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Sorelle
Verona 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer
DaVinci
Jenny Lind, w/Toddler Bed Conversion Kit
Graco
Lauren Convertible Crib
babyletto
Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible w/Rail
Serta
Hanover Fixed-Side Convertible
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Has a stand-out feature that owners love: an attached, three- drawer chest/changer that can later be converted to a nightstand. A 4-in-1 crib with every safety feature imaginable.

Offers 3-in-1 convertibility, six color choices, and the old-fashioned look of spindle rails.

A 4-in-1 product, meaning that it will convert to a toddler bed/daybed and, later on, to a full-sized headboard.

A solidly constructed, JPMA-certified piece of furniture. The mattress adjusts to four different positions to accommodate the needs of a growing infant.

A sturdy piece of furniture that withstands vigorous toddler activities like bouncing and rail-shaking.

Bad

On the more expensive end of the price range, but owners say it was well worth the investment.

Several significant flaws have been reported, including chipping paint and a mattress frame that occasionally sags.

Some owners of the black version of this crib notice that the finish is uneven in places.

Will not hold a traditional crib skirt, as there is a metal bar in the way.

Only comes in one color - Classic Cherry - so it will only work for you if you're looking for a darker piece of furniture.

Bottom Line

The best baby crib on the market. A versatile piece of furniture that delivers quality and practicality in a beautiful package.

If you are on a budget, we strongly recommend going with the Graco instead.

Your best best if you're on a budget but don't want to sacrifice quality and safety.

An excellent choice at a modest price if you are not looking for a crib that will convert to a full sized bed.

An adequate choice for those who want a 4-in-1 crib with a cherry finish. Made by a highly reputable manufacturer.

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Best Baby Cribs

A crib is one of the first significant purchases you will make for your child. It's important to feel good about the safety and quality of your choice. We've evaluated five of the top cribs on the market to help narrow down your search.

Products we Considered

Sorelle
Verona 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer
DaVinci
Jenny Lind, w/Toddler Bed Conversion Kit
Graco
Lauren Convertible Crib
babyletto
Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible w/Rail
Serta
Hanover Fixed-Side Convertible

Considerations

Features

All of the cribs in our shortlist feature either "3-in-1" or "4-in-1" convertibility. A 3-in-1 crib converts to a toddler bed or daybed; a 4-in-1 converts to a toddler bed/daybed and, later on, a full-sized bed frame. Other important features to consider when purchasing a crib include color, design, mattress adjustability, and add-ons such as a changing table and a toddler rail.

Assembly

All of the cribs on our list require assembly at home. Some take less than half an hour to put together; others take several hours. The best cribs on the market may require a bit of time and effort to assemble, but they are sturdy, solid, and safe once put together.

Quality of Materials

When evaluating the quality of a crib, safety is always the number-one concern. The best cribs on the market are made of quality materials that help safeguard precious cargo.

Price

Cribs vary in price from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The best cribs on the market offer top-notch quality and safety at a price families can afford.

Considerations

Features

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Many owners love the DaVinci Jenny Lind crib for its old-fashioned spindle posts and six available color choices: White, Sunshine Yellow, Lagoon Blue, Grey, Ebony, and Cherry. The Jenny Lind is is a “3-in-1” crib, meaning that it will convert to a toddler bed/daybed but not to a full-sized bed. The crib features four adjustable mattress levels to accommodate the needs of a growing infant. Customers love the Jenny Lind's low price of $199, but they do note several feature flaws. Unlike some of the other models in our review, a toddler rail is not included in the Jenny Lind package and, if desired, must be purchased separately. Owners have the option to put the crib on wheels, but the wheels come with “ugly yellow/gold” casings, according to several owners we surveyed. Also, it should be noted that the wheels do not lock, and some babies have been known to “scoot” their crib across the floor while unsupervised.

Graco Lauren Convertible Crib

Graco has been a trusted name in baby products since the 1940s. The customers we surveyed agree that the Graco Lauren crib upholds the company's reputation for affordable quality. This crib is a 4-in-1 product, meaning that it will convert to a toddler bed/daybed and, later on, to a full-sized headboard. It is available in black, white, and cherry finish and features a simple sleigh design that blends well with any style of home décor. The only shortcoming we found in our survey is that some taller, older children were able to “scale” the railing, which is on the shorter side, and get out of bed while unsupervised. The Graco is safety-certified, however, and it should be noted that children "escaping" their bed can be an issue with just about any crib.

babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

The babyletto Hudson is a 3-in-1 crib rather than a 4-in-1 crib, meaning that it will convert to a toddler bed/daybed but not to a full-sized bed. A toddler conversion rail is included with purchase. The owners we surveyed love the old-fashioned look and airy feel of the spindled rails. The mattress adjusts to four different positions to accommodate the needs of a growing infant. The biggest feature flaw we discovered is that the babyletto will not hold a traditional crib skirt, as there is a metal bar in the way. A few buyers were disappointed with this limitation. Overall, however, customers like this crib, which is available in light gray, white, and two-tone espresso.

Sorelle Cape Cod Crib and Changer with Toddler Rail

Sorelle's Cape Cod Crib and Changer has a stand-out feature that owners love: an attached, three- drawer chest/changer that can later be converted to a nightstand. This add-on is a convenient place to change the baby and store diapers, ointments, and clothing. A thin changing pad and toddler rail also come with this purchase. Like the Serta, this is a “4-in-1” crib that converts to a toddler bed/daybed and, later on, a full-sized adult bed. Many owners we surveyed love the aesthetics of this piece of furniture, including the curved headboard and French White finish. The Sorelle, made of New Zealand pine, is also available in a dark Espresso finish.

Serta Hanover Fixed-Side Convertible Crib

The Hanover crib is made by Serta, one of the most reputable mattress manufacturers in the world. This crib converts to a toddler bed/day bed, and the railings convert to a headboard/foot board duo for a full-sized bed later on. The mattress can be adjusted to three different positions to support the needs of a growing infant. Many owners we surveyed love the way this elegantly styled, cherry-colored piece of furniture compliments the décor of their child's bedroom. In fact, several parents chose this piece strictly for the aesthetics of the detailed headboard. Unlike the other cribs in our survey, the Serta only comes in one color - Classic Cherry - so it will only work for you if you're looking for a darker piece of furniture.

The Sorelle Cape Cod has a stand-out feature that owners love: an attached, three-drawer chest/changer that can later be converted to a nightstand.
Considerations

Assembly

Owners of the DaVinci Jenny Lind report that assembly is easy and takes very little time. In fact, one father-to-be assembled two cribs for his twin babies in under half an hour. Like the Graco, the most difficult part about setting up this crib could be the removal of its many warning stickers. Goo Gone or a similar de-greasing agent can be used to remove the stickers, but it takes time and effort. Some customers report dissatisfaction with the included hardware, which is black and bulky. They report that they don't like the way the black screws look next to the crib finish, particularly on the gray, white, and yellow models.

Graco Lauren Convertible Crib

Owners of the JPMA-certified Graco Lauren love how easy this crib is to put together. Before beginning construction, we advise owners to move the un-assembled Graco Lauren crib to the nursery - otherwise, the finished product may be too bulky to fit through the nursery door. Overall, assembly of the Graco is a fairly quick and easy job; most of the owners we surveyed said it took them about an hour. Perhaps the biggest nuisance in assembling this piece of furniture is removing the many conspicuous warning stickers on the crib. Removal of these stickers takes a lot of “elbow grease” and can be helped along by a de-greasing product like Goo Gone.

According to many satisfied babyletto owners, this product is super easy to assemble; all you need is one Phillips head screwdriver. Adjusting the height of the crib, however, is much more difficult. Owners need both a key and a wrench to make changes to the mattress height. An interesting, though not necessarily negative, fact about this crib: while most crib mattresses are 28 inches long, the babyletto mattress space is only 37.5 inches long. A mattress can easily be “squeezed” into the space, but potential buyers may want to be aware of this length difference before purchasing.

On average, it took the customers we surveyed between three and five hours to put the Sorelle Cape Cod together. Some owners expressed frustration with the assembly process, complaining that the directions were not clear and the wood pieces were not labeled. Our research indicates that the most difficult part of assembly is attaching the dresser to the crib. This process requires some physical force and is better achieved with two workers. Once assembled, however, owners love the fact that the Sorelle comes with an attached changing table and drawers. As the child grows, this add-on piece may be removed and used as a free-standing chest and tabletop.

Like all of the cribs in this review, the Serta Hanover comes unassembled with all of the necessary hardware included in the package. The owners we surveyed reported varying assembly times; while it took one person only an hour to put the crib together, many other owners complained that it took several hours of frustrating labor. The best piece of advice we gleaned from our research is to lay out all the parts before attempting to put together the Serta. Once assembled, customers agreed that the finished product is worth the effort.

We're particularly impressed with the sturdiness of the bun feet which hold the Sorelle Cape Cod Crib solidly in place.
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Considerations

Quality of Materials

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Like the Sorelle Cape Cod crib, the DaVinci Jenny Lind is made of authentic New Zealand pine wood. Unlike the other cribs we've examined, however, owners of the Jenny Lind report some bubbling and flaking of the paint. Another issue several owners noted was a problem with the quality of the metal frame that supports the mattress. One parent noticed that the frame began to “sag” once her baby reached 30 pounds; another parent reported that the metal frame actually snapped in two, causing her baby to fall to the floor. At a price of $199, we believe that the Jenny Lind is somewhat of a gamble; you could end up being one of DaVinci's many satisfied customers or you could end up being one of those who experiences problems with the quality of the product.

Graco Lauren Convertible Crib

The Graco Lauren's wood is “thicker than expected,” according to one happy customer, although it sometimes appears to be pitted rather than solid. Some owners of the black version of this crib notice that the finish is uneven in places. Other owners report some minor chipping and denting of the wood, although this does not seem to have an impact on the safety of the product. Overall, the quality of this crib aligns well with its low price, and most customers give it a "high satisfaction" rating.

babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

The babyletto Hudson has been compared numerous times to a much more expensive model on the market, the high-quality Oeuf Sparrow Crib. Like the Oeuf, this is a solidly constructed, JPMA-certified piece of furniture. Users like the fact that, although the wood is of high quality, this crib is easy to move around the nursery as needed. One user mentioned that the frame under his baby's mattress creaks at times, but he hasn't experienced any safety issues because of it.

Sorelle Cape Cod Crib and Changer with Toddler Rail

Made of authentic New Zealand pine wood, the Sorelle is a sturdy crib/dresser duo that receives high satisfaction ratings from most of its owners. We’re particularly impressed with the sturdiness of the wood and the bun feet which hold the crib solidly in place on the floor. A few owners registered small complaints about the quality of the materials. One person said the crib's bolts stripped when he tried to tighten them; another person was disappointed with the unfinished plywood interior of the drawers. Overall, however, the vast majority of owners find this to be a solid and safe product that offers long-lasting versatility. One mom even told us that she couldn't imagine putting her baby in a crib other than the Cape Cod.

Serta Hanover Fixed-Side Convertible Crib

Owners agree that the JPMA-certified Serta Hanover is a sturdy piece of furniture that withstands vigorous toddler activities like bouncing and rail-shaking. The wood is not flimsy and the pieces hold together well, although one owner said he finds it helpful to check the tightness of the hardware from time to time. Another owner commented that the cherry-colored slats of her crib were not stained evenly from top to bottom, but she found this to be a minor aesthetic concern compared to the overall quality of the product.

One mom told us that she couldn't imagine putting her baby in a crib other than the Cape Cod.
Considerations

Price

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

At a cost of $199, the DaVinci Jenny Lind is the cheapest crib on our review list. This crib offers some great perks: 3-in-1 convertibility, six color choices, and the old-fashioned look of spindle rails. Potential buyers should keep in mind that this product does not come with a toddler rail. If you decide, as many parents do, that you want a toddler rail, that will be an added expense. Several significant flaws have been reported with this product, including bulky hardware, bubbling/chipping paint, and a weak mattress frame that has been known to sag and break. Given the crib's low price, many parents on a budget consider these safety and aesthetic concerns to be minor. Overall, we give this product a fair rating for the price.

Graco Lauren Convertible Crib

The Graco Lauren is an economical crib from a reputable company. Available in three gorgeous colors, this 4-in-1 sleigh crib exudes strength and simplicity and blends well with any home's decor. Aside from a few rare cosmetic complaints (pitted finish, chipped wood), this crib is the epitome of affordable sturdiness and reliability. Parents who are looking for a trustworthy, lower-priced crib would do well to consider this product.

babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

For a price of $379, we're slightly disappointed that the babyletto is a 3-in-1 crib instead of a 4-in-1 crib. If you're not interested in buying a bed that will carry your child into his adult years, however, the babyletto is an excellent choice at a modest price. Many people who admire the design of the Oeuf Sparrow crib purchase the babyletto because it is similar, yet far less expensive. We wish it were easier to adjust mattress heights once the crib is put together, but we appreciate the babyletto's breezy charm, easy assembly process, and fairly low price.

Sorelle Cape Cod Crib and Changer with Toddler Rail

For a cost of $738, the Sorelle gives you a quality-made 4-in-1 crib that can last well into your child's adult years. We like the bun feet and sturdy structure of this New Zealand pine wood crib, and we are very impressed with the attached three-drawer dresser that can later be detached and used as a night stand. For the money, we feel this is a versatile piece of furniture that delivers quality and practicality in a beautiful package.

Serta Hanover Fixed-Side Convertible Crib

At a cost of $284, the Serta Hanover is an adequate choice for those who want a 4-in-1 crib with a cherry finish. Serta is a reputable company, and this beautifully designed, sturdy piece of furniture upholds the company's good name. This is the priciest crib on our list, and for the money, we wish that the company would furnish a toddler rail – which most parents invariably need – with the kit. Customers occasionally report minor flaws with this product, such as an uneven color finish and loosening hardware. Overall, however, we find the Serta Hanover to be a satisfactory product.

Available in three gorgeous colors, the Graco Lauren crib exudes strength and simplicity and blends well with any home's decor.

Best of the Best

The Sorelle Verona wins our "Best of the Best" award for its versatility, dependability, and beauty. For a middle-of-the-road price, the Sorelle is a 4-in-1 piece of furniture that expands into a toddler bed/daybed and, later, a full-sized bed frame.  We especially love the attached changing table which sits atop a chest of three drawers. This add-on is a great place to store diapers, ointments, and baby clothing. Best of all, it's a piece that may be detached later and used as a nightstand. Indeed, the Sorelle is much better than a "bare bones" crib, offering extras that you would otherwise have to pay for separately. Owners particularly love the French White version of this crib, but it is also available in a darker Espresso finish. Assembly takes several hours, but the end result is a beautiful piece of bedroom furniture that will last your child into adulthood.

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The Sorelle Cape Cod Crib and Changer wins our "Best of the Best" award for its versatility, dependability, and beauty.

Best Bang for your Buck

We give the Graco Lauren our "Best Bang for Your Buck" award for its affordable price and many desirable features.

For a low cost, you get a long-lasting, 4-in-1 crib that will convert to a toddler bed/daybed and, later, to a full-sized bed frame. The simple, elegant sleigh design is available in white, black, and cherry, and blends well with just about any home décor. Unlike some of the other cribs on the market today, the Graco Lauren is quick and easy to assemble - a feature busy parents truly appreciate.

Some of the owners we reviewed were concerned that taller children might be able to "scale" the side of the Graco Lauren, but this can actually be an issue with any crib. Although our research uncovered a few rare cosmetic flaws, such as pitted wood and uneven finishing paint, the Graco Lauren is, overall, a solid buy with an appealing price tag.

If you're on a budget but don't want to sacrifice quality and safety, this crib is your best bet.

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The Graco Lauren is a solid buy with an appealing price tag.
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