Arguably one of the most exciting parts of setting up your new nursery is assembling the crib. It will be the little snuggly place you put your little one to sleep at night and/or during the day for naps. A crib has the potential to be used for the first few years of your kiddo’s life, so it’s important to make a good purchase the first time. Below, we’ve put together a list of the best baby cribs for your nursery.
Purchasing a Crib
With the frequent use and longevity of your new baby crib, you want to make sure you’re getting a good one that will hold up to it all. There are tons of cribs on the market, so here are a few of the most important things to consider when it’s time to buy:
There are three types of cribs you can choose from:
- Standard: A typical crib that offers stability and comfort and can be great if you’re planning on adding more little ones in the near future. (Even if you aren’t, they are still great.)
- Convertible: These cribs can grow with your little one, usually converting into a toddler bed, a day bed, sometimes even a full bed.
- Mini/Portable: These cribs are great for small spaces or families who like to travel.
Here are some important features:
- Safety: Any crib you buy should meet all safety standards. Be sure the slats are not spaced too far apart, as this can be potentially very dangerous for your baby, especially if their head can fit through the opening.
- Mattress Adjustment: The height of the mattress should be able to be adjusted; that way you can lower it as your little one grows taller, and it decreases the chance of them standing and falling out.
- Mattress Support: You want to make sure there is stable support for your little one’s mattress, such as a metal base (that will be able to withstand your growing and jumping little one)
- Movement: Wheels on the base of the crib can make it easy to move; just make sure they lock in place to stay stable and safe.
Best Overall: Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
This crib comes in a variety of nontoxic finishes so that you can choose one that best suits your nursery and style. Available as a single crib or combined with a changer, this crib is designed to easily convert to a daybed to a toddler bed to a full-sized bed. There is a three-position adjustable mattress height as well as a support base. This crib has been tested to meet all applicable federal safety standards and is made of high-quality pine wood for years of use.
Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib (Pebble Gray) – GREENGUARD Gold Certified, Converts from Baby Crib to Toddler Bed, Daybed and Full-Size Bed, Fits Standard Full-Size Crib Mattress
This crib is available in a range of finishes and is designed to grow with your little one.
Best with Changing Table: Stork Craft Portofino Fixed Side Crib
Available in an array of finishes to perfectly match your desired style, this crib can be purchased with a conveniently connected changing table or as a stand-alone crib. When purchased with the changing table, this crib becomes an all-in-one station for sleeping, changing, and storage. There are three spacious drawers as well as three open shelves to give you lots of space to store clothes, sheets, diapers, wipes, or anything else you might need. The mattress height can easily be adjusted, and when your little one is ready, this crib converts into a day bed, toddler bed, and even a full-sized bed. It is constructed of quality pine wood with a nontoxic finish and has been rigorously tested to meet or exceed all safety standards.
Storkcraft Portofino 5-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer (Espresso) – GREENGUARD Gold Certified, Crib and Changing Table Combo with 3 Drawers, Includes Baby Changing Pad, Converts to Full-Size Bed
This crib has a convenient changing table that offers plenty of storage for extra clothes, sheets, or anything else.
Best Mini: Dream On Me Aden Convertible Mini Crib
This cute mini crib has all the convenience of a standard-sized crib, just smaller! It can easily convert from a crib into a mini day bed, then a twin-sized bed (with or without a footboard). The mattress height is adjustable into four positions, and even though this crib is mini, there will plenty of space for your little one. The crib is made of superior quality pine wood with non-toxic finishes and is JPMA Certified to meet or exceed all safety standards.
Dream On Me Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib in White, Greenguard Gold Certified
Even though this crib is small, it has almost everything to offer that a standard crib does.
Best Portable: Graco Pack and Play On the Go Playard
This playard is designed to keep your baby comfortable and happy, either on the go or at home. There is a full-sized removable bassinet equipped with a toy bar and soft toys for added entertainment and amusement. The crib has been made to easily pack up and go with automatic folding feet and wheels; simply pull the middle release, and the playard will fold into a tight rectangle that is now easy to transport just about anywhere! The frame is durable, and the sides are made of soft mesh. A convenient carrying bag makes transport even easier while giving the baby a safe and homey feel, wherever they might be resting.
Best Bedside: Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper
This bedside crib is easy to attach to the side of the bed and can then be easily removed, thanks to two fastening straps. There are seven height positions to match the parent’s bed. The two-sided mesh makes this crib breathable and extra cozy. The side is easy to open when being used in bedside mode or can be positioned up to be used away from the bed. The bottom is stable with a supportive and comfortable included mattress with a sleeping board. Additional features such as a convenient side pocket and built-in wheels (with brakes) make this bassinet usable anywhere your little one wants to sleep.
Mika Micky Baby Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bedside Crib Easy Folding Portable Crib All mesh 2022 New,Grey
This bedside bassinet crib alternative can easily be adjusted to match the height of the parent's bed and has comfortable and breathable mesh sides.