17 Best Cribs of 2022
Best Cribs of 2022
July 27, 2022

Best Cribs of 2022

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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 into one later, most parents get years of use out of this nursery essential.

Do You Need a Crib?

In addition to a bassinet or a playard that’s approved for sleep, a crib is the safest place for your baby to sleep. What type of crib you select is up to you. Some parents opt for a full size crib from the start, while others go for a mini crib either because of space restrictions or preference.

No matter which style or brand of crib you choose, it’s important to always follow safe sleep guidelines. Your baby should be placed on their back on a firm sleep surface with a fitted sheet with no other bedding, blankets or soft objects like toys or stuffed animals.

When Do You Need a Crib?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room sharing—when a baby sleeps in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed but on a separate sleep surface—for at least the first six months.

Although you can use a crib for your baby from day one, many parents choose to start off with their baby in a bassinet. 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.

Types of Cribs

There are a few basic types of cribs to consider when doing your research on th best baby crib for you.

  • Traditional cribs, sometimes also called standard cribs, are full-size cribs with four sides.
  • Convertible cribs are cribs that convert to a toddler bed and sometimes even into a standard-sized bed frame or a daybed. (These cribs are also called 4-in-1 or 3-in-1 cribs.) Most convertible cribs require conversion kits to morph into different setups. Sometimes these kits are included with the purchase of your crib and sometimes they are not. Pro tip: buy the conversion kit at the same time you purchase your convertible crib! This will ensure it hasn’t been discontinued by the time you need it.
  • Mini cribs are just what they sound like: miniature versions of a full-size crib. Mini cribs are generally larger than a bassinet but smaller than a traditional crib and many come with wheels for easy portability. (Some can even be folded flat for storage.) Depending on the model, most mini cribs can take you from the newborn days until your little one is about two or three years old. A mini crib is a great option if you have limited space or want a crib that’s easy to move around.
  • Travel cribs are lighter in weight and easy to set up and break down and are perfect for travel or if you’re staying overnight away from home.

How to Choose a Crib

Most parents choose their crib by style, size, price or a combination of all three. Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re shopping.

  • Safety. All cribs manufactured after 2011 are required to meet standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Buying a crib secondhand isn’t recommended. That’s because cribs are held to extremely high (and constantly evolving) safety standards. Cribs also tend to weaken over time, especially after consistent use by an older child, so the only way to ensure the structural integrity is to buy new.
  • Recalls. Always check for any recalls associated with your crib. Stop using it immediately if you come across one and contact the crib manufacturer for follow up.
  • Integrity. Look over all crib components both before and after assembly to make sure everything is intact, stable and in good working order. Be sure there’s no broken or cracked slats, loose parts, etc. Measure the space between your crib’s slats; if they’re more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the width of a soda can), the crib isn’t safe to use.
  • Mattress settings. Be sure the crib you select has at least a few adjustable mattress settings that allow you to lower and raise the mattress. When your child is an infant, you’ll want a mattress at a higher setting for easy access to them without having to bend all the way over. As they grow and start sitting and standing, you’ll want to lower the mattress so they can’t climb out.

Do all full-size crib mattresses fit all full-size cribs?

Yes, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates standard sizing for both full-size cribs and full-size crib mattresses, so even if you select a crib and a mattress from different manufacturers, they should work together.

There is one safety detail you’ll want to be aware of, however. While the interior dimensions of every crib manufactured in the U.S. must be a standard size, there is a little wiggle room on each side. (5/8 of an inch, to be exact.) To be extra safe, you’ll want to check the fit of your crib and crib mattress—especially if they’re from different brands—just in case. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you can fit more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib frame, you don’t have a snug enough fit, and your mattress could pose a suffocation hazard to your baby.

Learn more about how to choose a crib mattress in our Best Crib Mattresses guide.

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These are Babylist’s top picks for the best cribs.

Best Modern Crib

What Our Experts Say

The Lolly sets the vibe for a clean, modern nursery and sits at a nice mid-level price point. It’s a bit lower in height than most cribs, which smaller parents appreciate for easy access to the baby, and it’s Greenguard Gold Certified. It’s made with sustainable New Zealand pine and will last for years thanks to the included toddler bed conversion kit.

