What can be said about a crib? Its primary function is to serve as a comfy, safe place for baby to sleep, but if we are being honest, it’s also a place to contain your little one at night so they don’t go full Shawshank and bust out during the wee hours. There are so many options on the market from simple, cost-friendly solutions, to more customizable pieces for a bespoke look. While all cribs sold in the United States have to meet certain health and safety standards, there are other, stricter standards you will want to consider including whether a crib is Greenguard Gold certified against chemical emissions. To help guide your decision here’s a crib sheet on some cribs we like right now.
Here’s the deal: The Sleepi is designed to grow with your child from birth up to age 10. It’s oval shape allows it to be placed anywhere within a room, negating the need to be anchored against a wall.
Material: Solid birch wood in four finishes
Price: $799 full size, $599 mini
Love it: The Sleepi’s minimalistic lines can be paired with a multitude of other nursery/kids room design elements. The Sleepi has removable lockable wheels that can be used to transport it from room to room.
Not so much: The unique shape means you are limited to selecting from a smaller pool of oval mattresses and crib sheets.
What are moms saying? “I love the crib’s design and small footprint.”
Bottomline: The Sleepi is a nice looking crib that’s very versatile.
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Here’s the deal: The Oeuf Sparrow is a mid-century modern crib offering from the trendy Brooklyn-based kids clothing, decor, and furniture company.
Material: Solid birch wood and Baltic birch plywood, available in three finishes and an unfinished option.
Price: $720 unfinished, $820 finished
Love it: Familiar retro lines similar to other mid-century style cribs with the added bonus of being eco-friendly and sustainably produced and packaged. We love the option to select an unfinished crib and customize.
Not so much:
What are moms saying?: “I love the peek-a-boo openings on the ends of the crib that allow me to check in on baby without much disruption.”
“Great customer service and love the ability to purchase paint from website for touch-ups.”
Bottomline: The Sparrow is a trendy and eco-conscious choice that you can feel good about.
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Here’s the deal: Classic mortise-and-tenon construction, tongue-and-groove joinery, and a hand-applied finish means this attractive craftsmans-style crib is built to last.
Material: Solid poplar wood in four finishes
Love it: Thoughtful design elements like teething guard and seamless rail connections protect both baby and the crib.
Not so much: Priced higher than similar cribs on the market.
What are moms saying?: “The crib is still in perfect condition despite my crazy kids and having took it apart and put it back together several times because of moves.”
“Pottery Barn is working hard to become more sustainable” -Alanna G. “That Mom Life” blogger
Bottomline: The Kendall is a durable workhorse of a crib with good looks to spare.
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Here’s the deal: No-frills crib at a price that cannot be beat.
Material: Solid beechwood and particle board
Price: $139-$159 for white and black-brown, respectively
Love it: A convertible crib that actually converts without having to buy extra parts!
Not so much: Lacking in style, and the wordless assembly instructions might test your relationship with your significant other.
What are moms saying? “We ditched the huge crib and got this--doesn’t take up half the room and low-cost makes sense for an item only used for a brief period of time.”
Bottomline: Basic crib that’s economical is a good choice for a second house or the grandparents’ house.
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