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Choosing A Crib For Your New Baby… How are you to choose the single most important item for baby’s first years?
When it comes time to start shopping for baby’s crib, many first time expecting parents can be overwhelmed. So many choices are involved in selecting your precious infant’s new crib.
What features are the most important to you and the most beneficial over the first years of a baby’s life? These questions and more are critical when you are shopping for your baby’s nursery furniture.
What To Look For In Your Baby’s Crib
Your job will be in making a list. Your priorities, preferences and needs in looking for the perfect crib for your new baby. Some questions might include:
- Environmentally Sustainable
There is a perfect choice for your family, and it doesn’t have to take hours of research and searching. You already probably have an idea of what you want the nursery to look like. It’s natural for you to start ‘window shopping’ online when you find out that a baby is on the way. You’re browsing Pinterest and Amazon for all the best products available. Getting design ideas for the nursery. And getting all kinds of advice on what products will be ‘absolutely necessary’. (Nothing is absolutely necessary. Except lots of Love and cuddles! Ok… and diapers, food and quite possibly a clone of yourself to keep up with it all).
But back to the crib… Most of us will shop first for something that we like to look at. After all, we’ll be spending a lot of time looking at it. Babies spend a majority of time in the first year in their crib. In fact more than 50% of their first year should be spent sleeping. That is a lot of time spent in this vital stage of development. This is why the crib you choose matters – a lot!
You want baby’s sleep time to be peaceful and safe. And allow you the satisfaction of an attractive and serene place to spend a lot of your time. Baby doesn’t care what the crib looks like, its color or any of the other design aspects of it. They just need a place to slumber comfortably and safely. You, on the other hand, want baby’s sleep space to be comfortable and attractive. And of course, it will make naps and bedtime much more enjoyable for you.
Luckily baby cribs that are sold here in the USA have strict safety guidelines and requirements that must be met.
Most of us already know that they have banned the old fashioned drop side crib design. It was deemed unsafe by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (cpsc.gov).
Today’s crib designs do not allow for moving parts. Sides that are not spaced properly to not enable baby to get stuck between slats. No ornamental corners or posts that baby could potentially get caught on and hurt themselves.
These regulations make the safety of your crib choice a lot less stressful for you. No worries, because, they have to be approved before they can be sold.
Our Top Ten Best Baby Crib Picks
Like one of these crib styles?
Here are the Top Ten popular cribs that our research has shown to be some of the best choices for any growing family’s crib needs.
Most of these cribs come in a choice of color and finish, so if the color is wrong but the crib is right, please look at it anyway to see if there is a color that matches your design scheme.
Clicking on the image will take you to a brief review and the specifications for each selection and why we chose it.
#2 – Dream On Me Ashton Full Panel Convertible 5-in-1 Crib#3 – Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib#4 – Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib#5 – Evolur Madison 5 in 1 Curved Top Convertible Crib#6 – Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Crib with Conversion Kit#7 – Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Drawer#8 – Delta Archer Solid Panel 4-in-1 Convertible Crib#9 – Delta Children Bentley S Series 4-in-1 Convertible Crib#10 – DaVinci Charlie 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Crib Reviews and Details …
An affordable choice in a convertible crib! Made for Graco by Storkcraft, the Benton crib comes in 4 colors – Espresso, Pebble Gray, White or Whitewash. It converts from crib to toddler bed, toddler day bed and then a full size bed that can be set up with or without the footboard.
The assembled crib measures 56.7″ x 29.8″ x 43.2″ and weighs 42 lbs. It has 3 height adjustments for comfortable positioning of the mattress as baby grows taller and more active.
At time of this review, it had a Amazon rating of 4.3 stars with only 1/10 of the over 400 reviews being bad. (Any bad review is not great, but every product will not satisfy every consumer.) Most of the people who purchased this crib loved it. They love the look and had no difficulty in putting it together.
The bad reviews were few in comparison, but some were a little concerning such as the gray colored on having an issue of the paint chipping off. With so many people satisfied, we are pretty sure that these incidents are not the norm and are less common occurrences. Most cases did say that with photos and proof of purchase, that Graco refunded or resolved the issue.
An economical choice in a classic style crib! Made by Dream On Me, the Ashton crib comes in many colors – Espresso, Black, Cherry, Natural and Mystic Gray. It converts from crib to toddler bed, toddler day bed and then when your baby requires a big kid bed, it can become a full size bed.
The assembled crib measures 54″ x 38″ x 44″ and weighs 50 lbs. It has 4 height adjustments for comfortable positioning of the mattress, and safety as baby grows taller and more active.
At time of this review, it had a Amazon rating of 4 stars with over 80% of the over 650 reviews being satisfied. Most of the parents or grandparents who purchased this crib loved it. They love the look and had no difficulty in putting it together.
As with any product not everyone is going to be happy with it. Most of the complaints came from shipping issues and damage to product upon opening the box. Only a few had missing hardware issues as well. With so many people satisfied, we are pretty sure that these incidents are not the norm and are less common than happy customers.
Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
We love the classic style of the “Emery” Convertible Crib. Available in the popular colors of Dark Chocolate, White and the trending Gray.
While using the Emery as a crib, you have the convenience of 3 height adjustments for the comfort and safety of your baby. When baby outgrows the crib, the Emery can convert to a toddler bed, a toddler daybed and as he or she grows into a big kid bed, it will convert to a full size bed. The toddler rail and full size bed frame are available for purchase separately.
This gorgeous crib has been tested and certified by the JPMA, CPSC and the ASTM to assure your child’s safest sleep environment.
