7 Best Baby Cribs for Safety and Comfort (2018 Review)

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Hold this fact dear to your heart and never forget it: your baby crib is the center and most important thing in your nursery. It’s not the toys. It’s not the pretty shoes and dresses. After your baby, the highest point of everything in your baby room is the crib. Hands down the crib! That’s why you see lots of mums get in over their heads trying to look for the most amazing baby crib they can possibly find. A baby crib is as great for your baby as it is great for you. When you see a nursery with a fantastic crib, it automatically reflects on the mum as a savvy, modern woman with the finest tastes.

It’s no wonder that one of the very first things any new mum considers the minute she discovers she’s pregnant is, most likely, a crib. Your choice of crib is absolutely important especially because that’s where your baby will be spending a greater portion of their time, at least, in the first few months. A wrong choice of a crib can have far-reaching negative effects that you wouldn’t be proud of as a mum. So, it’s important that you invest a lot of time and a considerable amount of resources into getting the best crib for your baby. Because, trust us, you do not want to be the mother to a baby who isn’t sleeping properly.

So, combining both reasons, you see why we are taking this crib matter very seriously. We went to great lengths, scouring tons of brands and manufacturers to bring you the very best baby cribs currently available. And because we know that tastes differ, we have made sure to make this review a mixed bag. So, you’ll find it all here from round baby cribs, to convertible baby cribs, to portable baby cribs. Everything is here. So, sit back and let us serve you with 2018’s finest cribs.

Baby Cribs Side-by-side Comparison Table

Dimensions Weight Recommended baby weight Features Color Options
Dream on Me Classic 3-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib 54 x 31 x 10 inches 36 pounds 50 pounds 3-in-1 Convertible Black, steel gray, cherry, natural, espresso, and white
Da Vinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib 54.5 x 35 x 42 inches 56 pounds 50 pounds 4-in-1 convertible white, rich cherry, dark brown, light brown, ash, dark ash
Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet 32 x 32 x 49 inches 36 pounds 25 pounds Round crib Black with black toile, cherry with white eyelet
Delta Children Portable Mini Crib 40 x 25.2 x 40 inches 34 pounds 35 pounds Baby porta crib Cherry, Grey, Natural, White
Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib and Dresser Set 135 pounds Baby crib and dresser set white
Graco Pack ‘N’ Play Playard 40 x 28.5 x 34 inches 28.3 pounds <15 pounds Baby crib with changing table Basin, Forecaster, Landry, Nyssa, Tenley
Ikea Gulliver Convertible Crib 53.3 x 29.5 x 33 pounds 44 pounds Convertible crib white

Top Rated Baby Cribs in 2018

DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso
TOP PICK
Dream On Me, Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib, White
Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet, White with White Eyelet
DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso
Dream On Me, Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib, White
Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet, White with White Eyelet
$179.00
$101.04
$157.20
DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso
DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso
$179.00
TOP PICK
Dream On Me, Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib, White
Dream On Me, Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib, White
$101.04
Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet, White with White Eyelet
Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet, White with White Eyelet
$157.20

1.Dream on Me Classic 3-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib:

So, we begin this review with a beautiful baby crib under $100. So, yeah, there’s no need to lose hope if you can’t afford to splurge. There is a little something for everyone, including the budgeters. Though this is a white baby crib, it still offers 5 other color options to choose from. They include black, steel gray, cherry, natural, and espresso.

Made from pinewood, this is one crib that’s made from quality materials. So, you can be sure it will remain nice and sturdy for as long as possible. And it’s also secure enough to keep your baby safe at all times. The stationary rail design makes sure of that. Even at its already affordable price, this crib still packs the power of 3 value products. It’s a multifunctional 3-in-1 product featuring a crib, a day bed and a toddler bed. This means that, as need arises, you can collapse the bed into a day bed, and as your little munchkin grows into a not-so-little-anymore munchkin, this can become his toddler bed, which is fantastic since they are already used to the bed.

