10 Best Baby Cribs 2019- Safety and Quality Are Key

10 Best Baby Cribs 2019- Safety and Quality Are Key

After celebrating the great news that you have a new family member on the way, you need to start making some decisions when it comes to preparing your home. Whether you have a designated room prepared for your child or you’re still deciding where your baby will rest their tired eyes, you’ll need a high-quality crib that offers safety and comfort.

1. Suite Bebe Hayes 4 in 1 Convertible Crib

This JPMA certified crib offers three-level heigh adjustment for added safety and is crafted with wider, thicker slats for extra sturdiness while providing optimal safety. Fitting all standard-sized crib mattresses and made with solid pine and a non-toxic finish, this crib can easily convert to a toddler bed or daybed with the guardrail included in your purchase. Full size bed conversion is also supported with conversion rails sold separately so that this crib can grow with your baby.

PROS

  • 4 in 1 Convertible Crib
  • Tested and certified by CPSC approved testing labs
  • Certified by JPMA. Meets all Federal and CSPC standards.
  • Three levels of mattress adjustment
  • Assembly required

CONS

  • None that I can find that would impact your decision to buy

2. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

The crib from Babyletto is GREENGUARD Gold Certified and meets all of the ASTM international and US safety standards. The rounded spindle design fits perfectly in any traditional or modern home and is versatile for any style nursery. The Hudson crib has all-spindle sides so you can easily see the baby while they’re in their crib. Built from sustainable New Zealand pine wood, it easily converts into both a toddler bed and daybed. With multiple color options, gray, white, and two-tone white/espresso, this crib fits all standard crib mattresses.

PROS

  • Rounded spindle mid-century modern design, versatile style for any nursery
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified 
  • Toddler bed conversion kit included for easy transitions from crib to toddler bed to daybed as baby grow
  • Made with sustainable New Zealand pine wood, lead and phthalate safe, non-toxic finish
  • Meets ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
  • Slat strength: 135 lbs

CONS

  • 27.5″ width mattress area so larger mattresses that can be up to 28″ will not fit

3. DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Portable Crib

GREENGUARD Gold Certified, this crib is made with sustainable pine wood and meets all ASTM safety standards. It easily converts to a toddler bed and daybed. While the toddler bed conversion kit is sold separately, it is still less expensive than buying a separate toddler bed. It offers four adjustable mattress positions and includes wheels so you can easily move it from room to room. Top it off with your baby’s favorite standard-sized mattress.

PROS

  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified –
  • Meets ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards
  • Made of 100% sustainable New Zealand pine wood
  • Converts to toddler bed and daybed (Toddler bed conversion kit sold separately). Interior crib measurements 52 inches length x 27.75 inches depth
  • Four adjustable mattress positions; Wheels included
  • Max weights: toddler bed = 50 lbs
  • Slat strength: 135 lbs
  • 1 year warranty

CONS

  • This is a portable crib, so the strength and durability is not quite as high as a standard crib would be.
  • 27.75″ width so will not fit 28″ mattresses

4. Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib

This JPMA/ASTM certified crib converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed, and full size bed with headboard and footboard. The daybed rail and toddler guardrail are included while full size bed rails are sold separately. With heigh adjustment, you can easily adjust the mattress height as you baby learns to sit and stand. Built with strong and sturdy word, assembly is simple and can be done by the average parent. A timeless and stylish crib, it fits all standard crib mattresses.

PROS

  • CONVERTIBLE CRIB 4-in-1
  • JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM
  • Strong & sturdy wood construction
  • Three-position mattress height adjustment
  • Fits standard size crib mattress
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CONS

  • Full Size Bed Rails #0020 sold separately)
  • Very few reports of long lasting smell of paint

5. Storkcraft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This convertible crib converts to toddler bed, daybed, or full bed easily (bed frame not included). With three position adjustable mattress height, you can easily adjust the height of the mattress throughout your child’s development. Perfect for any nursery, this crib is made from solid wood with non-toxic, durable finishes. The Storkcraft Tuscany crib is designed to fit all standard-sized crib mattresses.

PROS

  • 4-in-1 Convertible Crib 
  • 3 adjustable mattress heights
  • 2018 Women’s Choice Award as Americas Most Recommended Baby Furniture
  • Certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) 
  • Meets or exceeds all applicable Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety standards

CONS

  • Bed frame not included
  • Few reports of toxic smell and missaligned assembly holes.

6. Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

The Graco Benton 4-in-1 crib is a great choice for anyones nursery. One of the best things about this crib is the availability of it in 5 different finishes, so if this is the crib you like, you are not stuck trying to match white or brown to your decorations, or maybe the other way around.

With an adjustable bed frame this crib will last through your child’s toddler years and if you purchase the full size ben conversion kit, you have a bed to last until they leave the nest.

 

PROS

  • 4-IN-1 conversion crib
  • 3 adjustable mattress support base heights
  • Available in 5 non-toxic finishes (Espresso, White, Pebble Gray, Driftwood, and Whitewash), the Benton was designed to match any nursery décor
  • JPMA certified and meets or exceeds all applicable ASTM and CPSC safety standards

CONS

  • Toddler guardrail and full size conversion kit sold separate
  • Some reports of easy paint chipping on the painted models

7. BABYBJORN Travel Crib

Best for parents who travel and not meant as a stationary in-home crib, this travel crib is lightweight at only 13lbs and you can take it anywhere. It’s simple to set up and fold with no loose parts to attach and no assembly required. While the mattress cover is made with 50% polyester and 50% polyurethane, it is JPMA certified with breathable mesh sides to provide the necessary comfort and support for your child. The fabrics used are also tested and approved in accordance with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 for baby products and contain no harmful or allergenic substances.

