#childsafety | Best Cribs 2022


The best cribs are not only the safest options for your baby’s sleep, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, but also the main component for building good sleep hygiene. As certified pediatric sleep consultant, Kelly Murray put it, “Sleep is important for a baby’s cognitive development, emotional regulation, immunity and even physical growth.” And if that baby’s caretakers aren’t getting enough sleep, it takes a toll on everyone’s physical and mental health.

There’s only one catch when choosing a crib: there are a lot of options, so it’s important to determine your needs as a family in terms of size, style and features. “The best crib is the crib that works for you and your family,” notes Cassie Shortsleeve, a mom of two, perinatal health coach, founder of Dear Sunday Motherhood and co-founder of The Chamber of Mothers. “It creates a safe sleeping space for your child and meets their needs, as well as yours as a family. It also hopefully, makes your life a little easier.”

With all of this in mind, we spoke with parents, gathered expert advice and leaned into our own parental know-how to identify the best cribs that you’ll find below. After perusing this article, you may want to check out additional newborn essentials, including the best crib mattresses, crib sheets, swaddles and baby monitors.


Best Crib Overall

A Versatile, Well-Constructed Sleep Space For Baby

MOST POPULAR

Materials: New Zealand pine wood | Dimensions: 53.8 x 29.8 x 35 inches | Convertible: Yes

A classic look and timeless craftsmanship are two hallmarks of this modern, ultra-popular crib. “The Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 is one of my favorite cribs, because it’s good looking, it grows with your baby and you get more bang for your buck,” says Murray. “The materials are all sustainable and it’s Greenguard Gold certified to ensure your little one is safe from harmful chemicals. It’s got a low profile and three different height settings for the mattress to adjust up and down.”

In addition to being a beautiful, safe and adaptable option for your child’s room, the Babyletto is also beloved because a conversion kit is included. This allows families to transition from a full-size crib to a toddler bed to a day bed as their child grows. It comes in eight stunning neutrals, perfect for maintaining a Zen-like ambiance in your nursery. As a plus, parent reviewers say one of the most gratifying features is how easy it is to put together, which is a rarity when it comes to assembling pretty much anything baby-related.

Pros:

  • Transitions from standard crib to a toddler bed to day bed
  • Easy assembly
  • Greenguard Gold–certified

Cons:

  • Convertible crib might be unnecessary for your family
  • Reviewers found customer service lackluster

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Best Convertible Crib

Converts From A Bassinet To Toddler Bed

Materials: Brazilian pine, steel and eco-engineered wood | Dimensions: 31 x 30.25 x 22 inches (mini); 36 x 54 x 30.25 inches (full) | Convertible: Yes

It’s easy to see why the Nestig Cloud crib is a cheery addition to any nursery, but the real charm of the crib is in its functionality. While many convertible cribs change from a full crib to toddler bed, the Nestig stands out because it can also be used as a mini crib (with wheels) for infants, then a full-size crib with three adjustable heights and finally, it converts into a toddler bed. One Forbes editor who is a new mom to a 6-month-old raved about her Nestig to us. “While I was pregnant, I went back and forth on whether to buy a bassinet or skip that step given that babies seem to outgrow bassinets quickly, explains Sholeen Damarwala, a home and shopping editor with Forbes Vetted. “After much contemplation, I decided on Nestig’s convertible crib…I used the mini size for almost three months, and we’ve already dropped the crib height nearly to the floor, because my tall baby is standing at 6-months-old.” Damarwala notes that while the crib may seem expensive in upfront costs, she believes the thoughtful conversion options “ended up saving me a lot of money.”

Another differentiating factor of the Nestig is that it includes both a conversion kit and the mini crib mattress; you do need to purchase the crib mattress separately. It also comes with an 18-year limited warranty and is handmade to order with non-toxic materials. Another parent I spoke to did say that the crib’s lower profile was a little harder on her back than expected given her height at 5-foot-9.

Pros:

  • Offers 3-in-1 convertible ways to grow with your baby
  • Mini mattress and conversion kits are included
  • 18-year limited warranty

Cons:

  • Can be uncomfortable for taller parents

Best Mini Crib

A Petite, Cozy And Convenient Bed For Baby

Materials: Solid pine wood and MDF | Dimensions: 25.5 x 39 x 34 inches | Convertible: No

One downside of a bassinet is how quickly babies grow out of it. The Babyletto mini crib, however, offers more longevity for growing babies, and its small, streamlined size makes it ideal for tight spaces or for secondary locations like Grandma’s house. Its lightweight-yet-sturdy frame folds for easy storage and wheels lock in place or release for movement from room to room. It includes two adjustable height settings, comes in five nursery-perfect colors and is Greenguard Gold certified. This crib comes with a one-inch pad, but we recommend purchasing a separate mini crib mattress for this model to keep your baby comfortable.

