8 Best Twin Cribs for Babies
Expecting twins? Congratulations! Two babies are double the fun and double the work—especially when it comes to bedtime shenanigans. Between syncing sleep schedules, juggling feeding sessions and trying to catch a few minutes of shuteye yourself, a bedtime routine with multiples can be, well, exhausting. Our advice? Go easy on yourself, and invest in the right nursery gear.
A twin crib, double bassinet or two mini cribs should be at the top of your shopping list. Investing in safe and comfortable sleep spaces that keeps your minis within arm’s reach, makes the adjustment to parenthood that much easier. Ready to start your search? Keep reading for key safety advice, plus our picks of the best twin cribs on the market.
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Can twin babies sleep in the same crib?
Types of safe twin cribs
Best twin cribs to shop
“Having twins share a crib might seem like a good idea to save space and promote bonding, but unfortunately it isn’t the safest option,” says Rachel Mitchell, a certified pediatric and maternity sleep consultant and founder of My Sweet Sleeper. As it stands, there isn’t sufficient research surrounding the safety of having twins or multiple children sleep in the same bed. And since sleep safety is paramount, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends placing each infant in a separate crib (or appropriate sleep space) for naps and overnight sleep. Mitchell also points out that cribs and mattresses undergo specific safety testing to ensure they’re suitable for infants; but this testing is based on one child sleeping in the crib, not two. “Adding another infant into the crib or bassinet could compromise the manufacturer’s safety guarantee and guidelines,” explains Mitchell.
For twins, Mitchell recommends placing two individual bassinets side by side (or using a double bassinet that has met current safety standards). “It’s natural for twins to want to be close to one another, and this is encouraged, especially in the newborn stage,” says Mitchell. But, it’s best to do so in a safe way.
Double bassinets. Bassinets are a convenient option for parents that want to keep babies nearby for middle-of-the-night feeds and diaper changes. Specifically designed for twins, double bassinets offer two sleep zones separated with a dividing wall, which is often made from mesh for airflow and visibility. It’s a good choice for siblings who like to sleep next to each other, as they can still see their twin. Although bassinets can be used from birth, infants may outgrow them quickly. To determine how long you can use a specific model, read the manufacturer’s age and weight guidelines.
Playard with two bassinet inserts. A playard—also known as a pack ’n play—is a good option if you’re looking for versatility. A playard is an enclosed space with a sturdy floor that’s safe for sleep or play. They tend to be portable, with durable frames that can be assembled and disassembled. The options included on this list all feature double bassinet inserts that twin babies can sleep in for the first few months. Once they outgrow the removable bassinets, you can still use it for playtime, but you’ll need to invest in separate cribs for each child.
Twin playard. This option is the same as a regular playard with one key difference: It has an internal divider that creates a separate space for each baby. Most twin pack ‘n plays and playards are also compatible with removable infant bassinets, meaning you can use them from the newborn stage on.
Cribs. We’ve yet to come across a true twin crib, so the next best option is to double up on identical mini cribs or standard-size cribs. This provides each baby with a safe sleep space until they’re ready to transition to a toddler beds. If you choose to go down this route, take measurements ahead of time, and pick cribs that fit comfortably within your space.
The best cribs for twins provide each child with a designated sleep space. While it may be tempting to let them curl up together, sleep safety is key, so it’s best to err on the side of caution. Luckily, many brands offer options for twin babies, from double bassinets and playards to space-saving cribs. Whatever you decide, take accurate measurements before making a purchase to ensure your chosen gear fits within your space.
Best overall twin bassinet
The original HALO BassiNest was awarded a top spot in our Best of Baby awards, thanks to its innovative swivel function. So you can imagine our delight upon discovering they make an option for twins too. The external walls are easy to lower, and the twin bassinet rotates 360 degrees, meaning you can tend to each baby’s needs from the comfort of your bed. An internal mesh divider ensures each child has their own space, but lets them feel as close to each other as they did in the womb. It's also equipped with a soothing center that boasts calming sounds, vibration and a nightlight.
