7 Best Cribs of 2019

Best Cribs of 2019

May 28, 2019

Best Cribs of 2019

Best Cribs of 2019
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The crib that helps your child sleep peacefully is the crib that helps you sleep peacefully.Best Cribs of 2019

We’re not going to lie. Watching your little one peacefully snoozing in their 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 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.

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.

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 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 right to a full-sized bed; this is handy if baby tends to sleep in multiple locations or if you have limited space.

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 after three or 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 they are 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 Cribs

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.

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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. While the white crib is a popular pick, it comes in a variety of washes and woods.

“Modern looking yet timeless.”

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 safe, 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 inches; 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

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.

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 inches.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed with conversion kit (sold separately: $129-$139)
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

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The Simple Crib

Why We Love It

The Sniglar is simple, super affordable and looks great in any nursery. Made of solid wood, you can keep it “au natural” (especially if you don’t want to worry about a teething baby nibbling on painted crib rails) or get crafty and do a DIY paint project. While the mattress only has two settings, the Sniglar is designed to stick around into toddlerhood. Lower the mattress, remove one side rail and—voila!—big kid bed.

Keep in Mind

This crib is so popular (and affordable), it frequently goes out of stock.

What Babylist Parents Say

“LOVE this crib. It meets all the safety standards, and you can’t beat the price. It’s sturdy, a good height and the natural wood is lovely. In terms of trying to be frugal, it was the best baby gear buy we made.” -Sam

“No finish makes it the most non-toxic option. Also inexpensive but beautiful.” -Jaclyn

“Simple, minimalistic design. Gets the job done.” - Kaela

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53 7/8” x 28 1/8” x 33 1/8”
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 Vintage-Chic Crib

Why We Love It

From the sweet spindle posts to intricate rail details, everything about this crib is charming. It comes in eight colors (including coral and emerald green). Better yet, it’s affordable, a breeze to put together, Greenguard Gold Certified and made from sustainable New Zealand wood with non-toxic paint.

“Nice look. Sleeker than many.”

Keep in Mind

This crib is lightweight and comes with wheels for easy mobility. But they don’t lock in place, which some parents find frustrating. However, you don’t have to use wheels at all if they’re not your style. And while this is a convertible crib (it transforms into both a toddler bed and daybed), you’ll need to purchase the toddler bed conversion kit separately for the rail. To use it as a daybed, simply remove one side and bring the mattress down to the lowest level.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Great quality, easy assembly, love that there are wheel options. Sturdy and pretty.”

Additional Specs
Dimensions 54.75” x 30.375” x 41.375”
Usage As a crib 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 Charleston converts from a crib into a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed (but you’ll need to purchase the mattress and metal bed frame separately for this last transformation). 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

“Great value for the money. We’ve turned into a toddler bed and back into a crib.”

Additional Specs
Dimensions 56.5” x 30.1” x 45.7”
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 Bargain Crib

Why We Love It

Another very popular IKEA crib, the Gulliver Crib converts to a toddler bed with the included kit. 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

“Great price point, good look, transforms into toddler bed.” -Anne

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—part of the West Elm + Pottery Barn collaboration—is not only sleek and pretty, but functional: it has two drawers built in to store clothes, extra bedding or toys. Made with a solid poplar wood frame and ash wood base and finished in child-safe paints and stains, this white crib with brown accents makes a modern statement in any nursery. It’s also a convertible crib, adapting into a todder bed with the conversion kit (sold separately).

Keep in Mind

This crib is more expensive than others on the list, though you do get extra storage, and it’s heavy, weighing in at over 100 lbs.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 55” x 30” x 39”.
Usage As a crib until child weighs 50 lbs.
Convertible? Yes, converts to a toddler bed (with separate kit)
Mattress Settings Two adjustable mattress levels.

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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 your own dozing mini!

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