Best Cribs of 2017

Best Cribs of 2017

Last Updated: January 2, 2017
The crib that helps your child sleep peacefully is the crib that helps you sleep peacefully.Best Cribs of 2017

We’re not going to lie. Watching your little one peacefully snoozing in her crib, all angel-faced and cuddly, 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 of it, and even longer if the crib converts to a bed.

Do you need a crib?

In addition to a bassinet, using 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’ve got your crib setup, you can add a cute fitted sheet over the mattress and call it done.

If you’re purchasing a crib brand new, it will automatically comply with current safety standards. It’s a whole other story though when 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 he or she can’t climb out.

Although there are still regular cribs on the market, many these days convert to a toddler bed and some later turn into a standard size bed frame (usually a double bed) as well. Some convertible cribs do require conversion kits to morph into different setups and those can be included with your crib purchase or an additional cost. Another expense? Mattresses are also sold separately from cribs. Some families prefer to just use a mini crib (larger than a bassinet, but smaller and usually more portable than a standard crib) throughout babyhood before transitioning their child straight to a full-sized bed; this is handy if baby tends to sleep in multiple locations or if you have limited spaces.

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 or co-sleepers, but typically transition their babies’ to a crib after three to four months. 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.

Depending on your child’s weight and height, you could use a crib until he is four or five years old. However, parents usually move their children into toddler or twin beds around two to three years old. But, if your kiddo is a climber, you’ll likely make the change sooner because of safety concerns.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real BabyList families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top cribs they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these items, too.

Babylist Best Picks

BARGAIN BUY

IKEA Sniglar Crib - $79.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

This simple, low-priced crib comes unfinished so you can paint it any color you want (if you’re up for it!). And, surprisingly, even at this price point you can still use it for a toddler if you move the mattress to the lowest setting and remove one side (so one side will be entirely open - no toddler rail to keep a child from falling out).

“I love the simple Scandinavian style.”

KEEP IN MIND

To prevent this crib from tipping over, it must be permanently fixed to the wall.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The Sniglar is affordable, light colored and bright! And I love the simple Scandinavian style.” -Caitlin D.

“The Sniglar is inexpensive, good quality and has a slim profile. I needed to fit two in the same room for our twins.” -C.M.

ADDITIONAL SPECS
  • Usage As crib until child weighs 50 lbs.

  • Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed with included conversion kit.

  • Mattress Settings Two adjustable mattress levels.

VINTAGE THROWBACK

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib - $199.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

This sweet crib features intricate, traditional-style spindles on silver wheels so you can move it around or lock it in place. The bonus? The surprisingly small price tag for such a find!

KEEP IN MIND

While the name implies it can convert to three different configurations, there is really only two you can do without need to make an additional purchase. Either use it as a crib, or remove one side and set the mattress to the lowest level for a toddler-like daybed (but one side will be entirely open - if you want a toddler rail to keep your child from falling out, you’ll need to purchase the toddler bed conversion kit).

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“We are planning to move in the next year and we also have the nursery on the second floor. So we needed a crib that was easy to carry upstairs, assemble/disassemble and will be easy to take it with us to a new house. I also think the DaVinci crib looks really nice and classic.” -Amanda K.

ADDITIONAL SPECS
  • Usage As crib until child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches; as a toddler bed until child weighs 50 lbs.

  • Convertible? Yes, toddler bed conversion kit sold separately ($61.95).

  • Mattress Settings Four adjustable mattress levels.

MOD FAVORITE

babyletto Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib - $342.98
WHY WE LOVE IT

This popular pick boasts sleek, but substantial good looks and it’s lower profile makes it easier for shorter folks to reach over into the crib.

“modern looking yet timeless”

KEEP IN MIND

If you’d like to use a crib skirt, parents report that a standard one doesn’t fit the Hudson due to angled metal brackets that support the frame. However, you can purchase crib skirts from Babyletto ($39).

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“We chose the Hudson because it’s modern looking yet timeless (seriously, why do all of the cribs these days look like the same style?), had as many adjustable settings as possible, was durable, and could be converted to a toddler bed.” -Lauren R.

ADDITIONAL SPECS
  • Usage As crib until child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches; as toddler bed until child weighs 50 lbs.

  • Convertible? Yes, converts to toddler bed and daybed with included conversion kit.

  • Mattress Settings Four adjustable mattress levels.

LONG-LASTING CLASSIC

Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Crib - $399.00

WHY WE LOVE IT

With craftsman styling and solid wood, the Kendall is a sturdy, traditional pick that’ll hold up through an entire brood.

KEEP IN MIND

The Kendall is pricier and only converts to toddler bed, not a daybed or full size bed as others do.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I wanted a white wooden crib and this one was very similar to what I envisioned. I read that it was Pottery Barn’s best selling crib, and it was a reasonable cost…We picked it up the next weekend and it was assembled in under 30 minutes. We have loved it!” -Sara P.

ADDITIONAL SPECS
  • Usage Until child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches.

  • Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed with conversion kit sold separately ($129).

  • Mattress Settings Three adjustable mattress levels.

BUDGET SAVVY SELECTION

IKEA Gulliver Crib - $99.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

This lightweight, painted white crib is an economical choice and can also be used as a toddler daybed (like the IKEA Sniglar crib, one side would be rail-free).

KEEP IN MIND

Like the IKEA Sniglar crib, the Gulliver also needs to be permanently fixed to the wall to prevent it from tipping over.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“Loved the sleek style and affordability. And, it was very easy to assemble.” -E. H.

ADDITIONAL SPECS
  • Usage Until child weighs 50 lbs.

  • Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed with included conversion kit.

  • Mattress Settings Two adjustable mattress levels.

SPLURGEWORTHY MULTI-TASKER

Stokke Stokke Sleepi Crib - $799.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

Although costly, the Sleepi crib has a 7-year guarantee on all wooden parts and can grow with your child up to 10 years old. It can transform into a bassinet (conversion kit sold separately), a toddler bed, and then into a junior bed with the purchase of a conversion kit. Or, after the toddler years, you can switch it over to a set of chairs for the playroom.

KEEP IN MIND

The big bummer about the Sleepi is that you’re forced to purchase the mattress and sheets from Stokke because of the unique oval shape of the crib.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“We love the way it grows from a bassinet to crib to bed to chairs. I also love the mattress! It’s firm and comfy and very thick. I’d sleep in it if I could!” -Marielle G.

ADDITIONAL SPECS
  • Usage As crib until 3 years old; as toddler bed until 7 years old.

  • Convertible? Yes, converts to toddler bed and two chairs with no additional hardware.

  • Mattress Settings Four adjustable mattress levels.

Choosing what’s right for you

While these cribs were BabyList user favorites, all new cribs on the market are safe. So, it’s just a matter of finding something that suits your personal style, taste, and space. There’s nothing like setting up the crib in the nursery room to make having a baby feel very, very real. Soon you’ll be fawning over you own dozing mini!

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