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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
BEST VINTAGE-LOOKING CRIB OVER $500 | Restoration Hardware Millbrook Iron Crib
While it was a close call between this Restoration Hardware iron crib and the Pottery Barn Bratt DÃ©cor Venetian Crib ($799), this one just has that authentic antique look, as if your children should be pitter-pattering around in bloomers and petticoats in Paris. (If you’d prefer a more ornate iron crib, check out the one at PB Kids.)
The Millbrook is meticulously designed down to the ball feet and even has a distressed finish for a real vintage look. Except unlike a vintage iron crib that you’d find at a flea market, you can be sure that the Millbrook’s fixed railings and sturdy design are safe and secure. It just might be the perfect option for anyone drawn to a French Industrial aesthetic – without being too cold and bleak.
Bonus: Restoration Hardware even assembles the crib for you!
Restoration Hardware, $849