Your ultimate guide to the best cribs is here! Any parent–and interior designer, for that matter–will tell you that the crib is the most essential piece of furniture in any nursery. And a good bassinet comes in at a close second if you want to have your primary standard crib in the nursery and a secondary sleep option in your own room, for the living room, or for grandma’s house (typically, a bassinet is smaller and designed to be used only until baby can roll over on their own).
But with so many options on the market–plus your own budget, design aesthetic, and spacial preferences to consider–narrowing down the best choices can be daunting.
As a veteran of the baby and parenting media industry myself, baby gear is a topic I know well! I served as the executive editor of New York Family magazine for 5.5 years and have also served on the judging panel for the JPMA Innovation Awards. Now, as a member of the KKH content and marketing team, I am thrilled to bring my baby gear expertise to our new-parent and parent-to-be readership.
At Kathy Kuo Home, we are proud to offer a beautiful selection of some of the best cribs and best bassinets in the industry. Whether you’re looking for the understated elegance of a solid wood crib, a convertible crib to cut down on waste, a statement-making designer crib, or a crib and bassinet of a certain style, we’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the equation by only offering the best in terms of high-quality materials, top safety standards, mattress support, premium design elements, and variety of design styles.
First, we recommend you check out our guide on how to choose a crib, and then take a look at our fresh guide to the top 10 best baby cribs and bassinets–all available from our Baby & Kids’ Shop! —Mia Weber, KKH Content & Blog Manager
Best Clear Crib: Nursery Works Luma Clear Acrylic Convertible Crib
Crafted from non-toxic acrylic and electro-plated steel, the Nursery Works Luma Modern Classic Clear Acrylic Gold Base Convertible Crib is as stylish and versatile as it is safe and well-made (Nursery Works is also a noted fave of celebs like Kim Kardashian West and Beyonce).
This limited edition crib can be purchased on its own or with a conversion kit, which allows it to convert into a toddler bed–which means you save on not having to purchase a separate toddler bed, and you also reduce waste.
Plus, we love how the clear acrylic and rose gold make it oh-so-easy to match this modern crib with just about any type of nursery design motif. The best cribs tend to be the most versatile!
Best Mid-Century Modern Crib: Babyletto Hudson Convertible Crib
Looking to bring your Mid-Century Modern design sensibility into your baby’s nursery? The ever-popular Babyletto Hudson Mid Century Modern White Washed Brown Convertible Crib is sure to be the perfect anchor piece for your baby’s new room. Available in a variety of beautiful (and versatile) colors, this crib is constructed from sustainable solid New Zealand pine wood and exceeds ASTM International and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
The Hudson crib also is GREENGUARD Gold Certified (meaning it’s screened for over 10,000 chemicals and VOCs known to pollute indoor air), meets the rigorous chemical emissions standards of UL, a global independent safety science company, and includes a toddler bed conversion kit that can seamlessly convert to a toddler bed and daybed from a crib.
Basically, we think it’s one of the best cribs because it’s one of the most eco-friendly and innovative nursery furniture pieces in the game.
Best Oval-Shaped Crib: Stokke Sleepi Baby Crib
Who says the best cribs need to always feature right angles? A testament to Scandinavian design, the Stokke Sleepi crib is our favorite corner-free crib and it’s sure to look darling in just about any nursery design.
Not only does this design-savvy baby crib includes a Stokke Sleepi Bed Mattress, it also adjusts to flexibly grow with your child up until 10 years of age and convert from crib to toddler bed–that’s a decade-long investment from one piece of nursery furniture! Constructed from solid beech wood, the Sleepi also features a height-adjustable mattress and swivel wheels which making moving it a breeze.
