Choosing a baby crib can seem like one of those big decisions that will affect your family for the next few years (but no pressure!). And with so many models to pick from, it’s hard to narrow in on the final winner.
Though you’ve probably been collecting nursery inspiration for a while now, you obviously realize that safety is the number one concern when it comes to baby cribs. You’ll need a stable frame with features — like mattress height adjustability — that keep your baby secure and protected. (Check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Crib Information Center for more on sleep safety.)
All baby cribs sold today must meet modern safety standards, including fixed sides and mandated slat width. (Inheriting a crib? Make sure it’s up to safety code.)
Bloom Alma Mini Crib
The Bloom Alma Mini attempts to solve your space issues by taking up a much smaller footprint. At just 19 by 33 by 37 inches, this mini crib barely takes up any real estate in your bedroom. And it glides through tight door frames and cramped spaces with ease. It even folds up to be just 10 inches wide — a perfect size to slide under the bed when you don’t need it.
You can opt to add a firm mattress (either a breathable one or a Coco-Mat option, made from latex) that you can adjust to two heights. And you can put together the whole thing without tools in under five minutes.
DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
This convertible crib will give your nursery an old-timey vibe with its sturdy wooden spindles and scalloped edges. And it comes in nine colors — with options like coral and emerald — to liven up the space even more.
The baby crib really shines with its flexibility, though — so you can squeeze as many years out of it as possible. It includes a conversion kit that allows you to turn it into a toddler bed and then a daybed when your little one gets older. The four adjustable mattress positions will make sure you don’t hurt your back when you reach in, and if you want the bed to sit even lower, you can remove the four wheels (even though they’re a really convenient feature to keep).
You can also rest easy knowing this crib is finished in non-toxic paint and screened for volatile chemicals that add to indoor pollution.
DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib
The DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib gives you a lot of bang for your buck by converting to four different configurations. With one purchase, you get a crib, a toddler bed, a daybed and a twin bed. That means you’re set with a bed frame until your kid graduates high school. Plus, there are four mattress heights to choose from.
This baby crib is made of 100 percent sustainable New Zealand pine — to give it dependable durability — and it features a traditional design in one of five colors. Bonus: The crib is Greenguard Gold certified, which means your baby isn’t sleeping in something that’s giving off a lot of volatile chemicals.