With three available colors, you can choose the one that best fits your nursery.
Find the matching Hudson dresser in our best nursery dresser article.
#4: DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
This beautiful bed is a wonderful addition to any bedroom, from infancy to adulthood. The DaVinci Kalani is made of sturdy, solid wood and comes with the Greenguard Gold certification, which means that it has been extensively tested for VOCs and is safe for even the youngest children. The multi-step painting process is non-toxic and lead and phthalate free.
The elegant sleigh-style bed comes in seven colors: chestnut, ebony, espresso, grey, oak, rich cherry, and white to match any decor. This is another fabulous bed made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood. It converts from crib to toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with the addition of full-size rails and frame. It will easily fit into the traditional style of any room and will stand up to the daily wear and tear of life. They also offer a one-year warranty to ensure your satisfaction.
Why We Love It
- Greenguard Gold Certified
- Four Beds in One
- Made With Sustainable New Zealand Pine Wood
- Customer Service is Not Good
- Paint Chips Easily
This sturdy, well-made bed converts from crib up to a full-size bed to grow with your little one and last for many years to come. Since it is made with sustainable New Zealand pine wood, it will hold up to daily use and still maintain it’s elegance. It is reassuring to know that it is non-toxic and is free from dangerous chemical emissions and materials. With a one-year warranty, you can feel confident in your purchase.
#5: Storkcraft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
This handsome piece of furniture will stand out in any room from elegant to basic. The Storkcraft Tuscany is the bed that will be the only one your child ever needs. It is certified by JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM (see below for more details on these certifications).
The sleigh-style bed is beautifully made and solidly constructed, with four stationary sides for stability. It comes in five safe, non-toxic, sleek colors, black, cherry, espresso, grey, and white. It converts from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed, and finally into a full size bed (with separate purchase of frame and mattress). The elegant look will fit seamlessly into any room and will still appeal as your baby grows older. Storkcraft is a company that has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for being America’s Most Recommended Baby Furniture.
Why We Love It
- Multiple Certifications
- Women’s Choice Award
- High-Quality Look and Feel
- Four Beds in One
- Five Color Options
- Simple Assembly
- Permanently Attached Instructions
- Does Not Come With Toddler Bed Conversion Kit
- Does Not Work as a Co-Sleeper
- No Greenguard Certification
If you are looking for a bed that is durable, beautiful, and grows with your child, this Storkcraft Tuscany is a great choice. You can choose the color that fits your color scheme best and easily assemble this bed in no time. Don’t worry about having to get a new bed every few years, this one will last one child well into adulthood or can be passed along within the family for maximum value. The sturdiness of this bed will easily hold up to normal wear and tear and won’t easily be broken. With permanently attached instructions, you won’t have to worry about losing them in between transitions. It doesn’t get much easier than this wonderful offering.
#6: Graco Remi 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer
There’s no such thing as too much space or too much storage when it comes to your child’s room. The Graco Remi Crib is a great option to help give you more of both. This best crib can go from a crib and changer combo to a toddler bed with an attached 3 drawer nightstand to a day bed with attached nightstand. All modes have the bonus storage under the crib/bed. Plus, we can’t forget the 4th option: a full sized bed frame.
The mattress on this crib can adjust to 3 different height settings. You can buy it in a dark stained wood, classic white, or a modern white and gray combo. The large drawer underneath is a great storage solution for an area that would otherwise be wasted space. The attached changer will hold a normal diaper changing pad. It has 3 drawers in the front and 2 open shelves in the back. Not one single cubic inch of space is wasted with this wise crib!
Why We Love It
- Space Saving Design
- Lots of Storage
- Modern and Clean Look
- 3 Finishes Available
- 4 Bed Modes
- Quality Non-Toxic Pine Wood and Composites
- Tedious Assembly
- Toddler Bed Conversion Kit and Full Bed Frame Not Included
- Changing Table Not the Sturdiest
If you have a smaller nursery or need extra storage, this crib is a fabulous option. The crib itself is sturdy and solid and modern. While the attached changing table has less-than-sturdy support, the 3 drawers and 2 open shelves are so great. As long as you don’t put this in a corner, you’ll have access to plenty of storage areas, including the under-the-crib drawer. The price isn’t the lowest, but you’ll find that it’s fair for what you are getting.
