Then I went through my condensed list of brands and added specific crib models to our consideration list. Some brands, like IKEA, DaVinci, Graco, and Pottery Barn, had three or four different cribs on that list alone. For each crib, I gathered more information on its price, user ratings, materials, dimensions, color options, ability to convert to a toddler and full-size bed, and other special features. As I was filling in this spreadsheet, I also put out a call on Facebook for parents to share what crib they had bought for their kids, and asked parents I know about their crib-buying experience. I heard the same brands crop up again and again, and sometimes even heard about specific models. IKEA cribs, DaVinci cribs, Pottery Barn cribs, and Graco cribs were among the favorites.
We typically unpacked everything in the box first, and took account of the number of pieces laid out on the ground. Referring to the written directions, we worked together to assemble each crib. When we were done, I stopped my watch, recorded the time, and made some notes about the process. I highlighted when the instructions were overly confusing or when we made mistakes putting the cribs together, which, sadly, happened a lot. Overall, we found through this process that crib assembly varies greatly. Some cribs had four parts and took just over 15 minutes to put together; most had a few more parts and took about half an hour to assemble; and two took well over an hour to complete.
When each crib was assembled, I popped in a crib mattress to confirm that it fit well (they all did), and ran through a checklist to see how well made and sturdy the crib was. I moved it around the room, shook it, pulled on the bars, and noted where it was easily dinged or nicked. We changed the mattress height for most of the cribs, and converted our top few picks to a toddler bed and back again to see how easy that process was.
The DaVinci Kalani has two major flaws. The first is an overly difficult assembly. Many of the cribs that we tested, including all three of our other picks, have four parts to assemble, plus the mattress support. Our other picks also all have front and back pieces that are identical, as well as two interchangeable sides. Essentially, they all have symmetrical designs that make it difficult to mess up the assembly. The Kalani crib, on the other hand, has 14 pieces out of the box and a sleighlike design with front and back pieces that are different from each other and need to face in a particular direction. Although all those pieces are labeled, we felt that the instructions rely too heavily on graphics over written directions. In terms of hardware, the crib uses bolts of five lengths (many cribs have just one or two), barrel nuts, wood dowels, and two types of washers. To put it together, you need the Allen wrench, which comes with the crib, as well as a Phillips screwdriver, which does not. We made several mistakes along the way and got pretty frustrated putting this crib together.
We found that this crib is among the easiest to assemble of all the cribs we tested, and by far the easiest to assemble of our four picks. It took two people just 16 minutes to put it together for the first time; later, one person was able to complete the toddler bed conversion in about 10 minutes. The toddler bar is included with the coral-colored model we tested (for about $250) and with several of the other less common colors; the black, white, cherry, and slate gray Jenny Lind cost less (about $200) and offer the toddler rail as an optional additional purchase (around $80). If you want a toddler bar, choosing a less common color ends up being a better value.
If you're expecting and have no clue where to find stylish cribs, furniture sets, changing tables, and baby gear, look no further. Read on for the best places to buy nursery furniture and accessories online.
You can tell that Stokke, a Norwegian company, puts a lot of thought into its designs, so if you're looking for clever, Scandi-chic gear, this is where you can find cribs, high chairs, and playtime accessories. One specialty item is the mini crib, which creates a more cocoonlike atmosphere for your baby.
Kalon mostly makes adult-size furniture, but what they do offer in the way of wee ones is very impressive: wooden cribs, conversion kits, dressers, and changing trays handcrafted by highly skilled folks in New England, for which you'll pay a premium price.
This baby mecca is the Bed Bath & Beyond of kid stuff. The selection is extensive, so you're sure to find something within your budget. On top of cribs, dressers, and swaddle blankets, you can also get some high-tech baby accessories, like sound machines.
Traditional, classic-style cribs often have features like curves, crown or other types of moldings, nailhead trim or upholstered sides. They fit any style of nursery decor and are most often found in white or natural wood tones.
These cribs are a fun way to add a touch of vintage style to a brand-new nursery space. Two of the most popular styles are metal cribs (inspired by iconic American cribs of the past) and Jenny Lind-style spindle cribs. Vintage cribs are usually available in black and metallic finishes and sometimes even fun colors, depending on the brand.
Another space-saving nursery option is a crib with built-in storage. These types of cribs often feature drawers or trundle-style storage spaces, changing tables and nightstands. Sometimes these add-ons detach (like a nightstand or a dresser, for example) so you can use them separately once the crib is converted into a bed.
Knobs and Finials Cribs with posts or finials should be less than 1/16 of an inch high to keep your baby from getting their clothes caught on them. To play it safe, avoid cribs with this detail.
This brand, formerly known as Million Dollar Baby Classic, is owned by Million Dollar Baby, which also owns Babyletto, DaVinci, and Ubabub. It sells high-end nursery furniture, such as cribs, changing tables, and gliders.
DaVinci is another Million Dollar Baby brand. Its midrange cribs come in a variety of styles, from trendy Jenny Lind spindle slat cribs to contemporary-style cribs for parents with more modern style. DaVinci cribs can be found at Target, Wayfair, and other retailers.
In the 1980s, this Swedish company expanded to the U.S. Ikea carries its own brand of cribs, which are priced in the economy range. Its cribs, crib mattresses, changing tables, high chairs, and other juvenile products are available online, by catalog, or in Ikea stores.
Pottery Barn Kids (part of the Williams-Sonoma company) sells its brand of cribs in the high-end price range. The cribs can be purchased at Pottery Barn Kids stores, and a larger selection is available online or by catalog.
The Wave Crib, inspired by the movement of the ocean, converts from a mini crib, to full crib, to toddler bed. Its lockable wheels make it a breeze to move from room to room without compromising safety. All of this in an organically shaped, modern design that will fit in (or more likely stand out) wherever it goes.
If you choose to purchase sheets elsewhere, we have some specific recommendations since the mini-mattress is a custom size. These sheets have animal and outer space patterns. These come in a 3-pack and have a bunch of either whimsical or simple patterns to choose from. These are more geometric patterns. We also have a partnership with the artisan shop Little Moose By Liza! For certain styles in her shop, you can choose the Wave mini from the dropdown bar, and for other styles, you can type the dimensions in (22.5 in x 27.5 in x 2 in)!
Yes! We have partnered with Lullaby Earth to create an extra breathable premium option for our Wave, Cloud and Candy Cloud cribs, which is available as an add-on. It's PVC and vinyl-free, made from food grade materials, and includes a removable breathable cover. You can purchase one or find out more information here.
Our full size cribs and toddler beds are compatible with any standard size crib mattress. We love Naturepedic, Lullaby Earth and Newton, but choose whichever brand you like!
Because the Wave mini-mattress is a bit wider, if you choose to purchase sheets elsewhere we have some more specific recommendations. These sheets have animal and outer space patterns. These are more geometric patterns. We also have a partnership with the artisan shop Little Moose By Liza! For certain styles in her shop, you can choose the Wave mini from the dropdown bar, and for other styles, you can type the dimensions in (22.5 in x 27.5 in x 2 in)!
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