Buying a crib may seem like a daunting task but it’s important to do the research and choose the right one for you and your newborn. It’s where s/he will spend most of the hours in the early stage of life (or at least you can hope so). Plus, once you buy it you’ll be stuck with it for some time!
It’s recommended that your baby sleeps in the same room as you for at least 6 months of life (but preferably a year). It’s also much more comfortable for you- I know you want to stay positive but you can count on your baby waking up MANY times during the night.
There are different kinds of baby beds. From Moses baskets (best for first few months), co-sleepers, cribs to cots (which usually last for longer). Whatever you’ll choose, it’s important to prioritize safety.
You should not put any blankets or accessories inside of the crib (for example bumpers, pillows or stuffed animals). Also, the best place to put the crib is where there are no curtains (to keep away from the cords) and wires (that potentially can become a source of strangulation).
What to consider when buying a crib?
- Do you have limited space? If you live in a small flat or your baby’s nursery is rather narrow, then you probably want to go for something smaller. Mini/ portable crib or cot would be the best option for you. Some other space-saver cribs come with storage or a built-in changing table. Always use a measuring tape before making a decision..
- Do you want something for the long-term? If you want the crib to last you for years, opt for a convertible crib. They can easily be converted into toddler beds or day beds so you won’t have to spend money twice.
- Do you travel a lot? If you plan to often travel or your little one will spend time with the grandparents regularly — you’ll want to get something portable. Travel cribs are lightweight and fold up easily, and they’re sturdy enough for everyday use.
- Is the brand important to you? Many cribs have a higher price tag only because of their brand. Some top baby crib brands include Chicco, Delta and BabyBjorn.
5 top best-selling cribs and cots
Next2me cot remains a best-seller in the newborn category. This cot is designed to be installed next to your bed so that you can have easy access to your little one when s/he wakes up at night. It has 6 different height adjustments so will fit to almost all type of beds.
A great feature of this cot is mesh window with zip which improves ventilation and enables you to reach your baby quickly. It’s definitely a life-savior for those first few months when the baby cries a lot; you don’t even have to stand up to breastfeed- s/he will feel you’re close and maybe even sleep better (but don’t set your hopes too high!).
It has 2 wheels which makes it portable. It’s particularly a good cot if you are traveling as it doesn’t take too much space.
While it is a great cot with so many good reviews, keep in mind that it will only last you (or rather your baby) for about 6 months. Taking this fact into account, it could be cheaper.
This Delta crib is perfect for small spaces. It has 4 wheels- which makes it portable and folds easily when needed- which makes it great for transport as well.
It’s easy to assmeble and it ‘grows’ with your baby- the mattress height position can be adjusted on 2 levels so it comes handy when your little one starts to sit or stand. It should last until your child’s second birthday.
Made of high-quality wood, it’s lightweight and was built to last; without doubt it’s 100% safe and sturdy. You can choose from 5 different colours.
It also comes with a mattress, however a couple of reviews suggest it’s not a good quality and you may need to buy another mattress to be fully satisfied.
Other than that, it’s a great value for money.
If you’re hunting for a crib that will last your for years, then you should consider getting this modern-looking cot. Snuzkot Skandi is suitable from birth until your child is around 10 years old (with an extra extension).
It’s quite expensive, however, considering its long-term use, it’s definitely worth the investment. It has 3 mattress heights to suit the needs of your growing child. Unfortunately, you’ll need to buy the mattress separately as it’s not included in price.
It’s made with natural beech wood and a solid frame so you can be sure it will survive the constant wriggling and jumping that will soon become a reality.
The oval shape of this bed is probably its best feature as it allows you to transport the cot from one room to another without waking your baby. There are many shades and 16 styles to choose from, so be ready to spend a good amount of time when picking the best matching design to your baby’s nursery.
Ikea offers a wide range of affordable and functional cribs that don’t compromise on safety or quality.
This Gulliver crib is super easy to assemble and its simple design will blend in nicely with any type of nursery.
The mattress height can be adjusted on 2 different levels and once your baby becomes a toddler, you can convert it to a bed by simply removing the front side of the crib.
One drawback: mattress is sold separately and the bed linen has to be bought in Ikea (otherwise it may not fit).
Weighing less than 6 kg, this very popular BabyBjorn travel crib can be also used as a playard. It’s so light that you can take it wherever you need to go and you’ll definitely appreciate its functionality when moving around.
It’s very simple to set up and fold open (it basically puts itself up once out of the bag). It also comes in one piece so you don’t have to worry about loosing any small parts in the process. There’s a travel bag included that becomes handy when the crib is not in use.
Another great thing about this travel crib is the airy mesh fabric- it provides a good ventilation for your baby and you’ll be able to see her fully (comparing to the wooden cribs). The whole material is removable and washable.
The mattress that comes with the crib is thick and comfortable.
To sum up…
My personal winner is Chicco Next2me cot- thanks to its compact size, mobility and ease of use, my nights were a bit easier during the first 6 months of my baby girl’s life. Later on, I bought a convertible Ikea crib that my toddler is using by now.
However, there is no such thing as the best baby crib type for everyone. When shopping for the perfect crib, remember you need to take your space, lifestyle and future plans into consideration.
I hope this post helped you to find what you’ve been looking for! If you have any questions or want to leave a comment, please do so below.
Until next time:)