One of the most important purchases you’ll make when buying baby gear is the crib — the place where your little one will spend countless hours sleeping.

The best crib for your baby needs to be safe and comfortable for your little one, of course, but you might also appreciate if it came with extra features like a changing table, or if it can convert into a toddler bed or daybed so that you can get more years of use out of it.

To help you navigate your options, we surveyed more than 5,000 Pampers Parents to find out which baby cribs they think are the very best. We then reviewed these products, adding some Pampers Parents pros and cons to each, so you can make an informed choice about which crib to buy.

The Different Types of Baby Cribs

A crib is one of those baby gear essentials you’ll need to get either before your little one arrives, or soon after, if he’ll be sleeping in a bassinet for the first few weeks.

Before browsing our list of the best baby cribs, think about what kind of crib you’d like, as they come in a few different styles:

  • Standard baby cribs. These are your typical rectangular cribs that serve only as a crib and nothing more. They suit the purpose perfectly, but you’ll need to buy a changing table separately and upgrade to a toddler bed or a single bed when the time comes.

  • Multipurpose baby cribs. These baby cribs come with a changing table and usually some extra storage in the form of shelves or drawers. You might prefer these multifunctional cribs if space is at a premium. In some cases, it can work out to be cheaper to buy one of these, as you don’t have to buy the changing table separately.

  • Convertible baby cribs. This kind of crib can grow with your baby as it can be converted into a toddler bed as well as a daybed later on. Some of these convertibles can also be transformed into a double bed that has a footboard, so you can get many, many years of use out of the original purchase. Keep in mind that most convertible cribs require that you buy the conversion kit and items such as a larger mattress and bed frame later on to make these conversions work. Even with these extra purchases, buying this type of crib may end up being a money-saver in the long run. If you’re interested in a convertible crib, check out the white baby cribs and the modern baby cribs on our list, as they are all convertible.

  • Portable baby cribs. If you’d like a small baby crib that is lightweight for travel, then you may like to purchase a portable crib as well. This style is also great for moving from room to room. Some Pampers Parents noted that they purchased one portable crib for travel, and another crib for the nursery.

  • Round or oval baby cribs. Although these didn’t make the Pampers Parents list, you might like the look of round or oval-shaped baby cribs. These aren’t usually convertible and can sometimes come with a bigger price tag. The irregular shape may also make it trickier to buy a mattress and fitted sheets that fit. Nevertheless, round or oval baby cribs can be a beautiful centerpiece for your little one’s nursery.

I wanted something that would grow with our family. I viewed the crib as an investment for my child that we would use for many years and not be done with after the first two years.”

Pampers Parent

Best Cribs With a Changing Table

Delta Children Abby Convertible Crib and Changer

Why pick this one? This is the best baby crib according to Pampers Parents. The big benefit of this product is that it’s both multipurpose and convertible.

This baby crib comes with a changing table, two shelves, and two drawers. Plus, as your little one grows, it can convert into a toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to buy some extras like the toddler guardrail and metal bed frame when the time comes to transform the crib, so there will be some extra costs involved in getting full use out of this product.

Made of wood, this baby crib is available in gray, white, and dark brown. All in all, this crib is a product you can get lots of use out of over the years.

Highlights: The changing table comes with a water-resistant changing pad, too.

Delta Children Abby Convertible Crib and Changer
Item weight 85 pounds
Item size 72.5 x 31.25 x 43.75 inches
Baby weight Up to 50 pounds
Mattress settings 3 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed

Price*: about $309.92 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: This is a high-quality and durable crib. Everything you need, like diapers and wipes, can be placed nearby with the additional storage spaces. It also grows with the child so it can be used for several years.

  • Cons: Some Pampers Parents wished the changing table was bigger. The extra expense of buying what’s needed to convert the crib was also a disadvantage for many Pampers Parents.

Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer With Drawer

Why pick this one? Another great option for a baby crib that comes with a changing table is this Graco version.

