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DaVinci cribs recalled over entrapment concerns

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A brand of baby crib has been recalled because the company says children could become trapped.

DaVinci is recalling their Reagan M2801, Emily M4791, Jamie M7301, Jenny Lind M7391 brand cribs that were manufactured from May 2012 through Dec. 2012.

According to the company, one of the four metal brackets that connect to the mattress support can break, causing a gap and an uneven sleeping surface for the baby.

The company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have received 10 reports of detachments but no injuries have been reported.

DaVinci says it issued the recall because a child could become seriously injured or asphyxiate if they fall through the gap.

If you purchased one of these cribs, DaVinci says stop using it immediately and contact them. They’ll send you a new mattress support and everything you will need to upgrade the crib to make it safer.

In East Tennessee, a Crib ‘N Carriage in Knoxville carries the cribs. For a location near you, click here.

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The Best Baby Cribs of 2021

Between overnight sleeping and daytime naps, your child will be spending thousands of hours in their crib, making the crib and crib mattress two of the most important nursery investments you'll make.

We have been reviewing convertible cribs for over 10 years, testing their quality, features, safety, and longevity. Below we list the top 5 best cribs of the year, followed by in-depth reviews of several additional options.

While a beautiful nursery is important, you want to prioritize more than just style and good-looks! The perfect crib will also be safe, sturdy, high quality, and versatile. For versatility, a convertible crib is key, not only letting you adjust mattress heights to accomodate newborns, infants and toddlers, but also transitioning to a toddler bed and beyond.

Finding the perfect crib can be tough, especially with hundreds of different convertible cribs available on the market! You want it to be cute and match the style of the nursery furniture (like the nursery glider), conform with all current safety standards, be versatile and transition easily to a toddler bed, and be easy to assemble, well-built, and affordable. For details about how we evaluated each of these factors, see the bottom of this article and check out our full crib buying guide.

Here are the Best Cribs of 2021!

1. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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The Babyletto series has become very popular over the past 5 years, with parents seeking well-built cribs that not only look great but are easy to assemble, have great features, and don't completely break the bank. Babyletto designs are perfect for stylish parents who don't want to compromise on design or safety and are willing to pay a slight premium above a traditional crib. We first became aware of the Babyletto cribs back in 2018 when several parents emailed us asking whether we had reviewed the Hudson. Well, we got our hands on one and were not disappointed! The Hudson 3in1 convertible crib is no exception to the popularity of the Babyletto series, it's an awesome baby crib that converts from a full crib, to a toddler crib (with an included rail), to a daybed. The Hudson uses an awesome mid-century modern design with squared corners and rounded spindles, making it look sleek, simple, and modern. Out of the box, assembly took about 30 minutes, which is about normal, and the included instructions were very clear. You attach the feet, then 3 sides, then the mattress spring, and then the front side. It comes with an Allen wrench, but you will also need a Philips head (cross-head) screwdriver. There were 4 mattress heights on our unit, giving it nice versatility from newborn to toddler. The assembled crib is very sturdy and heavy, no worries about it creaking and flexing with a bouncy toddler! It has a weight limit of 50 pounds for the toddler bed, which means you'll make it until about 4-5 years old before out-growing it in weight or height.

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Beyond the excellent style, quality, and functionality of this crib, there are some additional aspects to feel great about. The crib is Greenguard Gold Certified, which means it is tested to ensure it has very low chemical emissions. Made with sustainably sourced New Zealand pine, this crib is also free of lead, phthalates (e.g., BPA), over 360 other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and over 10,000 other chemicals. It also far surpasses several CPSIA, CFR, and ASTM requirements for build quality (e.g., spindle load support), and chemical and heavy metal content. And if that's not enough to make you feel good, it also comes in several visually appealing colors, including grey (pictured), white, slate, espresso, natural pine, and some two-tone varieties. By the way, the top-rated Babyletto Pure crib mattress fits this crib perfectly. Overall, this is a truly excellent crib. The only downfalls are the price, which tends to be a bit more than most other cribs on this list, and it doesn't convert to a full-size bed. In our opinion, it's worth it for the peace of mind regarding safety and sustainable sourcing, and most parents do not use a crib's components beyond the toddler bed stage. Babyletto also makes an amazing mini crib, for those looking for something more compact and portable (and a great bassinet alternative!). Who else loves the Babyletto Hudson? Our friends at Babylist, Babygearlab, and WhatToExpect all consider it a top pick! Impressed? You can check out the Babyletto Hudson here.

2. Nestig Cloud Crib - From Mini Crib to Toddler Bed!

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Nestig is relatively new to the crib industry and is making waves with their beautiful styles, quality craftsmanship, and unparalleled versatility. We got our hands on their new Cloud crib in early 2021 for testing (thanks, Nestig!), and were blown away by its features and capability. You can see our full review of the Nestig Cloud here. The first thing you'll notice about the Cloud crib is its beauty, style, and sophistication. As you get closer, the next thing you'll notice is the high quality craftsmanship, the beautiful real Brazilian mahogany wood, smooth steel spindles, and its smooth lines. Once you get your hands on it you'll notice the build quality, sturdiness, and versatility. The versatility of the Nestig Cloud is one of its biggest selling points: it can convert between three modes - mini crib, full size crib, and toddler bed! Not only that but all the components you need to perform those transitions are included right in the box, so there is nothing extra to purchase! Out of the box, assembly took about 15 minutes for the mini crib, which is appropriate from newborns to about 6 months of age. Nestig includes a mini crib mattress with the Cloud crib (the Burt's Bees bassinet sheets fit nicely), and offers an upgraded Lullaby Earth mattress that's a bit higher quality; not necessary, but it does add waterproofing and Greenguard GOLD certification. The mini crib is amazing, it includes rolling and lockable wheels and is perfectly sized for rolling around the nursery, between rooms, or right up against your bed. Mattress height is adjustable between three levels and we loved that the mattress platform is a beautiful wood instead of the squeaky and bouncy metal mattress supports typically found in cribs. Transitioning from mini crib to full size crib takes about 30 minutes, and the full size crib appropriate from newborn until your child begins to climb or reaches 35" tall (whichever comes first).

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The style and overall sturdiness and build quality of the crib are excellent and we loved the unique color and form variability in the natural wood products. Built in Brazil at a family-owned workshop, the Cloud uses sustainably-sourced Brazilian mahogany hardwood that is smoothly contoured and adds a premium look and feel to the upper and lower crib. We tested it with the Newton crib mattress and Avocado crib mattress, and both fit very nicely without any gaps larger than one finger's width. The Avocado fit a bit better than the Newton, for what it's worth. Everyone who sees our nursery with the Nestig Cloud absolutely loves it and it's the first thing they ask about - where did you find it, how much did it cost, and why don't I have one!? The beautiful and airy construction helps it look sleek and compact even in a small nursery, promotes amazing airflow, and fits beautifully into any modern nursery decor. For safety, the Nestig Cloud is JPMA certified and is free of lead, phthalates, and toxic finishes. What more could you ask for!? There are only a few minor cons to point out. First, the included mattress is relatively low quality, though we do realize that it's included for free and you'll likely only use it for few months. Second, the byproduct of using natural woods that are partially hand-crafted is you'll see some natural variability in color and shape; so the wood trim might not all be identical in color, and it might not fit together like mass-produced precision-machined crib parts would. Personally, we love the natural variability in color and shape, but some parents might be bothered by it. The Nestig Cloud comes in at $599. We think this is a great deal for a premium crib like the Cloud, especially if it lets you skip purchasing an expensive bassinet. Overall, we think the Nestig Cloud is truly beautiful and discerning parents will find it the perfect addition to any modern nursery! Impressed? You can check out the Nestig Cloud here.

3. DaVinci Jenny Lind Convertible Crib.

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This high-quality convertible crib uses the popular spindle style slats, bringing back nostalgia from the cribs of yesteryear! Parents tend to either love or hate this style, so it's solely a matter of personal preference. If you like the style, you're getting an excellent 3in1 convertible crib. DaVinci has one of the most solid reputations in the crib industry for making high quality, sturdy, and versatile cribs. The Jenny Lind crib has Greenguard Certification for lead, phthalates, and chemical emissions, making parents confident that it will not have dangerous VOC emissions. Like other DaVinci cribs, the Jenny Lind is made with solid wood sourced from sustainable forests. It has also won several awards, including from BabyCenter, Baby Bargains, and National Parenting Publications, so it has a great following and reputation. For convenience, it also has a 4-level mattress height adjustment, an included toddler rail, and a medium-height profile to make things not too difficult for getting your baby in and out. For an even lower profile, you can remove the caster wheels. It comes in several color options including White, Cherry, Ebony, and adorable baby blue Lagoon and yellow Sunshine. It converts from an infant crib to a toddler bed with an included toddler rail, and then to a daybed if you remove that rail. It does not have the capability to convert to a full-size bed (thus the "3-in-1" rather than "4-in-1").

