From Budget to Splurge: The 17 Best Cribs

Katie Kavulla
July 16, 2015

Whether you're looking to blow your budget or keep it tight, these are the best cribs for every price range.

A crib for your baby is certainly one of the most important purchases you'll make. But how do you know which cribs are the best cribs? "Our team is big on cribs that convert to toddler beds," suggests Monica Banks, founder of Gugu Guru, a personalized baby registry website for expectant and new moms. "They're a very practical option that grows with your baby."

If you're considering buying a used crib, make sure you keep your baby's safety at the forefront of your mind when you shop. "Be sure to check for any minor imperfections," says Tiffany Irene, owner of Julius's Closet. "It's easy to see major issues, but we rarely investigate for minor holes or screws missing. These little things could turn into major hazards." Here are some of the best cribs to choose from, no matter what your budget is.

Cribs to Splurge On (Over $500)
 

  1. Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Macelle Crib
    With its soft gray finish and gorgeous padded linen sides, the Macelle Crib is the perfect place to start if you're looking for a crib to splurge on.
     
  2. Pottery Barn Kids Jordan Crib
    The look of the Jordan Crib, which mixes dark weathered wood with fresh white contrasts, is hot right now for nursery decor, making it a top contender for the best cribs.
     
  3. Land of Nod Carousel Crib
    Cribs in nontraditional colors are growing in popularity. The Carousel Crib combines this with a simple, modern silhouette to make it a popular choice.
     
  4. Stokke Sleepi Crib
    Not only is the unusual shape of the Stokke Sleepi Crib cool, but parents will love that it expands as your child grows, converting into an oval-shaped toddler bed.
     
  5. babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
    Look closely and you'll notice that the rails on this Harlow Covertible Crib are actually acrylic.
     
  6. Project Nursery Shop Beverly Crib
    You can customize your own Beverly Crib, choosing from dozens of colors and finishes for both the crib and its accents, including some fun metallic options.


Mid-Range Cribs ($200 to $500)
 

  1. AFG Kimberly Convertible Crib
    You'll see the AFG Kimberly has some helpful accessories attached: a changing table and small dresser.
     
  2. Zutano Tivoli Convertible Crib by Storkcraft
    If you're looking for a crib that is modern and bright, this new collection from favorite baby clothing brand Zutano is a hit.
     
  3. Fisher-Price Riley Island 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
    The Riley Island from Fisher-Price is another crib in a bright, fun color that will easily be the centerpiece of your baby's nursery.
     
  4. Oslo Crib
    The Oslo Crib has sleek, modern lines and a full-size drawer underneath the mattress for extra storage.
     
  5. Foundations Full-Size HideAway Folding Fixed-Side Crib
    If you need a crib that can be tucked away in your closet for when guests visit, the Foundations HideAway is up for the job.


Budget-Friendly Cribs (Under $200)
 

  1. Ikea Stuva Crib with Drawers
    The Stuva Crib is one of the best cribs in this price range. It has a bright pop of color and storage drawers underneath for toys or diapers.
     
  2. DaVinci Kalani Mini Crib
    If you're short on space or looking for a crib for the grandparents' house, consider a mini version like the DaVinci Kalani.
     
  3. Delta Children Convertible 4-in-1 Princeton Crib
    Delta Children's 4-in-1 Crib will last your little one a long time, as it converts into a toddler bed and a full-size bed as she grows.
     
  4. DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
    There's nothing more classic than a traditional DaVinci Jenny Lind-style crib. This product is available in more than one color.
     
  5. Union 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
    If you want a crib in a fun color but without the crazy price, the Union 4-in-1 in a sunny yellow may be perfect.
     
  6. Child Craft Parisian 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
    The shape of this crib is unique, giving a contemporary twist to the otherwise traditional Child Craft Parisian Crib .


Katie Kavulla is a mom of three who lives in the Seattle area. Even though her youngest has been out of a crib for a few years now, she still has it tucked away ... just because she can't seem to let go of it!

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