Under the changing table there are two big open shelves, which you might like to organize with baskets, and right under the crib there is a large drawer for additional storage.

Although you might find that the drawer under the crib is a little too low for everyday use, it's handy for items that you only need occasionally such as spare bedding or out-of-season clothes. The drawer holds plenty, and will keep items out of sight.

The changing table comes with a water-resistant changing pad, which has a strap to help secure your little one — though you should always keep a hand on your little one, too.

The versatility of this baby crib doesn’t end here. It also converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed, and then even to a full-size bed.

If you’d like a guardrail for when the crib converts to a toddler bed, you can buy the matching Graco guardrail separately.

Eventually, you can use the bell-shaped side rail as a headboard when you convert the crib into a full-size bed, meaning this crib can be used for several years to come — even until your little one is a teen and beyond! Just keep in mind that the full-size mattress and bed frame will need to be purchased separately, just like the guardrail.

Highlights: Although this particular baby crib is white, the style also comes in a natural wood color, dark brown, dark gray, and light gray so you can pick the color that best suits your nursery.

Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer With Drawer
Item weight 73.6 pounds
Item size 58.2 x 38 x 41.7 inches
Baby height Up to 35 inches
Mattress settings 3 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed

Price*: about $249.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: Sturdy and easy to put together. The extra drawer under the crib is great for storage. It has a great price for getting both a crib and a changing table. If you have a small nursery, this crib and changing table combination helps you maximize the space.

  • Cons: Could use more storage and a bigger changing table.

This crib will be his bed for years and that really reduces the stress of him transitioning from crib to toddler bed and beyond.

Pampers Parent

Best White Baby Cribs

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Why pick this one? This crib by Babyletto has a mid-century modern style with a flush top, round slats, and turned-out feet. If you’re looking for a white baby crib to suit your nursery, then look no further!

Unlike some other convertible cribs, this product comes with the toddler bed conversion kit included. That means that when the time comes to transform the crib into a toddler bed, you won’t have to buy an additional side rail, as you’ll already have it at home and ready to go.

Another benefit of this crib is that it has four mattress level settings. You can place it higher when your little one’s still a newborn, and then lower as your baby learns to sit and stand. Most cribs only offer three mattress heights.

Highlights: This baby crib is made of solid New Zealand pine. If you don’t end up wanting a white baby crib, it also comes in other colors like back, dark brown with white slats, natural, and gray.

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Item weight 54 pounds
Item size 53.6 x 29.6 x 34.8 inches
Baby height Up to 50 pounds
Mattress settings 4 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed and daybed

Price*: about $379.00 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: The modern aesthetic of the baby crib, and that it comes with the guardrail for the toddler bed so that you don’t have to make an additional purchase later on.

  • Cons: It doesn’t convert to a full-size bed. Some Pampers Parents noted that for them the paint seemed to chip easily or the wood dents.

Evolur Aurora 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

Why pick this one? For a white baby crib that is very decorative, consider the “Aurora” by Evolur. The crib comes with a ribbon and bow detail on the headboard, which is curved, and also the sideboard. The curved feet add a special touch to the design.

This product converts all the way from a crib to a full-size bed with a footboard. Just keep in mind that the conversion kit must be purchased separately.

In addition to white, this baby crib is available in several unusual colors like dusty gold, blush pink, a silvery gray, and a pearly cream color. The color choices along with its beautiful design mean that this crib could be just the one to tie the look of your baby’s nursery together.

One thing to keep in mind with this product is its hefty price tag. At about 500 dollars, this baby crib doesn’t come cheap — it’s actually the most expensive crib on our list.

Highlights: To complete the set, consider buying the double dresser, bookcase, tall chest, and nightstand from Evolur’s Aurora collection.

Evolur Aurora 5-in-1 Convertible Crib
Item weight 114 pounds
Item size 58 x 32 x 54 inches
Mattress settings 3 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed, daybed, full-size bed, full-size bed with footboard

Price*: about $480.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s pretty and the five stages mean it can be used for a very long time.