In our testing, we were impressed with how easy assembly was, taking only about 15 minutes and following a very logical sequence. All of the parts were good quality and there were no moderate or major scratches or dings to be found. There was a small scratch on the back of a front leg, but once assembled it was totally out of sight (and very small to begin with). We loved the versatility of having 4 crib mattress heights to fit a growing baby and maintain safety when your baby begins to stand (and climb!). If you like the spindle style crib, this is a great option, and the wheels made it very convenient to move around in the room (like for cleaning underneath and behind). All mattresses we tested (Newton, Avocado, and Naturepedic) fit nicely into the Jenny Lind without any gaps or too much of a squeeze. When I was growing up, my baby niece had a crib that was very similar in style to this, but with the dreaded drop-side! I remember how classic it looked in her nursery, and love how DaVinci has brought back this awesome style. Cons? Well, like we just said, it's not a 4-in-1, so that might be limiting for some parents. Who else loves the Jenny Lind crib? It's also a top pick by our friends at Babygearlab, WhatToExpect, and The Bump! Impressed? You can check out the DaVinci Jenny Lind here.

4. Ikea Gulliver Convertible Crib.

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With nursery styles shifting towards more modern and simplistic furniture, Ikea's time has finally come! The Gulliver crib looks simple and sophisticated at the same time, with clean lines and thin, nicely rounded slats. Its simple looks are complemented by relatively simple functionality. Like all Ikea products, assembly is a little involved. Once completed, for the relatively low price ($99) it's a surprisingly sturdy and well-constructed crib. The entire crib is relatively compact, though it accepts a standard mattress size; the compact size allows it to squeeze through normal interior doorways without disassembly, which is convenient. Adding to its simplicity, it has only two height settings - one for infants (high up) and one for toddlers (low down). That's considerably less than most cribs, but it covers the essentials. The Gulliver is also a 2-in-1 crib, allowing you to remove the front side to convert to a daybed crib without a toddler rail. Once assembled, it's ready for your favorite crib mattress; Ikea sells an organic latex mattress, but for those worried about latex allergies, you can find a better one on our list of the best crib mattresses. We tried it with the Newton and Naturepedic, and both fit nicely. The crib was sturdy and stable, and had a very low profile that allowed us to reach in easily even when the mattress was on the lower setting. There was no off-gassing odor from the solid wood frame. We also tested the crib out in toddler daybed mode, which was an easy transition. The crib definitely became a bit less sturdy without the front panel, which probably would have been helped by a toddler rail. Cons? For the price, our standards were low. But it's worth pointing out that 2 height settings is very limited, it is only a 2-in-1 rather than 3-in-1, the screw holes don't look great on a white crib, and it has no toddler rail. But overall, we need to reiterate the price point! For only $99, we were very impressed with the overall quality, and think it's a nice-looking and simple crib that is accessible to the masses! Who else loves the Ikea Gulliver crib? It's also a top pick by our friends at Babylist, WhatToExpect, and The Bump! Impressed? You can check out the Ikea Gulliver here.

5. Delta Children Bentley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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This 4-in-1 convertible baby crib is one of several cribs made by Delta Children that pack some serious bang for the buck, great styling, and sturdy build quality. These include not only the Bentley, but also the Emery, Canton, and Heartland models. We got our hands on the Bentley for testing last year, and were impressed with its versatility, quality, ease of use, and sleigh crib style. It's one of only a few solid wood cribs that are available for under $300. The one we tested was made of solid cherry wood that was heavy and good quality: ours didn't have any dings, blemishes, touch-up paint, or cracks. Out of the box, assembly was surprisingly easy and took us about 20 minutes with the included tools. Note a few things: first, expect some expansion and contraction of solid wood so that screw holes might not line up perfectly. Consider assembling it with loose screws throughout, and then once all the screws are in, you can tighten them down. Second, do not over-tighten the screws, or you might run into trouble with stripped hardware or cracked wood. Once it is assembled, it has some great features, including a 3-position mattress height, and several layers of lead-free stain for durability. Once your child starts chewing on the top rail, you'll see why this is important! We found the metal frame springs to be strong, the dimensions to perfectly fit two test mattresses (the Naturepedic, and Newton Wovenaire), and the entire thing to be very sturdy and strong. The highest mattress setting was high enough for us to comfortably reach inside to lift a baby, and the lowest was low enough to prevent climbing in young toddlers. While it does not include a toddler bar or conversion kit to turn it into a full-size bed, it does have the capability to achieve 4 functions: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full size bed. You can find the toddler bar and full size bed conversion kit pretty easily online, and they are reasonably priced. Overall we really appreciated this crib, and think it makes a great addition to our best cribs list. Be sure to check out the Delta Children Emery, Canton, and Heartland models as well! Cons? Well, there are only 3 height adjustments rather than 4 (but that's not a big deal), it is not GreenGuard Certified and we have no idea how they source their wood. Not all parents care about those aspects, but it's worth pointing out. This crib usually sells for about $250 online, and is available in Black Cherry (pictured), Chocolate, and White. For those who might be interested there is also a matching nursery dresser. Who else loves the Delta Children cribs? Our friends at Babylist and Babygearlab list them as top picks! Interested? You can check out the Bentley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib here.

6. Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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This is an excellent bang-for-the-buck crib, with high levels of versatility and quality for an excellent price. This solid wood crib meets several government standards, including those of ASTM and CPSC, and is JPMA certified. It uses solid pine wood sourced from New Zealand, along with wood veneer. In our testing, the Graco Benton 4in1 convertible crib only took about 15 minutes to assemble with a cordless drill/driver. Mattresses fit very well into the corners, and reaching in and out of the crib was easy even for shorter moms. The styling is simple, with some farmhouse-style colors and curves. The mattress adjusts among 3 height positions, like many others on this list. It converts to a toddler bed, which basically means removing the front, and positioning the mattress on the lowest setting, and attaching a toddler rail (sold separately). Then a daybed, which means positioning the mattress higher and removing the toddle rail, and then finally to a full-size bed with (not provided) frame rails. For the toddler bed, it does not include a toddler rail, so you will need to purchase one of the universal ones. This wasn't surprising given the relatively low price, so even with a separate toddler rail purchase you'll still be saving quite a bit relative to most other options. Overall, we found this to be sturdy, decently constructed, and reliable. Who else likes Graco cribs? Our friends at Babygearlab and The Bump call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Graco Benton here.

7. Delta Children Tribeca 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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Trying to find a crib with style and design that stand outs against the crowd? Check out the two-tone Tribeca crib that makes you feel like you're living in a industrial-style Tribeca loft, but without the price! Delta Children has been making high quality cribs for over 50 years and we've featured several of them on this list. They always combine a popular style with great functionality, versatility, safety features, and high build quality at a reasonable price. The Tribeca model comes in at about $250, which is towards the upper end of Delta cribs, but for some pretty good reasons. The style and construction are very unique, with its sleek x-cross base, trendy two-tone finish with steel grey and white, and orthogonal but soft-edged lines. Out of the box, this crib was heavy and it felt like every part was good quality. Assembly took us about 45 minutes, the tools were included in the box, and the instructions were pretty clear. We first assembled it as a regular crib and tested out all the mattress heights, 3 of them to be exact. The top height was great for easily reaching in to tend to a newborn, and the lowest height was nice and low to prevent risk of an adventurous toddler climbing out. Speaking of safety, the crib is JPMA certified, meets or exceeds CPSC and ASTM standards, and is tested for all heavy metals. All of the hardware and wood felt high quality and fit together really well. We threw a mattress in it and stood and jumped in it (well, our 5 year old did!), and the crib was sturdy and strong. We tried three mattresses in it, the Newton, Moonlight Slumber, and Dream on Me. All fit perfectly, especially when the mattress had squared corners. We also converted it to the toddler bed (the toddler rail is not included, sold separately) and the daybed (the daybed rail is included), and both worked well. We didn't do the final conversion to a headboard and footboard on a full-size bed, but we think the conversion seemed easy enough (you'd need to buy the bed rails and mattress separately, of course). Other things we noticed were that the paint was not easily chipped or disturbed, and the mattress spring support did not squeak or creak. The only cons to speak of were that the toddler rail is not included, there is a bit of off-gassing smell from the wood for a few days after assembly, and the price is a bit high around $250. But for this style, quality, and capability, we think this is a great option! Who else likes Delta cribs? Our friends at Babylist and Babygearlab call them top picks! Interested? You can check out the Delta Tribeca crib here.

8. DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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This Davinci Kalani 4in1 convertible crib has been around for several years now and has changed quite a bit along the way. It is an awesome choice for someone looking for high versatility and safety, may not be looking for the mid-century modern look, or isn't willing to pay the price premium for a premium crib. It is an awesome, handsome crib made by a company with a great reputation for quality, safety, and convenience. This crib has it all: Greenguard Gold Certification for lead, phthalates, and emissions, 4 mattress height adjustment levels, a low profile to help you reach in and out, and it surpasses all current safety standards. It also uses New Zealand pine sourced from sustainable forests, which makes you feel good about your purchase. This crib has won several awards for its great features and quality, including from BabyCenter, National Parenting Publications, and Babble. It comes in several finishes including Cherry, Espresso, Black/Ebony, White, and Chestnut. It converts from an infant crib, to a toddler bed with a rail, to a daybed without the rail, all the way to a full-size bed (but of course you will have to buy the full-size mattress and frame). Out of the box, assembly was just like any other modern crib - intuitive and relatively efficient. It took about 20 minutes to lay out all the parts and then assemble it. The wood was all high quality, and we didn't find any dings, scratches, or dents on it. We loved having 4 mattress height adjustments and the peace of mind that our chew-happy toddler wasn't putting anything dangerous in his mouth when he decided to gnaw on the top rail! Overall, we had a great experience with this crib, and think it deserves this high spot on our list. Cons? First, we tested out the white version and didn't like that the dark-colored screws stood out so much visually. Second, DaVinci used to include the toddler rail with this crib but recently stopped including it, even though they have not lowered their prices at all. Finally, we found that during assembly it was a little too easy to scratch the thin finish on the wood. Overall, this is a reasonably priced crib option with really excellent features, but you will need to get your own toddler rail and the build quality isn't as great as it used to be. Interested? You can check out the DaVinci Kalani here.