With machine washable fabric this crib can be used for newborns and children up to 3 years old. The mattress has a build-in base plate that keeps the crib firm and secure.

PROS

  • This is made to travel with
  • Easy to take along with you on all types of adventures – weighs only 13 lbs. Mattress: 23.5 x 41 x 1.2 in/60 x 105 x 4 cm. Assembled: 32 x 44 x 24 in/82 x 112 x 64cm. Folded down in carry bag: 19 x 23.5 x 5.5 in/49 x 60 x 14 cm
  • Simple to set up and fold up with no loose parts to attach.
  • JPMA Certified Product with safe, breathable mesh sides and a soft, comfy mattress for your child
  • The fabric is easy to remove and is machine washable 
  • Can be used for babies and children aged 0-3 years

CONS

  • More expensive than a pack and play
  • Not a traditional crib, if that is what you are looking for

8. Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib

A 4-in1 convertible crib from the largest manufacturer of baby cribs in the US. I think they have it figured out when it comes to producing a safe and reliable crib for your baby.

This crib will last from infancy on up to high school graduation if you decide to keep it and just purchase the full size bed frame.

PROS

  • 4-in-1 convertible crib
  • 3 position mattress height adjustment on this crib allows you to lower the mattress as your baby begins to sit or stand
  • JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM 

CONS

  • Toddler Guardrail and Full Size Metal Bed Frame sold separately

9. Serta Fall River 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib

You’ve heard of Serta mattresses, but did you know they also made baby cribs? A trusted brand for adult, toddler, and crib mattresses, Serta’s Fall River Crib, converts to a toddler bed, daybed, and full size bed with headboard and footboard. With four position mattress height adjustment, the crib can grow with your baby and lower as your baby begins to sit and stand. Crafted with strong, sturdy wood, this crib requires light, but easy assembly for a crib that is built to last. It fits all standard crib mattresses and pairs nicely with other Serta products.

PROS

  • 4-in-1 convertible crib
  • 4 position mattress height adjustment on this crib allows you to lower the mattress as your baby begins to sit or stand
  • JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM 

CONS

  • Toddler Guardrail and Full Size Metal Bed Frame sold separately

10. Pod 2-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib features an advanced design with a low-height profile, clear acrylic sides, unique cut-outs, and two adjustable mattress heights. A cozy cocoon-shape, it looks great in any modern home. The pod includes a toddler bed conversion kit so that you can continue to use this crib as your child grows. Made with eco-friendly wood and non-toxic finishes, this crib is ASTM approved, lead-free, and phthalate safe. While this unique Pod 2-in-1 crib does not fit standard mattresses, it does include a custom-fitted mattress that will fit tightly and securely to avoid safety concerns.

PROS

  • Modern design with fine finishes
  • Includes custom-fitted mattress and toddler bed conversion kit
  • Made with Eco-friendly wood sources and non-toxic finishes; lead and phthalate safe
  • Meets CPSC and ASTM International Safety Standards
  • 1 Year Warranty

CONS

  • Super high price
  • Only big enough for the average 3 year old before having to completely replace

Consider Safety Factors

Before purchasing a crib for your baby, it’s important to consider a few important crib safety factors. Prior to making a final decision on a crib, make sure to check the packaging or online product description for these safety features:

1. Materials Used

It’s important to note that not all baby cribs are created equally and with safe materials. The finishing paint on some cribs could contain polyurethane, a toxin that has been known to cause respiratory and skin damage in its raw form. Other materials such as manufactured woods may also spread toxic gas. Instead, you should look for cribs that have a 100% solid wood or non-toxic finish. 

2. Safety Standards and Certifications

Your baby’s crib should be approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) so that you can ensure their safety. JPMA products are testing to meet safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Another certification you’ll find on certain cribs is the GREENGUARD Gold Certification that lets you know a crib has been tested for more than 10,000 toxic chemicals and approved to meet or exceed specific standards. 

3. Safe Builds

While cribs can be stylish depending on the way they are built, they should also be safe. You should focus on the slat distance in the cribs and make sure that they are no more than six centimeters apart. If they are more than 6 centimeters apart, there is a risk that your baby could get stuck in between. Products used to craft the crib should also be durable to prevent injury.

Important Features

While safety should be your number one priority, there are important features you should look for in a new crib that can save you both time and space.

1. Conversions

Cribs that offer conversions mean that you can save money. As babies quickly develop and grow, they will soon grow out of their standard crib and you’ll have to make the switch to a toddler bed before long. Cribs with conversion options mean that you don’t have to buy that second toddler or twin bed and can easily use the 2-in-1 functionality of the crib. You’ll find that many cribs go beyond the 2-in-1 conversion and can be turned into a daybed or full size bed, with additional items sold separately to help save you money as your child grows out of their crib and/or toddler bed.

2. Height Adjustments

Before long, your baby will be learning how to escape their crib and climb out on their own which can result in him or her getting into trouble. By using a crib with height adjustments you can ensure that your child cannot get out of the crib while you’re not around. Also, when you want your child to climb out of their crib on their own, you can readjust the height with ease so they can grab on to the railing and pull themselves up.

3. Storage

Many parents opt for build-in storage when it comes to their baby’s crib. Because babies require so many products and household items in one area, this storage will provide you with the extra space to store baby items that you need daily but don’t want in view constantly. This extra storage also offers a certain level of convenience instead of storing diapers and other products on another shelf.

We have also written up a comprehensive review of the best crib mattresses for you.

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