#7: Million Dollar Baby Classic Winston 4-in-1 Convertible Iron Crib
There’s classic design, then there’s vintage design. The Million Dollar Baby Classic Winston Iron Crib is definitely vintage. It has the wrought-iron design that was so popular during the Victorian era. But to put a modern twist on things, you can use this as a classic crib, a toddler bed, a day bed, or a cool vintage full bed frame.
You’ll find metal castings at all the joints for a truly old-school look. The metal is sturdy and has a high weight limit. And you can’t beat that it’s really easy to put together. All the hardware points are hidden, including all the things needed to move the mattress to 4 different levels. The toddler bed rails have a unique middle opening that just adds to the amazing aesthetic of this best crib.
Why We Love It
- Vintage Design
- 3 Colors to Choose From
- Non-Toxic Painting Process
- Meets ASTM and CPSC Standards
- 4 Different Uses
- Easy to Assemble
- 1 Year Warranty
- Conversion Kits Sold Separately
Yes, this is an expensive crib. Yes, it’s worth it. You get a truly unique crib that is just about as sturdy as they come. You can put it together easily in less than an hour, and you can pick from 3 timeless colors that will match any nursery. It’s non-toxic and meets all safety standards. Plus, the grown-up design means that it will transition fabulously from age to age as your baby grows.
#8: Dream on Me Violet 7-in-One Convertible Crib
If four options in one bed is good, then having seven options is amazing. The Dream on Me Violet converts from crib to toddler bed to daybed. Then, once your child is ready for a big kid bed, you can choose between a twin bed or a full-size bed with or without foot rails. That gives you seven options for a bed to fit any child.
The crib has four adjustable mattress heights and adheres or exceeds all government safety standards.This elegant bed will fit seamlessly into any nursery, from modern to upscale. It also is made from high-quality New Zealand pine wood and is lightweight and sturdy. This bed comes in six beautiful colors, black, cherry, espresso, white, natural, and royal blue.
Why We Love It
- Seven Options of Configuration
- Five Elegant Color Choices
- Meets or Exceeds All Safety Standards
- Beautiful Design
- Made of New Zealand Pine Wood
- Does Not Come With Conversion Rails
- Difficult to Put Together
- May Be Damaged During Shipping
- Conversion Kits are Hard to Find
This bed gives you the ultimate in configuration options. With seven ways to put the bed together, it will last for your child’s whole life. You may never need to buy another bed. With all the available color choices, you can perfectly match it to the style and personality of your child and nursery. Though it doesn’t feel as sturdy as other cribs, it is still a good bed for the price.
#9: Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
For a crib that is a little bit extra, this bed is a fabulous option. Not only does the Storkcraft Portofino convert to four different bed options, it also includes an attached changing station. The attached changing station exactly matches the bed and includes an extra deep surface for safety and stability when changing your baby. It also includes three shelves and three drawers for storage and convenience.
The bed comes in three color choices, cherry, espresso, and white. The gorgeous style of this piece will light up any room and fit in seamlessly with any decor. It is certified by JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM. It also comes from Storkcraft, a company that has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for being America’s Most Recommended Baby Furniture.
Why We Love It
- Three Color Choices
- Gorgeous Design
- Attached Changing Station
- Changing Table is Useless After Converting to Other Configurations
- Difficult to Assemble
- Parts are Not Labeled
The Storkcraft brand makes quality products that have won the Women’s Choice award. They do their job well and it shows in this beautiful crib. The matching, attached changing station is certainly a benefit, but it becomes useless after changing the configuration. This bed is a great choice, but because it is two products in one, it is a bit more costly than other stand-alone cribs.
This color and style goes perfectly with the best baby glider from Storkcraft.
#10: Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib
This bed gives you one additional option from the 4-in-1 version by allowing you to use the full-size bed without a foot rail. The Graco Benton, like many of the other crib options, coverts from crib to toddler bed, to daybed, to full-size bed with or without a foot rail.