9. Dream on Me Ashton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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This is one of the best budget cribs on our list, coming in at only about $150, offering a wide range of colors, and showing some pretty impressive overall build quality and versatility for this price point. Dream on Me is known for making stylish and relatively inexpensive cribs, but are not necessarily known for their build quality. In this regard, we're happy to say that we were pleasantly surprised by the Ashton! Out of the box, the solid wood pieces (New Zealand pine) were lightweight and nicely finished; we didn't find any big dents, scratches, or dings in the wood. Assembly was the same as most cribs, taking about 15-20 minutes. The set included an Allen wrench, but we used our powered screwdriver to make things more efficient. All of the bolts and nuts went together easily and without any issues, and the instruction manual was easy enough to follow (the manual was attached to the metal crib support frame). Just FYI, if you find any issues with damaged wood or anything else, Amazon is pretty good about offering partial refunds or full returns. There are three mattress height settings, and once assembled we found that all three of our test mattresses (Colgate, Naturepedic, and Newton) fit very nicely. The crib was relatively lightweight but also reasonably sturdy, and there were no gaps or seams anywhere once all the bolts were tightened. Dream on Me says this is a 5-in-1 crib, with the five functions being crib, toddler bed (with toddler rail), day bed (without toddler rail), full-size bed with footboard, and full-size bed without footboard. The final two modes feel like they're cheating a bit, but we'll allow it. Being one of the cheapest cribs we've reviewed, we weren't surprised to find a few things: no toddler rail was included, the screw holes were exposed and very visible, and the finish was a bit thin. But we need to remind you that you're getting a pretty decent quality, sturdy, and safe crib in a style that might suit your needs, for only about $150. Who else recommends the Dream on Me Ashton crib? Our friends at Babygearlab! Interested? You can check out the Dream on Me Ashton crib here.

10. Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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This 4in1 convertible crib has a beautiful traditional styling, and we think it looks fantastic in espresso, grey, and white. Stork Craft has an excellent reputation for build quality and customer service. This crib has several great features: solid pine and composite construction, meets or exceeds government safety standards for construction and finishes (ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA), has 3 mattress height adjustment levels, a low profile to help you get your baby in and out, a separately-purchased toddler rail for easy conversion, and a long reputation for great build quality. This crib converts from an infant crib to a toddler bed (you need to purchase the toddler rail separately here), then into a daybed (front and toddler rail removed), and finally into a full-size bed using the back and front as headboard and footboard (but the metal bed frame is sold separately). It comes in several finishes, including Cherry, White, Brown, Espresso, and Gray. The gray is a nice soft-looking modern gray finish. In our testing, we thought it assembled easily, and was sturdy, stylish, and overall good quality. Cons? Well, it has only 3 rather than 4 height adjustment settings, which may or may not affect you at all; it simply means there is more space between the settings. Realistically, you'll likely only use 2 or 3, because once they start standing you'll want it nice and low! It also does not include the toddler rail, or hold GreenGuard Certification for finish quality and emissions, or use wood from sustainable forests, so if you're into those things you should definitely check out the others on this list. Overall, this is a nice and competitively priced crib and you can't really go wrong with it. Note that there is also a matching changing table available as well. Who else recommends Stork Craft cribs? Our friends at Babygearlab! Interested? You can check out the Stork Craft Tuscany here.

11. Union 2-in-1 Convertible Crib.

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This is a relatively basic, no frills crib that still has a great build quality and a solid reputation for safety and reliability. This crib is relatively lightweight, easy to assemble, and complements a minimalist nursery style. The crib is made with sustainable solid New Zealand pine wood and uses a non-toxic finish that is lead and phthalate free. Like the best on this list, it has 4 adjustable mattress heights to accommodate a wide range of baby height and mobility. When we assembled it, it only took about 20 minutes using a battery powered screwdriver. We found that at first it was a bit wobbly but we tightened down the bolts and it became much sturdier. It has a low-profile height to make it easy to put the baby in and out. It's important to note that it doesn't include the rail to convert to a toddler bed, which surprised us when we received it. You can either buy their recommended DaVinci toddler rail (which we thought was way too small), or you can buy a better universal toddler conversion kit for only about $20. This crib comes in several great colors, including traditional White, baby blue "Lagoon," cute yellow "Sunshine," Espresso, and light Gray. Cons? Well, it doesn't come with the toddler conversion rail which is unfortunate, and some customers report that it's not as sturdy as they'd like (but see our note above about assembly). Overall, this is a great, no-frills option that is also one of the least expensive on our list.

12. Dream on Me Classic Convertible Crib.

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This is a classically styled crib with some great features and a price point that's usually under $100. There's a lot to like about this 3in1 convertible crib. First, the wood is high-quality solid pine wood and stain that is free of BPA (phthalates), lead, and latex. Second, it has 3 mattress height positions for versatility and safety when your baby begins to roll, crawl, and pull up to stand. It is available in white, cherry, natural, black, and espresso colors, and we love the simplicity of the classic design. It's a no-frills crib, and it fits well into a minimalist nursery style. Third, it is a 3-in-1, allowing you to convert from a crib to a toddler bed with a rail (not included, but sold here), and then you remove the rail to make it a "daybed." In our testing, we found assembly to take about 30 minutes (with two adults), and we thought the overall build quality was quite high, especially for a crib at this price point. The wood and attachments felt solid, and even with that the entire crib only weighed about 35 pounds. Cons? Well, it doesn't include the toddler rail, which brings the price up a bit when that time comes. And we suggest buying the rail now rather than waiting since it's difficult to predict whether the compatible rail will be available in the future. It also only has 3 mattress positions, while we generally prefer 4 for added versatility. We also don't see any GreenGuard Certifications for materials or finishes, and no information about sourcing materials from sustainable sources. Of course, those things are basically impossible to find at this price point. Overall, this is an excellent, no-frills crib for simplicity and functionality. Definitely recommended for the budget conscious crib buyers!

How to Pick a Crib

Safety. Here at Mommyhood101 we take safety very seriously. Where does a baby spend most of his or her time? In the crib, car seat, carrier, and stroller!

All these baby products need to conform to the most updated regulations and safety standards, just like we see with the best convertible car seats and best strollers, all of which are designed with safety in mind.

Cribs have come a long way with regard to safety. Many traditional cribs featured a drop-down side to help parents reach their baby: these were banned for good reason in 2011. We won't get into why they were banned here, but suffice to say you should never purchase a drop-side crib online or at a yard sale! Older cribs can also have an unsafe gap width between slats. Current standards call for 2-3/8" (2.375") maximum distance between slats, but older cribs have wider gaps leading to little heads getting stuck between slats. We made that sound cute, but we promise it is not something you want to happen.

Some cribs also have decorative cut-outs, maybe of a cute animal or character, but these should also be avoided as there is a risk of getting a little arm or leg caught. Finally, never get a crib with decorative rail posts that stick up on the corners; these are a snag hazard and need to be avoided.

Fortunately, cribs have come a long way, but so have parents' needs: fast forward and there are many new safety criteria we're all looking for. First, Greenguard and other certifications for lead, phthalates (BPA), and other chemical emissions. Second, you want the crib to be strong with high slat load strength, good stability, and low frame flex. Third, you want to make sure the company does not have a bad recall history and customer ratings for things like lead paint use (like this one), and ensure that it does not have any recent recalls. Finally, you want to make sure you get a mattress (usually sold separately) that is high quality with squared corners (see our best crib mattress reviews here).

That's a lot to think about for any parent, nevermind first-time parents trying to find the perfect crib for their baby among all the other things they're worrying about! Don't worry, we did the work for you. Our best crib list only includes cribs that meet these stringent safety criteria.

We don't want to freak you out, but here are some of the most common questions we get about bedding basics for a crib, with one consistent answer: NO! Are crib bumpers safe? Are pillows safe? How about decorative pillows? Are thick blankets safe? Are sleep positioners safe? No, no, no, no, and no! They are all unsafe due to suffocation risks: see here and here for details. Kids bedding is different, but for babies under a couple years old, you need to be really careful, and to be safe you need to keep any baby gear out of the crib.

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Versatility. Convertible cribs have become the norm, complementing the smaller and more portable systems like Moses baskets and bedside bassinets. Convertible cribs accommodate a much wider age range by converting in response to developmental stages. For infants, the convertible crib starts as a basic crib with four sides. These always have an adjustable mattress height, so you start with the highest setting with a newborn and then gradually move the mattress support lower as your baby gets older. This makes it easy to reach in when you have a newborn, and then you move it lower to ensure your newly mobile baby (crawling, pulling up) cannot climb or fall out when they begin pulling to stand. Even better is a mini crib like the Nestig cloud, which can basically replace a bassinet entirely and then convert to a full size crib!

About a year after getting to that lowest setting, maybe when your toddler is about 3 years old, you convert the crib to a toddler bed. This happens by removing the front side and replacing it with a (typically included) toddler rail; if it's not included, you can purchase separate universal toddler rails. The toddler bed is designed to give your toddler some independence but also keep them from rolling out of bed in the middle of the night.

