The 10 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.

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July 13, 2021

Babies start out sleeping anywhere from 14 to 17 hours a day and by the age of 3 are still sleeping between 10 to 13 hours a day. A safe and comfortable sleeping space is crucial for your little one's wellbeing, 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 divvied up into a few categories. Bassinets are helpful during the first months of 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 up to 3 to 6 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 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. Babies will outgrow a mini crib faster than a full-size crib though.

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.

Crib Safety

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, look for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Associations Certification Seal, which independently tests the safety of baby and children's products.

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.

Best Bedside Crib

Useable as a standalone crib or attached to your bed, this bedside crib keeps your little one nearby all night but in his own safe sleeping space. Mesh sides give parents easy visibility and provide necessary air circulation, and a shelf underneath is perfect for storing infant necessities.

Best Mini Crib

If you're working with a smaller space, opt for an on-the-petite-side crib. This 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. It's also a great option for a grandparent's house since it folds up for easy storage.

Best Travel Crib

Take the stress out of where your little one will sleep when traveling with an easy-to-pack travel crib. It 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 Convertible Crib to Toddler Bed

Modern and chic, this sturdy pinewood crib combines natural spindles against a contrasting frame; select from white, gray, black or navy. 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 5-in-1 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 with or without a footboard. Available in a variety of shades, from aqua blue and coral to lavender and gray, it's easy to find a hue you'll love for your nursery and beyond.

Best Budget Crib

Keep a little extra $$$ in your wallet for diapers with this classic crib. The design forgoes any extras but has all the essentials you need for the first few years of your baby's life. Two mattress heights make it easier to lay down your newborn and then safe for standing tots. Once they can climb in and out, one side can be removed to create a daybed.

Best Crib With Changing Table

Save space and have the always-needed changing table nearby with this multifunctional solution. Not only does the crib have three mattress heights for your developing baby, but it converts into multiple configurations, including a toddler bed, daybed, sofa and full-size bed. Two drawers 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 midcentury modern crib maximizes every inch of its footprint by including a two-compartment drawer underneath, and it converts into three different options: baby crib, toddler bed and daybed.

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 removeable, 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.

Best Solid Wood Crib

Constructed from solid maple, this timeless crib brings natural simplicity into your baby's room. The clean lines of the furniture let it seamlessly blend into any room's style, and with the purchase of the optional rail, the crib transforms into a toddler bed.

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