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9 Best Baby Cribs for Your Little One

The right crib means more snoozing for everyone.

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A baby crib is a major investment and commitment —it’s a space where your child will hopefully spend years of restful bliss inside of. And considering your baby will spend approximately half of its day inside the crib, or likely more, we know how important it is to make the right choice.

The Good Housekeeping Institute evaluated dozens of cribs for ease of installation, ease of adjusting mattress height, portability, construction quality and more. We also surveyed our consumer panel to see which cribs our testers liked over the years. You don't have to sacrifice style or safety when it comes to these best cribs, hand-picked by the Good Housekeeping Institute for your baby's nursery, including mini cribs, convertible cribs, bassinets, travel cribs, and portable options that fit every budget and space:

Best Overall Crib: Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Best Value Crib: Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Best Basic Bassinet: Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
Best Smart Crib: Happiest Baby SNOO Smart Sleeper
Best Contemporary Crib Design: ED Ellen Degeneres Romero 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Best Crib with Storage: Carter's by Davinci Colby 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Best Mini Crib: Davinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib
Best Multi-Purpose Crib Set: UppaBaby Bassinet Stand
Best Travel Crib: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

Below, we’ve put together some top tips and product recommendations to make easy work of finding the best, safest, and most beautiful sleep option for your family:

What type of crib is best?

There are several different types of sleep options for your baby. The right one depends upon your and your baby's needs, sleep environment, and willingness to purchase additional products. Either way, a word of advice: Install the crib once it is inside the room you are planning on using it in. Many cribs won’t fit fully assembled through doorways.

A bassinet is a nice option when your child is first born because they are super portable and your baby may like the coziness of it. But you'll have to purchase a larger crib within a few short months as your child grows to be too large — the bassinet should definitely be swapped out before the child can sit up, which usually happens around 6 months old. Hopefully by this time your child has given up night feeding so it will be an easier time for mom or dad to transition as well!

A mini crib is larger than a bassinet, but still smaller than full-size cribs. These are a nice option if you live in a small space or plan to move the crib around a lot in the early days. Your child will outgrow this options far quicker than they will a full-size crib.

A convertible crib offers a great value and more versatility than the former two picks. As the name implies, these can convert from cribs into other more grown-up bed options. While it may seem crazy to think that your newborn will be out of a crib before you know it, babies can outgrow a standard crib before they are even two years old. To save money and the hassle of having to remove and replace with a bed, you can opt for a convertible crib from the get-go.

Some convertibles can switch just to a toddler bed, others may even turn into a full sized bed as well. Look and see if the converting kit is included or it’s sold separately, but regardless they often net out to being less expensive than buying multiple beds. We also recommend purchasing conversion kits when you buy the crib in case the crib is no longer sold.

What is the safest crib?

The safest crib is one that adheres to modern crib safety standards, is made with safe crib materials, and is properly child proofed.

Crib safety standards: Unlike cribs of the past, modern cribs must adhere to more rigorous federal safety standards (ASTM standards, F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards).

These standards take into account things like maximum distance between slats (no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart), crib side configuration, impact tests, and more. Parents can look for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association certification (JPMA), which means they’ve been tested by a third party for conformance to the safety guidelines. Remember to register your crib so you’ll be alerted if there is a recall.

Because of the ever-changing stringency on safety guidelines, when it comes to cribs, it’s best to avoid hand-me-downs. If you do opt for a used crib, check that the crib has not been recalled and do a safety check yourself. It’s important not to substitute the hardware on your child's crib: if you need to replace a piece of hardware you should only do so with products directly from the manufacturer.

Safe crib materials: Safety goes beyond just the durability of the materials included as parents also want to ensure the product is made of materials that are non-toxic for their children. Look for a crib that meets the GreenGuard Gold certification, which means that it has been vetted to ensure low chemical emissions.

Proper child-proofing: Once you’ve settled on the perfect crib for your nursery, keep in mind a bare bed is best for your child. That means no pillows, blankets, animals, or toys. Pair the crib with a firm mattress. There shouldn’t be any gaps larger than two fingers between the mattress and the crib sides.

Be sure you position the crib wisely in the room: there shouldn't be anything hanging on the crib that the baby can pull and potentially suffocate on, and the crib should be away from windows where there are cords.

What crib features are most important?

Adjustable mattress heights (at least three) are ideal. For parents, it’s easiest to keep the mattress at the highest level when your child is an infant so you don’t have to reach too far. As the baby grows (physically and developmentally!), you’ll have to lower it so the baby can’t easily climb out. When a child can pull up to a standing position, the mattress should be on the lowest height.

Convertible features: Convertible cribs are great if you want to maximize value and minimize additional purchases and assembly as your child grows. Built-in storage is a nice bonus. It's crazy how much stuff a little one can accumulate so quickly, and having extra places to stash extra diapers or crib sheets can be a major bonus!

