What Are The Best Baby Cribs?

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You may have thought the biggest decision of your new baby was whether to paint his room sky blue or arctic blue, but an even more daunting question still remained unanswered. What is the best crib to buy?

This is a question plaguing nearly every mother both new and seasoned as they decorate that new nursery. To get you started on your search, here are ten of the most popular cribs available:

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Why you Need a Crib

A crib is the safest bed for a child. SIDS is one of the greatest threats to infants, especially during that first vulnerable year. The Mayo Clinic explains SIDS as the sudden death of a child usually in their sleep due to breathing difficulties. While there are many sleeping options for a child out there, cribs offer the best environment to help prevent SIDS.

The  March of the Dimes Foundation has devoted a lot of their time and resources in promoting the wellbeing of infants. On their website, they discussed some of the more popular sleeping locations for infants and the dangers with these options.

A baby needs to sleep on a flat, firm surface. This means that couches and soft beds should not be considered a safe alternative to a crib. Even if you put a portable toddler fence against your couch, the risk of SIDS remains, but there is an added risk of your child rolling between the fence and the couch.

Bed sharing is another very popular sleeping method, but this has been known to be the number one cause of death of children under 3. If you would like to keep your child close by, there are many options of bassinets that can be placed next to the parents bed, while keeping your child free from suffocation hazards.

Your child also has an increased risk of SIDS if they sleep in a car seat, strollers, or baby carriers due to not being in the best posture to promote breathing. A crib is the best location for a child to be able to lie flat on their back, which is the recommended sleeping posture.

Some of the benefits of choosing a crib over these other options include creating an environment free from suffocation hazards, providing the proper support for a child to lie in the easiest position to breath, and lastly, having a wall or fence to prevent the child from falling out of bed.

So, why do you need a crib? Because safety should be the number one priority when it comes to your child’s sleeping accommodations.

Crib Safety

The safety requirements for cribs are constantly changing due to new scientific research. This is also something to keep in mind when receiving used or hand me down cribs, as they can be loose, unstable, or out of date. The website Healthychildren.org outlined a list published by the American Academy of Pediatrics of the latest safety regulations concerning cribs. Here is a summary:

  • When choosing a crib, make sure the bars are 2 â…œ inches or less apart to avoid children getting caught or escaping the crib.
  • Measure the crib and make sure mattresses are able to fit snuggly inside the crib with no cracks around the edges, which could lead to a child getting stuck.
  • Cribs that allow the mattress to be lowered are the best because it allows you to keep the child low enough to stay inside the crib as they grow taller. The starting out height should be no less than 26 inches.
  • There should be no openings other than the slats, even as decoration, as these can cause the child to get caught or stuck.
  • Top rails and corner posts are considered unsafe on a crib.
  • Drop side rails are no longer allowed on cribs due to safety hazards

These rules are mandatory for all cribs being sold. They were put into affect starting in June 2011. Any crib sold before that time may not follow the correct safety guidelines and need to be used with caution. All the cribs being discussed here have been manufactured in 2011 or later, and comply with the basic standards.

Some of the people who regulate the safety of the crib are the ASTM, CPSC and the JPMA. The ASTM stands for the American Society for Testing and Materials. They set the standard for safety in many products both national and international.

The CPSC is the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They also set guidelines for product safety, with a main focus in children safety.

The JPMA stands for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. They have an official seal they give to products which have been officially tested and met the current safety standards of the ASTM.

So a product has to meet the current safety standards to be sold, but they still wont have the JPMA seal unless they undergo that specific testing.

While this list is a guide to start you on your crib search, it is always wise to double check the latest safety regulations before purchasing a crib in case any new study has shown changes in the list.

Necessary Additions to a Crib

One of the most important additional decisions when buying a crib is buying the crib mattress. Healthy children.org recommends on their list to look for mattresses that provide proper support, but also do not cause suffocation hazards. As stated earlier, a mattress should always fit snuggly in the crib, and should never leave gaps for a child to get stuck in. Some cribs offer a bundle where you can purchase a perfectly fitting mattress for your crib.

Once you have your crib and mattress, you’ll need sheets and a mattress pad. It is best to get a simple fitted sheet. As long as the sheet fits snuggly, there shouldn’t be any risk of suffocation with the excess material.