What’s Worth Considering

For a similar vibe at a lower price point, check out the Delta Poppy 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.625” x 30.25” x 35.25”
Usage Crib: Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”; toddler bed up to 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed and a daybed with included conversion kit
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels

Best Classic Crib

What Our Experts Say

This classic crib fits into any nursery decor. It’s made from solid pine, is Greenguard Gold Certified and is part of a furniture collection with a coordinating dresser and a nightstand.

What’s Worth Considering

The Emerson converts to a toddler bed, but the conversion kit is sold separately so you’ll want to factor that into your budget.

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

Additional Specs
Dimensions 30.5” x 55” x 39”
Usage Until child begins to climb or reaches 35”
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed with separate kit
Mattress settings 2 adjustable mattress levels

Best Mid-Century Modern Crib

What Our Experts Say

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.

What’s Worth Considering

The Soho also requires a separate conversion kit to be used as a toddler bed.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.15” x 29.95” x 36.7”
Usage As a crib until child weighs 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed with a separate kit
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

Best Affordable Crib

What Our Experts Say

Clean lines, sturdy construction and well-designed details all for under $200. Yes, please. This crib from Delta Children is well-priced and will go the distance, converting from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed (conversion kits sold separately). It’s available in three colors and the daybed rail is included.

What’s Worth Considering

Delta Children was founded around the idea of making safe, high-quality and affordable cribs that exceed industry standards.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 30.5” x 56.2” x 40.2”
Usage 35 lbs or 35”, whichever comes first; up to 50 lbs as a toddler bed
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed (kit sold separately), daybed (rail included) and full-size bed (kit sold separately)
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

Best Crib for Grandparents' House

What Our Experts Say

This budget-friendly crib is perfect for sleepovers at grandma’s house. 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.

What’s Worth Considering

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

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.5” x 29.5” x 32 5/8”
Usage As crib until child weighs 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed with included conversion kit
Mattress settings 2 adjustable mattress levels

Best Vintage Crib

What Our Experts Say

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.

What’s Worth Considering

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

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.89” x 29.52” x 43.89”
Usage Crib: until child reaches 35” or begins to climb out; Toddler bed: up to 50 lbs.
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed (kit sold separately) and a daybed
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels

Best Convertible Crib

What Our Experts Say

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as making an affordable baby gear purchase that lasts and lasts. This crib converts from a crib into a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed so you’ll be able to use it for years. (You’ll need to purchase the toddler guardrail and full-size bed frame separately).

What’s Worth Considering

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

Additional Specs
Dimensions 55” x 29.5” x 46.25”
Usage Recommended for newborn up to 6 years; up to 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed, daybed and full size bed with headboard. Daybed rail included, toddler guardrail and full size bed frame sold separately.
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

Best Mini Crib

What Our Experts Say

This simply designed crib comes in a range of rainbow colors and is the most popular mini crib choice of Babylist parents. It folds flat for easy storage, has locking wheels and comes with a one-inch mattress pad.

What’s Worth Considering

Two other mini cribs to check out: the Babyletto Gelato (converts to a twin) and the Delta Children Classic Mini Crib (also converts, lower price point).

Additional Specs
Dimensions 38 5/8” x 25 3/8” x 36”
Usage Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”
Convertible? No
Mattress settings 2 adjustable mattress levels

Best Crib and Mattress Bundle

What Our Experts Say

Buying a crib + mattress bundle makes things a lot easier. This one combines two favorites: Babyletto’s bestselling mid-century modern Hudson Crib and the Newton Baby 2-Stage Crib Mattress, a completely breathable mattress made with a Wovenaire core.

What’s Worth Considering

Both the Hudson and the Newton are Greenguard Gold Certified. The conversion kit is sold separ

Additional Specs
Dimensions 53.6” x 29.6” x 34.9”
Usage Crib: Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”; toddler bed up to 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed and a daybed with a separate kit
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels

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Best Crib With Storage

What Our Experts Say

Form meets function. This crib has a detachable three-drawer changer/nightstand that’s perfect for storing clothes, sheets, toys and more, making it handy for small spaces. It’s also a convertible crib, adapting into a toddler bed, daybed or a full-size bed, with conversion kits sold separately.

What’s Worth Considering

You’ll be able to use the nightstand separately once the crib is converted into a full-size bed.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 74” x 32” x 46”
Usage 50 lb weight capacity when used as a crib
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed (kit sold separately), daybed or full-size bed (kit sold separately)
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

Best Jenny Lind Crib

What Our Experts Say

The Jenny Lind crib boasts a distinctive spindle style that’s been around for over a hundred years. This one by DaVinci is made from solid wood, is easy to assemble and converts into a daybed and a toddler bed with a conversion kit sold separately. It also comes in a rainbow of fun colors.

