The 5 Best Baby Cribs Of 2017 Review & An Expert Buyers Guide
If you’re in the market for a new baby crib you’ve come to the right place. Also known as cotbeds, there are certainly plenty types of cribs to choose from considering they come in many different colors, styles and finishes to match your home or nursery; some look contemporary modern whilst others look grand and traditional, some are black, white or even blue. Whichever your taste there is always going to be a range or model which is better than the next. Aesthetics aside, there are at least a handful of features which need to be taken into consideration before you buy when looking at cribs for sale. As an independent reviewer our objective is to separate those which are worthy of purchase from the ones which aren’t by bringing you upto speed with a comprehensive buying guide and unbiased reviews. Hence spawns our reviewed and shortlisted moms picks for 2017, which include some of the best baby cribs money can buy.
Top rated cribs can easily become the most expensive furniture for the nursery. Although there are both cheap and expensive models available to purchase online and in stores, whenever you see baby cribs for sale and before parting with your money it’s good to know exactly what you’re buying. Features differ from model to manufacturer, but there are certainly some commonalities which are worth knowing about and paying for. Please see our buying guide below for more information:
Is It A Convertible Crib?
As your child develops through infancy to toddler and beyond, throughout the years they will no doubt need different size beds to accommodate their growth. For the most cost effective solution to this, from the beginning it’s a good idea to perhaps consider buying what’s known as a 4 in 1 convertible crib. What this means is, initially throughout infancy it’s used as a standard crib, in later years it can be converted to a toddler bed, and then daybed, and lastly a full size bed. Most cheap baby cribs will not have this functionality, it’s usually top rated models which have the 4 in 1 convertible feature but be sure it states this in the description. Additionally, you can get 3 in 1 cribs too which are similar to the aforementioned with the exception that it cannot be transformed into a full sized bed.
Does It Have Full Size And Toddler Bed Rails?
Following on from the above, as the convertible cribs change through the years if you choose to use the baby crib as a toddler bed and then progress onto a full bed, you’ll need two sets of quite different looking rails. The first are most commonly known as a toddler bed rail, and the second are known as full size bed rails. Bed rails for toddlers are used in stage 2/4, they are much lower and usually do not run the full bed length. These are optional and not required to make the conversion to a toddler bed; they’re for whenever infants are ready to come away from using the larger more restrictive and safer crib rails, but not quite ready to be trusted without safety supports. In the last convertible stage, you’ll need full size bed rails which are essential to complete the conversion. It’s more like a skeletal oblong frame; you simply attach what was previously the stage 1 large slatted sides which now become the new headboard and footboard to the new conversion rails, which then completes the new bed.
Does It Meet Certification Standards?
Product safety and certification is paramount when it comes to buying a baby crib. Federal and State requirements, as well as many of the major retailer requirements are in place so that manufacturers adhere to testing demands for juvenile products sold in the United States, which not only improves product quality, but more importantly enhances safety. Aside from the official CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), in crib safety context, the most prominent voluntary program that manufacturers can choose to join which ensures they are meeting all testing needs is known as JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association). JPMA certified cribs mean the product has been tested to the highest category specific standards established by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). When searching baby cribs for sale please ensure the ones you shortlist are JPMA or CPSC certified, or that it meets ASTM standards.
Does It Have An Adjustable Mattress Platform?
Having the ability to adjust the level of your crib mattress is a great advantage. Many parents sometimes forget how important this feature really is. Babies grow taller at an amazing rate, and considering every few months they’re becoming dangerously too tall for their crib, it’s nice knowing the mattress level can start at the highest setting for parents ease of access, and gradually be dropped lower each time to accommodate child safety. Most of the best cribs for babies should have a multiple position mattress support system which normally is adjustable to approx 3-4 different levels. The mattress level can normally be easily re-positioned simply by unscrewing the fixings for the base at each post, drop or raise the platform to the desired pre-drilled holes, and then reconnect the fixings.
The Davinci Kalani 4-in-1 convertible crib is about as impressive as you’ll get in 2017. Feature packed it has 4 adjustable levels of mattress support, and constructed of New Zealand pine the solid construction comes in 6 beautiful colors (cherry, ebony, white, chestnut, honey oak and espresso). Being one of the safest cribs we’ve reviewed, not only is it JPMA certified meeting ASTM international and U.S CPSC safety standards, it’s also GREENGUARD certified, which although is required for mattresses, it’s rare for an actual crib. Davinci are known to make some of the best cribs in the world. With over 25 years experience, this model has been perfected into a globally sought after product for its build, finish, safety and reliability. Not much else can be asked for at this price.
This stylish impeccably designed 4-in-1 crib is value for money at its best. Not only does it easily convert through all four stages, but also comes with daybed rail and toddler guard rail included which is rare among other models within this price bracket. As expected, it has 3 levels of mattress height adjustment. The construction is solid hardwood which is second to none in build and feel, with the finish feeling as premium as the grandeur looks. The only negative we can express regarding the aesthetics is that limited to only three colors (black, dark cherry and espresso cherry) it lacks choice compared to others. The JPMA certified crib features a non-drop side design and meets all safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM so you can rest assured baby is safe in slumber. Overall, a solid piece of furniture that will last generations with the superior build and ageless design.
Another 4 in 1 convertible crib which is well known for an easy transition from baby crib all the way through to a full size bed for teens. Not many at this price come with rails, however with the Tuscany, Stork Craft do provide a toddler bed rail for stage 2, but no full size bed rails included for stage 4; these can readily be purchased for cheap online. JPMA certified, it’s made of solid wood and oozes stability especially with the four stationary sides which have pre-arranged holes for three adjustable platform heights. The large selection of non toxic, durable finishes include: black, cherry, dove brown, espresso, gray and white. Evidently of a fine breed which exceeds expectations right out of the box, it’s easy to let the affordable price tag deter you, but in all honesty it’s probably close to being one of the best baby cribs in the mid-range bracket.
Graco cribs for babies are among some of the most popular in the industry, and the Lauren is certainly one of those which has excelled their reputation. On paper it’s pretty much the same as most in its price range being a 4-in-1, and with an adjustable mattress platform to 3 different heights. However it’s the little things such as the simple yet elegant style, emphasis on quality, ease of assembly and transition onto the latter stages all combined with affordability which make this one so popular in 2017. Heavily safety conscious, it meets all ASTM and CPSC safety standards plus is also JPMA certified. It comes in the five most common colors: cherry, espresso, pebble gray, gray and white, so plenty of choice to match your nursery. If you’re after a no frills cheap crib which ticks all the boxes there’s no need to look any further.
The Classic is a budget 3 in 1 convertible crib which although may be cheap in price it doesn’t lack in quality or satisfaction. Similar to most of the others reviewed here it has 3 adjustable levels of mattress positioning, but unlike the others it cannot be converted to the last full bed; being a 3 in 1 means it can only progress on to toddler and then daybed. The toddler rail isn’t supplied, so one of your choice can be purchased separately for a small cost. The compact, non-bulky natured design adds to the easy assembly which two people can be manage comfortably within 30 minutes. Available in 5 non-toxic finishes (white, black cherry, espresso and natural), the CPSC certified baby crib features a stationary (non drop side) rail design, teething rails, and safety locking wheels, all of which provide the utmost in product safety. If basic design and being 3-in-1 are suffice, overall it compares to many others which are double the price.