  • Cons: The conversion kit is a separate purchase.

Best Modern Baby Cribs

Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Why pick this one? Overall, this baby crib was voted as the second best by Pampers Parents. If you're looking for a modern baby crib that is very reasonably priced, this crib could be the perfect choice.

You can get several years of use out of this product as it converts from a crib to a toddler bed, then to a daybed, and finally a full-size bed with a footboard.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to buy the toddler bed guardrail, full-size bed conversion kit, and full-size mattress separately, but you may find this is still better value for money than buying a new bed each time your little one is ready for an upgrade.

The Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib comes in all the typical crib colors including white, dark gray, light gray, and dark brown.

Highlights: In the crib configuration, there are three mattress levels to choose from; in the daybed setting you can set the mattress at two different heights.

Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Item weight 41 pounds
Item size 56.7 x 29.8 x 42 inches
Baby height or weight Up to 35 inches for crib, up to 50 pounds for daybed
Mattress settings 3 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed

Price*: about $159.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: Reasonably priced, versatile, and easy to put together.

  • Cons: The things you need to convert the crib need to be purchased separately, adding to the overall cost. Some Pampers Parents would have preferred that it came in more colors.

We like the fact that this crib can easily be adjusted as our child grows into the different stages of life.

Pampers Parent

Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

Why pick this one? This baby crib has an undeniably modern and sleek look. The no-frills style crib would suit almost any nursery decor, but might be an especially good choice if your baby’s nursery has a modern aesthetic with clean lines and a focus on minimalism and functionality.

This product can be used in five different ways, from a crib all the way through to a full-size bed with a footboard.

As with many other convertible baby cribs, the toddler safety rail on this one needs to be purchased separately. When it’s time to convert the crib to a full-size bed, you’ll need to buy the bed frame and mattress separately as well.

Highlights: Unlike many other brands and models, this crib comes in a wide array of colors, so you can find just the shade that’s right for your baby’s nursery. Dream On Me offers colors ranging from royal blue and emerald green to aqua and lavender, as well as the more standard baby crib colors like white, gray, and dark brown.

Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Item weight 35 pounds
Item size 53 x 29 x 39 inches
Mattress settings 2 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed, daybed, full-size bed, and full-size bed with footboard

Price*: about $121 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: Lightweight and durable. Easy to put together. There’s a great variety of color choices. Can get many years of use out of it.

  • Cons: Some Pampers Parents wished the conversion kit was included in the price.

Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Why pick this one? This simple, minimalistic, and modern baby crib by Union comes in a range of lovely colors so that you can find the perfect one for your baby’s nursery. Beyond the classic white, it also comes in brown, gray, blue, and a sunny yellow color.

Unlike many other cribs, this one has four adjustable mattress height settings so that you can safely put your baby down to sleep knowing that he won’t be able to crawl out. Most other baby cribs offer only three mattress height settings.

This crib converts from a toddler bed to a daybed, but it doesn’t convert to a full-size bed.

Highlights: This crib is made of New Zealand pine.

Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Item weight 36.5 pounds
Item size 53.5 x 30.5 x 33.5 inches
Mattress settings 4 heights
Convertible? Toddler bed and daybed

Price*: about $109.29 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s easy to assemble. It will grow with your little one. It has a simple design with clean lines and a sleek look while still being sturdy.

  • Cons: Some Pampers Parents would have loved if it came with some storage like shelves or a drawer.

Best Small and Portable Baby Cribs

Graco Travel Lite Crib With Stages

Why pick this one? If you’re looking for a small and portable baby crib that you can take on vacation or a visit to the grandparents, then consider this Graco Travel Lite Crib. It weighs less than 20 pounds and folds compact in a matching travel case.

This crib has two mattress heights, and it can eventually be converted into a play yard, which the manufacturer says can be used for both play and sleep.

