The baby crib: It’s the focal point of baby’s room. The spot where your little one will, fingers crossed, clock in hours of uninterrupted sleep (at least in our dreams). It’s no wonder then, parents spend weeks, if not months, taking measurements, shopping scores of options and poring over (often conflicting) customer reviews for the best baby cribs. And that’s not all: There are also the safety guidelines for baby cribs to consider. It’s enough to make you want to take a nap!
That’s why we’ve put together this handy shopping guide that includes not only important tips to consider before you even start your search for the best cribs, but also our favorite baby cribs for every budget and style. Let’s start with what you need to consider first:
• Safety. The safest baby cribs are the newest baby cribs. The ones on the market today adhere to more rigorous federal safety standards than in years past, offering durable wooden slats and stronger crib hardware to prevent loose parts. Look for baby cribs with the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) seal of approval. This means they’ve been tested by an independent party to be safe according to the American Society for Testing and Materials, which developed the safety guidelines.
• Convenience. Consider a baby crib brands or retailers that are going to be easy for you, whether that means being able to drive up and load the crib into your car or have your crib delivered to your door. Most importantly, when researching best cribs, be sure that the crib doesn’t have to be special-ordered followed by a long waiting period (unless you’re absolutely certain you have that luxury of time).
• Budget. It’s not just about the cost of the baby crib. You’ll also need to budget for a crib mattress, which can run about $100 to $500 extra to the total cost of your crib setup.
• Add-ons. Purchase the toddler rail or conversion kit now if you plan on using it in a few years. Better to have it on hand than finding out two years down the line that your baby crib model has been discontinued.
• Bedding. You don’t need anything beyond a fitted crib sheet for baby cribs. While a matching crib skirt is optional as a decorative touch, skip the bumpers, quilts and pillows, which pose safety hazards.
Best Baby Cribs
These days the best baby cribs not only look good, they often grow with your child and offer a host of features to meet your needs. Whatever you decide, remember to assemble your baby crib in the room you plan to use it in—you don’t want to learn the hard way that it won’t fit through the door! Also, if you lose any parts, such as screws and washers (because pregnancy brain), don’t improvise. Instead, call the company and ask for replacements; the customer rep should be happy to provide them. Finally, if you’re shopping for twins—buy two baby cribs instead of one; they won’t both fit in that crib forever. Ready to shop? Great! Just try not to get sleep envy as you take a look at our picks for best cribs.
Best Baby Crib Overall
What’s not to love about Babyletto’s Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib? It’s made of nontoxic materials and sits on sturdy legs, making us inclined to list it among the safest baby cribs too. Parent reviewers say it takes only about a half-hour to an hour to build, with beautiful results. It’s sold in eight variations of white, gray, espresso and natural; and it fits easily into a modern nursery or a traditional room.
Buy it: $380, Amazon.com
Best Colorful Baby Crib
What if you don’t want something that blends right into your room? (Bo-ring!) What if you want a standout crib, since, after all, it’s the star of the nursery? Meet DaVinci’s vintage-inspired Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. One of the best cribs for making a statement, it comes in modern colors: bright green, yellow, blue, pink and navy. Fancy-pants wood spindles give it an heirloom look without any of the dangers of an actual hand-me-down. It’s also made of nontoxic materials and sustainable pine.
Buy it: $249, Davincibaby.com
Best Mini Crib
We like Bloom’s Alma Mini Crib because it’s among the best cribs that actually folds up and stores away when you’re done with it. The fold also means it’s super-easy to park next to your own bed—like a bassinet—when you bring your newborn home and also to roll over to the nursery when you’re ready (yes, it’s got wheels!). If you’ve got a small nursery, this will tuck in nicely. Just note that you’ll need to buy Bloom’s Alma mattress to fit in it, for an extra $100; a regulation-size crib mattress will be too big. Bonus: these cribs come in gray, natural, green, brown or white.
Buy it: $340, bloombaby.com
Best Affordable Crib
Where can you find some of the best cribs (and everything else for that matter!) at an affordable price? IKEA, of course! The Gulliver Crib gets good parent reviews for being sturdy and long-lasting for a low price. It turns into a toddler bed by just removing one side. (Now, if only all things baby were this simple.)
Buy it: $99, Ikea.com
Best Travel Crib
Pop it open, lay baby down! BabyBjorn’s Travel Crib Light is a great solution for hotels or a relative’s house. The carry case and lightweight (a mere 13 pounds) are key for packing and unpacking. But the selling point for adding this to our list of best cribs? We also love the vented sides that make it easy to see what your baby’s doing in there. For safety, use only the mattress that it comes with.
Buy it: $300, Buybuybaby.com
Best Traditional Baby Crib
A high-arched back. Shiny polished wood. Graco’s Charleston 4 in 1 Convertible Crib is among the best cribs with a stately traditional look—along with a nice price. Like all convertible baby cribs, it turns into a toddler bed. This one can also transform into a daybed or a full-size bed frame down the road if you buy the separate conversion kits. It comes in white, cherry, espresso, black and gray.
Buy it: $220, Walmart.com
Best Crib With Storage
Four built-in cubbies on one end of Babyletto’s Bingo 3-in-1 Convertible Crib and Storage Comb provide you with cute display space. Among our picks for best cribs, this has four available mattress heights too—more than most (the standard is usually only two or three height positions). Also primo: Much of the hardware is hidden after you assemble it.
Buy it: $549, Babyletto.com
Best Upholstered Crib
If you’re going all out, then one of the best cribs to consider is an upholstered baby crib. Restoration Hardware’s RH Baby and Child division has several of these, including the Belle, with stain-resistant linen-covered curved sides and six beautifully carved feet. A piece of real craftsmanship, it looks like it belongs to royalty.
Buy it: $1,999, Restorationhardware.com
Best Customizable Crib
Micuna’s Life Crib is different from any of the other best baby cribs we’ve seen. You select the colors of the spindles on the side, customizing the look to fit your nursery. And there are lots of options: purple, pink and blue, plus neutrals, such as brown, white and gray.
Buy it: $490, Micunausa.com
Best Acrylic Crib
Apparently, Blue Ivy slept in an acrylic crib, and now these ultra-modern see-through models are the latest rage. As you’d expect, the material isn’t cheap: The Land of Nod’s Panorama comes in just under a thousand bucks—but your kid will definitely have the coolest baby crib on the block.
Buy it: $999, Landofnod.com
Updated September 2017