Moms in the market for a new baby crib need to select a safe model that fits their budgets and lifestyles. Cribs are a babycare essential and there are tons of them out there in the marketplace. Since the choices are endless, deciding on the brand and model that offers the most benefits versus drawbacks can be difficult.
To help moms, we have gathered feedback from other real-life moms, combing the web for authentic comments about some of the best - and worst- cribs. All of these designs are available online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
Some of these cribs get rave reviews across the board. Others are popular with some moms but disliked by others. There are also a few models that seem to get poorer than good reviews. To avoid buying the proverbial "lemon", read on and find out which cribs deliver value to Moms and babies and which ones you should stay away from.
All of the cribs on the list come from well-known brands. Some are high-end designs, while others are mid-range or budget. We're not adding pricing information simply because prices vary from retailer to retailer. Most of these cribs are quite affordable.
20 Best: Babyletto’s Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
This crib gets positive reviews across the board. According to The Bump, one mom who bought it loved the fact that it converts from a regular crib to a toddler bed or daybed. If you want this sort of versatility, this may be the crib that you've been looking for. As a bonus, it's stylish, with clean lines, so it'll look awesome in your baby's nursery. Since it will grow with your child, it'll be a wise financial investment.
This crib has a fairly basic appearance. It's not original in design. If you want something traditional, which doesn't look too old-fashioned and adapts to your baby's changing height and weight, this crib may be ideal.
19 Best: Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib by DaVinci
According to Babyzeen, this "three in one" convertible crib offers plenty of bang for the buck. It's a secure, convenient crib which is designed to be a comfortable choice for an infant, older baby or toddler. It weighs just forty-five pounds, it's crafted from pine wood of high quality and it will handle a baby who weighs up to fifty pounds. Once your baby is a toddler, convert the unit to a day bed that he or she can relax on.
The fresh white look of this crib is appealing and the bars of the crib have some interesting styling details. Plus, it has wheels, so it's simple to move from place to place.
18 Best: Bloom’s Alma Mini Crib
Lisa from The Wise Baby is a real-life mom and she loves the Alma Mini Crib from Bloom. She's fond of its compact size and loves the fact that it has wheels, so it's simple to move it from place to place. Other key benefits of this popular crib include easy-fold performance and two mattress position possibilities. This crib is ideal for babies aged newborn to twelve months. Babies over 35" inches in height are too tall for this particular make and model.
If you don't have a lot of extra space in your home, this portable design may be very practical. Be aware it won't convert to a toddler bed.
17 Best: The Gulliver Crib from Ikea
One happy mom who bought this affordable and attractive crib from Ikea is still glad that she did, three years later, according to the Wise Baby. She loves the minimalist design of this crib, as well as its value price point and the fact that it's held up to two babies.
If you don't want to spend a fortune on quality, the Gulliver may be a very smart buy. While she didn't really enjoy assembling the crib, the work was well worth it, as it stands up to jumping toddlers and wriggly babies. It may be exactly what you're looking for.
16 Best: BabyBjorn’s Travel Crib Light
According to a review from a Mom via Amazon, this crib is very simple to set up. In fact, she didn't need to consult the directions in order to get it functional for her baby. As well, she loves the fact that this Baby Bjorn design is safe and sturdy.
She purchased it for her eight-month-old baby, who was at the crawling stage, and it kept the baby secure, while also being comfortable for the little one. One bonus aspect of this travel model is that it's so simple to put it in the car because it's very light in weight.
15 Best: Graco’s Charleston 4 in 1 Convertible Crib
A mom who ordered this crib from the Walmart loved its simple assembly and said that it took just twenty minutes to put it together. She also thinks it's a beautiful design. Since it doesn't have moving parts which might present safety risks, she feels that it's an ideal choice for her baby. This crib has a reassuringly sturdy feel.
Another mom was impressed by the fact that no extra tools or accessories were needed in order to convert this crib.
Moms who are on a budget will appreciate this crib. It's not too expensive and offers great value for its price.
14 Best: Babyletto’s Bingo 3-in-1 Convertible Crib and Storage Comb
This crib is sturdy and very fashionable, according to an Amazon review. It's also remarkably simple to put together. Expect to assemble the crib in about twenty minutes, even if you're not a handywoman. Crib assembly can be annoying, depending on the model, so easy assembly is a big plus.
One key feature of this pretty crib is the extra storage that it offers. If you want more space for baby things, you'll find that the added storage is a huge bonus. It's also possible to customize this design with added knobs and feet in various colors (you'll need to buy the accessories separately).
13 Best: The Belle Upholstered Crib from Restoration Hardware
The Belle Upholstered Crib from Restoration Hardware is a crib that one mom who posts on Pinterest was extremely excited about. A quick glance at this gorgeous design makes it clear that this design is really special. It's beautiful, with a rich feel that has so much vintage-inspired character.
This particular crib was inspired by antique beds from France and comes with wrapped and rounded ends upholstered in fabric and resistant to stains. Restoration Hardware offers a variety of gorgeous cribs, so check them out if you want something deluxe. Cribs from RH have an heirloom quality that is very appealing.
12 Best: Micuna’s Life Crib
According to DailyMom, this crib is a solid pick with so much versatility. This crib from Micuna is perfect for moms who want a bit more originality. When you order it, you'll be able to specify your preferences and then receive a custom crib that is perfect for you and your baby. For example, you'll be able to select from fifteen spindle colors (choose the three you like best). Also, this crib will go the distance, because it may be extended as a baby gets older.
If you want to create the perfect nursery, customizing this crib to suit your style preferences will be a lot of fun.
11 Best: The Ubabub Pod
When Aussie company, Ubabub, put this ultra-modern crib into the marketplace, Moms with an eye for high style went wild, according to the Babyology. This is a crib that's very different from the rest, while also being safe and stable. It offers style details that are futuristic and fascinating.
