10 Best Cribs Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

A crib may seem like a big place to put your tiny newborn, but it’s the safest place for her to sleep. While some parents use a cradle, bassinet, or bedside sleeper for the first few months, you can save money and worry by sticking with a crib. They’re regulated by the federal government, and many are also certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).

Top 10 Cribs

Bestseller No. 1
Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib Pebble Gray
544 Reviews
Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib Pebble Gray
  • 5-IN-1 DESIGN: The Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib converts easily from crib to toddler bed, day bed &...
  • ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHT: With 3 adjustable mattress heights & a classic arched headboard design, this crib...
Bestseller No. 2
Delta Children Heartland 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, Grey
88 Reviews
Delta Children Heartland 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, Grey
  • CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and full size bed with headboard...
  • GROWS WITH BABY: The 3 position mattress height adjustment on this crib allows you to lower the mattress as...
Bestseller No. 3
Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, White
439 Reviews
Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, White
  • CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and full size bed with headboard (Daybed Rail...
  • GROWS WITH BABY: The 3 position mattress height adjustment on this crib allows you to lower the mattress as...
Bestseller No. 4
Dream On Me, Anna 4 in 1 Full Size Crib and Changing Table Combo
243 Reviews
Dream On Me, Anna 4 in 1 Full Size Crib and Changing Table Combo
  • PATENT #6817046 / 8479328 B2
  • Two position full size folding crib, Dream On Me Standard Mattress (Sold separately) Mattress Pad Included
Bestseller No. 5
Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Drawer, Espresso, Easily Converts to Toddler Bed Day Bed...
120 Reviews
Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Drawer, Espresso, Easily Converts to Toddler Bed Day Bed...
  • 4-IN-1 DESIGN: The Graco Solano Convertible Crib converts easily from crib to toddler bed/day bed & even full...
  • ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHT: With 3 adjustable mattress heights, the Graco Solano Convertible Crib will keep...
Bestseller No. 6
Delta Children Archer Solid Panel 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, Grey
149 Reviews
Delta Children Archer Solid Panel 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, Grey
  • CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and full size bed with headboard & footboard...
  • GROWS WITH BABY: The 3 position mattress height adjustment on this crib allows you to lower the mattress as...
Bestseller No. 7
Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible, Crib, Aqua Sky
601 Reviews
Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible, Crib, Aqua Sky
  • Cribs coverts into a toddler bed, a daybed and full size bed
  • Full Size Bed frame and mattress sold separately; Safety rail not included
Bestseller No. 8
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, White
426 Reviews
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, White
  • Rounded spindle mid-century modern design, versatile style for any nursery
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified - screened for 360 VOCs and over 10,000 chemicals
Bestseller No. 9
Delta Children Lancaster 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, Bianca White
48 Reviews
Delta Children Lancaster 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib, Bianca White
  • CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and full size bed (Daybed Rail included;...
  • GROWS WITH BABY: The 3 position mattress height adjustment on this crib allows you to lower the mattress as...
Bestseller No. 10
Beside Me Dreamer Bassinet & Bedside Sleeper
35 Reviews
Beside Me Dreamer Bassinet & Bedside Sleeper
  • BREATHABLE MESH WALLS
  • 6-POSITION HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT AND INCLINE OPTIONS

What We Found

A crib is one baby item you definitely want to buy new. That’s the only way to be sure you’ll get one that meets the latest safety standards. We recommend you purchase a JPMA-certified, full-sized crib with stationary sides. This guide will help you find the perfect one so the whole family can rest easy.

Basic is Best
The safest cribs have simple lines and no scrollwork or finials. Infants can strangle if their clothing gets caught in such detail work. Following this advice will get you a safer crib and save you money. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for full-sized and portable cribs as of 2011 required the elimination of drop-side models, which have been connected to at least 32 deaths during a few years prior.

Buy New
If possible, avoid buying or accepting a used crib. Older models might not meet current safety standards or might be in disrepair. By law, the production date of a crib must be displayed on it and on its shipping carton.

Check Construction and Workmanship
One or more stabilizer bars—metal rods fastened to both end boards beneath the crib—can help to make the frame more rigid. The simplest in-store test is to shake the crib slightly to see if the frame seems loose. But be aware that display models aren’t always tightly assembled. Without applying excessive pressure, try rotating each slat to see if it’s well secured to the railings.

Buy the Mattress at the Same Time
Pair the mattress and crib you plan to buy to make sure they’re a good fit. (Mattresses are typically sold separately.) By law, a mattress used in a full-sized crib must be at least 27 1/4 inches wide by 51 5/8 inches long and no more than 6 inches thick. Still, do a quick check. If you can place more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib frame, the fit isn’t snug enough.

Use the Proper Sheets
When buying a mattress, make sure you also buy crib sheets designed to fit tightly. If a sheet isn’t the correct fit, your baby might pull it up and become entangled. Hand-me-down sheets can be great but make sure the elastic at the corners is still strong. Test the sheet, whether new or used, by pulling up on each corner to make sure it doesn’t pop off the mattress corner.

Arrange for Assembly
Cribs are shipped unassembled, so if you’re not sure you can put one together correctly (it’s usually a two-person job that requires up to an hour from unpacking to complete assembly), ask a handy friend or relative for help or see if the retailer can send people to assemble it in your home. The latter can cost an extra $70 or more, but it can give you peace of mind.

Adjust the Mattress to the Right Height
Most cribs let you adjust the mattress height; some have three levels, some have more. The higher levels make it easier to take your infant out of the crib, but they’re dangerous when your child is able to pull herself to a standing position. Before your child reaches that stage—about 6 months—the mattress should be at its lowest setting.

Features

Some features are important for child safety, while others might make things more convenient or aesthetically pleasing, depending on your style.

Do Not Buy Drop Sides
Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for full-sized and portable cribs require the elimination of models with “drop-sides” that can be lowered for taking your baby out. Drop-sides have been linked to at least 32 deaths over the past decade. The standards also include rigorous new durability testing and require improved warnings and labeling.

Single Drop Gates
A single drop gate also called a single folding side, lets you lower a small portion of the crib’s side instead of the entire side. This avoids the safety hazard of a full drop side, while still making it easier to get your baby out.

Mattress Height
Full-sized cribs have at least two mattress-height positions; some even have three or four. To prevent your baby from falling over the side of the crib, adjust the mattress support to its lowest height as soon as she can sit or pull up, usually between 6 and 8 months of age. Many models don’t require tools for adjusting mattress height, while in some models screws or bolts may be hard to reach.

Mattress Supports
Most mattress supports consist of a metal frame suspended by stiff springs. In some cribs, the mattress support is a one-piece board; in others, it’s just metal hangers screwed into a wooden frame that supports a spring-wire grid frame, or a grid of wood slats.

Sides and Railings
Crib sides are comprised of bars (or spindles or slats) fitted into holes in the top and bottom rails, then secured with glue and often one or two nails. The small holes made by the nails are usually filled and covered with a finish to make them almost invisible. A mandatory safety standard requires that crib slats be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.

Teething Rails
These are smooth, plastic coverings for the top of the side rails to protect the crib and the gums and teeth of little ones who like to gnaw on the crib’s rails. Teething rails should be built to stay in place and not crack or break.

Wheels/Casters
Many cribs come with plastic or metal furniture caster wheels that swivel and make it easy to move the crib around. But if you have your eye on a model without wheels, don’t change your mind just because you’re planning to move the crib out of your room into a nursery when your baby turns 6 months.

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