Best Baby Cribs
Once your baby arrives you will suddenly realise just how important sleep really is; for helping your precious newborn to grow and develop, and to help you stay sane! That’s why we spent so much time researching the best baby cribs available – to help you find the perfect one for you and your baby.
Best Cribs for Short Moms
For those of us who are vertically challenged putting a baby into a crib is not always an easy task; it seems that most cribs are designed with tall people in mind!
In the “old days” you would have just bought a drop sided crib, but these were banned in the US in 2011 so that is no longer an option.
But you don’t need to worry because we have hunted down three cribs that are perfect for short moms. We’re sure you’ve heard of low rise jeans, well now you can buy low rise cribs!
The babyletto Hudson is a gorgeous looking crib and as well as being low rise it’s also a 3 in 1 convertible so it converts into a daybed and a toddler bed. It also has four different mattress levels so you can have your baby as close to the top of the crib as possible which means less bending to put them in and lift them out. As they grow just lower the mattress to keep them safe.
The Graco Tatum is also a convertible crib, and with a conversion crib it actually converts into a full sized bed. We loved this one because of the curved frame and the grey wood, making it stand out from the crowd.
If you’re on a tight budget then check out the Union 2 in 1, which has four mattress levels and at 33.5 inches tall it’s a great height for short moms. It comes in a range of colours too and we can’t decide whether we like the sunshine yellow or the lagoon blue the best!
But what if you have your heart set on a completely different crib even though it is just that little bit too tall for you? Simple. Buy an aerobic step! Seriously. These non slip steps will allow you to grow by four inches so you can reach in and out of the crib more easily.
— Clare Swindlehurst (@SuperMommyClub) April 19, 2016
Mini Cribs for Small Spaces
Only got a small space for your nursery and wondering how on earth you’re going to actually squeeze a crib in there? What you need is a mini crib! They’re perfect for apartments as well as for keeping at grandma’s house. These portable cribs are also a great option for the playroom or another downstairs space if you don’t want to have to take the baby upstairs to nap.
The Delta Children is a mini crib that is also portable. It takes up 35% less space than a full sized crib and when it’s not in use you can actually fold it up so it’s only 6 inches deep! It’s a great price if you are on a tight budget and unlike many cribs it actually comes with a mattress.
If you need a small crib but want something a little more stylish then you can’t go wrong with the Babyletto Origami. This one folds up if you need it to and has wheels so you can move it around, but you can remove them if you don’t want it to be mobile. It comes in three different colours too so you can select one to suit your nursery decor.
For a more traditional looking crib try the Dream on Me Addison. It doesn’t fold up but it is a convertible crib that will convert into a day bed and then a twin.
If you love the DaVinci style cribs then Annabelle is a great choice for a small nursery. Once baby has outgrown it you can convert it into a twin bed.
Convertible Crib with Changing Table
If you want to get as much crib for the money as you can think about investing in a convertible crib that can be transformed into a toddler bed, a twin or even a full sized bed when your baby outgrows it. They are more expensive than a standard crib but you’ll only need one bed that will hopefully last until your child leaves home!
The table below shows the different types of convertible cribs you can choose from, the latest offering being the crib and changing table combo. To save you having to buy yet another piece of furniture a changing table is cleverly attached to the crib, some even have drawers or a cupboard in them for storing away diapers and other paraphernalia. When you’re ready to convert the crib to a bed the changing table becomes a handy nightstand or bookshelf.
If you have a small nursery or you’re trying to fit a crib into an older child’s room then the Dream on Me Casco is a good choice because as well as having the changing table attached it’s actually a mini crib.
If you would prefer a full size crib then the Stork Craft Portofino is a beautiful looking crib in a deep espresso colour. It converts from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a day bed or even a full size bed. The changing table can be detached and used as a night stand.
Another option from Stork Craft is their Bradford 4 in 1 crib which converts to a full sized bed. Unlike some other cribs this one actually comes with the rail you need to convert it into a toddler bed.
If you’re looking for a lighter wood crib then the Dream on Me Brody is made from solid pine and has four different positions for the mattress. This one also converts to a full size bed with the purchase of a conversion kit.
Best Cribs for Twins
Finding out you are expecting twins is one of the best feelings in the world. And then the panic sets in! Suddenly you feel like you’re going to have to buy two of everything and you have no idea where you’re going to put it all!
The good news is that your babies can share a crib, at least in the beginning. My twins shared a crib for the first three months, until my daughter started hogging too much of the crib and my little boy found it harder to sleep!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against twins sharing a crib and say it’s better to give them two separate sleep areas.