Setting up your Crib

Choosing a crib is not just about what looks the best, but also what will fit in a safe location in your nursery. A crib’s location should be decided on while keeping in mind surrounding objects that could pose safety hazards as well as locations that may cause sudden temperature fluxes. The Bump mentions a few of these locations to be aware of.

To avoid SIDS, the room needs to have an easy air flow. Some parents choose rooms with fans to help with the ventilation. In addition, cooler rooms also help with better breathing. The ideal temperature is around 65 to 70 degrees.

In addition to promoting better air flow, you will also need to prevent breathing hindrances. Some of the more obvious threats are pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals that parents can be tempted to add to a crib.

While they look cute, and are comfortable when they’re older, they can be deadly additions while a child is still an infant. Another less obvious threat are curtains or any other hanging cloth or string that can blow or fall into the crib if the crib is located too close to a window.

Types of Cribs

While the options of cribs seem endless, the types of cribs aren’t. Knowing what type of crib you want, will help narrow down your options to only the ones that fit your needs. The first way to categorize cribs are portable cribs and permanent cribs. What we have been focusing on are the permanent cribs as portable cribs are not as sturdy or comfortable for long term use.

Within the permanent crib category, there are two more separations. You have the single size cribs, and the convertible cribs. A convertible crib will start out as an infant crib, but can come apart and transform as your child grows all the way till a twin bed in some cases. A single size crib is just a crib and cannot change. It is meant to just be used while your child is an infant.

Further crib specifications can be found on the site What to Expect. If you have an active child, you may need to consider cribs with extra support. Even if your child doesn’t bounce around, a metal mattress support can go a long way to give you a piece of mind.

While you may think that you found the perfect location for your crib, it may be nice to have the convenience of wheels. Of course, make sure the wheels can be locked so that the crib can be secure when the child goes down to sleep.

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Stork Craft Fortofino 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib and Changer

This crib has all the quality and marketability of the Storkcraft name crib, plus the ease of an attached changer. The crib is available in three different packages. The basic crib package comes with just the 4-in-1 crib and changer. The crib and mattress package includes the crib and changer combo as well as a mattress. And lastly, the crib bundle comes with the crib and changer, mattress, and a coordinating rocker.

The crib is a basic square shape, with a taller back and lowered front. It is made from pine wood, as well as composites. It comes in three colors: cherry, espresso, and white. The crib is slightly raised off the floor by four crib feet plus an extra two feet on the changer.

The attached changer has three drawers running down the front. Behind the changer are three additional shelves for storage. On the changer is an inch thick vinyl changing pad. The changing pad and area is smaller than a standard changer, and would not fit regular changing pads if you decided to replace the stock pad.

The bed is a 4-in-1 convertible crib. The four changes it can go through are being a crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-sized bed. The changer is attached to the bed up until it converts to the full size.

The bed has been inspected and met the required safety standards of the ASTM and CPSC of a modern crib. It is also JPMA certified.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • The combined crib and changer helps to save space, as well as make changing more convenient.
  • The extra storage in the crib drawers and shelves can be useful for those much needed supplies that can have you running elsewhere to get.
  • The bed will last your child as they grow into a full-sized bed, and can save you money in the long run from having to replace your child’s bed as often.
  • The crib has a limited 1 year warranty.
  • The mattress is adjustable and can be lowered as your child grows.

Cons:

  • The added changer makes the entire crib much heavier to move than your average crib.
  • The crib will be a larger and more awkward shape to maneuver into the nursery than if you had a changer and crib separate.
  • The entire crib and changer combo weighs a full 125 pounds, and is 71 inches x 32.5 inches x 43 inches.
  • The mattress is not convenient to lower as it requires unscrewing each adjustment.
  • You will need to purchase a bed frame separately when the crib is converted from the day bed to the full-sized bed.

Storkcraft is one of the leaders in baby furniture. They provide dressers, changing tables, even mattresses. They have been manufacturing high quality products for over 70 years. Their name has been associated with a higher standard and reliability. In addition, they have a live chat that allows for easy access to any help you may need for your product. They even provide an option for ordering spare parts if your crib or any other furniture begins to break down. With their products, you are able to furnish your entire baby room with one unified brand and similar quality.


Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This is a durable yet beautiful wooden crib with the quality that Storkcraft proudly promotes. The crib is only available in two bundles. You can buy just the crib, or you can purchase the crib with a mattress.

The crib has the usual square design, with a slightly higher back and lower front. It is supported by four wooden feet. It is available in four different colors: black, cherry, espresso, and white.