Our parenting gear editor borrowed this crib from a friend for several months when her oldest decided she didn’t want to vacate the full-size crib for her incoming younger sibling. “It fit beautifully into our closet-size Brooklyn apartment’s nursery nook,” says Rose Gordon Sala, baby and kid gear editor, Forbes Vetted. “I appreciated the clean lines, as well as the wheels and folding option, which made it a breeze to move and maneuver in the apartment. It also felt really sturdy and my big baby slept comfortable in it for a long time. I didn’t want to return it.”

Pros:

  • Foldable and easy to move around your home
  • Incredibly compact and versatile

Cons:

  • Included mattress is sub-par
  • Doesn’t grow with a baby the way a convertible crib does

Best Value Crib

A Wallet-Friendly Crib That Checks The Important Boxes

Materials: Pine Wood | Dimensions: 54 x 29.5 x 34 inches | Convertible: Yes

It seems the moment the word “baby” enters the equation, things get expensive really fast. According to more than 1,600 ratings and an overall 4.8 out of 5 star rating, this Delta crib is a beautiful and budget-friendly nursery option. One reviewer wrote, “Easy to assemble, looks great, fits a standard baby mattress (I have a newton). No complaints! Great deal for the price!” It’s made of solid pine and the mattress can be adjusted to three heights as your baby grows. It can also convert to a toddler bed, day bed or couch as your child gets older. The downside is that it is only available in white and the conversion kit to make it a toddler bed is sold separately ($60).

Pros:

  • Superb value 
  • Converts to a toddler bed or day bed

Cons:

  • Conversion kit sold separately
  • Some reviewers complain of an initial smell

Best Travel Crib

Smart Details Ensure Your Baby Sleep Well Away From Home

Materials: Polyester fabric, plastic frame | Safety certifications: Greenguard Gold certified | Dimensions: 45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches

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Traveling with a baby can cause all kinds of disruptions to their routine—especially when it comes to sleep. The Guava Lotus combines good design, simplicity and versatility into a travel crib that can lighten your load. It packs into a compact backpack that only weighs 13 pounds (less than some babies). The popular travel crib is easy to set up, has a sturdy frame with strong hinges to handle toddler strength and rests on the ground, so there’s no weight limit.

“It’s seamless to set up and break down,” says Alex Tenney, mom to a 1-year-old girl. “I particularly love that it’s basically one-touch to collapse and also really lightweight. Our baby prefers it to her normal crib.” It also has mesh sides to ensure your baby breathes easy, a side opening for helping baby to sleep and soft and cushy side rails for baby and parent comfort alike. It’s our favorite travel crib and one of our favorite pack and plays.

Pros:

  • Lightweight; can wear as a backpack
  • Easy to set up and break down
  • Mattress is cushiony foam
  • No weight limit

Cons:

  • Mattress rests on floor
  • Can be difficult to put back in the travel bag

Best Crib With Storage

A Good-Looking Combo Crib With Extra Space To Stash Supplies

Materials: Pine wood and composite | Dimensions: 35.9 x 71.8 x 29.5 inches | Convertible: Yes

No matter how spacious your home is, it’s easy to feel like there’s baby stuff everywhere. That’s why we love a crib that offers additional organizational support. The Graco Remi has one large lower drawer with a center divider, three smaller enclosed drawers and two open shelves, so you can keep extra onesies, diapers, wipes and more at the ready. Its attached changing table makes changes incredibly convenient (especially in the middle of the night), and it comes with a water-resistant changing pad with a safety strap. Talk about a space saver. 

But this crib’s all-in-one functionality extends far past its convenience and storage capabilities: It also converts from a full-size crib to toddler bed to day bed to full-size bed so you’ll get years of use out of it. The universally appealing design comes in four classic shades, so you have a couple of options in terms of look. It’s also Greenguard Gold certified and JPMA certified.

Pros:

  • Combines essential nursery furniture in one unit  
  • Converts to toddler bed, day bed and full-size bed 

Cons:

  • Conversion kits sold separately
  • Easy to outgrow the changing table

Best Smart Crib

Soothe Baby To Better Sleep With This Tech-y Bassinet

Materials: Organic cotton, nylon and polyester mesh | Safety certifications: | Dimensions: 19 x 35.5 x 30.5 inches

It may seem a little crazy to splurge on a bassinet that babies only use for a few months—but there’s a scientifically-backed reason the Snoo is so popular. Designed by famed pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp (author of Happiest Baby on the Block), it plays white noise and gently rocks to soothe tired, cranky babies. If your child starts to fuss, it automatically responds with motion and white noise. In addition to acting kind of like a night nurse, the Snoo mobile app offers sleep insights, a daily sleep report and age-appropriate tips. It’s also GOTS certified cotton and JPMA certified.

