The 8 Best Convertible Cribs to Buy in 2018

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One of the toughest tasks when getting ready for a baby is finding the perfect crib. With so many options at various price points and styles, it can seem overwhelming. Convertible cribs are a smart buy to look at because not only will they house your infant, they can be transformed into a toddler bed when the time comes, saving you plenty of time and space.

When purchasing a convertible crib, there are a few things to consider. With some cribs, you might need to purchase a conversion kit, if this is the case we recommend doing it when you buy the crib (or within the year of purchase) in case the crib style is discontinued and to save you the hassle from figuring out which model you had. Some designs have a lag in ship time so you might not want to wait until the last minute to order if you want your nursery ready for when baby arrives. Most cribs don't come with a mattress so you'll need to purchase that separately. Since each crib is a different size you'll need to find the right size mattress since any gaps in between can pose a safety hazard to your child.

Ready to start the hunt for the top convertible crib for your family? Here, our favorite picks.

Our Top Picks

1

Best Overall: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

It's hard to know what you'll want from a crib, especially if you are a first-time parent. From our experience, it is important to have a crib that comes with various mattress settings. This way, you can prevent back strain by leaving the mattress at a higher height when your baby is little, but once they start standing you'll want to lower the mattress to prevent them from climbing out! The Babyletto Hudson comes with four different height settings so you can choose the height that works best for your family at any given time. It can also be converted to both a toddler bed with side railings and a daybed/larger kid bed with no railings with the included kit.

Besides being able to adjust this crib, it also comes in a modern clean style that can work seamlessly in any nursery and might be a smart buy if you plan to pass this onto the next child since it is more gender neutral.

Parents give this crib high marks for being sturdy, modern, stylish, and easy to put together.

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Best Budget: Gulliver Crib

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Courtesy of Ikea

If you aren't looking to make a big investment in a crib, Ikea is a great source for affordable, safe cribs that look good. The Gulliver crib is one of their most popular cribs and comes at a super affordable price. What's more is the crib comes with a conversion kit so you'll be ready to move your child to a big kid bed when the time comes.

The bed can be placed at two different heights so when your child is an infant they can be up higher to prevent strain on your back. Once they can stand it is time to drop the mattress so your child can't climb out. The maximum load of this bed is 50 pounds, so you'll have to move your toddler out of the bed once they reach that weight.

Ikea has some of the strictest safety standards in the world, so even though this comes at a low price tag, you know your baby will be safe and comfortable for years to come. Ikea also sells crib mattresses which are also affordable and comfortable for your child.

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Best Design: DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib With Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

Let's face it, one of the main factors when buying a crib is the style. This DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib has a very traditional and vintage style feel that could work in both a boy and girl's room. What's great about this crib is the conversion kit is included in the price (only on select colors), so you'll be ready to convert the crib to a bed when the time comes. This crib can be used as a crib, toddler bed, and daybed when your child grows out of this at 50 pounds.

The crib is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meaning it’s been screened for chemicals and is finished in a non-toxic, multi-step painting process that is both lead and phthalate free. Pick from 14 color options, including lagoon, coral, ebony, navy, slate, white, and more to suit your decor needs.

Parents rave about the look, the smaller size, and the fact that this comes with wheels making it easy to roll the crib around the house if you want to keep your baby in your room, and beyond.

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Best Mini Crib: Dream On Me 4 in 1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib

If space is at a premium you might want to opt for a mini crib which provides all of the comforts of a regular crib in a smaller footprint. And just because you are getting a mini crib, it doesn't mean you can't get one that converts. This Mini Crib from Dream On Me converts to a mini daybed, which might be suitable for a toddler bed depending on your child (no side railing) and it also converts to a twin bed (conversion kit sold separately). It's sold in seven aesthetically pleasing colors and can hold children up to 40 pounds.

This crib is also tested for lead and all other toxic materials so you know it is safe for your little ones. Just note, if you have a taller child they might grow out of this or need to convert it to a twin bed before they might be ready.

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Best Twin Conversion: DaVinci 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

If you are looking for a bed that can convert to a twin bed, the DaVinci 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is the way to go. This crib can convert into a toddler bed, daybed, and a full-size bed when the time comes but you'll need to buy a separate conversion kit. This crib is available in seven colors, including espresso, cherry, white, and more.

If being green at home is important to you, this crib is Greenguard Gold Certified to be free of harmful chemicals, the crib is finished in a non-toxic, multi-step painting process that is absent of lead and phthalate.

Reviewers comment this bed is sturdy and easy to put together. Some note that the wood chips, but others say this never happened to them, so it might depend on your child.

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Best Combo: Dream On Me Anna 4-in-1 Full Size Crib And Changing Table Combo

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Courtesy of Walmart

Want your changing table and your crib to match? Why not look for a combo set that now only looks aesthetically pleasing—it will also save space. The Dream On Me Anna Crib comes in six colors and converts to both a toddler, daybed, and full-sized bed with the purchase of a conversion kit. The crib mattress can rest at three different heights for a customizable fit. The changing table has two shelves with enough room to store diapers, wipes, and more.

Reviewers think this is a great buy for the money and are thoroughly satisfied with their purchase. Just a note, the changing table and crib are not attached which some expected, but this gives you more space flexibility.

7

Best Classic: Kendall Convertible Crib

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Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids 

Pottery Barn Kids has quality baby furniture that can be passed down to younger siblings. If you are looking to spend a little more on a crib that will hold up, look no further than the ever popular Kendall crib. This classic looking crib can look both traditional or modern depending on the bedding you choose. It comes in four different colors so you'll be sure to find something that matches your design scheme perfectly.

The crib is Greenguard Certified and is made in a Fairy Trade facility. You'll need to purchase the toddler conversion kit separately and it is recommended you do so at purchase. The crib can hold 59 pounds so it has the highest weight limit on our list, which will ensure your child can rest easy on this bed for years to come.

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Best Mid-Century: West Elm x pbk Mid-Century Convertible Crib

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Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids 

Looking to keep the design of your baby's room more in tune with the rest of your home? Then this new crib from West Elm will bring a note of Mid-Century modern to your nursery without being too "baby." This Greenguard Gold certified is made of Fair Trade Certified materials so you can feel good about your purchase. As your child grows, the crib won't look too young as they start growing bigger. The mattress can sit at three different heights ensuring your back doesn't strain but your child will also be safe as they grow.

A matching conversion kit is sold separately that matches the design of this bed and helps ensure they won't roll out when they are in a toddler bed.

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