The four sides of the crib are stationary for extra security and to meet safety standards. The crib itself is made of solid wood and wood products. In its entirety, the crib will weigh about 80 pounds.

The package that the crib arrives in is easy to assemble. All the pieces are clearly marked. Though, once assembled, the bed will not fit through an average sized doorway; therefore, should be assembled in the room it is going to stay in. The dimensions are 54.2 inches x 33 inches x 43 inches.

The bed converts from a crib to a full-sized bed. In between, you have a toddler bed and a day bed. The only piece not included is the railing for the full-sized bed. Those can be purchased separately.

The mattress itself can be raised and lowered into three different positions to match your child’s growth.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • Meets all the latest safety regulations and is JPMA certified.
  • The bed is made of solid wood, which can last for multiple children’s use.
  • The crib has a 1 year limited warranty.
  • The mattress has a flat wooden frame, instead of a spring frame or slats, to add extra durability.
  • All the parts are easy to assemble.
  • The materials used are all non-toxic.

Cons:

  • Additional materials would need to be purchased to transform the bed into the full-sized bed.
  • The nails do not have covers, though they are screwed far enough in the wood to keep a child from scraping on them.
  • The crib sits low to the ground, preventing much additional storage under the crib.
  • The crib is taller, so some shorter moms may have issues reaching a child before the child is able to stand on their own.
  • This crib is one of the heavier cribs on the market, which can also be a sign of it’s sturdy build, but will be inconvenient when the crib needs to be moved.

The Tuscany design is not only used for the crib, but also other nursery items. Some of these include a glider and ottoman, chest, dresser, and changing table. Storkcraft has other nursery items available as well that are different designs, but the same high quality. Using the same brand can help unify the entire look and feel of a nursery.

This crib is built for durability. Some customers easily pay twice the cost of this crib for the same quality. But Storkcraft was able to give you the quality with out that hefty price tag.

This crib is the type of bed that is passed from child to child, and still holds its own. While Storkcraft has created other cribs with sleeker, modern designs, or nifty additional features, this is still a go-to crib for mothers who want the quality over anything else.


Dream On Me Classic 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This is a basic crib for a very affordable price. That being said, while the crib is basic, it is not boring in any way. Looking at the crib, you would never even know it cost half the price as some of the other cribs addressed earlier.

The crib comes in two bundles. You can either purchase the crib on its own, or purchase the crib with a mattress.

The crib is made of a beautiful pinewood with a stunning design. The head board and foot board both are topped with a graceful wave, while both sides are equally tall and flat, so that no design features will block the parents from reaching their child.

The crib is available in three different colors: cherry, espresso, and natural wood.

One unique feature of the bed is its wheels. The wheels can provide easy maneuverability to this lightweight bed, especially if you had to move the crib often. Its dimensions are only 40 inches x 31 inches x 54 inches.

But most importantly, when you are ready to stabilize the bed, the safety locking wheels allow you to do so. The wheel are able to be removed if you ever want the additional peace of mind of having a completely stationary crib.

The bed has three conversions. It can start as a crib with Stationary rails. From there, it can change into a toddler bed, and eventually a day bed. The mattress can also be adjusted. It can be lowered in three different positions to adjust to your child’s growth. The mattress is held by springs.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • The crib is extremely light weight, weighing only 36 pounds.
  • The entire crib does not have any phthalate, latex, lead, or BPA.
  • The bed is raised higher off the ground, and extra storage can be placed underneath if desired.
  • Everything needed to assemble this bed is included in the package.
  • The bed’s wheels give the unique ability to move the crib easily when the room is being rearranged or cleaned, but can also be removed while not compromising the cribs stability.
  • This is one of the best priced cribs, while still maintaining quality.

Cons:

  • While the crib has passed certain safety requirements like that of the ASTM and CPSC, it is not JPMA certified.
  • While the bed can convert into the three different styles, not all parts are included. The toddler bed rails are sold separately.
  • The crib is known to be a little harder to assemble than other cribs on the market.

Dream on Me is a family business  that design and created baby products. Their products range from bedding to car seats and strollers to even play pens and rockers. The site gives a guarantee for their products, with the back up of a warranty on anything that may go wrong. Their site outlines proper storage and maintenance of the cribs to prolong the life of your furniture.

If you like the crib, there are dozens of other nursery items that correspond nicely with the crib to create a unified nursery brand and look.