If the high price tag is off-putting, you can also choose to directly rent the Snoo for $159 a month. Murray cautions against letting your baby become too dependent on the rocking feature, and you will eventually need to transition from it when you stop renting or upsize your crib. The Snoo app’s weaning feature helps you to prep your baby for a traditional crib. See more of our favorite bassinets for room-sharing with your newborn.

Pros:

  • Helps establish good sleep hygiene
  • Provides real-time data and tips
  • Soothes your child for longer sleep

Cons:

  • It doesn’t work for everyone
  • Expensive

Best Crib for Twins

Quality, Well-Priced & Slim Enough To Fit Two Into Your Nursery

Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Convertible Crib

Materials: Poplar wood | Dimensions: 57 x 32 x 44 inches | Convertible: Yes

The Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Crib is narrow enough that two cribs in one shared space won’t feel as cramped as it might with some wider options, making it ideal for twins. Mom Natasha Hanasab says her Pottery Barn Kids cribs work wonderfully for her twins. They can reach each other through the slats as they fall asleep (how cute is that?), but thanks to the higher head and foot handrails they can’t climb into one another’s cribs. The Kendall crib can convert into a toddler bed with an add-on conversion kit ($698 with the crib), is sustainably made and comes in four neutral colors of varying prices. It includes three height adjustments, is Greenguard Gold certified and matches perfectly with the rest of the PBK Kendall furniture set, taking the stress out of outfitting your nursery and allowing you to focus on the things you’ll need once your twins arrive, like lots of baby clothes and a diaper bag.

Pros:

  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Convertible to toddler bed
  • Slats and raised sides to allow for safe twin bonding

Cons:

  • Conversion kit is not included
  • Pricey if purchasing two

Best Luxury Crib

A Design Darling That Belongs In ‘Architectural Digest’

Materials: European Ash Wood | Dimensions: 54.4 x 30 x 34 inches | Convertible: Yes

The Kalon Studios Caravan Crib is sustainably made and beautifully crafted. While it’s certainly a splurge, starting at $1,495, soon to be mom to two Katie Tucciarone says the allure of the crib is its “simple, classic and incredible quality.” In short, the handmade European craftsmanship, oiled ash finish and contemporary design come together to create an heirloom-worthy crib. The crib includes two height adjustments. Convert it into a rail-free platform style toddler bed and your youngster grows or nab a conversion kit (also pricey at $795) to turn it into a day bed. In addition to the design and non-toxic and food safe material used by Kalon, Tucciarone says she appreciates the “sourcing transparency” provided by the brand. All in all, the soon to be mom of two (who’s purchased several different brands of cribs) calls it her “all-time favorite.” 

Pros:

  • Sustainably and ethically made
  • Converts to a toddler bed, platform/day bed and couch
  • White Glove delivery and assembly available

Cons:

  • Extra pricey
  • Conversion kit is $795

Best Crib With Greenguard Rating

Crafted With Sustainability And Safety In Mind

Materials: Birch and Baltic birch plywood | Dimensions: 54 x 30 x 36 inches | Convertible: Yes

For a sustainably crafted and packaged crib that’s classic in style and will last, the Oeuf Sparrow Crib is worth a look. Made from solid birch and Baltic birch plywood in a spare, minimalist style, the Sparrow is suitable for most nursery styles. The real wow factor isn’t aesthetic, it’s the attention to sustainability and non-toxic materials. The Sparrow Crib was tested for harmful phthalates or added formaldehyde. It’s also low VOC, uses water-based paints and is UL Greenguard Gold certified, meaning it’s been “evaluated to meet stringent chemical emissions limits,” per UL Solutions. (A note on safety and purchasing cribs secondhand, however. The Oeuf Sparrow underwent a safety recall in 2014, nearly a decade ago, but nonetheless, it’s worth checking the date on that crib you’re purchasing.)

Tucciarone, who purchased this crib for her second child, called it a “refined [and] beautifully made crib,” adding that the aspects of “safety and quality appear top notch, too.” It’s worth noting that the crib is also simple to assemble, raises or lowers to three different heights and converts to a toddler bed (with the purchase of a $275 conversion kit). Rose Gordon Sala, our parenting editor, also vouches for Oeuf’s durability as her Robin model went through three kids over a decade with barely a scratch.