Then when you think your growing child (maybe around 4 years) is ready for a daybed you can remove that partial rail. Finally, many convertible cribs will also convert into a full-size bed for the "tween" and teenage years, using the back and front sides as a headboard and footboard.

A convertible crib saves you from purchasing multiple different beds along the way, keeps the style consistent for many years, and gives your growing baby easier transitions with the familiar look and feel of their own crib. All of the cribs we review convert at least from infant to toddler bed, and some go far beyond.

Beware of convertible cribs that advertise as 6-in-1 or even 7-in-1 convertible cribs: these usually do exactly the same as a 4-in-1 (crib, toddler bed, daybed, twin bed headboard/footboard), but their marketing people figured out they can add more uses if they count with or without the headboard and footboard separately. Silliness aside, we suggest going up to a 3in1 crib or 4in1 crib if you truly believe you will use the same head/footboard as part of a twin or full-size bed. Here is a great example of a convertible crib that goes from infant all the way to teenager, the DaVinci Kalani convertible crib:

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Comfort & Convenience. There are a few things to look for here. Now that there are no drop sides, you want to make sure the mattress height is adjustable between at least 3 levels. Like we said above, you want to start a newborn baby at the highest level and then move it down as your baby becomes more mobile and there's a risk of crawling/standing/climbing. Second, you want to pick the right mattress for comfort and safety. We review and rank the top rated crib mattresses here, but to summarize you want one without harmful emissions, with even and firm support, with squared-off corners, and with dual firmness. If you get a good quality mattress, it will fit snugly into the crib and provide many years of comfortable and safe sleep. You also want the crib to be low profile, without really tall legs that make it difficult for you to reach in and out.

Finally, for convenience, you want a crib that doesn't take hours to assemble! You basically only want it to have the 4 walls and mattress support. You attach the 4 sides together then put on the mattress support. If it's more complicated than that, then it's worth paying a lot more at a specialty store and having them assemble it for you. Most parents buy cribs online nowadays and report assembly taking about a half hour to an hour. Modern cribs include not only the instructions and parts but also all necessary tools (typically just Allen wrenches).

If you're looking for a travel crib that's super portable and easy to assemble and disassemble for travel, check out our reviews of the best travel cribs.

Cost. We want to point out that most parents want to spend under about $300 on a crib, though you can certainly go much higher than that for premium cribs. Some top cribs go above $1000, upwards of $3000 in some cases. Those include cribs by companies such as AFK Furniture, Corsican, Bratt Decor, Newport Cottages and Natart Juvenile. In general, you will tend to get higher-end stylings, hand-crafted parts using traditional carpentry and wood joining techniques, made in the USA or Canada, and maybe even white-glove service.

But remember you're only using the crib for a few years, all of the cribs on our list meet ASTM and CPSC guidelines for safety, and many of them meet additional emissions and quality standards. You might have some gift cards or coupons that you can pull together to make the price more tolerable! We've put together our list of cribs based on three assumptions that we've gathered from our website readers: First, most new parents want to spend under about $300 for a crib, and realize that paying more than that often doesn't result in tangible differences in safety or features. Second, most new parents want their crib to be functional and stylish, and style is a subjective preference that is unique to every parent. And third, people looking for higher-end cribs will likely already know certain companies and models based on experiences of their friends and families.

Of course, there are also several places to buy a crib with a moderate to high price and superior quality. These include Pottery Barn furniture (PotteryBarn Baby), Crate and Kids, and others. These tend to be very high quality products at a price point that is quite a bit more than what you'll find on Amazon or Target, but lower than some of the very high end crib manufacturers that we list above (like Newport Cottages and others).

At the lower end of the price range, if you're looking for a crib with modern styling at a reasonable price, we encourage you to consider an Ikea crib. There are several great Ikea cribs and Ikea toddler beds available, including the Gulliver (reviewed above). They tend to require more assembly than others and might not be quite as sturdy as other cribs on this list, but they are definitely great bang for the buck if you like the contemporary crib style.

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Why Thousands Of Popular Cribs Are Being Recalled

On Wednesday, the Consumer Products Safety Commission recalled nearly 12,000 DaVinci cribs throughout the United States and Canada following reports of entrapment, falling, and cutting hazards. Though the DaVinci brand, which is owned by the manufacturer Bexco, makes many crib models, the recall affects four: Reagan, Emily, Jamie, and Jenny Lind cribs made between May and December 2012. Luckily, no injuries or deaths have been reported in connection to the cribs, though 10 incident reports were filed.

According to the CPSC's press release, the concern has to do with the metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib, which has been found in some cases to break, resulting in an uneven sleeping surface for babies, or a wide gap. "If this occurs," warns the CPSC, "a baby can become entrapped in the crib, fall or suffer lacerations from the broken metal bracket." The press release names Target and and Amazon as two of the biggest retailers to sell the cribs between May 2012 to December 2013, but notes that other smaller juvenile product stores nationwide may have also sold them during this time.

If you, or someone you know, owns any of the following cribs included in the recall, the CPSC urges you to stop using it immediately and contact Bexco for a free replacement mattress support (which includes replacement brackets). In the meantime, the CPSC also asks that you find another, safer sleep solution for your child — whether that be another crib, bassinet, play yard, or toddler bed, depending on their age.

The Reagan Crib (Model #M2801)

The Emily Crib (Model #M4791)

The Jamie Crib (Model #M7301)

The Jenny Lind Crib (Model #M7391)

While the DaVinci recall is alarming, it's actually nowhere near the largest crib recall to ever happen. Back in 2009, some 2.1 million cribs made by Stork Craft were pulled from stores and homes throughout the U.S. and Canada. At the time, the issue had to do with the cribs' drop-side feature, which allowed parents to more easily access the child by lowering the side rail. The feature led to more than 7 million recalls between 2005 and 2010 alone, when drop-side cribs were finally outlawed in the U.S.

Still, smaller recalls like the DaVinci one aren't uncommon. Just this May, Baby's Dream recalled 4,600 cribs and furniture pieces over concerns that their vintage grey finish violated lead paint standards. And last summer, popular nursery furniture brand Oeuf made headlines for recalling 14,000 of their Sparrow Cribs, also due to fears over detachable parts like the DaVinci cribs.

To learn more about this recall or to report an incident, you can read the CPSC's full press release, or call DaVinci toll-free at (888) 673-6652 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Images: Stefan/Flickr (1); CPSC (3)

Sours: https://www.bustle.com/articles/97618-davinci-crib-recall-affects-almost-12000-sold-because-they-could-seriously-injure-babies

Best Baby Cribs of 2021

Your baby will sleep in their crib from the time they’re born until their second birthday. Here’s what you should do to keep your wee one safe while they’re sleeping in a crib.

1. Don't use bulky blankets or pillows.

When your baby is little, they won’t have much muscle control. If babies roll over onto thick pillows or blankets, they could suffocate. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold, buy warm pajamas or a blanket sleeper. This way, the warmth will come from their clothing and they won’t get caught up in plush items.

2. Do make sure your crib is certified.

Kids can get caught and seriously injure themselves in poorly built cribs. Over the years, safety standards for cribs have evolved, and dangerous cribs and features have been recalled. If you don’t see CPSC, ASTM, or JPMA certification on a crib, don’t buy it.

3. Don’t be afraid to reuse . . . to a point.

If a crib is ten years old or older, don’t use it. The same goes for broken cribs. Modern cribs have safety features older versions do not, so keep your baby safer by using newer and undamaged cribs.

4. Do adjust the mattress height.

Once your child can stand or sit up, you’ll want to adjust the mattress height in the crib. This will keep your baby from falling over the edge of the crib and getting hurt.

5. Don't use drop-side cribs.

CPSC standards no longer support cribs with drop sides. While the design allowed parents to reach babies more easily, drop sides have been linked to almost three dozen infant deaths. They’re dangerous and should be avoided.

6. Do follow directions.

Following directions while assembling a crib is crucial. If you miss a step or do something incorrectly, it could hurt your baby.

7. Don’t dangle danger.

Keep your baby’s crib away from dangling objects like curtains or blinds. They present a strangulation risk. If you use a mobile, make sure it’s installed high enough that your baby can’t reach it.

8. Do double check everything.

Once your crib is assembled, give it a thorough once-over. Check for jagged edges, loose materials, and defects. Not all products are perfect, so double-checking can prevent a tragedy.

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Pro Tip: Shake it off

When testing out a crib in a store, go ahead and give it a good shake. This will let you know if the frame seems loose, which could indicate missing or weak stabilizer bars under the frame. While you’re at it, check for loose spindles or slats and make sure everything is tight and secure.

Sours: https://www.safewise.com/resources/top-baby-cribs/

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A great crib will be versatile and solidly constructed, as well as an attractive centerpiece in your child’s room. We spent 15 hours researching hundreds of cribs, and three days assembling and converting 10 of them, before concluding that the DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is the best choice for most families. This sturdy crib converts to a daybed, toddler bed, and full-size bed, offering the potential for years of use.

We found that most parents don’t want to spend much more than $200 on a crib. The solid, sturdy DaVinci Kalani offers more versatility and value than any other crib we could find at that pricing level. This traditional-looking crib is made of solid wood (sustainable New Zealand pine), is Greenguard Gold certified for low emissions, and comes with a toddler rail for later conversion. Unlike most of the cribs we tested, it can also be converted into a full-size bed. The front and back of the crib become the headboard and footboard (you’ll need an $80 conversion kit). This crib is widely available, with plenty of options to buy it without a hefty shipping fee. It comes in seven colors: white, gray, black, and four wood finishes.

