Probably the most important pre-purchase decision to make about your crib is whether it will be adapted to future uses or be passed on to a younger sibling as your family grows. If the first option seems more likely to you, then we recommend buying a convertible crib.
Convertible Cribs Come in Three Basic Styles:
The obvious advantage of the convertible style is that as your baby grows, the crib will remain useful for years to come. Your initial expense will be a bit higher because of the added cost of a conversion kit and other components, but a convertible crib is an excellent long-term value that will reduce your future furniture expenses.
- DaVinci, whose Kalani, Emily, and Jayden collections support four different mattress heights (the DaVinci Parker also includes an under-bed storage drawer)
- Bonavita, which pioneered the 4-in-1 crib design, and whose Lifestyle and Classic cribs have received the Consumers Digest Best Buy award
- Dream on Me, whose 4-in-1 cribs offer a unique push-button electronic height adjustment feature (electrical outlet required), a lifesaver for sore backs
The product page for each crib specifies which elements are included. If an additional conversion rail kit is needed to convert to a full bed, it should be featured on the same page as the crib (check the accessories featured toward the bottom of the page).
If you'd prefer your toddler's first "big kid bed" to be a brand new grownup bed, then a 3-in-1 conversion crib would be a good bed for getting him/her to that point. These cribs convert to toddler beds, most of which use the same mattress size as a crib. When your toddler's outgrown the 3-in-1, you could convert it permanently to a kid's day bed (or pass it on to little sister or brother).
Our 2-in-1 convertible cribs from brands such as DaVinci, Child Craft, and Nursery Smart convert to twin beds. They're smaller than 4-in-1 cribs (the dimensions are listed on each crib's page), and thus might be a better choice for smaller nurseries. To get more immediate double duty from your 2-in-1, check out Dream on Me's cribs, which convert to playpens instead of beds.
Crib and Changer Combos
Our baby crib and changer combos not only provide 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 conversion in most cases, but they also offer the compact convenience of a changer incorporated directly into the crib design. These wonderfully space-efficient combos are enhanced with multiple sliding drawers and open shelves for easy access to nappies, wipes, and more.
Portable cribs offer small dimensions, lightweight frames that fold down easily for storage, and locking caster wheels. They're ideal for travel or multi-use rooms, or for moms and dads who want to keep an eye on baby while working throughout the house. Folding cribs are also a good buy for grandparents who want to be prepared for surprise visits from grandbaby and family.
Our Highlighted Brands Include:
- Simmons, whose Evacuation series features extra-large locking casters
- Dream on Me, whose pink and blue canopy portable cribs are darling designs that give baby a comfy home away from home
- Foundations is a top-rated brand for both homes and child care centers, with design features that include steel support frames and no-pinch hinged side rails
Style and Safety Points to Look for
- Most of our wood baby cribs are made from pine and birch, but Whitney Brothers standard cribs feature maple hardwood construction and mirrored "clear view" designs for exceptional safety
- Dream on Me's round cribs feature adorable canopies, and let you keep an eye on baby from any angle
- Nurseryworks designer baby cribs offer stunning designs for modern interiors
- All cribs meet or exceed certified safety standards