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10 Easy Pieces: Best Cribs for Babies

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10 Easy Pieces: Best Cribs for Babies

November 19, 2014

With any luck, a new baby will spend the majority of his or her first year sleeping. So it makes sense that expecting parents start feathering the nest by choosing a crib. 

For me, I knew that my husband and I would be welcoming a baby into a small New York City apartment without a designated nursery. We wanted to make sure we found a crib that integrated discreetly with the rest of our furniture, but that also gave our daughter a safe, peaceful space to sleep. When we were ready to begin our search, this is what we looked for: solid hardwood construction (compliant, of course, with safety rules), eco-friendly finishes, and unobtrusive, timeless design. 

While we decided to go with the most affordable option on this list, here are my top 10 choices for beautiful cribs at a range of price points. 

Ikea crib photograph by Erin Boyle Remodelista

Above: For affordable and attractive cribs, Ikea is a reliable place to turn. The Sniglar is made of solid beech and is left unfinished. Simple spindles, a low-profile, the ability to convert to a toddler bed, and the incredibly low price (just $69) made it the choice for our family. Photograph by Erin Boyle for Reading My Tea Leaves.

oeuf sparrow crib birch remodelista 10 easy pieces

Above: The Oeuf Sparrow Crib is my favorite from the company famous for its modern kids’ designs. It’s sustainably made in Europe of FSC-certified birch and Baltic birch plywood with nontoxic, water-based finishes. Available in birch, white, gray, and walnut; $760. A toddler bed conversion kit is sold separately.

caravan crib kalon studios crib remodelista 10 easy pieces 0

Above: The Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios is made in New England of FSC-certified, domestically harvested maple, and comes with a choice of natural, black, red, yellow, or green rails. It’s also available for a limited time in white and pink; $695.

Dwell Studio Mid Century Natural Crib remodelista 10 easy pieces

Above: The Mid-Century Natural Crib from Dwell Studio is an option for the sophisticated nursery. It’s made of poplar with a natural finish. The X-base structure and brass hardware on the tips of the tapered legs add a touch of elegance. It’s currently on sale for $649 (marked down from $799). Also available in white; $899.

Loom Crib remodelista 10 easy pieces

Above: The Loom Crib by NurseryWorks was inspired by Shaker designs and is ready for the clean-lined nursery. Made of sustainably harvested wood, it’s finished with low-VOC lacquers and stain. Available in white and natural catalpa wood; $649 at All Modern. A toddler bed conversion kit is sold separately.

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Above: Another choice from Kalon Studio, the Ioline Crib is an eco-friendly option with a Charles Rennie MacIntosh–style geometric detail. The design converts to a toddler bed without needing extra parts; $1,595 (currently back-ordered).

Andersen Crib remodelista 10 easy pieces

Above: The Andersen Crib from Land of Nod is a classic, made in the US and available in white or walnut; $749. A toddler bed conversion kit is sold separately.

Sebra Kili Baby Junior Bed remodelista 10 easy pieces 0

Above: The Kili Baby Cot & Junior Bed by Sebra is hard to come by on this side of the pond, but this Danish convertible crib has sweet, old-fashioned styling. Available to European shoppers in gray and white at Kids Love Design; €945 ($1,177.40). 

stokke sleepi crib remodelista 10 easy pieces 0 

Above: The expandable shape of the Sleepi by Stokke makes it stand out from the crowd. The crib is made of solid beech and can be adjusted to fit the growing needs of a baby, starting with a round shape for 0 to 6 months and growing into an oval to fit a child up to 10 years old; $799. Extenders and rounded mattresses sold separately. 

alma bloom mini natural remodelista 10 easy pieces 

Above: The Bloom Alma Mini Crib is a smaller choice for parents (and babies) with limited space. The crib folds flat to store and comes with four lockable casters. Recommended for infants up to 12 months old. It’s available in natural (shown here) exclusively at Giggle; it also comes in white, brown, gray, and green; $340.

Looking for more nursery inspiration? See Steal This Look: Stylish Nursery on a Budget. In the mood to make something yourself? Make a sweet-smelling Bouquet for a Newborn (and his or her parents).

Product summary  

Children's Beds

Caravan Crib

$695.00 USD from Kalon Studios
Children's Beds

IoLine Crib

$1,595.00 USD from Kalon Studios
Children's Beds

Loom Crib

$649.00 USD from All Modern

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