The crib has an overhead canopy, which can be used to block out a little light. The hanging plush toys that attach to the canopy will be fun for your little one to look at, though you'll need to remove them for safety's sake once your little one can reach them and pull them down.

The mesh sides of the crib are breathable and allow you to see into the crib more easily. The wheels make it easier to move the crib from room to room, and the crib comes with a quilted mattress pad.

Highlights: There are two buttons you can push to easily fold the crib for travel or storage. The bag that's included has a convenient handle.

Graco Travel Lite Crib With Stages
Item weight 19 pounds
Item size 23 x 33.5 x 32.2 inches
Baby height Baby height Up to 20 pounds [crib], up to 35 inches [play yard]
Mattress settings 3 heights

Price*: about $111.46 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: Great portability, and easy to move around the house or fit in the car for travel. When assembled, it doesn’t take up too much room either.

  • Cons: Stage one only works for a baby weight of up to 15 pounds, which means it may not last too long in this setting. The mobile toys are boring. It’s not always easy to fold down and assemble this portable baby crib.

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

Why pick this one? For a small, light, and portable baby crib that’s simple in design but functional, look no further than this BabyBjorn Travel Crib.

Although this is a simple crib with just one mattress height setting (the mattress is just above floor level), it offers a great place to put your baby down to sleep if you're out and about or visiting relatives.

The manufacturer says it can be used from the newborn stage until your little one is about 3 years old. Just remember to stop using the crib if your toddler can crawl out of it any earlier than this.

The crib comes with a mattress, so you won’t need to spend extra on buying a mattress. The mesh sides of the crib are great for ventilation, and for you to be able to see into the crib from all sides.

This portable baby crib folds up kind of like a tent, and fits in a case with a handle.

The crib comes in a silvery gray color, as well as black.

Highlights: The fabrics of the crib and the mattress cover are machine washable, so you won't have to worry about getting rid of baby drool or even dirt from outdoor use.

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light
Item weight 13 pounds
Item size 32.2 x 44 x 25 inches [assembled] 19 x 23.5 x 5.5 inches [folded up in carry bag]
Mattress settings 1 height

Price*: about $299.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s easy to assemble, carry, and store. It’s lightweight and sturdy.

  • Cons: Some Pampers Parents wished it had a higher mattress level for newborns as picking the baby essentially off the floor can be hard on the back. The mattress could also be thicker.

What to Consider When Buying a Crib

When you buy a crib, you're basically investing in your baby's safety, comfort, and healthy development. Here are some things to consider when buying yours:

  • Safety. Before all else, check that the crib meets safety standards set by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and hasn’t been recalled. It’s generally best to buy new, as a brand-new crib will meet the latest safety standards. It’s for this reason, too, that although you might like the look of antique or retro cribs, they are unsafe to use — and in fact it’s illegal to sell a crib purchased before 2011. If you’re considering buying a used crib that was originally purchased after 2011, you’ll need to carefully check that it meets today’s standards, and isn’t broken or defective in any way.

  • Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Double check that the crib that you’re considering buying meets this requirement. Having the slats closely spaced helps prevent your little one’s head getting trapped in between.

  • Drop-down side rails are banned. Although you might remember that some baby cribs used to have sides that could be pushed down, this is now prohibited according to the latest safety standards. You won’t find this feature on cribs that are on the market now.

  • Look for a design without cutouts or elevated corner posts. Experts recommend avoiding a crib with decorative cutouts on any of the sides as this can be a hazard for your little one should her head get trapped. Designs with corner posts that are higher than the sides should also be avoided as clothes can snag on these, becoming a choking hazard.

  • Adjustable mattress height settings. Many baby cribs let you lower the mattress base as your baby grows. You’ll need to lower the mattress as your baby grows to prevent her from falling out or crawling out of the crib. As your baby learns to sit, adjust the mattress so that your baby cannot fall out — even if she tries to pull herself over the rail. Then, by the time your little one can stand, have the mattress at the lowest available setting. Check with your baby’s healthcare provider if you’re unsure about when exactly to lower the mattress when the time comes.