Budget pick

The IKEA Sundvik is a simple, modern-looking crib that comes in white, a black-brown, or a grayish brown and is made of beech, a hardwood that’s generally considered stronger than the pine used in our top pick. The Sundvik costs about a third less than the Kalani, but has several significant disadvantages: It does not include a toddler rail (you can buy a $12 IKEA one separately, but unless you get a white crib it won’t match); the mattress can only be adjusted to two different heights as opposed to four for the Kalani; and the crib does not convert to a full-size bed. IKEA makes even less-expensive cribs, like the super-cheap Sniglar, and the Gulliver for $20 more. We didn’t include these cribs in this guide because of ongoing availability issues, but hope to compare them to the Sundvik in a future update.

The DaVinci Jenny Lind crib is distinctive in both style and design, with retro spindle posts and wheels that make it much easier than any other crib we tested to move around a room, or pull away from a wall for cleaning. Of all the cribs we tested, it’s the only one with either of these features. It’s also the easiest of our four picks to assemble and convert to a toddler bed, and it comes in more color options than any other crib we tested. While the typical crib sticks to white and wood tones, with perhaps a currently trendy gray option thrown in, the Jenny Lind comes in bright and cheery emerald green, cherry red, coral, navy, and lagoon blue, as well as white, black, and two shades of gray. It’s made of the same New Zealand pine as our pick and like our pick is Greenguard Gold certified for low VOC emissions. It doesn’t seem as sturdy, though, with spindle slats and legs, and it costs slightly more.

The Pottery Barn Kendall Convertible Crib is made of solid poplar, a hardwood that is much less likely to get nicked and dinged than the softer pine used in both our top and also great picks. The handsome, classic-looking crib is relatively easy to assemble and is the only crib we tested that comes with teething bars—strips of plastic covering the top rails on both sides of the bed that prevent the gnaw marks that are common on cribs used by teething toddlers. If you’re someone who cares a lot that your furniture, including a crib, remains pristine-looking, the Kendall, which comes in white, gray, or a chocolate brown, may be the crib for you. Like our top pick and also great pick, it is Greenguard Gold certified for low emissions. But it usually costs about twice as much as our main and also great picks, even though it doesn’t come with a toddler bar (you can buy one separately), and doesn’t convert to a full-size bed like our top pick does. Our other recommendations are a better value, but if you like the looks of the Kendall and budget is less of a concern, it’s a solid option.

Readers should know that even though we are recommending these four cribs, many of the six competitors we tested for this guide were not terribly flawed—they usually just weren’t as affordable, as versatile, or as sturdy as our picks.

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Why you should trust us

I started my research by reviewing the American Academy of Pediatrics’s data on safe sleep and asking follow-up questions via email of Fern R. Hauck, MD, the director of the International Family Medicine Clinic at the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine, who was on the AAP task force on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). (I researched this guide in tandem with Wirecutter’s guide to the best crib mattresses.)

I then spoke to a lot of parents about how they picked their crib and what mattered to them most when making this purchase. I gathered this information primarily through Facebook conversations, but also followed up with emails and phone calls.

Put your infant to sleep on their back, and avoid putting any bedding other than a fitted sheet inside the crib. This includes blankets, pillows, stuffed toys or bumpers.

To better understand the crib design process, including decisions about materials and color palette, I interviewed Matthew Grayson, a senior designer at Million Dollar Baby, the Los Angeles-based company that launched with the iconic Jenny Lind crib about 27 years ago, and now manufactures six brands of children’s furniture under DaVinci, Babyletto, and Nursery Works labels, among others. I also asked questions via email of the design team at Crate and Kids (formerly The Land of Nod).

Personally, I’m a former newspaper editor and current freelance writer who covers health, parenting, and medicine for a variety of national publications. I’m also the mom of a 7-year-old son and 4-year-old boy/girl twins who just moved out of their cribs, which were configured as toddler beds, a few months ago. I’m one of the parents who made a mistake when I purchased my first crib, and picked out one that was expensive and bulky from a brand that delivered the product two months late and then went out of business before I got around to buying a toddler rail. I learned a lot from that experience and realized that price is not always a great measure of quality when it comes to cribs. This guide prioritizes what really matters to parents, and focuses on cribs that are safe, reasonably priced, widely available, versatile, and convertible.

Who this is for

A baby sleeping in our pick for best crib.

Babies sleep a lot. And the safest place for them to get that shut-eye is on a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Most parents will purchase a crib for a new baby, with some initially finding room for it in a corner of their own room and others immediately making it the centerpiece of a newly decorated nursery.

In our research, we found that most families use a crib for about four years, usually removing the front side to convert the crib to a toddler bed or daybed when a child is between 2 and 3 years old. Some parents prefer to buy a crib that also converts to a full-size bed that a child can use (with a full-size mattress) through the teenage years and perhaps even beyond.

How we picked

Ten of the different cribs we tested.

To start the process of determining which cribs to test, I opened a new spreadsheet and listed every crib manufacturer I could find alphabetically. Starting with AFG Furniture and ending with Westwood Design, there were about 30 entries. For each manufacturer, I did some basic research on the different cribs they offered, noting their price and availability, and reading online reviews. Baby Bargains’s review of 50-plus crib brands was an invaluable resource during this process. I also looked at the Consumer Reports crib guide as a cross-reference.

After I finished this initial spreadsheet, I went through and eliminated about 15 brands because their offerings were either too expensive (more than $600); available in limited quantities or only at specialty stores; or had largely negative reviews.

Then I went through my condensed list of brands and added specific crib models to our consideration list. Some brands, like IKEA, DaVinci, Graco, and Pottery Barn, had three or four different cribs on that list alone. For each crib, I gathered more information on its price, user ratings, materials, dimensions, color options, ability to convert to a toddler and full-size bed, and other special features. As I was filling in this spreadsheet, I also put out a call on Facebook for parents to share what crib they had bought for their kids, and asked parents I know about their crib-buying experience. I heard the same brands crop up again and again, and sometimes even heard about specific models. IKEA cribs, DaVinci cribs, Pottery Barn cribs, and Graco cribs were among the favorites.

Two women standing in a room surrounded by different cribs.

Based on this background research, our interviews with experts and parents, and personal experience, we determined that a great crib should be:

  • Safe: To be safe for an infant or toddler to sleep in, a crib should comply with Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements, which all cribs sold in the United States do.
  • Made of quality materials: We wanted a crib that would last a minimum of four years for one child, and possibly much longer as a crib may be passed down to other family members or converted to a full-size bed. In considering sturdiness, we looked at what type of wood and/or industrial wood products (like fiberboard) were used when constructing the individual parts. While it wasn’t part of our selection criteria, we also noted when a crib was Greenguard Gold certified (formerly called Children and Schools certification). This means that an independent third-party organization has tested a product used around children or the elderly and guaranteed that it emits a low level of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are emitted from products like the pressed wood in some cribs and dresser drawers, crib mattresses, laminate vinyl flooring, and plastic toys. We don’t know what impact, if any, VOCs have on kids’ health, and there’s no health data to back up the need for this certification on cribs, but some parents may find it offers peace of mind.
  • Affordable: Most parents we polled seemed okay with spending up to $200 for a crib. We found that many people who spent over that amount—myself included when I bought my first crib—ended up feeling like the value wasn’t there, and that they didn’t get more for that extra money. We considered the base, real-world price for the crib, looked at the extra cost of buying a toddler rail (if it wasn’t included), and calculated any shipping fees to determine the total spent.
  • Easy to assemble and convert: We ideally wanted a crib that has clear assembly instructions and is easy to put together. We also wanted a crib with a straightforward process for changing the mattress height, and one that is easy to convert to a toddler bed. All this work is going to be done by tired and busy parents, after all.
  • Versatile and adjustable: We wanted a crib that converts to a toddler bed, and gave bonus points for cribs that come with a toddler rail, which we found can cost anywhere from $12 to $140 when purchased separately. We also ideally wanted a crib with at least three levels for the crib mattress height—one high up for a non-mobile infant; one close to the ground for an older infant or toddler who can stand up and try to climb out; and a third option somewhere in between for when an infant can start to pull up to standing, but not really get around. When considering versatility, we also took into account special features, like wheels or a plastic teething guard.
  • Available in multiple color and design options: We ideally wanted a crib that’s available in a wide variety of colors, with a mix of wood stains and shades like white, black, and gray—an option that has become so popular in the past few years that it is now offered in almost every crib model, and is considered a “new neutral” by people who work in children’s furniture. We noted when a crib was part of a larger furniture collection—many lines include a dresser, side table and/or changing table—which some parents noted was important to them. We didn’t factor in our personal aesthetic preferences when selecting our top picks, but did note when the crib was low-profile, meaning that the rail to reach over is closer to the ground (an important feature for shorter parents), and when it converted to a full-size bed.