The Ubabub Pod features side panels made from acrylic, which make it simpler to see a baby while she or she is sleeping or wriggling around. Also, it just looks completely fantastic. This is a high-end choice for discerning mommies who want cribs that wouldn't look out of place in an Architectural Digest pictorial.
10 Avoid: Any Antique Baby Crib
We're going to generalize here for a moment because it's important for moms to know that antique baby cribs are not smart choices. Sure, they may look great and they may even be restored to perfection, but that doesn't mean that they are as safe as modern cribs that are approved by product safety governing bodies. It's best to stay away from antique cribs in general, even though they are so often gorgeous.
According to the Mlive, cribs made before the 23rd of July, 2010 are not up to American CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety standards and shouldn't be donated or resold.
9 Avoid: Any Secondhand Baby Crib Made Before July 2010
Secondhand baby cribs are often very affordable and may be ok if they are made after 2010, as per guidelines from the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission). However, there are tons of brand-new cribs that are affordable and very safe, so why take the chance?
As reported by Mlive, cribs constructed before July of 2010 are just not safe. Since it's sometimes hard to know when a secondhand crib was made, it's much safer to just buy a new one that has passed all modern safety rules and regulations. Plus, it's nice to get something fresh and new for a new baby.
8 Avoid: Graco Rory 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso
This crib looks good and some customers are happy with it, but one mother who posted at Amazon.ca found that it "scratches very easily". If you want a crib that's going to continue to look good for years, until you don't need it anymore, this one may be too risky of a purchase. Plus, it's a bit worrisome that the wood is so prone to scratches. It should probably be a bit more durable than that. This crib is affordable but has a bit of a downside.
The quality of materials used in a crib is of hight importance. Invest in finer materials and skip cribs that seem to be made from flimsier materials.
7 Avoid: Graco Westbrook 4 in 1 Convertible Crib Gray
According to a Walmart review, one Mom found the process of trying to get replacement parts for this crib to be a bit of a nightmare. She indicated that the base of the mattress doesn't hit every corner, which leaves a gap. Also, she found that the crib's pre-drilled holes weren't a perfect match for the base and the legs. If you want easy assembly, you may want to go for another crib. Imagine how annoying it is to try and put a crib together when the drilled holes don't even match.
You may not get a "lemon" if you order this one, but it's always possible.
6 Avoid: Dream On Me Ashton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib, Cherry
One verified purchaser at Walmart was less than thrilled with this Dream On Me crib, outlining that it arrived in mangled packaging which caused cosmetic damage. The components also had missing holes, which meant that it took hours to assemble it.
This customer eventually had to get another one and found the whole process annoying.
A lot of bad reviews of cribs are due to assembly issues. They drive moms, dads, and caregivers crazy. If you order the wrong crib, assembly problems may drive you nuts, too, so proceed with caution. Luckily, there are reviews out there which help Moms to avoid bad experiences with crib products.
5 Avoid: Child Craft 3-in-1 Convertible Crib London Colours, Princess Pink
One customer at Toys 'R Us ordered this design and got the wrong color, so she was one unhappy mom. If you're going to order this design, which has a mid-range price tag, be sure that you are selecting the appropriate color and prepare to return the crib if you get the wrong shade.
While the idea of a princess pink crib is very appealing to some, this design is available in a host of "fashion colors", so be sure you don't order pink if you want blue or vice versa. This crib converts to a toddler bed. The safety and quality of this crib didn't get panned. It was just a color issue.
4 Avoid: Delta Children Glenwood 3-in-1 Convertible Sleigh Crib - White
This crib converts to a pretty daybed, but it is a smart investment? One Mom who reviewed the design at Sears rated it two stars. She said it's not great as a toddler bed and she believes it's just too basic in general.
One key issue that this mother of twins has is that there's not a guardrail included for converting the bed when babies get older. She also found customer service from the crib manufacturer, Delta, to be lacking. If you don't want to hunt around for a guardrail for this design later on, and you probably don't, you may want to choose a convertible crib that comes with all of the right parts.
3 Avoid: Baby Relax Ridgeline 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, Rustic Natural
A Mom who reviewed this Baby Relax crib at Amazon found that its plywood construction was unappealing. Another complained that she got the wrong color since what she received had a finish that looked a lot different from the photo featured on Amazon. She found the process of returning the crib to be "difficult" and "convoluted". If you're not too hung up on color, getting the wrong shade may not be a big deal, but it's something to think about.
This is really not the most beautiful crib out there. It looks ok, but lacks a bit of style, in large part because it's crafted from plywood, which so often has a cheap look.
2 Avoid: Dream On Me Violet 7 in 1 Convertible Lifestyle Crib, Black
This pretty design didn't measure up in the opinion of one Mom who reviewed it at Walmart and gave it the lowest possible rating. She didn't feel that the crib she received resembled the picture at the website. She felt her model was lacking the appealing "sleigh" look that she wanted. She felt disappointed by this crib. Another reviewer at the same website found it very hard to put this Dream On Me design together. It's a budget to mid-range model and there are tons of choices at this price point, so look before you leap. This crib may not meet your expectations.
1 Avoid: Storkcraft Rosland 3-in-1 Convertible Crib - White
This is a budget model and one Amazon reviewer named Brooke characterized it as a "piece of junk" and left a three-star review. She also complained that the parts weren't even and that she had trouble putting springs on the crib. When she finally got the springs on, the crib broke. This model has gotten other complaints at the same website, so you may want to think long and hard before you invest in this Storkcraft design. Better deals are out there.
Storkcraft does have a good reputation, but almost every crib manufacturer puts out a bad model now and then. This crib doesn't earn accolades, so why not find out that does?