7 Best Cribs of 2020
Best Cribs of 2020
August 24, 2020

Best Cribs of 2020

Best Cribs of 2020.
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The crib that helps your child sleep peacefully is the crib that helps you sleep peacefully.Best Cribs of 2020

We’re not going to lie. Watching your little one peacefully snoozing in their crib is one of the greatest pleasures of parenting. Whether you use a crib from day one or transition your baby into the crib later, you’ll be sure to get years of use out of it, and even longer if the crib converts to a toddler bed.

Do You Need a Crib?

In addition to a bassinet, a crib is the safest place for your baby to sleep. It’s important to follow crib safety guidelines, no matter which brand you select. The space should be free and clear of stuffed animals, toys, bumpers and blankets that can become suffocating hazards. Once you have your crib setup, you can add a cute fitted sheet over the mattress and call it done.

How to Choose a Crib

A lot of what goes into choosing the right crib for you is style and price, but here are some general things to keep in mind when picking one out.

If you’re purchasing a crib brand new, it will automatically comply with current safety standards. It’s a whole other story though if you’re looking at used models. You’ll want to check for recalls and make sure your crib was made after 2011. Also, avoid cribs with drop-down sides (since 2007, seven million of these types of cribs have been recalled). You’ll also want to make sure the crib you select has at least a few adjustable mattress settings (allowing you to lower or raise the mattress). When your child is an infant, you’ll want a higher mattress that allows you to easily scoop them up, but as your baby grows, you should lower the mattress so they can’t climb out.

Types of Cribs

Although there are still regular cribs on the market, many these days are convertible cribs, meaning they convert to a toddler bed—some even turn into a standard-size bed frame (usually a double bed) later on as well. Sometimes these cribs are also called 4-in-1 or 3-in-1 cribs. Some convertible cribs do require conversion kits to morph into different setups, and those may be included with your crib or purchased at an additional cost. If the crib you decide on doesn’t come with one, it’s a good idea to purchase it (or add it to your registry) in case it’s been discontinued by the time you need it.

Some families prefer to use a mini crib (larger than a bassinet, but smaller and usually more portable than a standard crib) throughout babyhood before transitioning their child right to a full-sized bed; this is particularly handy if you have limited space.

If your baby sleeps in multiple spaces (either at your house or at grandma’s, for example), you might want to consider something even more portable: a travel crib. As the name implies, these cribs generally are lighter in weight and easy to set up and break down, making them convenient to move around and travel with.

When Do You Need a Crib?

Although you can use a crib for your baby from the get-go, many parents choose to have their newborns sleep in bassinets and then typically transition their babies to a crib (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in their parent’s room—not bed—for at least the first six months).

But even if you don’t plan on using a crib right away, consider putting one on your registry since it’s an expensive item that friends and family may want to pitch in to get for you.

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Here are some of our favorite cribs and the brands that make them.

The Modern Crib

Why We Love It

The Hudson sets the vibe for a sleek, modern nursery. It’s a bit lower in height than most cribs, which petite parents appreciate for easy access to the baby. Better yet, this quality crib will last for years thanks to the included toddler bed conversion kit that easily transitions from crib to toddler bed to daybed. It comes in a variety of washes and woods.

Keep in Mind

No need to stress about the safety of Babyletto’s materials. The Hudson is Greenguard Gold certified (which means it’s been screened for 360 VOCs and over 10,000 chemicals). Made of sustainable New Zealand pine wood with a non-toxic finish, it’s lead and phthalate free too.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Great price, modern look that we wanted, easy to assemble.” -Scarlett

“It’s so cute and easy to assemble. It’s modern looking and stylish, and it’s the perfect height for me to play with my baby while he’s laying down.” -Deeariel

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.625” x 29.625” x 34.875”
Usage Crib: Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”; toddler bed up to 50 lbs.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed and a daybed with included conversion kit
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels

Mid-Century Vibes

Why We Love It

An updated version of a timeless design, dadada’s Soho crib is light and airy, but still sturdy, thanks to its inclined legs. Made in Italy from solid beech wood with a baby-safe finish, it’s as safe as it is stylish.

Keep in Mind

Though it converts into a toddler bed, you will need to purchase a separate conversion kit.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.15” x 29.95” x 36.7”
Usage As a crib until child weighs 50 lbs.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed (with separate kit)
Mattress Settings Three adjustable mattress levels.

