We Asked 9 Stylish Moms and Dads: What’s the Best Baby Crib?
Six picks designed for sweet dreams.
Published Nov 23, 2021 12:01 AM
No matter what details your nursery includes, we can all agree that there’s only one centerpiece of every baby’s sanctuary: the crib. While it might seem like a temporary furniture choice, buying a bed for your little one is a huge deal. Aside from finding one that ticks every box on your list (style, safety, price), the crib you choose should also double as a cozy nest for your baby. After all, they’ll be spending a lot of time there (hopefully sleeping quietly through the night!).
With so many options to choose from, landing on the perfect crib for your tot can be a daunting task. That’s why we asked a handful of stylish parents to reflect on the best baby cribs for any kind of nursery—the ones they researched, purchased, tested, and now recommend to their friends. These six picks have their tick of approval.
Our Top Picks
- Best overall: Stokke Sleepi Crib
- Best value: DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib
- Best sustainable choice: Oeuf Sparrow Crib
- Best customizable: Studio Duc Juno Crib
- Best convertible: Babyletto Lolly Crib
- Best splurge: Kalon Caravan Crib
Best Overall: Stokke Sleepi Crib
Pittsburgh-based photographer Erin Kelly agrees. “I love that the Sleepi crib is convertible and can transition from a bassinet to a crib and then to a toddler bed,” she shares. “In its bassinet form, the crib fits cozily next to the bed in the master suite. Now, four years later, our youngest daughter (who is almost 2) still has room to grow.” What’s more: The crib has proved to be seriously durable. “It’s just as much of a beauty as the day I bought it,” adds Kelly, admitting she’s not prepared to scrap the piece once the toddler stage is behind them. “I’m imagining a really cozy kids’ reading couch that will grace our space for years to come.”
Best Value: DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib
Best Sustainable choice: Oeuf Sparrow Crib
Best Customizable: Studio Duc Juno Crib
Best Convertible: Babyletto Lolly Crib
Best Splurge: Kalon Caravan Crib
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Types of baby cribs
No matter what your child’s needs are, there’s a crib out there to make life (read: getting a decent night’s sleep) easier. If you’re settled at home and know exactly where your baby’s bed will be placed, going with a conventional style might be the best option. Traditional cribs are pretty straightforward—they come without additional features like under-bed drawers and an adjustable base for different mattress heights.
Parents eager for a one-and-done purchase should consider a convertible crib. With the addition of an extra piece or the subtraction of a preexisting railing, these beds grow with your child so that you don’t have to purchase an entirely new bed every time they have a growth spurt. The best part? You can often buy optional conversion kits to make the process quick and easy.
If you’re planning to relocate in the near future or keep changing your mind on room layout, a portable crib has your name written all over it. These cribs can easily roll throughout your home or onto a moving truck (just make sure to lock them into place when not in motion). Some models are even foldable, allowing for easy storage in between homes (or kids!).
The worst surprise when buying any kind of furniture is coming home to a piece that doesn’t fit well in your space. Something to keep in mind when shopping for a crib: A standard model should measure around 28-by-52 inches and last your child their first 18 to 24 months, while a standard mattress can be transitioned to a toddler bed once your mini me learns to monkey their way out of the crib.
If space saving is key or if the baby is sharing a room with an older sibling or twin, try a mini crib measuring 24-by-38 inches. Not only is it easier on the wallet, it’s also easier to move around if you’re trying to reconfigure your space (like this clever shared bedroom–meets–home office).
For design-minded parents, a fun way to add unique flair to your nursery is with a nontraditionally shaped crib. Circular, oval, and pod-shaped choices are becoming more and more popular for aesthetically driven parents—peep Katy Perry’s nursery for inspiration. Just keep in mind: You’ll have to find a similarly shaped mattress to match, and your baby will likely grow out of their crib sooner, as curved cribs are often smaller than their standard counterparts.
Safety and bar spacing
The most important factor to keep in mind when shopping for a crib is your little one’s safety, and understanding a crib’s features is the first step in making sure they’re taken care of at night and beyond. The first thing to avoid? Drop-side cribs. This style has been illegal in the United States since 2011, but if you do happen to come across one secondhand, steer clear. They’ve been known to cause harmful and potentially fatal injuries to babies.
Unless you’re opting for a clear-side crib, odds are yours will have bars. Make sure the slats are no more than 2 ⅜ inches apart (if you can fit a soda can through them, they’re too far apart!). Always check for loose hardware, that any paint or finishes on the crib are nontoxic, and that non-decor like mobiles or art hang directly above the crib for fear of falling.
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