There are four colors available: espresso, pebble gray, white, and whitewash. The classic arched headboard gives an air of elegance that befits the Graco brand. It is easy to assemble, even alone. This bed will give you many years of use as expected of the Graco name. You can also be confident that the quality will be on par and all safety standards are adhered to.
Why We Love It
- Four Colors Available, Including Pebble Gray
- Versatile and Changes into Four Configurations
- Classic Arched Headboard
- Easy Assembly
- Wood May Not Be Smooth Enough
This is a crib that will surely last. The sturdy, elegant design will fit into any area and be a bed your child can use for many years. Pebble gray is a color only offered by Graco and is a nice option if you are looking for something a bit unique. The three adjustable mattress heights allow you to adjust the mattress for optimal safety for your baby and toddler.
#11: Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Babyletto has another great crib on our list. The Babyletto Lolly is another basic, cleanly designed bed for babies and toddlers. If you simply need a bed for your young child without the full conversion into an adult-sized bed, this bed is a great choice.
It is a non-toxic, Greenguard Gold certified bed that is lead and phthalate-free crib made to keep children safe from chemical emissions. It also features an eco-conscious design with natural spindles, curved corners, and natural feet. The toddler bed conversion kit is included so that you can transform it whenever the need arises. The Babyletto company is committed to surpassing all safety standards and brings that to this great crib offering as well. It also comes in four versatile colors: black, white, grey, and olive.
Why We Love It
- Greenguard Certified
- Exceeds All Safety Standards
- Simple Design
- Four Stylish Color Possibilities
- Converts to Three Configurations
- Includes Toddler Conversion Kit
- Easy to Assemble
- Paint May Chip Off
The simple, understated design is perfect for families who don’t need the fancy, newest designed bed for their little one. It converts to a toddler bed and daybed to accommodate your child until they are ready for a big kid bed. This bed is easy to assemble and is certified non-toxic so you can feel good about putting your baby to bed in it.
If you don’t need all the bells and whistles, this bed will certainly check all the boxes for your family. Eco-conscious parents can feel at ease using this chemical free bed. And if you want to make it fancier, read our Best Crib Toys article to get some of the top toys for the crib.
#12: DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib
For a classic look that will remind you of the pictures of you in your crib years ago, this crib is the one. The DaVinci Jenny Lind crib has the flawless look that you are sure to love. It has obtained the Greenguard Gold certification for chemical emissions, ensuring the health and safety of your baby. It meets all safety standards and comes with a one-year warranty for peace of mind.
This crib is on wheels for mobility, which can be a concern with very active children who can shake the bed across the floor. It converts to a toddler bed and then to a daybed with the additional purchase of a conversion kit. There are four mattress heights so that you can keep your baby safe and within reach as he/she grows. The bed is made of 100% sustainable New Zealand pine wood for safety, sturdiness, and quality. The Jenny Lind line comes with a variety of matching furniture that will enhance any nursery and look beautiful. It also comes in eight amazing colors, so whether you want to go natural or bright, you can find a color to create the nursery of your dreams. The color options are cherry, coral, ebony, emerald, lagoon, slate, white, and fog-gray.
Why We Love It
- Greenguard Gold Certified
- Easy to Assemble
- Classic Design
- Eight Colors, Ranging From Natural to Vibrant
- Reputable Company
- Is Not Durable/Won’t Last Through Multiple Children
- Mattress Holder Bows with Larger Children (>30 pounds)
- Wheels are Made of Plastic
- Conversion Kit Not Available In Matching Colors
Jenny Lind is a well-known name in baby products. This bed comes in a variety of fabulous colors and is made in a classic crib design that parents will appreciate. They will also greatly appreciate the safety standards that the company goes through to ensure no chemical emissions and quality wood is used to create this bed. Some of the problems with this crib can be deal breakers though. The crib is not as durable as others and the conversion kits are not sold in matching colors. However, if that is not a huge issue, this is a beautiful, safe bed for your baby and toddler, though it won’t convert to an adult-size bed.
If you like the traditional look of this crib, then you’ll love the sweet look of the Storkcraft Princess 4-in-1 convertible crib that we’ve reviewed here on EM. Take a look at this feminine crib– it’s beautiful!
