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Deciding on a baby crib can feel like one of the biggest purchases a new parent will make. Not only does a crib set the tone and style for the entire nursery, but it's where your child will spend a large portion of his or her day. And with the vast majority of cribs now designed to convert into big-kid beds, your crib purchase could ideally last four to 10 years. Read More ↓
The most important thing to focus on is safety, which is why you should consider buying new rather than a cheaper second-hand crib. With all of the recent recalls and safety changes (drop-side cribs were banned in the U.S. in December 2010), it's best to get a crib straight from the manufacturer. If you do use a second-hand crib, make sure that the railings are fixed, the crib slats are less than 2 3/8 inches apart, and there's less than two-fingers width between the mattress and the crib.
As for the price, expensive doesn't necessarily equal "better." Yes, you'll pay more for stronger wood, unique designs, and environmentally friendly materials, but we found plenty of stylish, safe cribs for a fraction of what a designer crib costs. Read through our extensive list of baby cribs to find the style and price point that works for you. (Did we forget one? Nominate your favorite.) - Michelle Horton
READER’S CHOICE | Moda Crib
We can’t talk about chic modern baby furniture without mentioning the undeniably sleek Moda crib from Room & Board. At $999, it certainly isn’t an affordable option, but the maple side slats can be made in any color you’d like (we like the white), and the crib then converts to a toddler bed. And not only is the crib’s design incredibly stylish, but its bottom shelf is also functional.
Read our thoughts on the Moda convertible crib-to-toddler bed.
Get it from Room & Board, $999