This crib comes with wheels, so moving it about won’t be a problem. But for even greater peace of mind, the wheels are made to be lockable. This way, the older siblings won’t reenact a scene from fast and furious with the moving crib. It does require assembly though, but it’s quite simple to set up and all the tools you’d need to make that happen are already included in the package.

Pros

  • 3-in-1 convertible crib.
  • Comes with wheels.
  • Easy to assemble with tools included.

Cons

  • A little plain-looking for those who prefer something more elaborate.

2.Da Vinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib:

This is another fantastic crib with all the elegance that comes with an espresso colored wooden frame. Like the last crib we just reviewed, this is a convertible baby crib, which means that it is functional and gives you much value for the price of one. In this case, it gives you the value of 4 for the price of one. It’s a baby crib alright but you can also convert it into a day bed, a toddler bed and even a full-size bed. You’d have to purchase the kit necessary to make such conversions separately but the process isn’t, at all, tedious. The finish of this crib is really simple yet elegant. But what’s even more important for us is the fact that the paint used for the finish does not contain any toxic ingredient. In fact this crib was screened for over 10,000 chemicals before it was certified safe for sale. Since you won’t always be there at your baby’s every waking moment, and babies can begin to chew on the railing especially when teething, you can heave a huge sigh of relief knowing that no harm will come to your baby due to the crib you chose to get for them.

This crib is of superior quality as it is made of pine wood. This also assures you that you can depend on it to last many years of quality service. However, do not use this crib for your baby anymore once they reach a height of 35 inches.

Pros

  • Simple and elegant design.
  • 4-in-1 convertible crib: toddler bed, day bed, full sized bed.
  • Safe, non-toxic finish.

Cons

  • The crib appears to be made of a relatively soft wood. So, the crib tends to get scratched and dented pretty easily.

3.Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet:

This is one heart-stopping crib. It is absolutely lovely in its white finish and round shape. In fact, if what you want is a round baby crib, then check out this beautiful crib from Badger basket. It’s made of polyester and cotton. And it’s also got this eyelet at the top that gives the crib this ethereal, otherworldly appeal. If your baby reminds you of an angel while they sleep, then this is the crib you want to get. And it’s affordable too! And you know what? It isn’t just a pretty crib, it’s quite the functional crib too. Beneath the pretty skirts adorning the bottom of the unit is actually a storage shelf! Aha! You can now store all your baby essentials within easy reach and keep your space neat and organized.

Knowing that you’d, sometimes, need to move this unit about, the manufacturers crafted this model to come with wheels. This makes movement a lot easier for you and gives you convenience. Being a mum is already stressful enough without adding the stress of power lifting a heavy crib from place to place. Moving on, like you have the wheels at the bottom of the crib, you also have a canopy at the top of the crib which gives added protection to your baby in their perfect, little haven. If you’ve never considered a round baby crib before, then it’s time you gave it a thought. And you have a very wonderful place to start looking. Here!

Pros

  • Attractive, white finish.
  • Comes with canopy and eyelet.
  • Comes with a storage shelf beneath the crib to keep baby accessories accessible.
  • Comes with wheels for easy movement.
  • Easy to set up.

Cons

  • The canopy and curtains are a bit flimsy, so handle carefully.

4.Delta Children Portable Mini Crib:

If you need a crib that you can easily pack up and move with, then what you’re looking for is a portable baby crib or a mini baby crib. And we have just the one for you. The Delta Children Portable Mini Crib is a compact unit that’s easy to move at any short notice. It folds flat and can be packed up either to store or to travel. When set up, the crib looks really simple but still pretty cool. Don’t expect anything too jaw-dropping, though, in terms of beauty. It’s just okay. Of course, what’s a portable crib without wheels? This unit sure comes with wheels to move your crib around. For something you’re probably buying to move around frequently, you need something that’s sturdy – something that can handle the bustle of bumpy drives and all. So, it’s a good thing that this crib is made with really solid wood, giving it a solid construction.

