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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 | ducduc
Here’s another small company making expensive and environmentally conscious modern cribs. All of ducduc’s manufacturing is done in Connecticut, and they only use sustainably harvested hardwoods and non-toxic, water-based finishes. While we’ve heard that song and dance numerous times – along with the $1,000+ price tags – ducduc cribs stand apart for their unparalleled uniqueness. Have you ever seen a crib that has built-in bookcases, a cabana canopy, or fabric side panels? Or how about a crib with a humorous vinyl appliquÃ© that says “fragile,” “this end up,” or “bambino”? If you’re willing to spend the cash, you won’t find another crib like these.
Unless the crib will put our baby to sleep and change diapers in the middle of the night, we just can’t warrant that exuberant price tag.
Get it from ducduc, $1295 – $2395