The 7 Best Cribs to Buy in 2018

Safe and pretty options to help your baby sleep tight

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When it comes to getting ready for baby, deciding, and ultimately, the picking of the crib is understandably an important task for an expectant parent. The best crib that will work for both baby and home is one that is safe, works within your budget and fits into your space.

All new cribs sold today must meet safety regulations but we recommend doing extra research when you decide on a crib just to see what other reviewers say. Cribs come in standard and convertible models with standard meaning it is just a crib and convertible meaning it can turn into a toddler bed and or daybed when the time comes. Most cribs come with a few different heights you can have the mattress, with the highest reserved for newborns (less bending over) and the lowest for when they are standing and climbing. 

When it comes to the style of your crib the options are endless from the most traditional to more modern and sleek. Whether you need a mini crib for an apartment or one with added storage, these are the best cribs on the market today. 

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib

This GREENGUARD Gold Certified 4-in-1 crib has many benefits, mainly that it can be converted to a full-size bed when the time comes (conversion kit sold separately). At 56 pounds this well-crafted crib is sturdy and can withstand many years of use. It is finished with a non-toxic paint and is lead and phthalate safe. It comes in a few wood colored options like espresso and white. You have the option to purchase with or without the mattress depending on your needs. 

With over 1,500 reviews and a reasonable price, this crib takes the cake as the best overall crib on our list. 

Best Budget: Gulliver Crib

Courtesy of IKEA

This popular crib is known for its simplicity and great value. The crib is a two-in-one convertible with a conversion kit included with the purchase. The mattress (sold separately) can be moved to two different heights and when ready can be converted by having one side removed to use as a toddler bed in a daybed style.

Ikea tests their cribs to the highest of safety standards and are diligent on issuing recalls if necessary. The crib base is designed to allow ample ventilation to help prevent the risk of SIDS. 

Best Crib for a Small Space: Babyletto Origami Mini Crib

If your home is limited to space, this Mini Crib by Babyletto which measures 38.6" x 25.4" x 36" provides everything baby needs to rest safely at a more compact size. The crib comes in two adjustable levels for newborns and older children and has four wheels making at great option for those who want to have their baby close to their bed at night with the option to roll them out when they get bigger. It is also collapsible and can easily be stored when not in use or space is needed. Paint is lead and phthalate safe with a non-toxic finish.

Reviewers noted that this crib is "portable, space-efficient, and stylish for my baby!" and "My 15-month-old is in the 99% for height and still fits into this crib comfortably."It comes in black, grey and lagoon colors with the option of with a 1" mattress or not. 

Best Modern Crib: Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail
Courtesy of Target

This five star rated convertible crib is from the popular Babyletto line. Modern and with hidden construction this smooth surface crib will fit seamlessly into any nursery. All materials and finishes are eco-friendly as this crib is Greenguard Gold Certified. There are four adjustable mattress positions to work with all different ages and milestones. Once your child is ready for a big boy bed the crib can be converted with the toddler rails that are included with purchase. It can also be used as a daybed which makes this crib a great family investment. Reviewers commented that "the price is right, especially for a converter." and "it was very easy to put together and feels very sturdy."

If you want the complete look you can purchase the coordinating dresser. The mattress is sold separately.  

Best Crib for Travel: BABYBJORN® Travel Crib Light

If you plan to travel at all when you have an infant you'll need a travel crib or pack n' play to keep them safe at night. The BabyBjorn travel crib is gold standard as it measures 32" x 44" x 24" so it can be used through toddlerhood. When the crib is folded, it easily fits into an easy to carry travel bag measuring at 19" x 23.5" x 5.5" and can be stored in the closet or under a bed until next use. The entire weight of the crib with the bag is 13 pounds making it easy to tote on a plane. The manufacturer also states that materials close to where the baby/child sleeps are free from any hazardous health substances. This crib can be used up to three years as long as the child is not trying to climb out and comes with a two-year warranty. It has mesh sides so you can see your baby from every angle and you won't worry about baby be too close to the side to breathe. 

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

This vintage-inspired crib has long had a following which started when the crib was offered only in white. Now available in fifteen colors ranging from the classic white to pops of emerald and coral this crib is a statement piece for a nursery. Although designed with a retro feel this crib is modern in its offerings. GREENGUARD Gold Certified, made of 100% sustainable New Zealand pine wood it has four adjustable mattress positions and also converts to a toddler bed and then a daybed. The conversion kit is only included in some colors so take note when you purchase. The mattress is sold separately. It also has wheels for easy moving around the home. 

If design is your thing you can also buy the coordinating changing table for a sophisticated yet classic look. 

Best Multipurpose: Delta Children Birkley Convertible Crib-N-Changer

This is a great option if you are searching for a combo crib that also serves other furniture needs in the nursery. This crib has a built-in attached changing table with a shelf and two drawers beneath the changing area. Once assembled it measures at 72.5" x 31.2" x 43.8". The crib has three mattress settings for height as well as can be converted to a toddler bed, daybed and full-size.The daybed rail is included, but the toddler guardrail and frame for full size sold separately. Reviewers noted that this "crib is convenient and space-saving" and a "nice crib with built-in storage."

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