I got down to a shortlist of about eight crib brands that had strong online and in-person reviews and wide availability. Six of them were reasonably priced, and two were more expensive but had great reviews and a dedicated following, so we decided to test them in person. In some cases, selecting the specific models to test was easy. DaVinci’s Kalani crib is on a lot of best-of lists, and has the most reviews of any option on Amazon, so it was an obvious pick. DaVinci’s Jenny Lind, which also has great reviews, is one that people mentioned by name repeatedly, so we decided to check out that one, too. Pottery Barn’s Kendall Convertible Crib is the brand’s least expensive and most popular model.

A close up of the different rails on some of the cribs we tested.

For some of the brands, we first examined the specs of different models, then spoke to a marketing or communications rep, who told us which models were the most popular with consumers, and why. Out of these conversations, we decided to test the Babyletto Hudson, and the Carter’s by DaVinci Colby, which is a newly launched offering. After a conversation with two specialists from Storkcraft, Graco’s parent company, we decided to test the newer crib from Graco, the Solano, over the Lauren, an older model, because the Solano works with the brand’s universal toddler rail and has some unique options available, such as an under-crib drawer and an optional attached changing table. We also decided to test the inexpensive Storkcraft Pacific based on this conversation. The Fisher-Price Newbury 4-in-1 Convertible Crib was added to our consideration list as a model that gets great reviews, frequently shows up on best-of lists, and is among the brand’s top sellers. Finally, after speaking with an IKEA representative and considering feedback from several people who have used IKEA cribs, we decided to test the popular Sundvik crib over the less expensive Sniglar or Gulliver. The Sniglar is out of stock until March 2018, and the Gulliver is available in limited quantities until then. (We will update this guide when they’re available.)

In the end, we tested a diverse mix of 10 cribs, which vary in price from just over $100 to close to $500.

How we tested

A man and a woman assembling a white crib.

We had 10 cribs delivered in flat boxes to a Wirecutter office in downtown Los Angeles, where I worked with an editorial assistant who has above-average furniture-assembly experience to put together every one of them. This process took the good part of two days—one of them during an oppressive August heat wave that defeated the office’s air-conditioning unit. The sweat we shed came close to that expended by stressed-out new parents.

For each crib, I started a stopwatch as soon as we laid the box down on the ground to see how long it took us to put it together. While my assistant, Jack, says he enjoys putting together furniture, I can honestly say that this was the first time I had ever tackled a job like this. Case in point, I didn’t even know what an Allen wrench was when we got started. Trust me when I say there was a steep learning curve.

The assembly process took the good part of two days—one of them during an oppressive August heat wave. The sweat we shed came close to that expended by stressed-out new parents.

We typically unpacked everything in the box first, and took account of the number of pieces laid out on the ground. Referring to the written directions, we worked together to assemble each crib. When we were done, I stopped my watch, recorded the time, and made some notes about the process. I highlighted when the instructions were overly confusing or when we made mistakes putting the cribs together, which, sadly, happened a lot. Overall, we found through this process that crib assembly varies greatly. Some cribs had four parts and took just over 15 minutes to put together; most had a few more parts and took about half an hour to assemble; and two took well over an hour to complete.

When each crib was assembled, I popped in a crib mattress to confirm that it fit well (they all did), and ran through a checklist to see how well made and sturdy the crib was. I moved it around the room, shook it, pulled on the bars, and noted where it was easily dinged or nicked. We changed the mattress height for most of the cribs, and converted our top few picks to a toddler bed and back again to see how easy that process was.

Along with timing and rating the assembly and conversion process, I also analyzed the other items on our list of criteria, including price, materials, color options, and online reviews before determining our top picks.

Our pick: DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Our pick for best crib, the DaVinci Kalani, with two stuffed animals sitting beside it.

The DaVinci Kalani offers the best balance of sturdiness, quality materials, versatility, and price of the 10 cribs we considered. For about $180—including the toddler rail and free delivery with an Amazon Prime subscription—the Kalani offers a good value for parents who want a crib that’ll last for years. It’s Greenguard Gold certified for low VOC emissions, and we found that the 56-pound crib is much sturdier than other sub-$200 cribs, with thicker legs and side pieces. It’s also the only one of our four picks that converts to a full-size bed.

A close up of the wide feet on our pick for best crib.

The Kalani is made of solid New Zealand pine, a sustainable wood that, although relatively soft and easy to ding up, is also quite sturdy in this model. It has a look that could work in both traditional and modern homes and, although it looks relatively large, is only 35 inches tall from the floor to the top of the front rail—the same as some of the other low-profile options we tested (meaning that they’re typically easier for short parents to reach in and out of). It comes in white, gray, and black, and four wood tones that range from a light honey oak to a dark espresso, which has a rich, attractive sheen and is currently the most popular option. The crib is the best-selling model from the DaVinci brand (part of the Million Dollar Baby Company) and has excellent overall reviews, including from about 1,500 reviewers on Amazon.

Unlike most cribs, the Kalani’s wooden toddler rail is included in the original price. The crib is widely available at big box stores, including Babies“R”Us and Target, and online at Amazon and other retailers, which means there are multiple ways to avoid a shipping fee, which of course can be substantial given that cribs tend to be large and heavy. For about $80 extra, parents can purchase a full-size conversion kit, which includes side rails that allow the crib to transform into a full-size bed (the front and back of the crib become the headboard and footboard).

Our pick for best crib in its toddler configuration, with a lower front rail that runs halfway along the bed.

The crib comes in 14 pieces (not including the wire crib mattress support or the toddler rail). While the instructions are straightforward and each of the pieces was clearly marked, it took my assembly partner and I more than an hour to piece together the Kalani, significantly longer than for any of our other picks. The conversion to a toddler bed is much easier: It took one person about 15 minutes to convert. We found it was also relatively easy to move the wire mattress support to another one of the four positions when you want to raise or lower the crib’s mattress. Many of the cribs we tested had three different heights, or, in one case, only two. The Kalani offers more versatility here, though we doubt many parents will end up using all four heights.

A woman reaching into our pick for best crib to pick up her baby.

We talked to several parents who own the DaVinci Kalani crib, and all of them report being happy with the purchase. One Wirecutter staff member said that while she relied on a Graco Pack ’n Play for her first child, she wanted a crib for her second, and was advised by other parents that the DaVinci Kalani was the way to go. She found the Kalani’s setup to be relatively easy (as my assembly partner noted, “you’re only doing it once”), and she’s now using the crib for her third child as well. Another mom of two from New York said she also bought the Kalani for her second child and has been happy with the purchase. “It’s a great crib,” she said.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The DaVinci Kalani has two major flaws. The first is an overly difficult assembly. Many of the cribs that we tested, including all three of our other picks, have four parts to assemble, plus the mattress support. Our other picks also all have front and back pieces that are identical, as well as two interchangeable sides. Essentially, they all have symmetrical designs that make it difficult to mess up the assembly. The Kalani crib, on the other hand, has 14 pieces out of the box and a sleighlike design with front and back pieces that are different from each other and need to face in a particular direction. Although all those pieces are labeled, we felt that the instructions rely too heavily on graphics over written directions. In terms of hardware, the crib uses bolts of five lengths (many cribs have just one or two), barrel nuts, wood dowels, and two types of washers. To put it together, you need the Allen wrench, which comes with the crib, as well as a Phillips screwdriver, which does not. We made several mistakes along the way and got pretty frustrated putting this crib together.

Our pick for best crib disassembled on the floor.

Most Amazon reviewers say that the Kalani takes about an hour to assemble (“Beautiful crib, nightmare to put together,” one person titles their review); in our case, the assembly took 78 minutes—the second longest out of the 10 cribs we tested, and a full hour more than some of the easier to assemble options.

The second flaw is that the New Zealand pine used in this crib is incredibly soft. When I dropped one of the sleigh pieces from about a foot from the ground (yes, I’m clumsy), a corner piece that was about an inch long cracked off. Then, when I was trying to secure the mattress support in place, a screw fell out of my hand and left a long scrape on the inside of one piece of wood. When I asked parents who have this crib about the soft wood, one mentioned that her son “ate it so bad”—meaning teethed on the side pieces, and left a ton of teeth marks along them—that she ended up getting plush teething guards, but not before he “had sawed a ton of it off.” Though the vast majority of Amazon reviews give the Kalani four or five stars, many of the one-star reviews mention the soft, easily damaged wood, with some buyers writing that their crib came already scratched up or cracked.

To be fair, most cribs at this price are made of pine. “This is a really consistent wood,” said Matthew Grayson, senior designer at Million Dollar Baby. That consistency is important not only for the look, Grayson said, but also for passing safety and strength tests. “Crib regulations are incredibly rigid. This is a wood that we know is always going to be the same,” with straight boards and no knots.

New Zealand pine is readily available and is grown and farmed in a sustainable way, so furniture manufacturers don’t have to worry about sourcing issues, Grayson said. As a soft wood—meaning that it comes from a coniferous tree—it’s much cheaper than hardwood counterparts (PDF) like poplar, ash, oak, walnut, or maple.

Budget pick: IKEA Sundvik

Our budget pick for best crib, the IKEA Sundvik. A stuffed frog is sitting next to it.

Budget pick

The IKEA Sundvik is a solid, modern-looking crib that comes in white, a black-brown, or a grayish brown and is made of beech, a hardwood that’s stronger than the pine used in our top pick. The Sundvik costs about a third less than the Kalani, but has several significant disadvantages: It does not include a toddler rail (you can buy a $12 IKEA one separately, but unless you get a white crib it won’t match); the mattress can only be adjusted to two different heights as opposed to four for the Kalani; and the crib does not convert to a full-size bed.

