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Best Baby Cribs

Best For: Baby

Settling on a nursery theme might take a few months, but there’s one big purchase you can get out of the way now. Yes we’re talking about that big buy: the baby crib. It’s the center of any nursery, so here’s what you should look for as you’re making your decision:

What to look for

1. Safety. Stricter manufacturing laws have helped rid baby cribs of many issues, but it’s best to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure there have been no recalls on your pick.
2. Adaptability. Many baby cribs will convert from a place for a baby to sleep into a toddler bed, others go beyond to day bed or even a full-sized bed for an elementary schooler.
3. Stability. All it takes is a good shake to tell how well a crib is made, not to mention how squeaky and loud it will be when you’re trying to place a sleeping baby in it.
4. Ease of Use. You’d be surprised how heavy a sleeping newborn can be when you’re trying to place him or her down into a crib while leaning over a side rail. An adjustable side and adjustable mattress heights will help with this – and they’ll come in handy as your child learns to climb.

Best Classic Baby Crib

Graco Lauren Classic Crib

Price: $150
Get Yours: babiesrus.com

Style Points: Clean, elegant lines and a warm espresso finish exude classic style, but don’t let its good looks fool you.  It’s a bargain for less than $200.  The crib also converts easily to a toddler bed, daybed and full-size headboard, so the one-time investment really pays off.

Safety Points: It might be a classic, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the safety features on this crib. Slats are appropriately spaced to prevent injuries, and stationary side rails make for a safe sleeping environment for baby.  Three adjustable mattress heights make it easy to keep up with a growing baby’s reach.

Best Convertible Crib

Graco Sarah Classic 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Price: $150
Get Yours: amazon.com

Style Points: A gorgeous cherry hardwood (also available in chestnut), the elegant hand-carved feet and fluted posts are timeless.

Safety Points: A bed that will follow them from infancy to the teenage years, this crib is a four-in-one that converts from the traditional crib to a toddler bed, daybed and finally a full-size bed for an older child. JPMA certified, the finishes have tested child safe.

Best Mini Crib

Alma Mini Crib by bloom

Price: $400
Get Yours: diapers.com

Style Points: Sleek and modern, it comes in funky green or basic coconut white. It’s also about half the size of your standard crib, and unlike any other baby bed we’ve found, folds up to create more room in the nursery!

Safety Points: Two adjustable mattress platforms allow you to lower as baby starts to attempt the climb out of the crib. Wheels allow Mom and Dad to scoot this crib from room to room, and lock them in place to keep a curious tot from doing the same.

Best Modern Baby Crib

Sleepi Crib & Bassinet Set by Stokke

Price: $800
Get Yours: diapers.com

Style Points: No more sneaking across the room and hitting the squeaky slat in the floor. An open design lets you sneak a peek at baby from far away, and the completely unique look lets you know you’ve still got the touch, Mom.

Safety Points: Four adjustable mattress heights help you keep baby inside this crib even as they’re busting to get out, and removable wheels allow you to keep the crib in place when they’re ready to push it around.

Best Splurge Baby Crib

Moderne Crib by Maclaren

Price: $1,595
Get Yours: babies1st.com

Style Points: Modern by name and look, this is not made for a nursery full of lambs and giraffes. But it still sports the bells and whistles (and then some – hello drawers) of the more frilly cribs with a look we can’t help drooling over. Hopefully baby will too.

Safety Points: Fixed side rails, a three-position adjustable mattress support and a pull-out blanket shelf for easy-access storage all help counteract the price.

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