Fully assembled it measures 55.75″ wide x 30.25″ deep and 43.75″ high and weighs 59 pounds.
Union 2-in-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso
Inexpensive doesn’t have to mean cheap! The Union 2 in 1 Convertible Crib has great ratings from parents and 7 colors to choose from! No matter what your nursery theme, the Union can fit your style.
Available in Ebony, Espresso, Gray, Natural, White, Blue and Pink, your baby’s room decorating project just got a whole lot easier. No matter your style from minimalistic to elegant chic, the simple straight lines of the Union crib can fit right in.
It also offers the convenience of 4 adjustable mattress heights to keep up with a growing baby and toddler. To make it last a few years it can be converted to a toddler daybed.
Non-toxic, lead and phthalate safe finish, the Union Crib meets ASTM and U.S. CPSC safety standards. Made from sustainable New Zealand pine wood, you can have peace of mind knowing your not harming the environment.
It’s assembled measurements are 53.5 x 30.5 x 33.5 inches, and only weighs 38.5 pound, so it’s a great choice for shorter parents. A great choice at a very affordable price!
The Evolur Madison 5 in 1 crib has that “WoW” factor going for it that makes it hard to resist.
The Curved Top Convertible Crib leaves a lasting impression and comes in 3 popular shades of gray. Choose from the lightest “Antique Grey Mist”, medium shade “Storm Grey” to the darkest “Weathered Grey” to make a strong statement in your baby’s nursery. We love that the grays all let you remain neutral in your palette and that any of them could be used for a boy or girl’s bedroom.
As your child gets bigger and bigger, the Madison crib can be reconfigured into a toddler daybed, toddler bed and a full-size bed, complete with a headboard and footboard which creates a long-lasting design, although the conversion kits are available separately and do not come with the crib shown here. The assembled crib measures 58.6 x 31.1 x 51.5 inches and weighs 95 pounds.
One bonus from Evolur is that if you are not sure about the colors or design of the crib you can always contact them and a color swatch will be mailed out. The Amazon rating at the time of this review was 4.6 stars with only one bad comment due to damage.
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, White
The Babyletto Hudson 3 in 1 crib is for parents who like that modern look with clean lines and simple style.
The Convertible Crib leaves a lasting impression and comes in color schemes. Choose from Washed Natural, Black, White, Grey, Blush Pink or Espresso. If you prefer to mix things up go with one of these two tone styles: Espresso & White, Grey & White, White & Natural. Surely one of these colors or combinations would look amazing in your child’s nursery.
As your child gets bigger and bigger, the Hudson crib can be reconfigured into a toddler daybed, toddler bed, although many cribs sell the conversion kits separately, it is included with the Hudson. The assembled crib measures 54 x 29.8 x 35 inches and weighs 56.5 pounds.
Another great feature of the Babyletto Hudson is that it is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, having been screened for over 360 VOCs and 10,000 chemicals. The Amazon rating at the time of this review was 4.5 stars with only one bad comment due to damage.
Graco Solano 4 in 1 Convertible Crib with Drawer
The Solano 4 in 1 crib by Graco offers economical pricing and classic style.
The Solano Convertible Crib leaves a lasting impression and comes in 4 color choices. Choose from Driftwood, White, Pebble Grey, or Espresso. You can get it with a storage drawer beneath the crib or the Pebble Gray has a simple changing table option.
As your child grows, the Solano crib can be changed into a toddler daybed, toddler bed, and even the full size bed accessories can be purchased separately – taking them right into their teen years. The assembled crib measures 66 x 29.7 x 41.6 inches and weighs 61.3 pounds.
The Amazon rating at the time of this review was 3.9 stars.
The Delta Archer 4 in 1 crib boasts classic styling and a solid panel back, and has 3 mattress height positions.
The Archer Convertible Crib is available in 3 color choices. Choose from Bianca White, Grey, or Chocolate Brown. It comes with the daybed rail with the crib, and you can purchase the toddler rail and the full size bed rails separately.
The assembled size is 55.75”W x 30.50”D x 43.75”H inches and can be used with a standard size crib mattress. This crib weighs 72.2 pounds.
The Amazon rating at the time of this review was 4.3 stars.
The Delta Bentley S Series is the crib you want if you love sleigh bed styling. Just look at those curves!
This highly rated crib comes in three colors, Black Cherry, Chocolate and White, and converts to daybed, toddler bed and full size bed. It’s mattress is adjustable to three heights as your baby grows.
There are other furniture pieces available if you want to complete your nursery with matching curves and style.
This crib assembled measures 54.25”W x 34.25”D x 42.25”H and weighs just over 68 pounds.
Amazon rating at the time of this review is 4.4 stars out of 152 customer reviews.
The DaVinci Charlie is just a gorgeous crib. You should see what it looks like set up at a full size bed as well! (You can if you click through and see the pictures on Amazon).
This popular crib comes in six beautiful colors, Espresso, Gray, Rustic Pine, White, and the weathered look of Cottage Gray and Cottage White. It can convert to daybed, toddler bed and full size bed. It’s mattress is adjustable to four heights.
There is additional furniture pieces available if you want to complete your nursery with matching items.
This crib assembled measures 54.7 x 30.4 x 43.7 inches and weighs 57 pounds.
Amazon rating at the time of this review is 3.5 stars out of 63 customer reviews.
We hope you found the perfect crib in our Top Ten Baby Cribs. At least we would like to think we helped you narrow down your wish list to one or two.
Congratulations on the new baby! We hope you will come back to check out our favorite nursery themes when you get into some serious decorating!