For your convenience, the mattress (which should also be purchased from Delta Children) can be adjusted to two height settings. This makes things a whole lot more convenient for all involved. And great news! Purchasing this crib qualifies you for free replacement parts from Delta Children Products. It’s also a very eco-friendly product too. How nice!

Pros

  • Great baby porta crib.
  • Eco-friendly.
  • Comes with wheels for easy movement.
  • Completely folds flat for storage or travel.
  • Two mattress height settings.
  • Sets up easily.

Cons

  • Wheels are not lockable.
  • Comes with a strong odor that goes away after a few days.

5.Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib and Dresser Set:

Trendy mums and dads ready to splurge, here is one fantastic way to do it. This beautiful all white baby crib with dresser set is absolutely stunning and will give your nursery that chic look that few other nurseries have. It just adds that amazing touch of wow! Don’t go for this set if you’re not a modern mum with that certain lifestyle to fit that status that this set will earn you. The manufacturers at Babyletto created this lovely set with only 100% natural materials, making the set completely eco-friendly. So, it’s safe for your baby and safe for your environment too.

The crib is convertible and can be converted into a daybed and a toddler bed. And thankfully, the manufacturers were thoughtful enough to include the conversion kit with the package. So, you do not have to purchase that separately and incur more costs. Still for your convenience, this crib comes with mattress height adjustment settings as well. In terms of industry standards, Babyletto completely surpasses the standard for safety with a maximum weight recommendation of 135 plus pounds as against 80 pounds, and a completely undetectable trace of phthalates.

You’d think this set would be hard to assemble but nothing is further from the truth. It’s very easy to set up. It’s made of the strongest materials, so you can rest assured that it’s going to stay around for a long time. That should make you feel a bit better about the seemingly huge investment you’re about to make. But what can we say? This set is only for the brave and modern after all. Not everyone needs to pull it off. Just saying.

Pros

  • Comes as a crib with dresser set.
  • Modern, stylish look.
  • Eco-friendly materials.
  • Safe and non-toxic finish.
  • Convertible 3-in-1 crib.
  • Sturdy and durable.

Cons

  • Pretty expensive.
  • Too wide to pass through regular 36 inch doors.

6.Graco Pack ‘N’ Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer:

Crib manufacturers are getting more and more innovative by the minute. The last crib we looked at came as a crib and dresser set. This one is a baby crib with changing table. And you can trust Graco to provide you with such clever solutions at a giveaway price too. In a snap, you can change from a changing station to a napper. This particular feature becomes even more advantageous at night when you need to do some diaper change. Rather than travel all the way down to your changing station. You can do your business right there at the crib, feed your baby, and lay them back without changing positions at all.

The fabric covering the crib is very easy to clean to ensure that your baby’s napping environment is clean and neat. And there are storage pockets too to help keep all your baby accessories in an easy-to-reach place. It also helps you to stay organized too. Although the napper is only made for babies 3 months and under, the playard will grow with your baby until they don’t need it anymore.

Pros

  • Comes with a changing station.
  • Comes with storage pockets to keep diapers and baby accessories on hand.
  • Easy-to-maintain crib set.

Cons

  • Changing table is a bit too low even for average heighted parents.

7.Ikea Gulliver Convertible Crib:

So, we will round off these reviews with an Ikea baby crib. As you know, Ikea baby cribs are in high demand with their popularity among parents as tested and trusted baby beds. So, without further ado, we go to all the reasons this crib is amazing. It’s a white baby crib which always works. And it also comes with two different mattress height settings. As your child grows, a side of the crib can be taken down to allow your baby get out of his crib unaided.

