Sure, the phrase “sleep like a baby” may not be that accurate, but the best baby crib can at least help you move in the right direction of sleep, right?
A baby crib is an essential item for many families, because we know that the safest sleep happens when an infant is placed in a crib, on their back, without blankets or toys. But finding the right crib can feel like a massive undertaking, especially when you consider the importance of safe sleep. The good news is we have a really clear understanding of what makes a crib safe. By following these simple guidelines, new parents can sleep peacefully — at least until it’s time for that next middle-of-the-night feeding!
Table of Contents
- Finding a Safe Crib
- Best Overall Crib
- Best All-in-One Crib
- Best Budget-Friendly Crib
- Best Convertible Crib
- Best Portable Crib
- Best Mini Crib
- The Most Stylish Crib
- Best Multipurpose Crib
- Best Vintage Feel Crib
- Best Crib for Small Spaces
Finding a Safe Crib
The safest baby cribs are actually the most basic, according to Consumer Reports. Parents are encouraged to avoid drop-side cribs and bumpers. It is also recommended that parents buy their mattress simultaneously, to ensure it is the perfect crib mattress for your chosen crib. If a crib doesn’t fit just right, there are risks of baby’s limbs getting caught in gaps between the crib slats and the mattress.
There are certainly plenty of things to think about when buying a crib for your baby, but there are organizations who have done their best to make the search simple. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association offers certification to cribs that pass their rigorous testing, including annual testing by a third-party to make sure products made specifically for babies and children are safe. Looking for this certification is a great way to make sure the crib you are considering is a trustworthy choice for your new baby.
Second hand cribs may save parents a lot of money, but they’re not recommended for one very specific reason — it is difficult to be certain an older crib meets safety standards or if it has been subject to recalls.
Best Overall Crib
With 2,250 reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon, naming the Emery 4-in-1 Crib by Delta Children as the best crib was an easy choice.
Outside of the safety of this baby crib, we love that you’re going to get your money’s worth. Not only is this a mid-priced crib that will fit well within most budgets, it is built to last from infancy to toddlerhood as you sleep train your baby. As a convertible crib, it can be converted from a crib to a daybed, toddler bed, and even a full bed with a headboard.
The Best All-in-One Crib
What’s not to love about a crib that allows for midnight diaper changes with everything you need in arms reach? An all-in-one crib has a small changing table with a couple drawers attached and the Abby Convertible Crib by Delta Children is our favorite one. This crib is available in grey, dark chocolate, and white. Like many of the full-sized cribs offered by this brand, it can be converted into a daybed, toddler bed, and full bed as your child grows.
The Best Budget-Friendly Crib
Buying secondhand or accepting hand-me-down cribs generally isn’t advised by safety experts, but that doesn’t mean you need to break your budget in order to provide your infant with a safe place to sleep. At just over $100, the Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible Crib by Dream On Me is the perfect crib for parents on a tighter baby budget.
The low price tag doesn’t come with safety compromises, though; this crib is JPMA certified for safety standards and the manufacturers turn to a 3rd party lab for tests that guarantee that lead and other toxins aren’t a concern.
Parents can choose from 13 different colors and finishes, including white, natural, and mint. Once your baby is ready for the “big kid bed,” the Synergy Crib can be converted with the purchase of additional pieces in a conversion kit.
The Best Convertible Crib
Convertible cribs are a chance to get the most life from a crib because they’re made to serve your child well beyond infancy. Once your child is ready for a toddler bed, or has learned to climb out of their crib, the Hudson Convertible by Babyletto can easily become a safe option for your growing escape artist.
The Best Portable Crib
The Dylan Folding Portable Crib by DaVinci is green guard certified, compact enough for small spaces, and compatible with mini crib mattresses. Buyers on Amazon left 659 reviews, giving this portable crib a 4.7 star rating. Some of the coolest features of this crib are that it can fold up to be stored away and has wheels so that you can easily roll it throughout your home.
The Best Mini Crib
When we learned we’d be adding a fourth child to our small home, we knew we’d need to get creative about where our new baby would sleep. We found a mini crib we love for our bedroom, allowing us to room share for the first year without sacrificing too much space. The high-quality nature of this crib, along with its stylish, modern design has earned it a 4.6 star rating from parents on Amazon.
Read more: Check out Truly Mama’s full guide on the best mini cribs.
The Most Stylish Crib
What can I say? Babyletto is knocking it out of the park designing safe, high quality cribs that look great in the most stylish nurseries.
“I absolutely love the design and it fits perfectly with my gender-neutral and mid-century influenced nursery,” says PeppersMom on Amazon. She warns: “The crib was a little hard to assemble, but not so different than most furniture.”
Most Multipurpose Crib
Along with the drawer function of this crib, we love that it’s made to last all through your baby’s life– it comes with 3 adjustable mattress heights, so it can work for all ages and convert to a full-size bed when you’re out of the baby stage. (Sob.)
Best Vintage Feel Crib
Buying an old-fashioned, Jenny Lind crib might be every vintage lover’s dream, but older cribs certainly won’t pass modern-day safety recommendations. Enter the Jenny Lind Crib by DaVinci, with all vintage feel and none of the safety risks.
Best Crib for Small Spaces
The Edgewood Mini Crib by Dream-on-Me is an affordable, simple option for small spaces. It has a sleek, solid pinewood design and a clean and modern finish, plus it takes less materials to make, so it’s more eco-friendly. And even though it’s technically a mini-crib, you can get some long-lasting use out of it: it will convert to a twin bed when you’re done using it.
You’ll find 3 positions for mattress height settings and an included 1″ mattress pad. This crib is JPMA certified and stands small yet mighty at 39 x 28 x 37 inches.
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Reviewed by Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN…