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Note: The above product recommendations were updated August 2017. The products below were our original choices and have yet to be updated.
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.
But which is the right baby crib? You'll find all kinds of options out there, and it can be tough to sort the wheat from the chaff. That's where we come in. At BestReviews, we want to help you pick the perfect baby crib for your little one.
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At the top of this page, you'll find descriptions of our five favorite baby cribs on the market. These highly rated products all qualify for our top-contender list.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
When your crib and crib mattress first arrive and are assembled, check to make sure they fit snugly. If you can place more than 2 fingers between the mattress and crib, it’s not big enough.
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 $249, 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 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.
Having at least two people around to assemble the cribs is highly recommended, both to make assembly easier and guarantee the final product is baby ready.
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's Verona 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.
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.
Since babies are known to shake and rattle their cribs, we recommend checking the hardware of the crib to make sure nothing has come loose or broken.
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.
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.
You should always buy a baby crib new to feel totally secure about its safety features and quality.
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 27.5 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 Verona 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.
Assemble your new crib in the nursery, not the living room – just in case it doesn't fit through the door.
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.
Like the Sorelle Verona 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 $249, 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.
If you’re using a baby monitor, make sure it is far out of reach of your child, especially if it has any cords or detachable parts.
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.
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.
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 Verona.
Most cribs come without any additional parts, such as mattresses or teething rails. If you want to purchase extras, be sure they fit with your crib and offer no safety hazards.
At a cost of $249, 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.
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 their later 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.
Some convertible beds can later transform into a full-sized bed frame. These are typically referred to as 4-in-1 beds.
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.
At a cost of $499, 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.
For a cost of $850, the Sorelle gives you a quality-made 4-in-1 crib that can last well into your child's later 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.
If you purchase a painted bed, check the paint regularly to make sure it’s not chipping or peeling.
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.
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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