Baby Crib Buyer’s Guide
Different Types of Cribs
At first glance, buying a baby crib seems like a very simple procedure. Until you see how many designs and styles there are. Then it becomes overwhelming! As an experienced mom, I’ve got the scoop on the types of cribs.
A traditional crib is one that does one job and typically does it well. It is a stand-alone bed that keeps kids up to a specified weight limit contained and safe for several years, or until the baby learns to climb out. These beds are usually rectangular and have solid rails. However, there are other designs, such as round cribs, that tend to be more costly and are sold in specialty stores and websites.
Convertible cribs transform into different types of beds, usually through the use of a conversion kit. These conversions include transforming into a toddler bed, daybed, full-size bed, or twin bed. Most of the time these conversion kits are sold separately, though the toddler bed conversion sometimes accompanies your original purchase. Make sure to check what is included with the bed you choose to purchase to avoid being caught unaware once you have put the bed together.
A mini crib is just like a standard crib, only smaller! It measures 24 inches by 38 inches, compared to a normal crib’s 28 inches by 52 inches. Now, there are no regulations for how big a mini crib needs to be, so these measurements may vary just a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer. Mini cribs are a fabulous choice for those on a budget, those with a small nursery, and those needing to put 2 beds in one room.
A portable crib folds up into a compact design that is easy for travel. These are often called playpens, travel yards, pack and plays, or porta-cribs. They are usually made of metal, mesh, and foam to allow them to fold up. These are great options if you travel often or for vacations, sleepovers at grandparent’s houses, or just when hanging out with friends.
Though a bassinet is a baby bed, it is not considered a crib due to its limited use. A bassinet can only be used for very young infants until they begin to move around more. This type of bed is not covered in this review, though we have reviewed the best bassinets as well. A best cradle makes a good bassinet option as well.
Crib Safety Guidelines
There are many things to consider when purchasing a bed for your baby. Some of these vary by your preferences and others are strict crib safety standards set by the CPSC to ensure the safety of infants and toddlers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends always putting baby to sleep on their back on a firm surface to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and to keep the crib as bare as possible to avoid suffocation hazards.
The Right Size
Make sure your crib is of sufficient size to hold your baby. If your baby is very tiny, you may wish to start with a bassinet at first. If you have a larger or older baby, make sure the crib you are using is rated to support your baby’s size and weight.
When your child is old enough or big enough to climb out of the bed, you should transition to a toddler bed or big bed. Check out our Best Twin Bed for Toddler for the very best in big kid beds.
Children grow quickly. This means you will need a crib that can have the crib mattress height adjusted to make sure that your baby can’t climb or fall out easily. However, you also want the crib mattress to come up high enough that you won’t hurt yourself trying to bend over the rail to lay your newborn down, especially as a new mom heals from childbirth or c-section.
Most cribs come with three or four levels of adjustability.
Take into account both your height and the height of the bed.
For shorter people, you will want to make sure the crib you pick is lower to the ground to make it easy to reach in to take the baby in and out. If you are taller, you may want a bed that is higher up from the ground so that you don’t have to bend as much to reach down. This is more for the safety and comfort of parents than for children but it is something to think about.
The height of corner posts must either be flush with the headboard or very tall to prevent against strangulation.
Most cribs are made of wood, but within that is a wide variety of wood types. You want a wood that does not easily splinter and break and one that is sturdy enough to withstand years of use. There are also sustainable woods you can find that come from places like New Zealand.
Also, ensure that the paint or stain used on the crib are non-toxic, as your baby will end up mouthing and possibly chewing the rails.
Consider the durability of the hardware as well and make sure that it will hold up as well.
You should also make sure there are no sharp edges on decorative cutouts or embellishments.
You should be cautious about purchasing or using a used crib. Ensure that you check for recalls on the crib you intend to use, whether new or used and never use a crib with drop-side rails. That type of bed is not safe for children, even if you had one in the past.
New regulations aim for the highest levels of safety in baby cribs and beds. Carefully check the condition of any used crib, whether one you used in the past or one that has been given or sold to you.
Make sure all parts are safe, present, and work as intended. Ensure slats are in good condition with no sharp edges or splinters that could harm a baby.