Dream On Me Violet 7-in-1 Convertible Life Style Crib

This crib is taking the convertible bed to a whole new level. While most convertible cribs on the market have 3 to 4 different options, the Dream on Me violet has 7 options to change with your little one as they grow up.

You can purchase the crib in two bundles. The first bundle is just as a crib. The second bundle is a crib and mattress.

This stunning pinewood crib will definitely stand out among other cribs that have just a basic square shape. It has a sturdy head board and foot board, but both sides glide in a wave-like motion giving the bed a very sleek and modern look. It is held up by four sturdy feet. These feet provide extra balance due to a wider base.

The crib itself comes in six different colors: black, cherry, espresso, natural, royal blue, and white. The crib’s dimensions are 53.5 inches x 5.2 x 34.5 inches.

The main attraction of this crib is the 7 convertible options. The first option is, of course, the crib. After the crib, it can be converted into a toddler bed and then a day bed. From the day bed there are two options of beds to convert it into.

One option has a footboard while the other does not. And Lastly is the full bed. This again has two options available. It can be set up with a footboard or without. This versatility makes the bed great for any size or shaped room as it can easily be maneuvered nearly anywhere.

Not only can the bed be changed, but the mattress can also be moved. It has four height setting to grow with your child. The first three are to be used with the crib, the fourth option is for the other bed set ups. The dip in the railing’s design makes it easier to reach a child no matter what the mattress height is.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • The seven bed options make it easier to customize the look and space of your child’s bed.
  • The crib does not have phthalate, latex, lead or BPA.
  • The crib is extremely light, weighing just 45 pounds.
  • The mattress height is relatively easy to adjust.
  • The crib is a more affordable price than other similar cribs.

Cons:

  • Not all the pieces are included. The toddler guard rail, stabilizer, full-sized rail, and the bed frame need to be bought separately.
  • The crib is more difficult to put together.
  • The crib doesn’t have a proven record of durability, and has sometimes be known to have broken pieces just in shipping. But if all the pieces are in tact, it can easily last at least one child’s tenure.
  • The crib meets the safety standards, but is not JPMA certified. 

If you are familiar with Dream on Me, then you will know the great products they produce for affordable prices. This crib is most definitely a great option for those who are looking for versatility, but may not be the best option for parents looking for something a little sturdier to survive through years of siblings passing through.


Union 2-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib is a bright and colorful addition to any nursery. While this bed does not quite have the conversion options of other cribs, it works great as a crib, if that is all you need for your child.

There are no bundles for purchasing mattresses with the crib, only the crib on its own is available. But Union does have three different types of mattresses available to be purchased separately.

The crib is a very simple, straight forward bed for your child. But that does not mean it doesn’t do its duty. It is made from New Zealand pine, a softer wood that can easily scratch, but still manages to be decently sturdy.

In addition, it is very easy to set up. The crib does not have any extra frills when it comes to design, as it is a straight square shape. But it makes up for this by its many color options.

There are seven colors total available. These are emerald green, espresso brown, grey, lagoon blue, natural wood, sunshine yellow, and white.

The crib’s two conversions are either as a crib or a day bed. The day bed looks just as the crib, with just one side removed. The mattress, on the other hand, has four options for adjusting, so that it can change with your child.

The mattress has a metal wire base to hold it. The bed itself measures 53.5 inches x 30.5 inches x 33.5 inches.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • There are quite a few color options available to match most nursery décor.
  • It is very lightweight, weighing just 40 pounds.
  • The crib is non-toxic with no lead or phthalate.
  • The crib is further off the ground than most cribs, allowing space for extra storage if necessary.
  • The crib is very quick and easy to assemble.

Cons:

  • While it meets the safety standards of ASTM and the CPSC, it is not JPMA certified.
  • There are only two conversion options available, but a toddler bed is not one of the options, which means you would need to use another toddler-safe bed before being able to transfer your child to the day bed.
  • The crib is great for the price, but not the best quality, especially if you are looking to pass the crib along to future siblings.
  • This product does not have a conversion rail for when the crib is turned into a bed, which is why it can only be a day bed after your child grows out of the crib.
  • The crib is shorter than some of the other cribs, which allows some toddlers to be able to climb out in rare cases. That being said, for infants who cannot climb, it is easier to reach them, especially if you are shorter.

