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11+ Best Cribs Of 2024

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Behind every well-rested parent is, yes, a baby who sleeps through the night— but it’s also peace of mind knowing your little one is safe. After all, you can only stare at that grainy video monitor for so long— Mama needs sleep, too! Fortunately, the best baby cribs not only look good in your nursery (along with your new baby humidifier and fancy burp cloths) they also meet and even exceed the necessary safety standards, so you can finally get some shuteye (at least until that 3 a.m. wakeup call when you’re on feeding duty again). 

From the coveted Snoo smart crib to the beloved Babyletto, we’ve rounded up the best baby cribs according to real moms. There’s something for every need and every budget, whether you want a convertible crib that will last for years or whether you want to splurge on a luxury crib (because baby deserves the best, duh). Check out our 11+ best baby cribs list below.

What is the Best Brand of Baby Cribs?

Snoo, Graco, Baby Bjorn— there are so many crib brands out there. As for which one is the best, that comes down to personal preference. Some parents swear by Cradlewise while others love Delta Children, for example. It’s all based on the features, quality, and price you’re looking for.

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What is the Safest Crib for a Baby?

When it comes to safe sleep for babies, there’s no blanket recommendation—pun intended—for the safest crib. It’s more about what’s inside the crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises you use a “firm, flat mattress and a fitted sheet” in the crib (check out our list of the best crib mattresses) with no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals in the space to reduce the risk of suffocation or SIDS.

What is the Best Baby Bed for a Newborn?

The best baby bed depends on you and, more importantly, your newborn. You may start your little one out in a bassinet in your room or you might go right to the crib in the nursery. Regardless of the type of bed, you’ll want to consider factors like material, durability, size, convertibility, and safety features.

How Much do Good Baby Cribs Cost?

Good news: You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality baby crib. In fact, you don’t even have to spend hundreds. You can find plenty of great cribs for under $200 at retailers like Amazon, Target, or Wayfair.

When Do You Need a Baby Crib?

When you decide to put your baby in a crib is up to you and your partner. However, the AAP recommends that babies sleep in the same room (but not the same bed!) as their parents for at least the first six months. If you choose to follow those guidelines, you’ll likely use a bassinet until your little one is six months of age or older, at which point you’ll transition them to a crib.

Types of Cribs

There are five main types of cribs, each with its own pros and cons. You may want just one or you may want multiple, depending on what you plan to use it for. 

  • Traditional crib: A classic full-size crib that’s non-convertible with four sides.
  • Mini crib: Smaller than a traditional crib but larger than a bassinet. This is ideal for small nurseries or for a home with limited space, like an apartment.
  • Convertible crib: This crib can transition into a toddler bed, daybed, or even a full-size bed. You’ll see many convertible cribs labeled as 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 beds.
  • Portable crib: A crib with wheels that you can roll from room to room or move around the nursery.
  • Travel crib: A portable and packable option for vacations or overnight stays at Grandma’s. These are often lightweight and foldable so you can take them on the go.

How to Choose a Crib

Trying to pick out the best crib can feel almost as complicated and as overwhelming as picking out a new car. So many styles! So many features! So many safety considerations! There isn’t a one-size-fits-all best pick, either. Every baby—and every parent, for that matter—prefers something different. These are some of the most important factors to consider when shopping.

  • Price: How much are you willing to spend? While some cribs cost up to $2,000, you can also find plenty in the $100 to $200 price range (and everything in between), depending on your budget.
  • Type: What will you be using the crib for? Where will it go? For small nurseries, for instance, you may want a mini crib, but if you’re planning on taking your little one on frequent trips or vacations, you may need a travel crib.
  • Adjustability: Can the crib convert to a toddler bed? Does it have adjustable mattress heights? These are important questions to ask if you want a crib you can use as your child grows. 
  • Safety: How safe is the crib? What features does it have? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued updated safety standards for full-size baby cribs, like why drop-side cribs are a no-go and what to look for in supports and hardware. 
  • Materials: Do you want a wood crib or a metal crib? Is it Greenguard Gold Certified? Along with quality and craftsmanship, look for a crib made with non-toxic materials or one that’s tested for chemicals and volatile organic compounds.
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11+ Best Baby Cribs

1. Best Overall Crib: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Crib

Best Baby Crib

While it’s tough to dub one single crib the best of the best, the Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Crib is worthy of that honor. It has almost anything and everything you could want for your baby’s sleep space and comes in 10 pretty color combinations, from washed natural wood to deep espresso. As the name suggests, it converts from a crib into a toddler bed and daybed so you won’t have to replace it on your child’s first or even second birthday. It features a traditional and timeless silhouette and has four adjustable mattress heights. And for the eco-conscious shoppers, the Babyletto is made with sustainable pine wood and non-toxic materials free of VOCs.

2. Best Budget Crib: DaVinci Union 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Best Baby Crib

Whether you’re trying to save money on baby furniture or looking for a budget-friendly crib to put on your registry, you can find a handful of mom-approved options. At $139, the DaVinci Union 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is a budget-friendly pick that doesn’t skimp on quality. Available in six colors, it’s Greenguard Gold Certified and has a convertible design that makes it as appropriate for a nursery as it does for a big kid’s room. Many Amazon shoppers say they’ve used theirs for years and it’s held up surprisingly well. 

