The 7 Best Baby Crib Choices for a Grandparent's House of 2019

Options range from practical to extravagant

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If you’re a grandparent-to-be getting ready for new adventures, you are probably looking at cribs. Perhaps you want a full-sized bed for your new grandbaby, but many grandparents opt for a travel crib that can be packed away between visits. Such cribs can also be put away if you have some years without little ones in the family.

Play yards are popular with grandparents, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission no longer warns against letting babies sleep in them. They do have a page containing some safety precautions about play yards.

If you haven't shopped for baby equipment in a while, you'll be amazed by the baby crib choices that are available. Recommendations are based on product specifications, published reviews and word-of-mouth rather than actual experience.

Our Top Picks


Best Overall: Dream On Me Portable Crib

Portable, foldable crib for a grandparent's house
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The patented design means that this crib can be used as a crib or playpen. No tools are required to adjust from one function to another. Easily foldable for storage, this model comes with a 1-inch mattress, but the company also sells more substantial mattresses if the crib will get heavy use. It's an affordable choice for grandparents who want a crib that looks and works like a standard crib but is just a little smaller and easier to store.


Best Budget: Graco Travel Lite Crib

combination bassinet and playard for grandparents' house
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This innovative and attractive combo offers a bassinet that's good for babies up to 15 pounds and a play yard that will accommodate children up to 35 inches. The entire contraption is light and foldable, so you can put it up and take it down as needed. The play yard is smaller than most, so it will fit almost anywhere. 


Best Modern: Bloom Alma Urban Mini Crib

Bloom portable crib is suitable for urban spaces and grandparents' houses
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 Advertised as a crib for urban living spaces, this crib will please grandparents seeking an edgier look who don't mind paying a higher price. Described as a bassinet with extended life, this model should accommodate babies up to around 12 months. It's also portable and folds up into a neat little bag. When fully open, however, it is still narrow enough to fit through standard doors, which is not true of many portable cribs. Made from birch, the crib is available various finishes, including frost gray and gala green.


Best for Travel: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

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This travel crib weighs only 13 pounds and can be set up in one easy movement. The sloping sides make it extra snug and secure. A recent redesign made the mattress attachment easier to use and made the sides completely mesh so that it's easier to keep an eye on your grandchild. Appropriate for children up to three years, it comes in its own travel case. The fabric is soft and can be removed for washing. Baby Bjorn is a Swedish company best known for its baby slings. One possible issue: The sloping slides might make it harder for some grandparents to reach into the crib.


Best Luxury: Stokke Sleeping Mini

beautiful mini crib for grandparent's house
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With its unique oval shape, the Stokke Sleeping Mini is a functional crib and also a lovely piece of furniture. The lockable swivel wheels allow for easy moving, and the mattress base is adjustable to make it easier for grandparents to lift the baby. It has another great benefit. It can be expanded into a full-sized bed that will accommodate a child up to three years of age. In addition, extra expansion pieces can be purchased that will make it suitable for a child up to age 10. This crib is great for grandparents who don't mind spending a little extra for a distinctive baby crib and who are looking at the long range.


Easiest Assembly: Pea Pod Plus by Kidco

The Peapod is a great choice for a grandparent's house.
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This innovative take on the portable crib can actually be used for infants and for small children. It is basically a tent that comes with an inflatable mattress; the total weight is only ten pounds. Because it can be zippered closed, it protects children from insects and is thus perfect for camping. It also provides protection from wind and sun. Indoors, it can be left unzipped for easier access. Since it sits on the floor, some grandparents might have trouble putting the baby in and taking the baby out. 


Best Traditional: Foundations Serenity SafeReach Compact Crib

compact crib with SafeReach system is great for grandparents
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Grandparents who are traditionalists will be comfortable with this simple design which looks like a standard crib but has clear ends for better observation. The SafeReach system allows grandparents to safely lower the side for easier lifting of the baby.Casters allow for easy moving. This model is in the middle price range.

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