Don’t let the quality scare you away from this crib, as I know some mothers may be very hesitant after reading the risks. The crib does meet all safety standards and has made many a mother very happy for their infant’s entire use.

The price is definitely one of the greatest perks, outside of the variety of colors. Perhaps you are not familiar with the name of Union when it comes to cribs. Union is actually part of the DaVinci cribs. DaVinci will be covered in more detail later on, but they are a very high quality and popular brand for baby furniture.


Graco Benton Convertible Crib

This crib comes with one very well known name: Graco. Perhaps when you heard the name Graco, your first thought was of strollers and car seats, as those seem to be their most popular products. But their cribs hold the same quality as their other products.

The crib is available in two different bundles. The basic crib bundle, or the crib and mattress bundle. It has a very simplistic design, with a raised back and lower sides and front.

The back is topped with an attractive arch. The crib itself is made out of a sturdy pine wood. The crib is supported by four legs. It is available in six different colors: driftwood, espresso, white, pebble gray, white/natural, and whitewash.

The bed has 5 conversion options. It can be a crib, toddler bed, day bed, and full-sized bed. The full-sized bed comes with the two options of either having a footboard or not. It also has an adjustable mattress.

The mattress can be raised or lowered three different heights. The entire crib has an average weight of about 50.2 pounds. The dimension of the bed are 56.7 inches x 29.8 inches x 42 inches.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • The bed meets the safety standards of ASTM and CPSC. It also is JPMA certified.
  • It has a 1 year limited warranty
  • There is about 6 inches of storage space under the crib if necessary.
  • The assembly is fairly simple and quick.
  • The harder wood doesn’t scratch as easy as some of the other softer wooded cribs.
  • All the tools necessary to assemble the crib are provided in the box.

Cons:

  • The bed frame for the conversion is not included, and should be bought separately.
  • The crib does not come with a toddler rail or a day bed rail. Those pieces can be bought separately.
  • The crib is average to heavy weight, and cannot be moved as easily as other cribs.

If you are not as familiar with Graco , it is one of the most popular and trusted brands when it comes to baby products. Graco began making baby furniture and products in 1953 with the creation of their first product, an automatic baby swing, and has continued with the same high quality for over 60 years.

Two of their main goals are safety and durability. This can be seen by the many products being passed from parent to parent, and still holding up. Some of their cribs won multiple awards praising their value and quality.

While this product has the Graco name, it is manufactured by Storkcraft. That being said, Graco does offer many other products and furniture that would be an excellent compliment to the Graco crib.

Some of these additional products include gliders, changing tables, and so many other pieces for your perfect nursery. Storkcraft adds its stamp of quality as well on this product. This can be seen by the way it can hold up for years.


DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib

The is a beautiful 3-in-1 convertible crib to support your child from infancy all the way to childhood. This stunning crib has a unique vintage look, that will add class to any nursery. The crib is available in two bundles, either the single crib bundle or the crib and mattress bundle.

This crib really catches the eye with its decorative slates outlining the crib. It is made from New Zealand pine wood. In addition, this crib comes with wheels for easy maneuverability.

The crib comes with an astounding nine color choices. These choices are: coral, ebony, emerald, lagoon, navy, slate, white, fog gray, and rich cherry. With this many choices, there is an option for every type of nursery décor.

The crib can be changed from a simple crib to a toddler bed and then a day bed. The kits for changing the bed are sold separately. The mattress can be adjusted into four different positions to accommodate the growth of your child. The mattress is held up by a metal spring frame.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • There are many color options, plus the added beauty of the slates’ decorations.
  • The crib is extremely lightweight, weighing only 37 pounds.
  • The wheels on the crib allow for easy maneuverability, like when you need to vacuum underneath or simply move the crib to the room you are in while your child sleeps.
  • The crib has a 1 year warranty.
  • The bed is Greenguard Gold Certified. This means that tests were run to search for thousands of harmful chemicals and the crib was found to be completely safe and non toxic.
  • This crib is very easy to assemble.

Cons:

  • The wheels do not lock on this crib, but different castors can be purchased to replace the current ones which allow for locking the wheels when the crib is in place.
  • The toddler rail is sold separately, the only parts included are for the crib alone.
  • While the crib meets the safety requirements of the CPSC and ASTM, it is not JPMA certified.
  • The screws are not covered. While they are placed so that they don’t pose a safety hazard, they can distract from the overall look of the crib.