When we asked parents on Facebook about their favorite crib, many answered with one word: “IKEA!” Our surveys found that many parents simply want to find the cheapest crib that works well, and after examining several other inexpensive cribs we think the Sundvik is that model (IKEA’s crib line includes two even-cheaper models, but both have availability issues that won’t be resolved until 2018).

Our surveys found that many parents simply want to find the cheapest crib that works well, and after examining several other inexpensive cribs we think the Sundvik is that model.

Personal experience tells us that the 55-pound Sundvik, which is considered low-profile at just under 35 inches tall, holds up well to typical baby and kid wear and tear: I bought two of them when my twins were born, and they slept on them for more than four years before transitioning to twin beds. We put these cribs together, took them apart to move across the country, put them back together again, and they were still in good shape. We then took off the front pieces when our twins were around 2 and converted them to toddler beds—using the IKEA toddler rail. Recently, we had family visit from out of town and we put one of the cribs back together as a toddler bed; there were no issues with that reassembly process. After more than four years the cribs have some dings and minimal teething marks, but that seems expected. Both my own experience and that of other owners tells me that the Sundvik is sturdier than some other common IKEA products (dressers we bought at the same time haven’t done as well, with screws falling out and drawers buckling under the weight of clothes).

A close up of a baby laying in a white IKEA Sundvik crib.

All of IKEA’s cribs are made of solid beech, a hardwood. According to Grayson, the product designer from Million Dollar Baby, beech is stronger and more structural than pine, which means you can make cribs with thinner slats out of it. Unlike any of our other picks, the Sundvik also incorporates fiberboard, which is reconstituted wood fiber, aka sawdust pressed together with heat and glue. The solid panels on the sides of this crib are made of fiberboard, which is sometimes referred to as MDF, for medium-density fiberboard, and foil. All of the other cribs we tested have slats along all four sides.

The IKEA crib with its front bar removed.

The Sundvik took two people 25 minutes to put together, a third of the time of the Kalani. It was straightforward (if you’re okay with the silly pictures in IKEA assembly instructions), in part because the front and back of the crib are identical, and so are the two sides. Fitting in the mattress support, which is made of wood and mesh rather than metal like on most cribs, was the most frustrating part of the process; and this is why adjusting the mattress support from the top to the bottom position—there are only two heights, as opposed to three on most cribs and four on our pick—was more difficult than on other cribs. The process involves sliding tiny pegs on the mattress support into holes on the crib sides, and it basically requires two people to line up the crib pieces correctly without the entire loosened crib falling apart. The process of converting the crib to a toddler bed—you remove the front side—is also more difficult than with our other picks. We found it took two people another 25 minutes.

Baby Bargains graded IKEA cribs an A-, and Consumer Reports recommends this crib, giving it 83 points out of 100 (you need a subscription to read the review), with “excellent” marks for construction, and ease of assembly, and “very good” marks for safety. Positive customer reviews on the Consumer Reports site note that it is “simple, sturdy and affordable” and “a great crib for a great price.”

There are a few additional nursery items in the Sundvik collection, like a dresser/changing table combo and a kid-size table and chairs. IKEA generally allows buyers to return undamaged items they are dissatisfied with for a year after purchase.

Note that IKEA makes even less expensive cribs. The Sniglar is the cheapest model, at just $80, and the Gulliver is $20 more. We didn’t include these cribs in this guide because of availability issues—the Sniglar is out of stock until March 2018 and the Gulliver has limited availability in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities until around that time—though we personally know people who have been pleased with the value of these cribs and have found that they last through multiple kids and can survive multiple conversions. We hope to compare them closely to the Sundvik when we update this guide.

Also great: DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Club

An also great pick for best crib,a red DaVinci Jenny Lind crib.

The DaVinci Jenny Lind crib is distinctive in both style and design, with retro spindle posts and wheels that make it much easier than any other crib we tested to move around a room, or pull away from a wall for cleaning. Of all the cribs we tested, it’s the only one with either of these features. The Jenny Lind crib weighs 45.5 pounds (about 10 pounds less than our pick) and comes in more color options than any other crib we tested. While the typical crib sticks to white and wood tones, with perhaps a gray option thrown in, the Jenny Lind comes in bright and cheery emerald green, cherry red, coral (shown above), navy, and lagoon blue, as well as white, black, and two shades of gray. It’s made of the same New Zealand pine as our pick and like our pick is Greenguard Gold certified for low VOC emissions. It’s not as sturdy, though, with thin spindle slats and legs, and it costs slightly more than our pick (the price varies from about $200 to about $280 depending on color and if you get a toddler rail).

We found that this crib is among the easiest to assemble of all the cribs we tested, and by far the easiest to assemble of our four picks. It took two people just 16 minutes to put it together for the first time; later, one person was able to complete the toddler bed conversion in about 10 minutes. The toddler bar is included with the coral-colored model we tested (for about $250) and with several of the other less common colors; the black, white, cherry, and slate gray Jenny Lind cost less (about $200) and offer the toddler rail as an optional additional purchase (around $80). If you want a toddler bar, choosing a less common color ends up being a better value.

Like the Kalani crib, the Jenny Lind offers four mattress heights. The wheels, while uncommon on modern cribs, could be a nice touch for parents with small apartments who want to be able to move the crib from one room to another for naps or bedtime. Of course, they’re also a potential temptation for toddlers eager to turn their bed into a giant bumper car. While the wheels don’t have any locking mechanism, you can remove them when you don’t want the crib to be portable anymore.

The Jenny Lind crib with its toddler bar installed.

When I asked a mom of three from Florida about her thoughts on cribs, she said, “Jenny Lind,” right away. Another mom of three from Philadelphia wrote on Facebook that she bought this crib on sale from Kmart for her oldest and second-oldest kids. One of those was also passed down and used by a younger sibling. “It’s so simple, and I loved it,” she wrote. “I spent under $400 for three kids, and my friend used one of these cribs for her daughter, too. They went the distance.” And a mom from Queens, who bought a $600 crib for her older son that turned out to be a “total waste of money,” bought a Jenny Lind for her now 1-year-old daughter. Her review: “#bestcribever.” The crib also gets high marks on Amazon, where it has 4.5 out of five stars across about 450 reviews.

The Jenny Lind furniture collection also includes a changing table and a stand-alone toddler bed, though neither come in as many colors as the crib. The DaVinci Jenny Lind crib comes with a one-year warranty.

Upgrade pick: Pottery Barn Kendall Convertible Club

Our upgrade pick for best crib, the Pottery Barn Kendall crib.

The Pottery Barn Kendall crib is made of solid poplar, a hardwood that is much less likely to get nicked and dinged than the softer pine used in our other picks. The handsome, classic-looking crib is relatively easy to assemble and is the only crib we tested that comes with teething bars—strips of plastic that covers the top rails on both sides of the bed and prevent the gnaw marks that are common on cribs used by teething toddlers. If you’re someone who wants to ensure that your furniture, including a crib, remains pristine-looking, the Kendall, which is Greenguard Gold certified for low VOCs and comes in white, gray, or a chocolate brown, may be the crib for you.

A side by side comparison of the feet on the IKEA Sundvik crib and the Kendall crib. The Kendall's are much bigger.

One thing that sets this crib above our other picks is that while both of our DaVinci picks are made of relatively soft New Zealand pine and the IKEA crib is made of beech and fiberboard, this heavy Pottery Barn crib is made of solid poplar (the crib weighs 59 pounds, more than any of our other picks). According to The Hardwood Handbook (PDF), poplar is a hardwood that is, “generally straight-grained and comparatively uniform in texture.” Crib designers we spoke to from other companies told us that poplar is “a resilient, versatile wood,” that, “because of its color and straight uniform graining, is ideal for painted finishes,” and that a crib made of poplar is much less likely to get dinged or marked up with use than cribs made with softer woods like pine.

We found that the Pottery Barn crib felt equally solid and sturdy to our top pick, the DaVinci Kalani, but that it was obviously more solid and sturdy, as well as larger in profile, than either the DaVinci Jenny Lind or IKEA Sundvik.

The Kendall bed converted into a day bed with the front bar removed.

Because this crib is sold only through Pottery Barn, it does not have a significant online review history like our other picks do. Baby Bargains gave Pottery Barn Kids furniture a C grade, but much of their reasoning has to do with cost and customer service problems. In fact, I found the sales team at a local Los Angeles story incredibly helpful when describing the different cribs’ features. The negative comments also mention expensive shipping fees, but the standard UPS rate is $49, and this crib is often available in Pottery Barn’s many stores. Consumer Reports, on the other hand, recommends this crib, and gave it an 87 out of 100 points, with “excellent” marks for safety, construction and ease of assembly.

When we polled parents about their crib selection, several identified Pottery Barn as their most trusted brand and we personally know a handful of people who have owned this crib for many years. One of them is my own sister, who has two rambunctious boys, and used it with both. She doesn’t remember it getting any bite marks or scratches, and said that when they took it apart a little over a year ago to upgrade to Pottery Barn bunk beds, it was still in great shape. She said this crib is currently in storage, but that she plans on reassembling it and using it again when she has a third child.