We think this is especially true in bassinets and wouldn’t want to put two babies into one as they would just get too warm. That’s why the Graco Twin Bassinet is such a good idea.
If you are short on space then mini cribs are a good option because it is easier to fit two of them into the nursery. The two we picked out are beautifully designed.
Of course the best way to save space when trying to fit two cribs into your nursery is to have a bunk bed style crib! I’m not sure how practical this would really be, especially as the twin on the top grows and decides to try climbing out… I couldn’t resist sharing it with you though!
How to Buy a Crib
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if cribs came with a “sleep through the night” guarantee? Whichever company invents that crib will make themselves a fortune!
in the meantime the best you can do is choose a crib that will keep your baby safe and comfortable when they are sleeping. Because when you put your baby down in their crib it’s one of the only times you will actually be leaving them unattended so you don’t want to be worrying about anything when they’re in there.
Crib Buying Basics
If you are buying a brand new crib you don’t need to worry about the safety standards because they will already have been met.
To make sure you choose the best baby crib for you and your baby just think about the following things:
Look for a crib that has adjustable mattress heights.
When baby first sleeps in the crib you can have it on the highest setting so you don’t need to bend down too far. Then as they grow the mattress can be lowered into the crib, to discourage your child from climbing out!
Invest in a good quality mattress.
When shopping for a crib you need to split your budget between the crib itself and the mattress. If you need to be frugal then put your money into the mattress and buy a less expensive crib. When choosing a mattress you need to make sure that it will fit tightly in the crib. If you can fit more than too fingers between the mattress and the crib sides then it is too small and your baby could get caught in the gap.
Cribs come in a range of different sizes and heights so think about your needs. If you only have a small space for your nursery then a mini crib is a good option. Although if your husband is a basketball player your child could grow out of it quite quickly! If you are a short mom then look for a crib with lower sides otherwise you will struggle to put your baby in and out. Think about your back!
Think about your longterm needs.
Do you already have a twin bed that your child can sleep in when they reach toddlerhood, or would it be better for you to invest in a convertible crib so that it can be turned into a bed when the time comes?
Crib Sheet Hack
Here’s a quick tip for you to save you time in the middle of the night when your little one soils the sheets.
When you buy your sheets and mattress protectors buy at least three of each. Wash the bedding before you use it to get rid of any chemicals and then make the crib up by placing a protector, then a sheet on the mattress, and then add another protector and another sheet.
Now when your baby spits up in the night, or has a diaper explosion, you can just pull off the soiled sheet and mattress protector and put baby straight back to bed!
In the morning simply throw the soiled items in the wash and use the third set to replace them.
Crib Safety Tips
If you can then buy new.
You might be tempted to buy a cute vintage crib, or even to use the one you slept in as a baby, but safety standards have changed so much in recent years that buying new is the safest option. If you have to buy a used crib then make sure that all of the parts are there, as well as the assembly instructions. And make sure it doesn’t have dropped sides as they were banned in the US in 2011 because of a risk of strangulation and suffocation.
Keep things simple.
As you design your nursery you might be enticed by all the beautiful crib bumpers, pillows and blankets. But the truth is those things can cause suffocation hazards for your baby. Really all you need is a tightly fitted sheet over the top of a mattress protector to keep the mattress clean. Pillows, comforters, and stuffed animals should be kept out of the crib until your child is at least one year old, and longer still if possible. And skip the crib bumpers entirely, they are too risky.
Think sleeping bag.
You’ll need to make sure baby stays warm while they’re sleeping but if you’re worried about using a blanket while they’re still little try an insulated baby sleeping bag. You can buy different togs to suit the weather at different times of the year.
Where in the room.
When you’re deciding where to put things in the nursery make sure you find a place for your crib that is away from windows, especially if you have blind cords. You will also want to make sure the crib is at least three feet away from your baby monitor. If you want to hang a mobile above the crib make sure it is out of their reach.
It’s not set and forget.
However carefully you assemble the crib to begin with you need to give it a check over every now and then to look for loose screws, splinters or peeling paint. Vacuum underneath it regularly too to keep the dust mites away!
Move as they grow.
As your baby grows and is able to pull themselves up to standing you might need to move the crib away from new hazards. Dressers next to cribs present an easy way for a child to climb out, which puts them at the risk of falling, or getting their hands on “interesting” products like diaper cream.
Babies Escape their Cribs!
And now we’ve shown you the best baby cribs let’s relax and have a giggle watching some ingenious babies escape their cribs!