The beautiful design of this crib is used for many other furniture pieces by DaVinci. If you just look for the Jenny Lind name, you’ll find a matching changing table. You can even find a DaVinci 6-drawer set that perfectly compliments your crib, and unifies your nursery.

The DaVinci name carries with it over 25 years of quality service in baby products. All their cribs have the same Greenguard testing done to guarantee they are free from all harmful chemicals.

Perhaps this is just one of the many reasons they have dozens of awards planted on their home page, again emphasizing their superior quality. Even if you are not familiar with the name of DaVinci, you may have heard of their brand, Carter’s.

If you ever have a doubt of their safety, DaVinci outlines what the ASTM and CPSC require and where they fall on the scale. In all the categories from the slates on their bed to the lead in the paint, they fall within and then some of the requirements.


DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

If you search for the most popular cribs, this crib will appear on nearly every list you run across. It is no wonder it is one of the most popular cribs on the market for over 10 years now. This beautiful crib is sturdy enough to be passed down to siblings, friends, and neighbors.

The crib is made very sturdy using New Zealand pine wood. The entire design is very subtle, with the slightest curving of the wood for more flow. This style is very versatile and can fit into nearly any nursery set up.

The crib is held up by four sturdy feet. These are not your typical straight wood feet, but thicker with a wide bottom for extra stability.

The crib can be purchased in two bundles. You can either buy the crib on its own, or buy it with a mattress. There are seven colors offered with the crib. These colors are chestnut, ebony, espresso, grey, oak, white, and rich cherry.

The crib can be changed into four different types of bed. The first is, of course, the crib option. After the crib, it can be changed into a toddler bed, day bed, and a full-sized bed.

The conversion kit for the toddler bed and the day bed are sold separately. The mattress can also be adjusted to four different heights as your child grows. The mattress has a metal spring base.

When the crib is fully assembled, its dimensions will be 54.3 inches x 35 inches x 41.9 inches. The total weight of the crib, before adding a mattress, will be about 56 pounds.

The crib can be used until your child reaches the height of 35 inches. The toddler bed can hold the child until they are 50 pounds. The full-sized bed can hold the child and up to 500 pounds total.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • The crib has a 1 year warranty.
  • The crib has the DaVinci Greenguard Gold certification which shows it has passed the test for thousands of different harmful chemicals.
  • The bed is high enough to provide a good couple inches of additional storage underneath if necessary.
  • The crib is built to last, and is one of the sturdier cribs on the market.

Cons:

  • While the crib meets the safety requirements of the ASTM and CPSC, it is not JPMA certified.
  • This is a heavier crib. Of course, that also is a sign of the good quality wood that the crib is made from, but will be more awkward to move.
  • The crib is taller than some of the other cribs on the market, and can be difficult to reach the child even on the highest mattress setting. This may be a consideration for those with C-sections who may have a harder time bending over crib railings.
  • The railings and bed frame for the conversions from the crib are all sold separately.

Since Kalani is one of the most popular cribs, it also has more matching furniture than some of the other styles under the DaVinci name. In addition, you can rest assured with the knowledge that your child is sleeping with the DaVinci guarantee in quality and safety. 


Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This is one of the more expensive cribs out of this list, but it definitely makes up for cost in its durability and high quality.

There are two purchase options available. You can either buy the crib on its own, or purchase the crib bundle. The crib bundle includes the crib, a mattress, and a mattress cover.

Babyletto prides itself on its modern design. This can be seen with the crib’s simplistic, yet stylish appearance. It is a simple square shape without too many extra frills. This allows the parent to choose the look of the crib through the nursery design and bedding for the crib.

The crib is made from solid pine wood. It is available in both solid colors and two colored, where the frame is one color while the slates are another.

The solid color options are black, espresso, grey, slate, white, and washed natural. The dual color options are black/white, gray/white, ash/white, espresso/white, white/washed natural. All paints have a non-toxic finish for the safety of your child.

The crib has three conversions. The conversions are a crib, toddler bed, and a day bed. The dimensions of the assembled crib is 54 inches x 29.8 inches x 35 inches. The total weight of this crib is 54 pounds before adding the mattress.

The mattress is adjustable to four different heights for changing along with your child’s growth. The mattress is held by wire springs.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • The crib is Greenguard certified, which means it has passed the test for thousands of harmful chemicals and VOCs.
  • All the conversions to the toddler bed are included with the crib, and nothing needs to be bought separately other than a mattress.
  • The crib is very easy to assemble.
  • The crib meets the safety requirements of the ASTM as well as the CPSC.

