One of life’s great pleasures we all get to experience as parents is watching our children grow. Another is watching them peacefully sleeping safe and sound in their crib. Slipping into the baby’s nursery to quietly adore your little princess blissfully sleeping in her crib is one of the great rewards of raising a child.
Regardless of whether you use a baby crib from day one or transition your little one to the crib later; if you choose one of the best cribs for your nursery you will be sure to get years of quality use, and even more if the baby crib converts to a toddler bed.
Your baby crib should be a place of tranquility and harmony for your little one. Your baby spends much of her young life sleeping or resting in her baby crib and it is vital that she feels her crib is a refuge of peace and an escape from the chaos of the world outside her nursery.
It is so important to take your time and diligently research the available options for the best cribs in your price range so you can find the perfect crib for your nursery. I have compiled a list and reviews of the best baby cribs to help you on your way to making this very important decision.
Top Cribs Comparison Table
|SNOO Smart Sleeper|
|Smart Crib | Mid-century Modern||30 x 16 x 32||58 lbs|
|Graco Benton Convertible Crib||Contemporary||56.7 x 29.8 x 42||41 lbs|
|DaVinci Meadow 4-in-1 Convertible Crib||Classical||60.2 x 30.2 x 46.6||88 lbs|
|Phil & Teds Portable Traveller||Portable||36 x 24 x 29||7 lbs|
|Ubabub Pod Crib||Ultra Modern||55.5 x 27.6 x 39.7||220 lbs|
The Pod by Ubabub is one of the most unique and distinct looking cribs I have ever reviewed. If you are planning an ultra modern nursery this crib will be the centerpiece and command the attention of anyone entering the room.
The Pod is a cozy cocoon-shaped crib with smooth and rounded edges giving it a distinctly modern look. This crib is modern art as much as it is functional nursery furniture.
The innovative clear acrylic sides with small star-shaped cutouts allow parents a perfectly clear view of your sleeping angle, making nighttime check-ups simple.
Another great advantage of the Ubabub Pod Crib is it’s simple to put together and easy to clean. Also as your baby grows older the baby crib converts into a stylish toddler bed.
You can see a lot of effort has been made to make this baby crib both beautiful and functional. The clear sides allow for superior visibility, assisting with checking and soothing your baby. A series of artfully designed shapes have been laser cut into the acrylic sides to allow for improved airflow, but are still small enough to keep your little one’s fingers safe.
In addition, because of the unique enclosed sides, there are no bars for you baby’s arms, legs, fingers or toes to get stuck. Safety experts advocate for ‘fixed sides’ for optimal structural integrity. All Ubabub baby cribs avoid using drop-side mechanisms for this very reason.
The Ubabub Pod has been purposely designed with a much lower height to enable easier access to the inside of the baby crib for parents.The low height of the crib and the crescent sides just make it easy to lift your child in and out of the cot.
Your family will get years of use from this top reviewed crib because the Pod can grow with your child and easily converts to a toddler bed when the time is right
Another safety feature is the adjustable mattress positions which can be set to suit your growing baby. The upper position is perfect for when your baby is young and less mobile. The lower position is ideal once your baby begins to toss and turn and can sit-up.
The Pod is usually found near the top of most reviews of the best cribs because of its great eco-friendly credentials. The wooden components have been sourced from renewable tree farms, the crib uses only non-toxic finishes, and all plastic and metal components have been selected for their recyclable properties. The mattress is also hypoallergenic-treated, anti-bacterial, anti-dust mites, anti-mold and anti-mildew.
The Pod is truly unlike any other crib. This is the best crib if you are looking for ultra-modern aesthetic combined with a luxurious ‘bar-free’ view of the world for baby. Ubabub Pod Crib is a stunning piece of furniture that will inspire an equally beautiful nursery environment to complement your modern home.
The Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible is a great crib at an even better price. This really is a nice and well-built crib that is also very budget friendly. It is probably one of the best cribs and bang for your buck that I have ever reviewed. This
You will love the classic arched headboard with a full frame that pulls the whole design together in a strong and elegant package that makes a really strong addition to any nursery. This baby crib is built to last through multiple children and many years.
To even further its longevity the Graco Benton can easily convert from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and finally a full-size bed, either with headboard-only or headboard and footboard (universal bed rails sold separately).
As one of the least expensive cribs I have reviewed this one really has some staying power and if treated well can be a quality fixture in your home and nursery for a very long time.
The Graco Benton Convertable Crib is easily the best crib at an affordable price point, built to last, and versatile enough to adapt to the needs of your growing family. This baby crib can easily and safely hold any standard-sized crib mattress, with adjustable height to suit the needs of your growing child.
DaVinci’s Meadow 4-in1 Convertable is one of the best cribs for all around aesthetics and price. This crib finds a very nice balance between build quality and costs making it one of the highest rated mid-priced cribs that I have reviewed this year.
It is absolutely beautiful and designed from the ground up for maximum versatility. The Meadow 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail Conversion will give your nursery a stately elegance with its classic lines sweeping curves.
DaVinci put a lot of thought into the design of this crib with the goal of creating a safe sleep environment from infancy through the grade-school years.