Pros:

  • Incredible quality
  • Convertible
  • Sustainability is a major component in crib’s creation

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Conversion kit is not included

How We Chose The Best Cribs

Lots of careful consideration goes into our choices for any best item you see on Forbes Vetted. In this piece specifically, we interviewed two experts to help parents determine key factors that should go into their crib selection. We also spoke with real parents and used personal experience as parents to create a list of cribs to work well for all types of families. Additionally, we pored over online reviews and considered quality, price and utility. We also endeavor to update this list regularly to ensure our selections are in stock and still the best option for parents and their babies. This article was last updated in early November 2022.

Forbes also has rich experience reviewing, reporting on and testing baby and kids gear, including furniture, bedding and nursery essentials. You might want to take a look at some of these, including the best gliders, diaper pails, white noise machines, nursery rugs and night lights.


What Should I Look For When Choosing A Crib?

From size to convertibility to safety certifications, there’s a lot to think about when choosing the best crib for your family. Consider the following factors to help you decide.

Size

Cribs are available in several different sizes, from convenient minis to larger convertible models. Think about what works for your home. “Consider the size of your space and whether you’ll be room-sharing with your new baby,” says Murray. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby sleeps in the room with you for the first six months, and Murray advises that “some parents may use a bassinet at first and then move their infant to a full-size crib in a different room, or they may use a mini version that can roll between rooms.”

Convertibility

Some cribs can convert into toddler beds (others also morph into twin-size beds) to use past the first few years of a child’s life. This can be more convenient and cost-effective for parents who don’t want to pick out another piece of furniture once their child is ready to move out of the crib.

If you want a convertible crib, check whether the model you choose comes with conversion parts or if you need to purchase a conversion kit separately. If the kit is separate, it’s a good idea to pick it up when you buy your crib (instead of waiting until you need it) in case your crib model is discontinued, which does happen as one of our editors can attest.

Safety Certifications

Safety is the most important factor to consider when choosing a crib. All cribs sold in the United States must be compliant with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations that focus on the crib’s structural safety. It’s important to remember to fill out that little registration card that you receive with any baby product, including your crib, too. If a recall happens, you’ll hear about it sooner if you register your item. You can also check the CSPC recall database periodically.

Other seals to look for include the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) certification, which means the crib has met the highest safety requirements as determined by a third party. When it comes to materials, a crib that’s Greenguard Gold certified has been tested to possess negligibly low amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning there is a low risk of pollution and chemical exposure.

Other Features

Consider other features that might make your life a little easier. Some cribs offer built-in drawers for storage, which is great for organization but can make them bulkier and less portable. Some smaller cribs are on wheels so they’re easier to move around the house, making it a breeze to get your sleeping baby from one room to the next. Built-in changing tables simplify middle-of-the-night changes and foldable cribs can be a great way to save on storage space.


Do I Really Need A Crib?

Simply put: Yes. Even if you intend to co-sleep, a crib is essential in creating a safe sleep environment for your baby. When choosing a crib, consider whether your child will be sleeping in their own room or in your bedroom. Will your child have a dedicated sleep space, or will the crib need to be moved on occasion? Because a crib is often an investment piece, also factor in if you intend to have more children or if you’d like the crib to convert into a toddler bed and eventually a twin- or day-bed.

Which Crib Is Best For Newborn?

Cribs are regulated and safe for newborn use from day one, but it’s important to remember that there should not be anything in the crib other than the mattress and fitted sheet. Until your baby can roll over, they may enjoy a swaddle. Some parents opt for sleep sacks until their child is old enough for a pillow and blanket.

You may also prefer to opt for a bassinet before you move your baby to a full-size crib. A bassinet is best suited for newborns and infants up to 6 months old but sometimes for less time. Typically, they’re used for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months, depending on the size and activity level of your child. A crib, however, can be used from day one of baby’s life up until they’re ready to transition to a toddler bed and later a twin mattress and maybe even a bunk bed.

For some, the transition from the crib happens around 18 months, but most parents try to keep their little ones in a crib until they have the emotional maturity to understand when it’s playtime and when it’s time to sleep, so closer to 3 years old. That said, a bassinet is more of a temporary sleep solution and often easier to have in a caretaker’s room, while a crib is essential for much longer. It really depends on each family’s specific needs.

Which Crib Brand Is Best?

We selected the Babyletto Hudson as the best crib overall for a number of reasons, including its clean lines, convertible options and midrange price point. However, you may prefer another crib for another reason, such as the best travel crib to tote along on your next trip; the best mini crib to tuck into your bedroom, apartment nursery or at the grandparents’ house; or the incredibly flexible Nestig Cloud Crib for its many conversions.





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