Cons:

  • The crib is not JPMA certified, but it does pass the basic safety requirements.
  • The crib sits lower than other cribs, which can cause a bit of an issue for shorter moms, or those who have trouble bending over.
  • This is a heavier crib, which can cause problems when trying to move it for redecorating or cleaning.

Babyletto is a newer company, founded in 2010. They are a part of the Million Dollar Baby Co. Babyletto has managed to keep up with the other companies without an issue.

They have already proven themselves as both safe and reliable in all their products. They manufacture many baby furniture pieces, as well as bedding.

Babyletto is trying to be safe to not only the babies they provide for, but for the earth as a whole. Their building uses solar power, electric vehicles, and recyclable materials. Their appeal is mainly to modern families, with both their design and their emphasis on staying green.

Babyletto has created a line of Hudson furniture, as well as other lines. If you decide to use the Hudson crib, you will have the option of also purchasing a corresponding changer and dresser with the same design to match your crib. This makes decorating and unifying your nursery easier.


Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Crib

This is a great, classic crib that is both beautiful and sturdy. It can be purchased as just the crib, or you can purchase the package of the crib and the mattress together.

The 4-in-1 function of the bed will grow along with your child, or you are able to keep it just as a crib and pass it along to future siblings due to its sturdy build.

The crib has a raised back, while the front and sides are lower for easy access. The back adds an extra design to the crib with its waving arch. The slates around the crib are placed flat and evenly apart.

The entire crib is held up by four very low crib feet. The crib itself comes in three different colors. You can purchase the crib in dark chocolate, grey, or white.

When the crib is assembled, its dimensions are 55.7 inches x 44 inches x 30.25 inches. The entire bed weighs 59.2 pounds. The crib is made from a very sturdy, solid wood, and the paint and finish are all tested for chemicals.

The bed has a total of four conversions. You can either keep the bed as a crib, or you can change it to a toddler bed, day bed, or a full-sized bed. The full-sized bed just comes with a headboard, which is sold separately.

The mattress can be raised and lowered depending on the need of your child. It has three different heights it can be adjusted to.

PROS & CONS
Pros:

  • This bed is JPMA certified. It also passes all the safety standards of the CPSC and the ASTM.
  • The crib is very quick and easy to assemble.
  • The four conversions can grow with your child, and save you money as you will not need to invest in additional beds between the crib and a full-sized bed for your toddler.
  • The crib is Greenguard certified, which means it has passed the test of thousands of chemicals.

Cons:

  • The toddler guardrail and the crib conversion rails are not included and need to be purchased separately. The metal bed frame is also sold separately.
  • The crib is very low, which can be difficult for some parents to reach inside. In addition, it would be very difficult to put extra storage boxes of any sort underneath the crib.

Delta Children has been around in the world of parenting and children since 1968. Their name has nearly become synonymous with the word safety. Louis Shamir Sr. Founded the company with one goal in mind: to create safer products for infants and children.

While the company was originally based out of Brooklyn, New York, it has now reached all over the country. The products are not just built on a higher safety standard, they are also built so that they can be afforded by practically anyone.

Delta Children has not only created a higher safety standard for their cribs, but all their products. If you have enjoyed sleeping soundly, knowing your child is safe under the Delta Children stamp of safety, there are other nursery pieces you can purchase to keep the same quality in all aspects of your child’s life.


The Best Crib

Perhaps, the easiest answer to what the best crib is, is that they all are, because there really is no one size fits all standard. But when we put aside all the extras in our life, such as space and money, we can find a crib that stands out among the others as the one which best meets the safety standards and needs of a crib.

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The Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib would be the best crib on the market when it comes down to the main deciding factor: safety first. While all the abore mentioned cribs meet the basic crib safety standards to even be sold, such as not having a drop down side, the Storkcraft brand is one of only a couple of the cribs which offer the extra stamp of safety by being JPMA certified.

In addition, the mattress isn’t just held up by springs, but an entire board for the added support in case your child is more active.

While all the other cribs may look appealing in their own ways, if safety truly is your number one concern, than the Storkcraft Tuscany crib should be your number one choice.

Peter
Peter
Father of two wonderful kids, love parenthood and feel blessed to have an amazing family.
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