Do not use beds made before 1978 as these may have been made with lead-based products that are known to be dangerous.
Crib Safety Certifications
There are a number of certifications you should look for in a crib. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and Greenguard Gold certifications are common certifications to look for. Ensure that your crib has passed all required safety testing before purchasing or using any crib.
The distance between the slats of the crib rails should be no more than 2 3/8 inches, or 6 centimeters, apart to keep babies from falling out or getting their heads or bodies stuck between the slats. Experts say you can use a soda can to test this. If the can fits through the slats, they are too far apart and you should not use the crib.
Nothing Extra in the Crib!
Do not put any unnecessary bedding, toys, pillows, bumpers, or other objects in a baby’s crib. These have been shown to be dangerous, as a baby can become trapped in them and be unable to breathe properly. It is also scary for a baby to become tangled in a blanket and unable to get themselves out.
Other than that, no other baby gear should be inside the crib, besides your precious little one.
Best Baby Crib FAQs
Are cribs safe for babies?
Absolutely! The American Academy of Pediatrics sleep guidelines encourage babies to sleep on their own on a firm and supportive surface. A crib makes the best baby sleep spot. As long as the new crib adheres to all safety standards, your baby will be well-rested in a crib. If baby being in their own bed makes your nervous, you can always room share, which is recommended by the AAP for the 6 months to 1 year anyways.
How do I know a crib is safe?
If you purchase a new crib, it will adhere to all safety standards. Additionally, if there is a safety concern, it will be recalled and won’t be available on the market. You should also fill out the registration card that comes with your new crib to ensure you are notified if any issues arise with your crib. However, if you buy or are given a used crib, you will need to ensure that it meets all safety standards before use, check for recalls, make sure the bed meets all safety standards, and has proper hardware before you use it. You will also need to invest in a new mattress for the crib.
After assembly, shake the crib, it should not feel shaky or wobbly. If it does, it may not be assembled correctly. Take the crib apart, consult the instructions, and try putting it together again. Another option is to hire a professional to build it for you. If your crib has wheels, make sure the wheels are locked for safety.
What is a drop-side crib?
Drop-side cribs are no longer safe due to increased safety standards. In fact, they were banned in the United States after several infant deaths were attributed to the crib design. A drop-side crib has one side that can be raised or lowered in order to get a baby in or out of the crib. However, this design proved unsafe and has been replaced with stable, non-moving rails. These are safer for infants and children of all ages. It is illegal to buy, sell, or donate drop-side cribs.
What is the standard size for a crib?
Cribs can vary in size due to material thickness, hardware, and design. However, crib mattresses are standard sized. A standard crib mattress is 27 1/4 inches x 51 5/8 and no thicker than six inches as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s crib mattress guidelines. This fits perfectly in a standard size crib and all edges of the mattress should fit flush against all internal edges of the crib. A properly fitted crib mattress ensures that kids cannot get any part of their body trapped between the mattress and crib walls.
What is a convertible crib?
A convertible crib, sometimes called a 3-in-1, 4-in-1, or 5-in-1, are cribs that change as your baby grows. Typically, the bed converts to a few different configurations:
- Regular baby crib
- Toddler bed
- Toddler-sized daybed
- Full-size headboard, foot board, and rails
These are increasing in popularity due to the ability to use the bed over several years, sometimes even once the child is ready to be in a big kid bed.
How do I choose a crib mattress?
Choosing a crib mattress can be even more difficult than choosing a crib because your baby’s head will be in contact with the mattress for many hours each day. Therefore, you want to choose one that is free from dangerous chemicals and will last through the crib, toddler bed, and possibly the daybed option. We have reviewed and discussed crib mattresses in length in our Best Crib Mattress guide.
How do I teach my baby to sleep in his/her crib?
Sleeping in a large crib may be scary for a small baby. Start by sleeping on the crib sheet yourself. Babies recognize scents and will feel more relaxed by having your smell to sleep on. You can also keep the crib in your room at first to help you and your baby to feel more comfortable. Just make sure you don’t respond to every little noise your baby makes.
