The 12 Best Cribs for Babies
Give yourself peace of mind and your little one a snug, safe place to sleep with one of these top-rated cribs.
Our Top Crib Picks
- Best Overall: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Best Value: Dream On Me Violet 7-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Best Splurge: Stokke Sleepi Bed V3
- Best Bedside: HALO BassiNest 3.0 Swivel Bassinet
- Best Mini: Babyletto Gelato Convertible 4-in-1 Mini Crib
- Best Classic: DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Best Convertible: Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Best Metal: Namesake Winston 4-in-1 Convertable Metal Crib
- Best Travel: Guava Lotus Lightweight Travel Crib
- Best With Changing Table: Delta Children Abby Crib and Changer
- Best With Storage: Graco Teddi 5-in-1 Convertible Crib With Drawer
- Best for Twins: Baby Trend Retreat Twins Nursery Center
Babies start out sleeping anywhere from 14 to 17 hours a day and by the age of three are still sleeping between 10 to 13 hours a day. A safe and comfortable sleeping space is crucial for your little one's well-being, and it all starts with the right crib for your baby, you and your space.
How to Choose a Crib
While there are many cribs to choose from, they can be divided up into a few categories:
Bassinets are helpful during the first months of a baby's life because of their portability — so it's easy to have them by your bed or in other rooms of the house. They don't take up a lot of square footage, but most are only useable for up to three to six months. Either when your baby starts rolling over or sitting up, the time will come for you to invest in a bigger crib.
A mini crib is in between a bassinet and a standard crib. They're perfect for apartments or petite spaces since they don't take up a lot of room and are often easy to move around. However, babies will outgrow a mini crib faster than a full-size crib.
Standard or full-size cribs have four fixed sides and dimensions of around 28 inches wide by 52 inches long. They are durable and long-lasting, and a smart buy for parents planning on having multiple kids.
Convertible cribs grow with your children, which has made them a popular option. Some simply convert to a toddler bed, while others transition to a daybed or full-size bed. Be sure to check whether the conversion kits are included in your crib's purchase or if they're sold separately. It's smart to buy the conversion kits when you buy your crib, in case they stop selling your model.
Travel cribs are exactly what the name implies; they're cribs you can take on the go with you. Whether heading to a grandparent's house or on a vacation, it's helpful to have a lightweight, easy-to-pack crib you can throw in the back of the car or take on a plane.
Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to selecting a crib. Since 2011, all manufactured cribs have to meet the safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). As an additional safety measure, we highly recommend looking for a crib that meets the ASTM Standards or has the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Associations Certification Seal, which independently tests the safety of baby and children's products.
Crib safety guidelines include standards such as a firm, tight-fitting mattress, no missing, broken or improperly installed hardware, no more than 2-3/8 inches between the crib slats, no corner posts over 1/16 of an inch and no cutouts in the headboard or footboard. Be sure to register your crib so that you'll be alerted if there are any recalls.
Also, as a reminder, you want the crib as bare as possible. Keep out pillows, stuffed toys, comforters or bumper pads, and stick with a fitted sheet that's designed specifically for a crib mattress. Instead of a blanket, use a sleeper or sleep sack to keep your baby warm and cozy.
Mattress Settings and Sizes
Look for a crib with adjustable mattress settings so that you can raise and lower the mattress. With your newborn, you'll want the highest setting to easily lay your little one down and pick them up. Once they're able to sit up and stand, you'll lower the mattress so they can't climb out. The CPSC regulates the standard size for a full-size crib, so you can select the mattress you want and know it'll fit your crib. As a bonus, it'll also work for a toddler bed. If you're opting for a mini crib, double-check your mattress size with the manufacturer's dimensions of the crib.
How We Picked the Best Cribs
In our search for the top-of-the-line cribs, we reviewed customer ratings, especially ones with verified purchases, leaned on trusted brands that have stood the test of time and got advice from fellow parents who have found cribs they love. We ensured all the cribs on our list met and exceeded any safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as well as considered any other certifications, such as from Juvenile Products Manufacturers Associations (JPMA), that the crib comes with. We also took into account the crib's materials, quality and construction to keep your baby safe and sound.
Best Overall Crib
Babyletto continues to be a favorite brand for parents year after year. Rest easy knowing that the Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib is GREENGUARD Gold Certified and is finished with a non-toxic painting and staining process that is lead and phthalate-safe. Four adjustable mattress positions, as well as a low-profile design, make it ideal for putting Baby to sleep. Modern and chic, this sturdy New Zealand pinewood crib comes in nine finishes and can be converted from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed. Unlike a lot of other convertible beds, the toddler rail is included in your purchase so you'll be ready to convert the crib into a toddler bed when the time comes.
