BEST CRIBS | AUGUST 2018

A baby crib is an essential nursery item. Deciding on the right model requires careful consideration. There are numerous crib options to choose from, ranging widely in terms of size, style, function and price. Often, several different brands will make very similar crib models, making the decision process even more complicated. The ReviewLab team has simplified the process for you, sifting and sorting through hundreds of cribs to bring you the cream of the crop. We based our selection on a range of factors and features we know are important to parents, including stability, durability, comfort, style, size and practicality. Read more about our methodology.

Best Overall

92

With a clean and simple mid-century modern design, sturdy construction, and a low profile, this crib is a sure winner at a fair price point. It’s stylish, built to last, and sure to suit many different decors.

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Best Value

93

The Union 3-in-1 features a sleek, clean design, and comes in several modern, fun colors. It’s a safe, durable, and simple option that’s easy to set up, sturdy, and fits well in smaller spaces. An overall excellent value for its low price point.

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Best by Category

Best Travel Crib

96

We can’t say enough good things about the BabyBjorn Travel Crib. It’s lightweight, it’s breathable, and it’s easy to transport from room to room, or from your house to Grandma’s. It’s also very comfortable for both sleep and play.

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Best Compact Crib

95

The DaVinci Alpha Rocking Crib features a space-saving design, a charming look, and durable construction. It fits in anywhere, both in style and in stature, providing a cozy, safe and stylish option for your little one.

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Best Convertible Crib

93

The Delta Children Archer 4-in-1 Crib offers convenience, an affordable price point, an attractive design, and the potential for upgrades, making it an excellent choice for anyone in need of a quality multi-functional crib.

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Best Crib with Changing Table

82

This crib saves space, looks beautiful, and functions exceptionally well. It features a changing table, shelving and drawer storage, and it converts into a toddler bed. Meanwhile, it’s simple, elegant style fits well in many decors.

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Best Vintage-Style Crib

94

With its distinctive heirloom signature style, the DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib adds instant charm, beauty and character to any nursery. Its convertible design grows and changes with your child, making it a dependable and practical choice.

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Cribs BUYING GUIDE

  • KEY CONSIDERATIONS

    Comfort

    Will your baby have enough space to move around? Will the crib sway or slide when he moves? Are there gaps he can roll into? Your comfort is important, too. If you are on the shorter side, taking your baby in and out of a low-set crib can be a strain. To save your back, choose a higher-set or adjustable height crib.

    Baby’s Safety

    Always review the safety credentials of any crib model. Safety standards for cribs are high, and today’s cribs are, by-and-large, very safe. However, some companies only meet the minimum standards, while others go above and beyond by adding extra safety features. Look for a crib that meets or exceeds CPSC and ASTM standards, and is free of phthalates, latex, lead and BPA.

    Your Practical Needs

    It's easy to be swayed by a beautiful crib, or by a crib with a lot of bells and whistles. Form should always follow function, and you should never pay for more function than you need. For example, a five-in-one crib is not a bargain if you will only use two of its functions. Consider your lifestyle, your living space, your budget, your baby’s age and temperament, and your future sleeping plans for your child, and look for something that fits.

  • PRICE BREAKDOWN

    Prices for cribs vary widely. In general, you can expect to pay between $100 to $150 for a good mini-crib or a basic standard crib; $250 to $350 for a mid-range, higher-quality crib; and $450 to $550 and above for a high-quality, higher-end crib. There are affordable, well-made, safe models in every crib category. Crib prices are related less to function and more to sturdiness, finish and material quality, durability, and solid wood content.

FULL product reviews

We research hundreds of products in order to bring you a final, unbiased list of the very best. We also use a proprietary algorithm to score each product in terms of quality, value, and brand reputation. These subscores are then weighted to calculate our overall scores. Read more about how we calculate our scores.

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Best Overall

TOP PICK

Babyletto Hudson

The Babyletto Hudson has no shortage of great features. Users love its clean, chic, mid-century modern style, which fits in well with many decors, and looks great with a variety of different bedding sets. They also praise its sturdiness, durability and solid construction, as well as the ease with which it can be assembled—one user built it by herself while six months pregnant. This crib features an eco-conscious design, and is crafted from sustainable New Zealand pine. It’s also heavily vetted for safety, which helped to earn it our top spot.