Next, put the baby in the crib when he/she is sleepy but awake. Few things are as jarring as waking up in a different place than when you fell asleep. I’m sure you can imagine how that would feel. Let your baby learn how to fall asleep without a bottle, nursing, or laying in your arms. Don’t let your baby cry for too long before stepping in to reassure them that you are still nearby, though.
Remember, be consistent. This may take some time to accomplish. But a baby who can sleep well will be more agreeable and parents who get enough sleep will be more patient and happy. Don’t expect this to happen in a day, or even two. Be ready to spend a good amount of time teaching your baby to sleep, and sleep well in the crib. Babies under six months will still need a nighttime feeding, as their tummies aren’t big enough to get through an entire eight hours without eating.
How can I tell when my baby is ready to move to a toddler bed?
When your child gets too big or becomes too active for the crib. If your little one is crawling out of the bed or can swing over the railing, you should move the baby to a toddler bed for safety’s sake. If you have a convertible crib, this is a great time to change it into a toddler bed. It will have the same safe feel for your child and you won’t have to buy any new equipment (other than a toddler rail if your bed doesn’t come with it). If your crib does not convert, you can either purchase a toddler bed or just move your child into a regular bed. You most likely will want some sort of rail, either way, to keep your little one from tumbling out of their new bed.
How do I know when my child is ready for a regular sized bed?
You can move your child straight from the crib to a regular bed if you wish, although some children find the largeness of a regular bed scary and insecure. If your child has been in a toddler bed but has outgrown it, you can transition him/her to the larger bed whenever you and your child are ready. Again, you may need to slowly transition and help the big bed feel as cozy and secure as possible. Letting your child help pick out a new bed set and set up the bed may help them feel more connected to it and ready. Either way, as long as your child’s bed isn’t unsafe, take the transition slow and easy. This will ensure the child will not fear the change and will more readily accept the new bed.
How much will a crib cost? Are they expensive?
The best cribs can be costly, but they will keep a baby safe, protected, and help develop safe, healthy sleep habits in those first few early years. That said, many cribs cost under $200, while more pricey beds can cost much more. You can find many deals online that will get you a sturdy crib that adheres to all necessary safety standards. If budget is an issue, make sure you know how much you can afford to spend and stick to that price range. If a new crib is still out of the question, look for gently used beds. Just make sure you fully inspect, check, and verify all parts before purchasing a used crib.
There is no doubt that a crib can take a big chunk out of your wallet, like a lot of baby gear, but there are budget options available. You may be able to justify the cost of a convertible bed due to its versatility. Purchasing a crib that converts all the way up to a regular sized bed may be more cost-effective than purchasing separate beds as your baby grows. It is up to you and your budget to decide what is best for your family and baby.
Can I purchase a used crib?
Yes, you can purchase a used crib. Some popular places to find cribs are thrift stores, yard sales, and getting one from a family member or friend. If you decide to get a used crib, make certain you see it assembled. Taking a bunch of parts and trying to randomly figure out where they go can be challenging and frustrating. Check the crib while it is assembled, shake it, examine the parts, and check for loose pieces. Also run your hands over all the parts, checking for damage, sharp parts, or splintered wood. Do NOT purchase a crib with a drop railing. These are unsafe and banned by the CPSC. Once you are certain the crib meets safety standards, then take it home and clean it with a disinfectant to ensure no lingering germs, mold, or bacteria remain on the surface.
Where can I check for recalls on cribs?
Items are recalled all the time for one reason or another. If you register a newly-bought product with the manufacturer, you will be notified in the case of a recall. However, if you are checking a crib you are planning to reuse, you can check the Consumer Products Safety Commission for recalls.
What are the ABCs of safe sleep?
To remember the essentials of safe sleep for babies, there is an acronym commonly referred to as the ABCs of safe sleep. These simple letters help you remember the most important details.
- A stands for alone. A baby should not sleep with anyone else or anything else. A baby can easily become trapped against a person’s body or soft object, causing a suffocation hazard. Keeping a baby’s crib in the parent’s room for the first few months is a good sleep practice and many cribs exist that can be pushed up against the parent’s bed, keeping baby within reach but safe in their own space.
