Top 5 Baby Cribs For the Growing Child
Find a crib you can use as your child develops
With all the choices on the market today, shopping for a baby crib is both exciting and overwhelming. Parents and loved ones interested in purchasing a baby crib will want to consider safety, design, and overall value. Many of the baby cribs on the market today are convertible, meaning they convert from crib to daybed or even toddler bed, as the child grows. Some additional options include baby crib mattresses, conversion kits, and baby crib sets.
Below, we’ve got a list of the top five baby cribs on the market. They have been compiled based on a combination of factors, including the percentage of positive consumer reviews, range of styles, and a variety of options for an affordable price.
Dream On Me Aden 4 in 1 Convertible Mini Crib
This crib is a great option for a smaller space.
The Dream On Me Aden 4 in 1 Convertible Mini Crib is a great option for a smaller space. It is comprised of New Zealand pine wood with multiple color choices. The product has been tested for lead and other toxic chemicals, meeting ASTM (American Association of Testing and Materials) safety standards. It converts from crib to mini daybed to twin-sized bed with or without a footboard. The crib is designed with a minimalist style, appropriate for the smaller frame.
This crib is equipped with a four-position adjustable height and mattress is sold separately. The company offers a matching changing table and dresser in order to complete the nursery. Tools for assembly are provided with a purchase, however, in order to convert to a twin bed, a ‘Hollywood bed frame’ must be purchased.
- Great for small spaces
- Affordable price (starting at about $100)
- Separate bed frame to convert to twin bed
- Due to smaller size, children may outgrow quicker and may not be able to utilize other products (e.g baby crib hammock)
Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib by Storkcraft
Starting at about $150, this standard size crib comes in a variety of colors with several additional options including a changing table, drawers, and pad or with a mattress bundle package. It is comprised of non-toxic material and New Zealand pine. The crib is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association) certified and meets ASTM and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety standards. The Benton features a 3 position mattress adjustment and is designed to convert from crib to daybed to toddler bed. The conversion kit is sold separately. Toddler bed and full bed guard rails are not included.
- Multiple add on options
- Surpasses safety guidelines
- Add on options can bring the price $300 and up
- A conversion kit is another $100, plus mattress
Da Vinci Kalani 4 In 1 Convertible Crib
Known for its curvy lines, the Da Vinci Kalani is another top-rated baby crib. This crib was issued the Greenguard Gold Certificate, meaning that it was tested for over 10,000 chemicals. Conversions of the Kalani include crib, day bed, toddler bed, and full-size bed. The standard size crib mattress, toddler bed conversion kit, and full-size conversion kit are sold separately. The company offers baby crib sets which include the options of 3 or 6 drawer dressers, changing table, or a mini crib version.
- Eco-friendly and hypoallergenic
- Weight Capacity: Toddler bed up to 50 pounds, full-sized bed up to 500 pounds
- Mattress and Conversion kits are sold separately
- Some reviews noted difficulty with assembly
Sorelle Berkley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer
With its sturdy pine wood and arched headboard, the Sorelle Berkley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer comes in espresso, gray, or white finish. The 4-in-1 conversion is from baby crib to toddler to daybed to full-size bed. Starting at about $200, this is the only crib on the list which included a crib and changer combination. The changer includes two drawers and one open shelf for storage along with a waterproof changing pad. It can be used as a stand-alone unit. Mattress and conversion kit sold separately.
- Includes storage options and changing table
- No tools required for assembly
- Limited color choices
- Slightly more expensive listed for $300 on most websites
Parents and loved ones interested in purchasing a baby crib will want to consider safety, design, and overall value.
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
With its modern design and unique color choices, the Babyletto Hudson 3 in 1 baby crib is another top-rated crib. The crib features colors including a whitewash treatment or the two-toned espresso or gray frame with white spindles. The Hudson converts to daybed to toddler bed and is the only crib on this list which includes the conversion kit. It comes equipped with 4 adjustable mattress positions designed to accommodate babies from newborn to the time they are standing.
Like the Graco, the Babyletto is Greenguard Gold Certified and finished with non-toxic paint using a multi-step painting and staining process. Baby crib sets include 3 or 6 drawer dressers, crib mattress with hybrid waterproof cover, and a swivel glider with ottoman. They also carry bookcases and nightstands to complete the room.
- Modern design with unique color choices
- Includes toddler bed conversion kit
- Prices start over $350
- Does not convert to a full-size bed
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