  • 92overall
  • 96quality
  • 64value
  • 88brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Simple, yet ultra-stylish design. While this crib is chic and simple, it’s far from boring. Slender, rounded spindles and angled feet give it a mid-century modern flair and an eclectic appeal.
  • Low profile accommodates many users. Whether you’re tall, short, or somewhere in between, the Babyletto Hudson’s shorter height allows you to easily place your baby in and take her back out. Because you won’t have to “drop” her down the last couple of inches, you won’t risk waking her if she’s sleeping.
  • Extensive safety testing. This crib, screened for 360 VOCs and more than 10,000 chemicals, is GREENGUARD gold certified. It meets ASTM international standards, and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
  • Included toddler conversion kit. This bed transforms into both a toddler bed and a daybed, and, unlike other convertible cribs, the conversion kit is included.

Other Considerations

  • Low profile doesn’t allow for a crib skirt. Some users report that the crib’s short height didn’t allow them to use their crib skirt, leaving the design of the nursery a little incomplete. This was only a minimal factor in determining their satisfaction.
  • Tendency to ding and scuff. While pine is a durable wood, it is a soft wood, which can make it prone to dinging and scuffing. Some users say they noticed dings and scratches made by belts and buttons as parents leaned over the crib. If baby is using the crib as a teether, consider investing in a railing guard.
  • Factory errors. Some users report factory errors, with holes being drilled on the wrong side; this didn’t affect the support or structure of the crib, but it was a disappointment.

Best Value

TOP PICK

Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

If you’re looking for a straightforward, no-fuss option that’s sturdy, attractive and affordable, this is your crib. It features a clean, sleek design that’s modern looking, yet simple enough to fit in well with nearly any decor or nursery scheme. The crib comes in several fun colors that add a nice touch of artistry to baby’s room. This crib is crafted from New Zealand pine. Users are impressed with its quality, sturdiness, and attractive look. Many note that they were pleasantly surprised at the quality, given the price.

  • 93overall
  • 93quality
  • 95value
  • 90brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Safety-conscious craftsmanship. This crib meets ASTM international standards, as well as U.S. CPSC safety standards.
  • Converts to a daybed. The Union converts into a daybed, using a separately purchased conversion kit. The daybed takes a standard-size mattress (not included with purchase).
  • Adjustable-height mattress. The mattress adjusts to four different positions, allowing it to easily accommodate parents of different heights and babies of different ages at different developmental stages.
  • Very easy to assemble. Numerous users note that it was easy and quick to assemble the Union and, once assembled, the crib was very sturdy and didn’t wobble.
  • Low-profile design. This crib stands at 32 inches tall, making it easy to put baby down and pick her up, even for shorter people. It also fits well under slanted ceilings and in smaller spaces.

Other Considerations

  • Profile too low for some users. Some reviewers say the low height of the crib is a liability, noting that they felt insecure about using it with an older child.
  • Easily dinged and dented. The soft nature of pine wood does allow it to dent and ding easily. Some users note that their babies left teeth marks on the railing – an issue that can be resolved with a rail guard.

BEST BY CATEGORY

Best Travel Crib

why buy?

Whether you’re frequently on the go, or you just need a safe space for baby to nap and play when she’s not in her room, a portable crib is a wise investment. There are a myriad of options, from cribs that include bassinets and changing tables, to simple collapse-and-carry models that are a breeze to transport. In general, these cribs are sturdy, durable, and relatively easy to move, and they keep baby comfy and highly visible. Look for a model that’s easy to clean and has a comfortable mattress pad.

Top Pick

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

The BabyBjorn is a gem of a travel crib. Reviewers love how lightweight it is, and how easy it is to set up and take down. They also like the stability and the quality feel of the materials. The mattress is smooth and seamless, and very comfy for baby. There’s plenty of space to sleep or play, and the mesh sides allow you to peek at baby from every angle. Users recommended it both for travel and home use as a safe play yard.