- B stands for back. Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs. When a baby can easily roll from back to tummy and tummy to back, they may decide to sleep on their stomach on their own, but until this skill is achieved, always put a baby to bed on his/her back.
- C stands for crib. Babies should sleep in an approved crib or bassinet. Each should have a firm mattress that full fills the space so there is no chance a baby can roll between the mattress and walls. Soft surfaces can pose a suffocation or entrapment risk for babies. The crib should also be free from any other items. No blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, toys, or anything else. Babies can stay warm by wearing a one-piece sleeper or sleep sack. However, do not allow a baby to overheat while sleeping. Babies only need to be dressed as warmly as you are. Don’t over bundle a sleeping baby.
How much will a best crib cost?
Cribs can be costly, but they will keep a baby safe, protected, and help develop safe, healthy sleep habits in those first few early years. That said, many of the best cribs cost under $200, while more pricey beds can cost much more. You can find many deals online that will get you a sturdy crib that adheres to all necessary safety standards. If budget is an issue, make sure you know how much you can afford to spend and stick to that price range. If a new crib is still out of the question, look for gently used beds. Just make sure you fully inspect, check, and verify all parts before purchasing a used crib.
There is no doubt that a crib can take a big chunk out of your wallet, but there are budget options available. You may be able to justify the cost of a convertible bed due to its versatility. Purchasing a crib that converts all the way up to a regular sized bed may be more cost-effective than purchasing separate beds as your child grows. It is up to you and your budget to decide what is best for your family and baby.
Do I need to buy a teething rail cover for my crib?
Whether you want it to happen or not, your baby will eventually pull up and chew on the crib railing. To keep your rail safe from tiny teeth marks and your baby safe from ingesting paint or wood, you should get a teething rail cover that will allow your baby to safely chew on the rail without damaging it or any danger of eating something unintended. These come in a variety of materials for you to choose from.
How We Picked the Best Cribs
If you have a new baby on the way and are in search of the best crib, we have compiled a list of some of the best, most well-reviewed baby and toddler cribs on the market. While these certainly aren’t the only cribs for your baby, they all have certain desirable qualities and features that parents are sure to appreciate.
We have taken the time to research and detail the best baby and toddler beds from across the internet and put it all here for your convenience. Here are some of the questions we used to narrow down our list:
- Is this crib safe? Does it meet all safety standards?
- What is the life span of this crib?
- Does this crib come in different colors or designs?
- Is this a convertible crib? How many configurations are there?
- How user friendly is this crib?
- Does this crib get good reviews?
- Is this crib priced reasonably?
Then we picked some different styles and sizes to fit a variety of tastes. The result is a best crib list that contains cribs that will certainly be safe, cute, and durable!
We have gone over quite a few products in addition to all the crib information. Here’s our summary on the best cribs.
Things to Consider
- Consider which options are most desirable to you, such as crib height, color, style, whether it is convertible, safety features, and certifications. Once you have decided on those, you can browse our list for the cribs that fit your preferences.
- Pick a mattress that fits perfectly in the crib with no spaces around the edges that can entrap babies. While mattresses for cribs must meet certain standards, including size, if it doesn’t seem to fit, take it back and try another one. Your baby’s safety is the most important aspect of a crib mattress.
- A crib will last for several years throughout the toddler years and preschool years. If you purchase a convertible one, it can last much longer, even through the adult years, if desired. If you do buy one that converts, ensure that you know what conversion parts are included. Sometimes the toddler rail is purchased separately and the conversion kit for full-size or twin beds are rarely included. So be sure that you know what you are buying and whether you need to purchase additional accessories for the bed you choose.
- Take into account your budget and look at the options that meet your financial needs. Many items are needed when you have a baby on the way, including a mattress to go in the crib. Some of the products we reviewed have the option of an included mattress that perfectly fits that specific bed for an additional price.
Browse our list and find a crib that checks all of the boxes for your individual needs. Register your crib to be notified of any new recalls, check for recalls before purchasing, especially if you are purchasing a used bed. The ultimate goal is your baby’s safety and comfort. No matter which bed you choose, we know it will be the best choice for your baby. And ultimately, the bed will provide many years of safety and rest for both you and your baby.