Best Modern Classic Crib: Oeuf Sparrow Crib
Designed by real parents, all of Oeuf’s nursery pieces are the definition of form and function meeting in the best possible way–especially when it comes to nursery furniture where it’s so important to have both. The Oeuf Sparrow Crib is GREENGUARD Gold certified, sustainably produced in an FSC-certified facility in Europe, and meets all US, Canadian, Australian, and European safety standards. This chic is also the noted choice of KKH founder Kathy Kuo, as well as our celeb clients Jade and Tanner Tolbert!
Plus, it’s easy to assemble, features a clean and classic look, and can comfortably sleep your little one until the age of 6.
Best Crib with Built-In Storage: ducduc Storage Shelf Crib
One thing is true of all babies: They require a lot of stuff (and the amount only increases as they grow). Be it toys, books, personal care products, or diaper changing essentials, every parent will need to invest in storage in their nursery. So, what better multi-use item could there be than a stylish crib that offers built in storage?
The ducduc Aj Modern White Stained Walnut Storage Shelf Crib is not only baby-safe and constructed from sustainably harvested hardwoods, but it also features handy shelving on the side. This piece is perfect for small-space living and for parents looking to shop with the goal reducing waste and living in an eco-conscious manner.
Best Mini Crib: Stokke Sleepi Mini Baby Crib
Interested in having baby close by in your own room for the newborn phase, or just need a high-quality sleep option for the in-laws’ house? We love the compact size of the Stokke Sleepi Modern Classic Baby Crib Mini. It makes for the perfect travel crib and is designed to function the same way (with the same safety recommendations) as a bassinet.
Designed as a companion piece to the Stokke Sleepi, the Mini features gorgeous Scandinavian design, top-tier materials, and options to convert and expand. Love the Mini? You can turn it into the full-size crib with a conversion kit sold separately.
So essentially, the purchase of the Sleepi Mini and conversion kit means that you can expand from bassinet to crib to toddler bed all with one piece of furniture.
Best Pedestal Bassinet: Aristot Carrera Marble Print Bassinet
If you’re the type of person who loves to make a statement in your home and invest in key luxury items that also happen to be highly functional and well-designed, then the Aristot Modern Rondo Circle Gold Pedestal Carrara Marble Print Bassinet Combo is for you.
This stunning bassinet not only serves a stylish anchor piece for your nursery, but it’s a comfy and safe bassinet and can convert to a sleek coffee table (with the bassinet cradle removed) once baby grows out of it.
Best Metal Bassinet: Nursery Works Aura Rose Gold Bassinet
Rose gold is always in style when it comes to modern nursery designs. That’s why we love the Nursery Works Aura Hollywood Regency Rose Gold Metal Bassinet. The sleek silhouette makes it easy to incorporate into a nursery or into your own bedroom to keep baby close at hand during the newborn phase.
This bassinet features both removable wheels with locking casters as well as optional rubber feet to protect all floor surfaces. It’s also the perfect shape for a toy storage basket once baby grows out of sleeping in it.
Best Rocker Bassinet: Monte Design Rockwell Rocker Bassinet
It’s no secret that baby’s loved to be rocked, which is why a rocking bassinet is a big must-have for nap-time during the newborn phase. The Monte Design Rockwell Modern Heather Grey Chrome Walnut Bassinet Rocker is sustainably handmade in Canada and includes a waterproof mattress, two white 100 percent organic cotton mattress sheets that are GOTS-certified.
Plus, the basket is upholstered in performance microfiber fabric that is removable and machine-washable (always a big advantage when you’re dealing with a new baby).
Best Tufted Bassinet: Aristot Curule Barcelona Bassinet
Similar to Aristot’s Rondo Pedestal Bassinet, the Aristot Modern Curule Barcelona X Rose Gold Pedestal Dusty Rose Bassinet Combo is designed with the stylish and discerning parent in mind.
The tufted velvet exterior of this exudes a look that is ultra-sophisticated, so it’s easy to incorporate into the look of a home that is already highly curated and designed to the hilt. Plus, the fabric is water resistant, and each steel pedestal base is handmade and unique!