3. Best Modern Crib: Nurture& Emery Crib

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When you’re looking for baby furniture (ie a crib that looks good in your space and will do so for years to come), we love Nurture&. Their crib works seamlessly with their whole furniture suite, giving a modern, effortless feel to a nursery space. The Glider Plus is already a favorite amongst Bobbie moms, so we’re adding the grow-with-you crib, dresser and glider (as a furniture bundle) to cart!

4. Best Convertible Crib: DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

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5. Best Mini Crib: Babyletto Origami Folding Mini Crib on Wheels

Best Baby Crib

No space, no problem. A mini crib is narrower and shorter than a standard-size crib yet is still larger than a bassinet, making it a great option for a smaller nursery. This one from Babyletto has a foldable frame for easy storage, lockable wheels so you can move it wherever you’d like, and two adjustable mattress heights. It’s available in eight colors, including trendy hues like sage green and blush pink.

6. Best Travel Crib: Newton Travel Crib & Play Yard

When you’re planning an overnight trip with your baby, you’ll need the best travel crib, a.k.a. Newton’s Travel Crib & Play Yard. Super light-weight with a built-in base, it’s easy to set up, easy to take down, and, most importantly, easy to tote around thanks to its compact-when-folded design. It has mesh walls that let baby see out (and Mom see in) and has a long lifespan since you can start with an optional zip-in bassinet for the first months then grow with it, due to its very large surface area. “Newton Travel Crib was really helpful for us—and easy for grandparents to assemble!” Bobbie mom Angie raves.

7. Best Smart Crib: Cradlewise All-in-One Crib, Bassinet and Monitor

Best Baby Crib

Meet the smart crib that automatically senses your baby’s movements and starts gently bouncing to soothe them (and stops once they’re asleep). It also has a built-in video and audio baby monitor and sleep-tracking app. As a first-time mom, I’ve loved using the Cradlewise for our daughter’s naps—it rocks her to sleep if she wakes up early which allows Mom to get things done around the house (or, you know, actually get a bathroom break).

8. Best Luxury Crib: Snoo Smart Sleeper Bassinet

Best Baby Crib

No list of best baby cribs would truly be complete without the Snoo. Beloved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Beyonce, and Serena Williams, it’s the Bentley of baby cribs. Sure, it’s expensive, but those who own it swear by it. The smart crib responds to your baby’s specific movements and sounds with its own movements and sounds. It can rock and bounce and play white noise to calm down your little one depending on whether they’re just shifting positions in their sleep or starting to cry. Not only is the Snoo highly intelligent—and does a lot of the getting-baby-back-to-sleep work for you—it also looks beautiful with its rounded shape, bohemian beechwood base, and organic mesh sides.

9. Best Traditional Modern Crib: Stokke Sleepi Bed

Best Baby Crib

There’s something about a round crib that just hits different. Modern yet classic, it’s a stylish statement piece for your nursery. The Stokke Sleepi is one of the best-known round cribs, and for good reason. Made from sustainable beech wood, it has four adjustable height levels so you can use it from newborn to five years old. It even has removable rails to convert into a toddler bed and lockable wheels so you can easily move it from your room to the nursery if you want to keep baby close (or not that close).

10. Best Crib with Storage: Graco Remi 4-in-1 Convertible Crib & Changer with Drawers

Best Baby Crib

We love furniture that can serve multiple purposes, like this Graco crib that features an attached changing table with enclosed drawers to stash diapers, pajamas, or any of the millions of other things you panic bought on Amazon for your baby. There’s even an additional drawer underneath for all the storage space. Not only that but it can convert into a toddler bed, a daybed, and a full-size bed as your little one grows up.

11. Best Co-Sleeper: Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

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Sally on the Bobbie team loves this co-sleeper for new little one. Reason 1? The size— it’s smaller than other side sleepers so you can more easily roll it around the house to different locations as a freestanding bassinet. Fits beside the bed even in small rooms. It also has side mesh making it easy to check on baby. It comes with a fitted sheet, is easy to assemble and also has excellent storage under the bassinet for blankets or other baby things that you want close by. 

12. Best Crib Canopy: SlumberPod Portable Sleep Nook with Fan

A favorite crib add-on amongst most parents, even The Formula Mom counts this as one of her must-have baby items. This will ensure your little one gets dark, quiet sleep, whether they’re home, in a hotel or at nana’s. PS: Use code THEFORMULAMOM$20 for $20 off of your purchase.

Choosing a Baby Crib

Choosing a crib is a big decision. It’s the place where your baby is going to spend a lot of their time during their first few years, so you’ll want one that lasts (especially if you plan to have multiple children). Fortunately, there are so many great options to creating your safe sleep environment that you shouldn’t have trouble finding the perfect one for you and your family. The only better feeling than finally getting your dream crib all set up in your nursery? Actually getting your baby to sleep in it. Godspeed.

The content on this site is for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Discuss any health or feeding concerns with your infant's pediatrician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay it based on the content on this page.
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The content on this site is for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Discuss any health or feeding concerns with your infant’s pediatrician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay it based on the content on this page.

Producer Jenny Altman

Jenny is the head of content at Milk Drunk and a writer for all of her favorite wellness and mom sites including Well+Good, Peanut, Motherly and Scary Mommy. Mom to Luisa, she can be found talking bras and beauty with the moms at school and on instagram.