  • Size. If space is at a premium in your baby’s nursery, look carefully at the size of the crib you’re considering buying. Check the size of mattress required so that you can be sure you can buy the appropriate mattress and fitted sheet for the crib. An irregular size or shape may make it harder to find a matching mattress and bedding.

  • Convertibility. Some baby cribs can be transformed into a toddler bed or even a full-size bed. This means you’ll get lots of use out of your original purchase, but remember that converting the crib often requires additional purchases of what’s called a “conversion kit” and the bigger-sized mattress and bed frame.

  • Does the baby crib come with a changing table? Some cribs come with a built-in changing table. The benefit of this is that you may not need to buy an extra changing table, and it can also save you some room in the nursery. However, you may not like having the changing table right next to the crib, and you may find that your little one grows out of the changing table sooner than the crib itself.

  • Design. The crib tends to be the focal point of the nursery, as it's where your little one will be spending much of his time. There are many styles and colors to choose from, so if possible pick something you'd be happy to look at for months and years to come. If you would like all your nursery furniture to match, check to see if the crib’s manufacturer also sells matching products like a changing table, chests of drawers, and other furniture pieces.

  • Price. The price of baby cribs can vary from about a hundred dollars to several hundreds of dollars, and even higher. A cheaper baby crib that still meets all the latest safety standards may be just as good as a pricey crib, but take a look at what it’s made of, how durable it is, and whether it suits your needs. Sometimes the extra cost is associated with the design; for example, a round baby crib may be more expensive than a standard rectangular one. The crib is an important purchase and your baby will be spending lots of time in it, so it may be worth spending a little extra to get one you will be satisfied with. In some cases, buying a convertible crib may save you money in the long run, but don’t forget to check the “hidden costs” of buying the add-ons converting the crib will most likely require.

I wanted a safe, sturdy crib that felt nice in my baby’s nursery. I also wanted a crib that transitioned into a toddler bed for continued use.

Pampers Parent

A Note on Crib Safety

No matter which crib you choose, always practice safe sleep guidelines for babies such as putting your baby down to sleep on her back and keeping the crib free of objects like bumpers, toys, and blankets to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

In terms of bedding, you only need a waterproof mattress cover and a fitted sheet. Nothing more.

Once your baby’s crib is in use, regularly check the hardware to make sure it is still in place and check there aren’t any broken parks, splintered bits of wood, or missing slats. Don’t replace any loose or missing nuts and bolts with hardware store alternatives — contact the manufacturer to ask for the right replacements.

Your child is ready to move on to a toddler bed when she is 35 inches tall, or when the side rail of the crib is at or under her nipple line when she is standing on the mattress, which has been placed at its lowest setting — whichever happens first. Some crib manufacturers also list a maximum baby weight. If you’re in doubt about when the time has come for a toddler bed, ask your baby’s healthcare provider for personalized advice.

With this list in hand, you'll be able to choose the perfect baby crib for your baby. Once you’ve purchased a crib, don’t forget to buy the matching-size mattress and a couple of fitted sheets to go with it. Now you’re all set to give your little one a great place to snooze.

For great advice and insights on top-voted baby gear you can rely on Pampers Parents.

Recall Notice

Before buying a product, always check that it’s approved and hasn’t been recalled on sites like the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

How We Got These Results

We surveyed thousands of parents in the Pampers Community and asked them to choose the products they love the most, and to share their views on specific products and product categories. Based on the survey responses, we have taken the top product picks and added our own research to create this article. The aim is to help you choose the right product for you and your family. We might receive commissions on purchases made from the links in this article, but the products featured are the Pampers Community’s top choices.

    • Consumer Reports: Crib Buying Guide
    • Book: Caring for your baby and young child birth to age 5, Sixth Edition Paperback – November 2, 2014
      by American Academy of Pediatrics (Author)