We found that this crib, which comes in four parts, was much easier to assemble than our top pick. It took us just 23 minutes, start to finish. The transition to toddler bed was similarly straightforward, taking just 10 minutes for one person to transform it into a mini daybed. (It would take at least a few minutes more to install the optional toddler rail, which we didn’t purchase.) The crib mattress can be adjusted to three heights, as opposed to four on the Kalani, though we don’t think this is a significant distinction as we doubt many people will bother to adjust their mattress height more than twice. We really liked the rounded mattress supports on this crib, which are easy to level and virtually invisible after the mattress is placed in the crib. Most of the other cribs we tested have straight bars connecting the mattress support to the side of the cribs, which in some cases show at the corners even when the mattress is in place.

A close up of the teething guards on our upgrade pick for best crib.

This was the only crib of the 10 we tested that comes with plastic teething guards attached to both the front and back rails. Many parents find that their kids use their crib as a gigantic teething toy. These teething guards would likely prevent the worst of the gnaw marks, though we didn’t do any firsthand testing of how effective they are.

The biggest drawback to this crib is its price. Though it has a sticker price of $600, we found from tracking online prices and talking to Pottery Barn store employees that the “sale” price of about $400 is almost always in effect. During the months we were researching this guide, we saw the price fluctuate between $320 and $420. If you’re unable to pick the crib up at the store, shipping will typically run $49, with an option to pay $99 to have the crib delivered and assembled for you at home. The toddler rail costs another $130 or $140, depending on the finish. Multiple crib experts recommend buying an optional rail at the same time as your crib if you know you’ll want one, just in case models or colors change in the interim. Unlike our top pick, the Kendall crib doesn’t convert to a full-size bed.

The larger Pottery Barn Kids Kendall furniture collection includes a standard dresser and extra-wide dresser, both with optional toppers that fit changing pads, a nightstand, a desk and hutch, and bigger-kid items, like bunk beds that can convert to two twin size beds. The crib comes with a 30-day warranty.

The competition

In choosing our picks, we focused primarily on value and versatility, as well as a crib’s materials and construction. As a piece of furniture that’s likely to be the visual centerpiece of your child’s room, aesthetics are obviously important as well and so we decided to photograph each of the cribs we tested individually. Every one of them meets safety standards, converts to a toddler bed (with or without a bar), and would be a perfectly fine place for your baby to sleep for several years to come.

A beige Babyletto Hudson crib.

The 54-pound Babyletto Hudson is another one that looks great, and will probably appeal to parents who like mid-century modern or Scandinavian design. Like the DaVinci cribs, Babyletto cribs are manufactured by Million Dollar Baby, (Babyletto is considered a younger, hipper and more modern brand). This low-profile crib, which is just under 35 inches tall, has rounded slats and tapered feet, and the one we built is in the “washed natural” finish that’s popular right now with parents who take nursery-decorating cues from Dwell magazine. The crib also comes in six additional finishes, including two-tone options in espresso and white, gray and white, and washed natural and white. It’s Greenguard Gold certified, the toddler rail is included, it’s easy to assemble (it took 33 minutes), and it has strong online reviews. But again, the price, at almost $400, is too high for many parents, especially since it’s made of the same soft New Zealand pine as cribs that cost half as much, and doesn’t have other special features. It comes with a one-year warranty.

A gray and white Colby crib.

The 55-pound Colby is another modern-looking, low-profile, Greenguard Gold certified option that has curved edges and thin slats and is made of New Zealand pine, as well as fiberboard. Like our pick, the DaVinci Kalani, it offers significant versatility for its sub-$200 price: It converts to a daybed, toddler bed (the $70 rail is sold separately), and full-size bed, with a kit that costs $100 more. It took us only 17 minutes to assemble. But we found that this crib doesn’t feel as sturdy as any of our picks, and it comes in just three color options—white, gray, and two-tone gray/white. It’s from another Million Dollar Baby label, a new one called Carter’s by DaVinci, and doesn’t yet have a history of reviews so we’re not confident in how well it would hold up over time. The larger furniture collection includes a six-drawer dresser. It comes with a one-year warranty.

A gray Fisher-Price Newbury Convertible Crib.

Like our top pick, the Fisher-Price Newbury Convertible Crib is a sub-$200 model that converts to both a toddler bed and to a full-size bed, though both the rail and full-size conversion kit are sold separately and were not easily found online when we were researching this guide (Fisher-Price’s website says to call manufacturer Bivona & Company to purchase). This crib is about 54 pounds and took 35 minutes to assemble. Although Baby Bargains gave the manufacturer an A for quality, and ranked this its top budget-friendly convertible crib, after examining both we think the IKEA Sundvik offers more value for a similar product (Baby Bargains also recommends an IKEA crib). That is unless you have your heart set on a gray crib, in which case the Newbury offers a choice of “misty grey,” “stormy grey,” or “vintage grey” (out of six colors). The look, which a Bivona & Company representative called “farmhouse chic” may also appeal to some buyers. It comes with a one-year warranty.

A white Graco Solano crib with drawer.

Assembling the Graco Solano crib with drawer got me so frustrated that I had to walk away twice in the process to re-focus. I stopped the clock each time, but it still took a soul-crushing hour and 38 minutes for two of us to put this one together. Much of that time was spent on the drawer alone, which, once intact, didn’t offer much storage—or functionality, as it got stuck almost immediately—for the extra price (the same crib is sold without the drawer for about $30 less). The long assembly time wasn’t our only problem with this crib, which at just under 53 pounds, didn’t feel as sturdy as our similarly priced top pick DaVinci Kalani, as our IKEA budget pick, or as the Fisher-Price crib described above. Like our pick, the Solano crib converts to a full-size bed, but unlike our pick it doesn’t come with a toddler rail, which costs $60 more. Also, some of the paint was chipped off out of the box, and we didn’t like the metal Graco logo on the front. It comes with a one-year warranty.

A black Storkcraft Pacific Convertible Crib.

The 44-pound Storkcraft Pacific Convertible Crib, which took about 35 minutes to assemble, is a lightweight, low-profile, budget option that costs just a few dollars more than our IKEA pick and comes in white as well as dark gray and wood tones. This one was in the running for budget consideration, but we found that the IKEA crib was sturdier, slightly less expensive, and made of more quality materials (this one is made of pine and composites), making it a better value. What drove us crazy about this crib was that once it was assembled, the corners didn’t line up, so some of the edges ended up noticeably higher than others. It was also a bit shaky and just didn’t seem likely to last.

Care, use, and maintenance

A close up of a small child standing up in a green crib.

No matter what crib you end up with, there are some basic things to keep in mind to help keep your baby safe and your crib in good condition:

  • Do some research before accepting a hand-me-down to ensure that a crib meets all current safety standards. On June 28, 2011, all cribs sold in the United States were required to meet new safety requirements (PDF) outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most notably, once popular drop-side cribs were deemed unsafe, and banned from sale. Current standards require cribs to have fixed sides. Wooden slats are also required to be stronger than in the past to prevent breaking; hardware and mattress supports are more durable; and safety testing is more rigorous. Make sure the crib was manufactured after the changes and check the CPSC’s crib recall list before accepting a hand-me-down.
  • After assembling the crib, check it for damaged hardware, loose bolts or fasteners, or other broken parts. Do not use the crib if you find anything amiss. Call the manufacturer immediately with any concerns rather than buying a replacement part yourself.
  • Put your infant to sleep on his or her back, and avoid putting any bedding other than a fitted sheet inside the crib. This includes blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or bumpers (PDF). The AAP and CPSC both have detailed guidelines on safe sleep.
  • Keep the crib away from windows, blinds, toys, and cords. To ensure that your child is safe in their crib, they should not be able to reach or pull anything into the crib, like toys or a cord from a curtain or baby monitor. These items can present a suffocation or strangulation hazard.
  • Make sure your mattress is at the correct height for your child. Most cribs have between two and four mattress heights that allow parents to adjust how high or low a child sleeps in the bed. Typically, parents use the top height for newborns, which allows you to most comfortably reach in to put down or pick up a baby. As soon as a baby is able to pull up to a standing position—typically sometime after six months—the crib mattress should be lowered to ensure that they can’t climb out. As climbing ability improves, lower the mattress to the lowest position.
  • Don’t convert the crib to a toddler bed until your baby is at least 15 months old. Most crib’s instructions mention that before 15 months, sleeping in a toddler bed with an opening can present a hazard. Most parents seem to convert their crib between 2 and 3 years, or around the time a kid has learned to escape on their own anyway. If you’re not sure if your child is ready to sleep in a toddler bed, ask your pediatrician.
  • Keep your crib away from heating or air-conditioning vents and direct sunlight. This should keep the wood from warping or discoloring, and likely be more comfortable for your sleeping child as well.
  • Clean the crib with mild soap and a soft rag.
  • Do not refinish or repaint a crib. Cribs are colored with paints or stains that meet safety specs specific to children’s products and should not be re-treated.


  1. Rachel Y. Moon, Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Evidence Base for 2016 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment” (PDF), American Academy of Pediatrics, October 1, 2016

  2. Fern R. Hauck, MD, , email interview, July 11, 2017

  3. Matthew Grayson, senior designer at Million Dollar Baby, phone interview, August 29, 2017

  4. The Land of Nod (now Crate and Kids) design team, , email interview, August 24, 2017

  5. Best Baby Crib 2017, Baby Bargains, August 2, 2017

  6. Crib Buying Guide, Consumer Reports, May 1, 2016

  7. The Hardwood Handbook: An Illustrated Guide to Appalachian and Southern Lumber (PDF), Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, September 18, 2017

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Anne Machalinski
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