Best Value Crib
Keep a little extra $$$ in your wallet for diapers and baby supplies with the Dream On Me Violet Convertible Crib. This budget-friendly crib is crafted from renewable New Zealand pinewood to create a sturdy construction and comes with a 10-year warranty for added peace of mind. The classic design has four mattress height positions on a steel platform and converts into a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed (though the conversion kits are an additional buy). In addition to meeting CPSC standards, this crib is also JPMA Certified.
Best Splurge Crib
This well-known and beloved design-forward Norwegian company creates stunning minimalist style kids' and babies' gear. Of course, quality and durability come at a price, but this beautiful, expandable crib is a worthwhile investment for families planning on having multiple children or who want to extend the life of a crib beyond newborn years. The expansion kits and mattresses are sold separately, but even with the additional cost of accessories, you'll still come out ahead compared to buying a whole new bed and mattress for the post-crib stage. Or, if you just want a crib for the baby to toddler years, the Stokke Sleppi Mini is also a great option.
Best Bedside Crib
Te HALO BassiNest 3.0 rotates 360 degrees for the ultimate in convenience and safety. Now your little one can sleep as close as you like while still safely in their own separate sleep area. In addition to bringing Baby close, it swivels to make getting in and out of bed hassle-free. Its unique design means Baby is visible at your eye level, allowing you to soothe your baby quickly, while mesh walls provide maximum breathability. Another incredible perk? Its side wall lowers and automatically returns, allowing you to tend to your baby while still in bed.
Best Mini Crib
If you're working with a smaller space, opt for an on-the-petite-side crib. The Babyletto Gelato Mini Crib is made from sustainably sourced solid New Zealand pine and is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, so you can feel good about its creation and that it's not adding chemical emissions to your baby's space. Even though it's on the smaller side, it's safe to use until your kiddo is 35 inches tall or starting to climb out of the crib.
Best Classic Crib
You simply can't go wrong with DaVinci's Jenny Lind crib; it's classic for a reason. The GREENGUARD Gold Certified crib has four adjustable mattress positions and can be converted into a toddler bed and daybed. Rolling wheels let you easily move the crib when needed and can be locked to keep it in place. Choose from seven color options to best complement your baby's nursery.
Best Convertible Crib
If you're looking for a crib that will last you through your child's teen years, this five-in-one option converts from a crib into a toddler bed, daybed or full-size bed. Available in a variety of neutral shades, from Pebble Gray to Driftwood, it's easy to find a hue you'll love for your nursery and beyond. Plus, it has over 2,400 five-star reviews, giving us the confidence that the crib stands up to the test with the added benefit of it being GREENGUARD Gold and JPMA Certified.
Best Metal Crib
Get the look of a vintage metal crib with all of today’s safety standards with the Namesake Winston Convertible Crib. The 4-in-1 crib is made of premium steel with a durable powder-coated finish and features classic metal casting at the joints. It's also GREENGUARD Gold Certified and has been tested for over 10,000 chemical emissions and VOCs. Available in white, iron or gold, it also converts to a toddler bed, daybed and a full-size bed as your baby grows.
Best Travel Crib
Take the stress out of where your little one will sleep when traveling with an easy-to-pack travel crib. The Guava Lotus Travel Crib folds up into a lightweight (only 13 pounds) backpack carrying case so that you can tote it anywhere and has a soft foam mattress approved for newborns to three-year-olds. The side zipper door allows tots to crawl in and out or for you to lie down beside them as they fall asleep. (It locks after you quietly zip it back up so no worrying about escapes.)
Best Crib With Changing Table
Save space and have the always-needed changing table nearby with this multifunctional solution. Not only does the Delta Children Abby Convertible Crib and Changer have three mattress heights for your developing baby, but it converts into multiple configurations, including a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed. Two drawers and a shelf under the changing table provide extra storage for all your kiddo's essentials.
Best Crib With Storage
Plenty of storage is key for a nursery since it feels like kids instantly double the amount of stuff in your house. This simple, modern crib maximizes every inch of its footprint by including a full-size drawer with two compartments underneath, and it converts into four different options: baby crib, toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed.
Best Crib for Twins
For those early months of twindom, this double bassinet will help you keep an eye on those littles. The bassinets are removable, have a carrying handle and are rated for newborns to three months (or up to 15 pounds), while the playard can be used until babies are 30 pounds or 35 inches tall. An attached organizer keeps diapers, wipes and other changing necessities on hand.