Mobility: Consider if you're going to be moving your baby's crib a lot. Instead of opting for a travel crib, mini crib, or bassinet, you can opt for a design with casters, which allow for greater mobility of cribs. If you get a crib with wheels, make sure that they can lock into place for safety.

How much should I spend on a crib?

Cribs run the gamut on price, with materials, features, brand names and more coming into play. You can easily buy a safe crib for under $300, but cribs can go upwards of over a few thousand dollars.

Keep in mind you won't just be buying a crib: You have to factor in a crib mattress, which can be another $100-500 or so, a crib conversion crib if you opt for a convertible crib, plus the cost of assembly if you don’t plan on doing it alone (it's worth the splurge if you're not the most handy or don't have someone else readily available to help with the assembly).

How long can I use a crib?

Depending upon your child’s size, developmental skills, and preferences, you may move your child out of the crib before age two, or you could leave your child in to upwards of five years old. When the child can climb out of the crib or is over 35” tall (usually around 2-3 years old), a switch to a toddler or twin bed is usually in order. It's always smart to check the manufacturer's specifications for requirements around any weight maximums.

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Best Overall Crib
Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

The mid-century inspired Babyletto Hudson crib is Greenguard Gold certified, meaning it delivers on the promise of low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) so it's a healthier option for babies compared to those with higher levels. The toddler bed conversion kit is included, so the unit can grow with your child. We found this crib easy to install and adjust to varying levels and configurations in our tests. Panelists also love the decor which can fit into a variety of nursery environments.

Best Value Crib
Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
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The classic design on this affordable crib can transition from crib into a toddler bed, day bed or full-sized bed. We found the crib easy to adjust to each of the three heights, and like that the design incorporates a headboard for when you transition into your more grown-up bed. It also boasts a near-perfect star rating from Amazon reviewers, who swear, "If we decide to have more children, I would definitely buy this crib again."

Best Basic Bassinet
Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet

If you're looking for a sturdy and versatile bassinet, this is a great pick. It has an adjustable base to fit varying bed heights, and you can rotate and swivel the bassinet so that your baby can come closer to you when desired. We heard from several moms who said this was super helpful during those frequent night wake-ups with a newborn.

Best Smart Crib
SNOO Smart Sleeper
Happiest Baby

The SNOO Smart Sleeper is a smart crib that takes the guesswork out of swaddling your newborn. It comes with a built-in system to help make sure your baby is properly positioned and cuddled up for sleep. You can also activate rocking and sound capabilities which will be activated if the included microphones detect a crying baby. Bonus: Sleep training is built-in because it will adjust to the needs of your child to help them fall asleep on their own. 

It's pricey, but may be worth it for a full night's rest. Several panelists raved about what a game-changer it was for them, and many commented on how incredible the customer service is as problems or questions arise.

Best Contemporary Crib Design
Romero 4-In-1 Convertible Crib
ED Ellen DeGeneres
ED Ellen DeGeneres

This 4-in-1 crib can convert from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed or full-size bed. It is JPMA 2.0 certified and has a collection of furniture if you're looking to outfit your nursery with matching decor. It's made predominantly of wood, and we love the rustic yet contemporary vibe of this convertible crib.

Best Crib with Storage
Colby 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Carter's by DaVinci

The DaVinci Baby Colby crib for Carter's is a simple unit featuring a built-in drawer on the bottom. Set the base at one of four adjustable heights, and with additional conversion kits, you can extend the crib into a bed as your child grows. It's also Greenguard Gold certified, so it's been vetted for hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and thousands of chemicals that can be harmful to babies' lungs.

Best Mini Crib
Kalani 4 in 1 Convertible Mini Crib

This convertible crib is great for apartment dwellers thanks to its mini profile. You can likely keep your child in this crib until they are about a year and a half old. We also like that you can adjust this crib to one of four configurations as your child develops (not as common for mini cribs), and has two levels of adjustability for mattress height. And for parents worried about chemicals, rest easy knowing this is another crib that's Greenguard Gold certified.

Best Multi-Purpose Crib Set
Bassinet Stand

If you've already invested in our top-tested stroller, the UppaBaby Vista, consider the stand accessory that's compatible with the bassinet. It snaps in easily and keeps baby off the floor. You can also easily fold it up and store it away if you're tight on space. Once your baby outgrows the bassinet, the stand can then be used with a hamper.

Best Travel Crib
Travel Crib Light

Not all travel cribs are super portable, so we love that this crib is light (just 13 pounds) and folds down compactly to fit into overhead storage. It's easy to set up and break down once you're done using it. Both the mattress and fabric frame are machine washable so cleaning isn't a hassle, either. 

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