The Classic Crib

Why We Love It

Want a chic, durable crib that seamlessly fits into any nursery decor? Look no further than the Kendall. This popular pick is made of solid wood, is easy to assemble and even comes with teething guards for the rails so the paint stays where it’s supposed to (genius!).

Keep in Mind

The Kendall converts to an adorable toddler bed, but the kit is sold separately, so you’ll want to factor that into your budget.

The Kendall not your thing? Pottery Barn Kids has a wide variety of cribs in many styles, colors and finishes.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s a beautiful crib, and the protector to prevent teething bite marks has been tested and is very useful!” -Julia

Additional Specs
Dimensions 57” x 32” x 44”
Usage Until child begins to climb or reaches 35”.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed with conversion kit (sold separately: $129-$139)
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

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Vintage-Chic Crib

Why We Love It

With its intricate rail details and traditional metal castings at the joints, this Million Dollar Baby crib is a nod to the days of the classic American metal cribs. Made of premium steel, the crib also undergoes a non-toxic hand-finishing process that makes each piece unique.

Keep in Mind

This crib has four adjustable mattress positions, and it’s a convertible crib (it transforms into both a toddler bed and daybed), though you’ll need to purchase the toddler bed conversion kit separately.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Quality material, expensive looking.”

Additional Specs
Dimensions 54” x 29.50” x 44”
Usage As a crib until child reaches 35” or begins to climb; toddler bed: until child weighs 50 lbs.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed (with separate kit) and a daybed
Mattress Settings Four adjustable mattress levels.

The Baby to Big-Kid Bed Crib

Why We Love It

So many options, so many years of use. The Delta Children Cambridge converts from a crib into a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed (but you’ll need to purchase the toddler guardrail and full-size bed frame separately). There’s nothing quite as satisfying as making an affordable baby gear purchase that lasts…and lasts.

Keep in Mind

Rather than all four sides being the same height, one side of this classic crib features a higher, curved style that becomes the headboard for a big-kid bed down the road!

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s sturdy, easily convertible, easy to put together, and the rustic haze is a perfect light grey.” —Lindsey

Additional Specs
Dimensions 55”W x 29.5”D x 46.25”H
Usage As a crib until child weighs 50 lbs.
Convertible Yes, converts to a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed (mattress and frame sold separately)
Mattress Settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

The Affordable Crib

Why We Love It

While the mattress only has two settings, the Gulliver Crib is designed to stick around into toddlerhood. Lower the mattress, remove one side rail and—voila!—big kid bed. This budget-friendly favorite comes with a simple white crib finish, so it’ll complement any nursery decor.

Keep in Mind

Don’t be wary of the low price point—it’s extremely sturdy and will last for more than one kid.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Our IKEA crib is sturdy, stylish, clean, safe and inexpensive. I absolutely love it, and I’m so happy we went with it!” -Katie

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53 1/2 “ x 29 1/2 “ x 32 5/8 “
Usage As crib until child weighs 50 lbs.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed with included conversion kit
Mattress settings 2 adjustable mattress levels

The Storage Crib

Why We Love It

This crib is not only sleek and pretty, but functional: it has three drawers and open side shelves for storing clothes, toys and more, making it handy for small spaces. It’s also a convertible crib, adapting into a todder bed with the conversion kit (sold separately).

Keep in Mind

This crib only one comes in one color, so if you’re looking for something more dramatic, this isn’t the crib for you. (But check out Crate & Kids other crib options.) It’s expensive, but you are getting two pieces of furniture in one.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 66.75” x 30.5” x 40”
Usage Toddler bed should not be used until child is at least 15 mos; total weight limit weighs 50 lbs.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed (with separate kit)
Mattress Settings Three adjustable mattress levels.

Other Crib Brands We Like

  • NurseryWorks: Did someone say statement crib? That’s what this brand specializes in. Are they expensive? Indeed. But the pieces also last forever—even converting to very stylish “grown-up” furniture.
  • Oeuf: This European brand specializes in clean lines and sustainable production. Their Sparrow crib is a classic.

A Crib Brand to Watch

  • Nestig: There’s a lot to like about this new-to-market DTC crib brand: sleek designs, grow-with-baby features and JPMA-certified safety standards, plus they’re made from wood in Brazil.

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