As for sturdiness and stability, this crib scores highly. The materials are strong and confer durability on the crib. Also, with a sturdy crib, your baby will sleep more comfortably, and you can rest easy knowing that your baby is safe. The base of the bed is designed to be well vented and breathable. This way, your baby doesn’t stand the risk of overheating or getting suffocated while sleeping. A nice ventilation creates a pleasurable sleeping ambience for your young one.

And lest we forget, this is a baby crib convertible (sounds like some fancy car, yeah?). So, it’s also multifunctional, making it well worth its price.

Pros

  • Convertible baby crib.
  • Ventilated crib base.
  • Sturdy and stable.

Cons

  • Pretty expensive.

How to Choose the Best Baby Crib

A baby crib is a baby bed. And that’s the shortest and simplest definition of that. It looks like a normal standard bed, only with something like a cage surrounding it to protect the little one. Typically, a crib is used till your baby is about 2 years old. However, there is no set age at which you should transfer your baby to a bed from a crib. If your baby is getting too big for the crib or can already manage to escape from their crib unaided, then it’s time for a bed.

As for the perfect time to make a crib purchase, it’s best to plan ahead. Sometime in your last trimester is a good idea. Don’t hold off till you’ve had the baby for so many reasons. For one, cribs take a long time to ship. Two, you might not like the crib when it arrives, or it might have some defects, you’ll need enough time to do all the checks and balances and make all the necessary adjustments to arrive at your perfect crib.

That said…

There are many types of cribs carried by different manufacturers. There are standard baby cribs, convertible baby cribs, portable baby cribs (otherwise known as baby porta cribs), round cribs, travel cribs, and multifunctional cribs (like crib and dresser sets, cribs with changing tables, etc). Each of these cribs have their advantages and disadvantages but we won’t go into that here. You’d probably be able to figure that out on your own. Let’s go on to something else that should help you decide on which of these cribs would be best for you and your baby, instead.

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Features to Consider when Getting a Baby Crib

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First things first, it is okay to get a not so pricey crib. On many online (and brick and mortar) stores, you can find baby cribs on sale under $100. If that’s all you can afford at the moment, go for it and don’t feel bad about it. In fact, we have two on our reviews and they look absolutely amazing. Plus, they’re so sturdy, customers report that they’ve moved one of them like an heirloom from family to family and it’s still as lovely and sturdy as ever.

Check your space. Mark out the area where your crib is to stay and measure it. This should determine the size of crib you settle for. If your space is too small, then it might be right to consider a baby porta crib.

Check the ease of assembly of the baby crib. The best cribs are actually very easy to assemble and disassemble. If it’s too difficult to set, then send it back. It’s not worth it.

Go for a crib that comes with a teething rail. As your baby begins to teeth, they‘ll tend to rub their gum on almost anything they can find. If you don’t want your baby chewing on wood and paint. Then your crib should have a teething rail.

It’s also a good thing for your crib to match your house décor so your nursery isn’t a garish clash of colors.

If you decide to go for a used crib. Then ensure you’re very sure of what you’re buying. Look closely at it, touch it, smell for mold or mildew, and listen for rattling sounds. Be sure about the age of the crib too because the older the crib, the more unsafe it is.

There are lots more to discuss about baby cribs but these are the basics. We still haven’t crowned our overall best baby crib, so let’s get to that. But just before that, let’s hear what other parents are saying about these cribs.

Other Parent’s Opinion about Buying Baby Crib

Even though everyone loves the Dream on Me Classic 3-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, most agree that the crib isn’t exactly the prettiest crib out there. But it is solid and functional. The Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib and Dresser Set also enjoyed great reviews. And except for the fact that it is so expensive, most agree that it’s a great set well worth the price.

Our Favorite Baby Crib

Our best baby crib is undoubtedly the Dream on Me Classic 3-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib. Remember what we said, you do not need to go for the priciest crib out there. This crib is solid, comfy, stable, costs less than $100 and will remain sturdy even after being passed down. It’s like an heirloom!

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