Published on January 22, 2019

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Every great nursery has a few essential ingredients in common. First and foremost, you’ll find a cozy and comfortable rocking chair for Mom. Next, a decked-out changing table with plenty of storage space for last-minute outfit swaps and spare diapers. Finally, there’s the heart of a well-loved nursery: the crib.

While it might only seem like a temporary furniture choice, buying a crib is a huge deal. Aside from finding a bed that ticks every box on your list (style, safety, price), it’s important that the crib you choose will double as an inviting nest for your baby. After all, they’ll be spending a lot of time here… hopefully, sleeping quietly through the night.

With so many retailers to pick from, nailing down the perfect crib for your little one can be a daunting task. That’s why we asked a handful of stylish parents to reflect on the cribs they chose for their nurseries and whether or not they’d make the same purchase again.

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Sparrow Crib by Oeuf, $820

When Jessie De Lowe, cofounder of wellness website How You Glow, was deciding on a crib for her guest room–turned–Cali-cool nursery, she landed on a bed that was both stylish and sustainable. The Oeuf Sparrow crib is Greenguard certified, which ensures that the piece was manufactured with low chemical emissions.

I was drawn to the Oeuf Sparrow crib because of the beautiful, natural design. I love how the crib can fit into any space,” Lowe tells Domino. “We have moved since purchasing it and had no doubt that it would work perfectly in any nursery. The fact that it is eco-friendly and converts into a toddler bed sealed the deal.”

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Sleepi Natural Crib by Stokke, $799

Pittsburgh-based photographer Erin Kelly had her eyes on this stunning oval crib from Stokke for a while when she was pregnant with her first child. Instead of seeing it as a splurge for their beautiful craftsman home, Kelly viewed the crib as an investment piece that would grow with their family over time.

“I loved that it was convertible and could transition from a bassinet to a crib and then to a toddler bed,” says Kelly. In its bassinet form, the crib fit cozily next to the bed in the master suite. “Now, four years later, our youngest daughter (who is almost two) still has room to grow.”

What’s more: The crib proved to be seriously durable. “It’s just as much of a beauty as the day I bought it,” she adds, admitting she’s not prepared to scrap the piece once the toddler years are behind them. “I’m imagining a really cozy kids’ reading couch that will grace our space for years to come.”

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Jenny Lind Crib by Crate and Barrel Kids, $508

Kelly and Jeff Mindell of design blog Studio DIY pulled out all the neon stops for their son Arlo’s bright and bold nursery. However, to give all the colorful accents life, the pair opted for a minimal white crib as a clean backdrop (and zen nest). For Kelly, the whimsy was all in the details.

“I was drawn to the Jenny Lind Crib because it evoked a feeling of pure childhood magic—like the crib you’d find if you walked into the pages of a classic childhood storybook,” says Mindell. “We wanted our son Arlo’s nursery to be infused with layers of texture and the details on the railings played into that perfectly. I can’t imagine having a different crib in his room and would absolutely choose it again.”

Want a crib that won’t inevitably end up in the storage unit? Here are a few of our favorite baby-approved finds that put safety, style, and sleep first.

An affordable alternative for the million dollar baby, this under-$400 bed can change and grow with your little one for a fraction of the cost.

The one thing Mindell, Kelly, and Lowe all swear by? Convertible cribs. Crafted from solid maple wood and designed to transform into two different toddler bed styles, this time-tested pick from Kalon marries beauty and utility.

Cult-favorites don’t come cheap, but they sure do look glamorous. The now-famous Vetro crib isn’t just cool for the simple fact that it’s completely transparent but the fact that the piece was the first-ever 100 percent recyclable crib on the market.

The brainchild of Parisian It mom Cécile Roederer, Smallable boasts a unique collection of nursery essentials—including a number of very bold cribs. Want to raise a future color lover?  Opt for this electric pink bed.

Have you ever seen a bed so beautiful? There’s something almost prehistoric about the structure of this basket-like crib.

See more nursery ideas: 

9 Nursery Essentials That Will Grow With Them

Eight Nurseries Where Wallpaper Steals the Show

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