DaVinci put a lot of thought into the design of this crib with the goal of creating a safe sleep environment from infancy through the grade school years.
The Meadow Crib will sever your family well for years as it is easily converted from crib to toddler bed, daybed and finally a full-size bed.
This crib is constructed of sustainable New Zealand pinewood and finished with non-toxic materials safe for your little ones. DaVinci’s Meadow 4-in1 Convertable Crib also features four adjustable mattress positions that provide for optimal adjustability.
I really wanted to include what I feel to be the best crib for a family who travels in my list of top cribs to review. In today’s world people are always on the move and sometimes you need the flexibility and mobility to take a piece of your nursery with you.
Phil & Teds’ ultra portable, ultra adaptable travel crib is a perfect blend of comfort and convenience and will fit your little one well into toddler years whether it is an overnight trip to your grandparents or a cross-country summer vacation.
This travel crib is lightweight, comfortable, snug, sturdy enough for a romping baby, and conveniently stows away into a much smaller package than other travel cribs and pack and plays.
Phil & Teds’ first formed 21 years ago and has grown to provide a wide array of baby products from strollers, highchairs, carriers, and its even their own infant car seat.
The Traveller portable crib has been designed to be tall and deep and the walls are 100% breathable mesh to increase the safety of your little one. Also of great import is the crib mattress is been made with a 100% cotton sheet and is certified non-toxic.
The mattress sits just inside the crib, secured at each corner, and is slightly suspended off the ground. Although the sheet included fits the Traveller crib the best you are able to use your own sheets if you wish. The frame is so easy to assemble and disassemble and takes only moments to fully setup or breakdown. Probably the best feature is the portable cribs compactness as the entire crib fits neatly into a very small bag. When fully setup the portable crib is very strong and can easily support even a jumping and playing toddler.
I have used pack-and-plays before and although sturdy they are much heavier and less portable than the Traveller. Lugging them around is no fun. Also with its self-inflating mattress which is slightly suspended above the ground, there is no need pack blankets or cushions underneath to protect your baby from the cold.
There is ample room for your little one to sleep or play but it is still much smaller and lighter than the typical travel cots or pack-and-play which is a huge bonus and saves on space and your aching back.
The Traveller portable crib can easily double as a playpen and is small enough that you can have it inside your tent if camping, or outside next to the campfire, or under the umbrella at the beach. It is so versatile and there are even more attachments you can purchase from Phil & Teds to give you further functionality.
The Traveller really is the best crib when going abroad, or anytime your family needs to stay overnight away from the house, whether camping in the mountains or making a weekend trip to the beach. This travel crib is very well constructed from high-quality materials and if treated well should last for years. Its simple design makes it extremely easy to put together, but you should still be cautious as there are some points and angles that you can catch your fingers. This is probably my one complaint with the portable crib.
Phil & Teds Portable Traveller is one of the best cribs for a family on the go and is flexible enough to be used in any situation, whether “roughing” it at the Ritz or staying on your old college buddies floor. Its a good bit of change but well worth the price.
SNOO is the safest and most effective baby bed ever made! This is hands down one of the best cribs if not the best crib you can buy.
Every design decision with the SNOO is aimed at helping improve your baby’s sleep and to allow for intelligent responses to your fussing baby to quickly calm with it’s enhanced white noise and the proven jiggly rocking.
The SNOO Smart Sleeper is the most advanced crib I have ever reviewed with cutting edge technology that has even proven useful in reducing the need for sleep training.
No other baby crib can even come close to making this claim much less proving it.
One of the more creative and interesting elements of the SNOO is its unique 5-second swaddle. This swaddle system, a pillar of Dr. Harvey Kemp’s 5’s, is simple to use and prevents babies from rolling over onto their little tummies.
The absolute best “feature” of the SNOO, is the peace of mind and more importantly, the blissful rest that comes along with it, that is afforded to new parents after putting their precious little one down to sleep in the smart sleeper.
The SNOO comes with the Happiest Guarantee which is basically a 30-day risk-free in home trial. If you are not 100% happy with how your baby is sleeping, you can return the SNOO at no charge, they even cover the shipping, no questions asked.
Studies have shown, without question, your newborn child is immediately safer in the SNOO smart sleeper and typically starts to sleep better in as few as two days! Babies over 6 weeks are also instantly safer but it usually takes a bit longer for older infants to adjust and can take as long as a week to begin seeing the results of improved sleep.
Testing shows babies cry less and sleep more with the SNOO, because the crib smartly responds to feedback from your baby to help your child develop healthy sleep habits.
The SNOO Smart Sleeper is certainly one of the best cribs for newborns. You can safely use this crib up to 6 months of age or until the time your baby begins to lift up on her hands and knees and is ready to transition to a more standard crib.
Editor's Choice Award - Highest Rated Crib
- SNOO Smart Sleeper - 99%99%
Gently rocks your baby
Smart Motion for best soothing
Smart White Noise for best sleeping
Gradual weaning features for crib transition
Built in swaddle system
Designed for first 6 months only so limited long term use