Welcome to My Crib

by tinysneakers

While I hem and haw over paint colors and nursery design, there’s one other important thing to be thinking about. The Crib.

Sure, a baby doesn’t have to have a crib, especially not at the beginning, but it’d be nice to have one ready and waiting when the baby comes home. Apparently it can take a little while for a crib to come in, so it’s time to pick one!

modern crib choices


Obviously the most important factor in choosing a crib is safety. We’ll be playing it safe and buying a new crib, instead of looking for a used one. That way we can guarantee it’ll meet all the current safety standards, such as proper slat spacing, fixed sides {ones that can’t drop down}, and make sure there aren’t any recalls.


Our next top priority in choosing a crib is selecting one that’s made of sustainable wood and non toxic paint and materials. This is a personal decision, but since there seem to be a good number of reasonably priced options out there, I’d rather minimize the amount of fumes/toxins where the baby will be spending so much time sleeping.

Things I’m looking for include:

Solid wood. {No mdf or pressed particle board- they can contain formaldehyde. No thanks!} A sustainable wood like pine, beech, or spruce is a big plus.

Non-toxic finish. Most cribs are either painted or coating in some type of finish; few are left as bare wood. A non-toxic finish is a must, especially since babies like to chew just about everything.


Keyword here is reasonable. I was absolutely floored when I first saw prices of cribs. It’s not uncommon for them to start around $400, and the price soars well above $1000. Yes, for a crib. When you add in all the other things you need to buy, that gets even more ridiculous. So I’d like not break the bank on this one particular item.


Not so much a safety or importance factor, but I prefer a modern looking crib with clean lines- no arches or fancy molding here.


I’d like a crib with at least 2 heights available, so it can be higher up when the baby’s first born, and lower down once the baby can stand up. I’ve seen some adjust up to 4 different levels.

A convertible crib {that changes into a toddler bed} would be nice, but isn’t a big factor in our decision. If we have another baby, we’ll need another crib anyways. It’s always nice to have as an option though.


The Cribs

Here are a couple of the current front runners:

The Ikea Gulliver {or any Ikea crib}

ikea gulliver naturalikea crib gulliver in white

Pros: Probably the cheapest crib available {that doesn’t look like crap} at $99-$129. It’s made of solid pine and the painted versions have non-toxic finishes. Highly recommended by Consumer Reports and Baby Bargains.

Cons: These cribs just came back on the market. Last week I think. There was an issue with one of the other models not having long enough screws, so all the crib models were pulled off the market. Not a deal breaker since they have to be safe to be sold again, but still makes me iffy. Depending on what day I check, sometimes the cribs are available, sometimes they’re not. Some models use “less toxic” glue, and some have pressed wood parts. The mattress base on the Gulliver {& some others} is made of fiberboard, and the finish is doesn’t specify nontoxic.

The Baby Mod Modena 3-1

baby mod modena gray cribbaby mod modena crib in white from walmart

Pros: Solid pine wood, non-toxic paint. Adjustable mattress height and converts into toddler bed and day bed. The funky gray is kind of cool. It’s inexpensive compared to other cribs, at $199.

Cons: Solid ends mean you can’t see baby from the side.

The Child Craft Logan Traditional Crib

child craft logan traditional crib

Pros: Made from pine and non-toxic finish. Not too bad on the price scale, at $204.

Cons: A little too traditional-ish.

The Baby Mod Park Lane 3-in-1

baby mod park lane crib from walmart

Pros: Solid pine, non toxic, 4 position mattress height, and a cool two compartment draw underneath for storage.

Cons: Starting to get pricey {by my standards} at $299. Also, it seems like just about everyone who is pregnant and has a blog is buying this crib. Says a lot about the quality/standards, but makes it a little boring. Winking smile I suppose the Ikea crib is fairly boring too in that regard.

The Baby Mod Olivia 3-in-1

baby mod olivia crib

Pros: Solid wood, non toxic, states it’s lead and phthalate free.

Cons: $299 is iffy, and it doesn’t state that it’s adjustable height for the mattress, though I’m sure it is based on all the other models by this brand.

The Babyletto Mercer 3-in-1

babyletto mercer crib two tone

Pros: Solid, sustainable wood. Non-toxic finish. Adjustable mattress height and converts to daybed. Also has a fun under-crib drawer.

Cons: $399. And also probably my favorite right now. Of course.


So, there they are. The crib choices. There are way too many decision-making needs with this whole baby thing. Winking smile

Any other suggestions for cribs?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Marci September 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Fun to see what other people like! I am looking at ones at Pottery Barn Kids and a local store that carries a variety of brands. I do like arches, and prefer white. I am consulting Baby Bargains for reviews, but only listening to them partly. It’s about aesthetics for me!


Rachel in NC September 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

We got the Carter’s Sleep Haven in Chocolate. Love it! It’s a little pricey, but I found it on sale at Meijer and had it shipped. I love that the back is solid rather than slatted so it will make a nice headboard when we convert it.


tinysneakers September 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Ooo it’s pretty!


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

We are probably going to purchase one in Ohio or Pennsylvania Amish country where our families live near. There are a few Amish run furniture stores that are just incredible. They are a bit more pricey but the quality is unbeatable (in our opinion). Not sure if you have Amish country near you 😛


tinysneakers September 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Nope, no Amish country in NC- but that’s an awesome idea, I can’t see what you end up with!


Kate September 29, 2011 at 4:29 am

Thank you so much for this post- I’m starting to get to the “Eek- thinking about nursery furniture” stage, and although the actual options aren’t available in NZ, the advice is invaluable!


Vicky S. September 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

I got the Natural Straight-Up Crib from Land of Nod. Love that it got a high safety rating, it is made in the USA and it converts to a toddler bed. It was a bit pricey…. but we aren’t really getting any other furniture (we are using a dresser we have already… and book shelves).


tinysneakers September 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I love that one!


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