- Rotates 360 degrees
- Vibration and sound settings
- Mesh walls let babies see each other
- High price point
- Only suitable for use up to 5 months
Best affordable twin bassinet
For a more affordable option, check out this pick by Delta Children. The comfortable double bassinet features two sections divided by a mesh wall, allowing your twins to sleep safely side-by-side. Other great features include adjustable height and an easy-to-maneuver frame on wheels, which slides under the bed to give you easy access to your littles. Plus, roomy storage pockets let you keep binkies, wipes and other essentials close at hand.
- Lockable wheels
- Adjustable height
- Mesh wall inserts for visibility and airflow
- Some customers report that the bassinet isn’t very sturdy
Best twin pack ‘n play
This twin pack 'n play by Graco is larger than most and comes with two quilted bassinets, so your babies can nap in comfort. Each bassinet has a domed canopy that shields them from bright light to create a soothing sleep environment. Once they’ve outgrown the bassinets, simply remove the inserts to create a fun zone for tummy time and other antics. Mesh sides allow you to see what your twins are up to, and keeps air circulating while they play.
- Sun canopies
- Removable bassinets
- Graco don’t make crib sheets to fit this particular model
Best twin crib with storage
If you’ve weighed the options and settled on twin cribs, a mini crib may be your best bet. These miniature models are stylish, practical and, as the name suggests, small. Size is particularly important since you’ll need two cribs. There are tons of options on the market, but this pick is one of the best we’ve seen. It’s made of solid New Zealand pine, has a minimal footprint and converts from a crib to three different bed sizes. Plus, the minimalist box design would look great doubled up. But the real standout feature is the built-in trundle drawer. Trust us, you can never have enough storage!
- Built-in storage
- Converts to a toddler bed, daybed and twin bed
- Greenguard Gold certified
- Conversion kits sold separately
Best 3-in-1 twin playard
Hoping to snag a good deal? Check out the Snooze Deluxe III Nursery Center for Twins. The large playard comes with two removable bassinets that convert to stand-alone rockers to soothe both babies throughout the day. It comes complete with a flip-over changing table and a large organizer holds all diapering essentials. Better yet, each bassinet is equipped with hanging toys plus a music center with volume control, a nightlight and vibration settings. All that for under $220? Bargain.
- Affordable price point
- Organizer with plenty of pockets
- Removable rockers
- Some customers report that the playard isn’t very sturdy
Best portable twin crib
This option makes a great mini crib for twins—that is, if you buy two. Affordable? Check. Sturdy? Check. Portable and compact? Double check. It’s also made from quality materials and is Greenguard Gold certified, meaning it’s free from harmful chemicals. It takes up minimal space, folds away for storage and has built-in wheels so you can move it from room to room. Oh, and did we mention it’s just $159.
- Affordable price point
- Compact fold and built-in wheels
- Greenguard gold certified
- Complicated assembly instructions
Best twin playard for travel
Next up is a twin pack 'n play by Romp & Roost. The perfect space for your little ones to play or nap in, this model is easy to set up and neatly folds away into a travel bag with wheels. The roomy playard has ample space for two children, but, for it to function as a sleep space, you’ll also need to buy the bassinet accessories or the floor sheet with a built in divider.
- Travel case with wheels
- Comfortably accommodates two children
- Sleep accessories sold separately
Best twin crib for any decor
Last up on our list of the best twin cribs is this stylish pick by Babyletto. (Again, you’ll need to buy two!) Mini-sized for nursery nooks and shared bedrooms, the Gelato Mini Crib features interchangeable feet to match any decor aesthetic. Plus, the convertible design expands into a toddler bed and then twin bed for all the years to come.
- Made from sustainably sourced New Zealand pine
- Interchangeable feet
- Greenguard gold certified
- Slightly more expensive option
About the expert:
Rachel Mitchell, is a certified pediatric and maternity sleep consultant, former night nanny and mom of seven. Mitchell is also the founder of My Sweet Sleeper sleep consultancy.
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