  • 96overall
  • 96quality
  • 91value
  • 93brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Lightweight construction. This was the top benefit cited by reviewers. At only 13 pounds, it’s one of the lightest weight options available, and it isn’t bulky or difficult to carry.
  • Easy to fold and unfold. Reviewers are impressed with how easily this crib can be set up and taken down, noting that it can be done in a matter of seconds.
  • Chemical-free materials. The fabrics used on this crib meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1 for baby products, ensuring that they are non-toxic and non-allergenic.
  • Easy to clean and care for. Reviewers note that they are able to clean and dry the crib’s fabric components easily and quickly.
  • Angled design for added safety. The slope of the crib sides makes it more difficult for adventurous babies to find a means of escape.

Other Considerations

  • Mattress position is very low. Some reviewers note that it is difficult to pick their baby up from the bottom of the crib. If you are short or have a bad back, this may not be the best option for you.
  • Baby is on the floor. Several reviewers expressed concern that the mattress lays directly on the floor. Some see it as a minor issue, while others find it to be a deal-breaker.
  • Thin mattress. Several reviewers note the thinness of the mattress, however, most of them observed that it didn’t seem to be a factor in their baby’s comfort. According to the BabyBjorn, the mattress must be at that specific thickness to stay within safety standards and minimize the risk of suffocation.

Best Compact Crib

why buy?

Compact cribs have many virtues. They’re roomy enough to be comfortable, yet have a small footprint to accommodate any space. They’re sturdy, yet lightweight; they’re affordable; and many models are collapsible, making them easy to transport. Compact cribs are ideal for apartment living, naps at grandma’s and room sharing. They’re also a good choice for those who would prefer to make a smaller investment in a crib, saving a larger investment for a permanent big-kid bed.

Top Pick

DaVinci Alpha Mini Rocking Crib

The DaVinci Alpha’s compact footprint makes it an ideal choice for a smaller space. Reviewers loved its small size, and that they were able to move it easily from room to room, or place it next to their beds within their reach. The crib is spacious in spite of its size, comfortably accommodating babies up to 18 months. Reviewers praise the crib’s durability, and a number of them noted that they preferred this model to previously owned larger cribs.

  • 95overall
  • 96quality
  • 95value
  • 88brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Customizable height. This crib features four mattress height options, allowing it to adapt precisely to your baby’s physical and developmental growth.
  • Detachable casters. Casters allow you to easily roll the crib from room to room, so that you can keep baby close by, or move him somewhere quieter.
  • Rocking feature. Remove the casters and the crib gently rocks. Many users love this feature, as it allows them to soothe their babies back to sleep long after they have outgrown the bassinet.
  • Vetted thoroughly for safety. The crib’s finish has several layers of non-toxic paint. It’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified and screened for 360 VOCs and more than 10,000 chemicals to avoid potential off-gassing and toxicity.

Other Considerations

  • MDF mattress board. Reviewers were concerned that the mattress board was made of MDF, or particle board, as opposed to solid wood. However, none say that it caused any actual loss of function or any safety incidents.
  • Thin, flimsy mattress. This crib comes with a mattress, but reviewers are not impressed with its quality. Many chose instead to invest in a separate mattress. They found it easy to obtain a properly fitting mattress.

Best Convertible Crib

why buy?

Babies develop and grow quickly. A convertible crib is a practical, money-saving option that can take your child from infancy through the toddler years and often beyond. Convertible cribs are typically height-adjustable, allowing them to accommodate babies of every size and at different developmental stages. They also convert fairly easily from a crib, to a toddler bed, to a daybed, and sometimes even to a full bed—though you might have to buy separate add-ons to convert some models.

Top Pick

Delta Children Archer 4-in-1 Crib

This crib is as stylish as it is functional. Clean lines give it a sleek and contemporary feel, while a gently arched headboard and airy slats add a traditional touch of character. The Archer has an adjustable height mattress and converts into a toddler bed and a daybed. Reviewers noted that the Archer was sturdy, fairly easy to assemble, and a great value for the money.

  • 93overall
  • 95quality
  • 77value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Converts, with further options to upgrade. The Archer converts to a toddler bed, and buyers also have the option to upgrade to a daybed, a full-sized bed, and to add a trundle bed (sold separately). These options give the bed tremendous functionality and longevity.
  • Three-position mattress height. Three different mattress height options adapt to your growing baby.
  • Low profile. This crib’s shorter stature makes it easier to place and remove baby from the crib. It also ensures that the daybed is at a safe height for older children to climb off and on.
  • Sturdy wood construction. The Archer is durably crafted from solid wood, and reviewers note that it’s both sturdy and stable.
  • Easy assembly. Users were surprised at how easy this crib was to assemble – many note that the instructions were easy to follow and assembly took a half hour to an hour.