What’s Worth Considering

This crib style has been around a long time for a reason—it’s classic with a touch of whimsy and works well with almost any type of nursery decor.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 54.75” x 30.375” x 41.375”
Usage Crib: Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”; toddler bed up to 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed (kit sold separately) and a daybed
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels

Best Acrylic Crib

What Our Experts Say

The clear acrylic spindles on this crib give it a modern, fun style. (And a clear view of your baby!) The conversion kit to turn it from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed or sofa is included, a major plus.

What’s Worth Considering

Acrylic slats look cool but need to be wiped down much more frequently than wooden ones thanks to tiny handprints and baby drool. The brand also recommends using a crib mattress from Delta Children, Serta, Beautyrest or Simmons Kids for a perfect fit.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 54.5”W x 30.25”D x 34”H
Usage Newborn and up
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed, daybed and sofa with included conversion kit
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

Best Round Crib

What Our Experts Say

This oval-shaped crib isn’t only distinctive—it also grows with your baby from birth to 10 years old, so it’s the only sleep solution you’ll need for quite a while. It has a height-adjustable mattress and locking wheels for easy portability, and comes in three natural finishes.

What’s Worth Considering

You’ll need to purchase the Junior Extension Kit to convert the crib to a larger bed that your little one can use after their third birthday. Stokke also makes the Sleepi Mini, a smaller version of the Sleepi Crib that also works for 10 years (using two extension kits instead of one).

Additional Specs
Dimensions 50” x 34” x 29”
Usage Suitable for children from newborn to the age of ten, with bed conversion kits
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed and a junior bed (kit sold separately)
Mattress settings 2 adjustable mattress levels

Best Trendy Crib

What Our Experts Say

Trend alert: something tells us we’re soon going to be seeing a lot more of this curvy style in the land of cribs. This design-forward collab with designer Leanne Ford (of HGTV fame) is classic and modern all at the same time, and the neutral color works with any style. There’s a toddler rail sold separately to convert the crib to a toddler bed for extended use.

What’s Worth Considering

For more curvy style, check out the Dawson Scoop Convertible Crib from West Elm Kids.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 30.5”Wx55.4”Dx50”H
Usage Toddler Bed: minimum age should be no less than 15 mos, maximum weight not greater than 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed with separate kit

Best Luxury Crib

What Our Experts Say

Did someone say luxe? This handmade, limited edition crib will be the star of any nursery. It’s made from non-toxic acrylic paired with rose gold accents and converts to a toddler bed with the addition of a separate conversion kit.

What’s Worth Considering

Luxury doesn’t come cheap!

Additional Specs
Dimensions 54”W x 30”D x 35”H
Usage Crib: Up to 35”; toddler bed 0-4, up to 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a toddler bed (kit sold separately) and a daybed
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels

Most Unique Crib

What Our Experts Say

This totally unique crib is both a style statement and an imagination inspiration for your little one. Made from pine and available in three different finishes, the canopy on the Orchard detaches, turning it into a fun playhouse.

What’s Worth Considering

In addition to converting to a playhouse, this crib also morphs into a toddler bed and a twin/full-size bed using the conversion kit that’s included.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 60.65’’ H x 57.28’’ L x 30’’ W
Usage Crib: Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”; toddler bed up to 50 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a playhouse and a toddler bed and twin/full-size bed with included conversion kit
Mattress settings 3 adjustable mattress levels

Best Crib With Changing Table

What Our Experts Say

Trying to pack a lot into a small space? This mini crib and changing table combo is your answer. It’s a crib, changer and storage solution all rolled into one—and it eventually turns into a twin-size bed with a separate nightstand (conversion kits all sold separately) so it will really go the distance.

What’s Worth Considering

The Autumn is Greenguard Gold Certified and finished with non-toxic paint.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 58”L x 26.5”W x 44”H
Usage Mini crib: Stop using when child begins to climb or reaches 35”; toddler bed up to 50 lbs; twin bed up to 400 lbs
Convertible? Converts to a mini toddler bed (kit sold separately), day bed and twin-size bed (kit sold separately)
Mattress settings 4 adjustable mattress levels
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