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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 | Harper from Giggle
We were surprised at just how hard we fell for the Better Basics Harper Crib from Giggle. This middle-of-the-line modern crib – somewhere between Oeuf and IKEA – looks so much better in person than it does online. Round slats remind us of the coveted DwellStudio Century Crib, and slightly rounded corners and legs give it more character than a traditional box-y, IKEA-type modern crib. We also love how the wooden end pieces make the crib cozier than a more open design.
Solid construction, incredibly easy assembly, and an expensive-looking design make this a top contender in the best cribs search.
Get it from Giggle, $500-550