Other Considerations

  • Standard mattress may not be sufficient. A few reviewers note that standard mattresses leave a gap. This was easily resolved by measuring the crib and purchasing a mattress with a truer fit.
  • Chemical or paint smell. A few reviewers report that the crib had a strong lacquer or paint smell, which diminished little over time. Most users don't mention an odor.

Best Crib with Changing Table

why buy?

Standard cribs offer babies lots of room to wriggle, but they do take up a good deal of space. If you have a small nursery or baby is sharing a room with you or a sibling, a crib and changing table combo can be an ideal solution. These cribs aren’t just space-savers: the adjacent changing table keeps you from having to go back and forth across the room for diaper changes, which is especially handy at night. In addition, most models come with shelves, drawers, or both, so you can keep wipes, diapers, lovies, pacifiers and clothing right at hand.

Top Pick

Dream On Me Niko 5-in-1 Crib

To start, the Niko’s simple and clean aesthetic blends in well with both traditional and contemporary rooms. Reviewers appreciate its beautiful style. But this crib’s virtues are more than superficial. Reviewers have found the Niko to be durable and well priced, and they enjoy the convenience of having the changer close to the crib. They also note that it is easy, if perhaps time-consuming, to set up. Our favorite feature is the ample storage space for clothing, diapers, and other items.

  • 82overall
  • 86quality
  • 51value
  • 84brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Features both shelving and drawers for storage. Open shelving provides easy access to wipes, diapers, and anything else needed during changing. Meanwhile, drawers let you store clothing, towels, linens, and grooming kits.
  • Three mattress position options. The mattress adjusts to baby’s changing height and physical abilities.???????
  • Changing table is detachable. The changing table can be removed from the crib for better positioning or to accommodate a new space.

Other Considerations

  • Issues with packaging. Several reviewers note that their package arrived damaged. A few say that their crib had dings or other minor damage as a result.
  • Missing screws. Some reviewers note that, upon assembly, their crib was missing screws.

Best Vintage-Style Crib

why buy?

While today’s cribs tend to be simple and streamlined, cribs of the past featured beautifully detailed designs and a great deal of character. Unfortunately, due to design flaws and questionable paint chemicals, many older cribs are no longer deemed safe for babies. Fortunately, there are many vintage-style cribs available on the market. Whether you prefer a crib with classic elegance, mid-century modern flair, or a farmhouse feel, there is a crib to suit your nursery and your taste, while still upholding today’s rigid safety standards.

Top Pick

DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib

The DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib is as distinctive as it is beautiful. This crib features a wonderfully charming heirloom signature design, complete with detailed spindle posts. Users love the crib’s vintage look and unique style. They also note that the crib is durable, sturdy, and easy to assemble. The crib is also lightweight, and, with the provided casters, users found it very easy to move from room to room.

  • 94overall
  • 95quality
  • 89value
  • 88brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Distinctive look. This crib design is based on actual vintage cribs that are no longer in use due to safety concerns. It adds an immediate touch of style to a nursery or bedroom.
  • Eco-friendly craftsmanship from quality wood. The crib is built from 100 percent New Zealand pine, harvested from sustainable forests.
  • Great safety assurance. The Jenny Lind is GREENGUARD gold certified. To remove the risk of off-gassing and toxicity, it has been screened for 360 VOCs and more than 10,000 chemicals. The crib also meets international ASTM and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
  • Converts to toddler bed and daybed. The Jenny Lind grows with your child, converting into either a toddler bed or a daybed (conversion kit is available and sold separately to match specific crib colors).
  • Casters for easy portability. Caster wheels allow you to move the crib from room to room with ease. The casters can be removed if you prefer the crib to be stationary.

Other Considerations

  • Dings easily. Pine is a soft wood that dings and scratches easily. Users with teething babies would be wise to invest in a rail guard.
  • Non-matching hardware. Some reviewers say that the gold color of the casters did not match the crib. They also note that the screw heads were not the same color as the crib and stood out in contrast.