Sleep Tight, Little One – The Best Cribs and Bassinets for 2018

Baby in one of the best cribs

There’s a lot to consider when researching cribs and bassinets, after all, you’re depending on the thing to keep your baby safe at night when you’re asleep.  Beyond safety and sturdiness, you’re also pressed to find furniture that blends well with the style of your nursery.  A general rule of thumb is to design a nursery that will blend well with either a wood or white finish.  In our baby crib reviews below, you’ll find that our tops picks have a blend of both styles.  There were quite a few products to try but we’re confident we’ve picked out some of the best baby cribs available.  First things first – lets answer the question of crib vs bassinet.

What’s the difference between a bassinet and a convertible crib?

Well, a convertible crib is a fairly simple but sturdy piece of furniture that creates a fairly immobile safe zone for your child, while a bassinet is a more portable, snug fit that transitions easier for co-sleeping (though bedside cribs aren’t much more difficult to use).

Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit                        Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

As for which you should be purchasing, ask yourself if you plan on co-sleeping or if you have a need to have a portable sleeping solution.    If so, consider a bassinet instead of a crib, especially early on.  You can always purchase a crib later when baby gets a bit too big, and both items should work for many years (and many children!), at least if you’re looking at a quality product.  We strongly advise to avoid cheap knock offs – go with the tried and true with plenty of reviews.  Without further ado, let’s take a look at our top picks…

 

Our Top Picks for the Best Baby Convertible Cribs

1. Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

What we liked… What we didn’t like…
  • Variety of styles
  • Toddler/daybed conversion
  • Rail is in place in toddler set up as well – extra security
  • Time-consuming set up process
  • Some owners reporting issues with the top trim bar not fitting correctly

The Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit comes in a variety of colors and the mid-century design makes it versatile for any nursery.

If you are not careful during the set up process, the finish may become scratched easily.  Be sure to follow the instructions included diligently,and set at least an hour in order to give yourself plenty of time.  Many of our reviewers found themselves adjusting the height of the mattress multiple times.  With practice, taking the crib apart in order to adjust it will be a 5-minute task.

 

2.  Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib

Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib

What we liked… What we didn’t like…
  • 10 different wood finishes available
  • Toddler/daybed to full-size bed conversion
  • Extra-sturdy construction
  • Requires 2 people to set up
  • Hardware is visible detracting for its style

The Dream on Me Asthon 5 in 1 Convertible Crib is perfect if you are looking for a more traditional style crib. This crib converts into a toddler bed, a day bed, and a full size bed. The mattress support has four different positions. The Dream on Me has a pine wood finish and comes in ten different finishes. This is a very sturdy and reliable piece of furniture.

Although it is fairly easy to assemble, there may be times when you will want to have another person to help you assemble this crib. Conversion to the toddler bed or day bed is an easy process, however. As long as you careful during assembly and set up, you shouldn’t have any issues with the finish scratching.

 

3.  Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

What we liked… What we didn’t like…
  • Minimalist aesthetic
  • Easy to set-up
  • Can be used as a co-sleeper
  • Less sturdy than some of the other options – avoid moving it around often

The Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib is perfect for a more modern or minimalist nursery. The Union crib converts to a daybed and toddler bed and is made with New Zealand pine wood. Some have used this crib successfully as a co sleeper crib. It comes in seven colors, including a gorgeous yellow. Very easy assembly and set up.

This crib is a great deal, but isn’t nearly as sturdy as our other picks. That’s not to say that it isn’t perfectly safe, but it may not be tough enough to be set up as a toddler bed if your little one is rough on furniture.

 

Make It Mobile –  Our Picks for the Best Baby Bassinets

1.  HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper – Premiere Series Bassinet

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper – Premiere Series Bassinet

What we liked… What we didn’t like…
  • Very cool 360 rotation
  • Nightlight with vibration and music/white noise
  • Rail is in place in toddler set up as well – extra security
  • Nightlight is a little too bright
  • Only for small babies

The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper – Premiere Series rotates and swivels 360 degrees and the side wall lowers down for easy access to baby or it can be locked into the upright position. The Halo Bassinest also includes a nightlight and 2 levels of vibration, 3 soothing sounds and 3 lullabies with volume control, all with 30-minute auto shutoff. There is also a hammock insert you can buy for a newborn baby.

A few cons to this bassinet is that the LED lights are somewhat bright. You can cover them with a cloth, or simply downgrade the model to the Essentia series, which does not include all of the fancy vibrations and sounds. Use should be discontinued when infant shows signs of pulling up, rolling over, pushing up to kneeling position.

 

2.  Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

What we liked… What we didn’t like…
  • Excellent price point
  • Wheels!
  • Rail is in place in toddler set up as well – extra security
  • Wheels come with a price – less stability

Looking for a more budget friendly bassinet? the Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet is a great deal. It is designed for infants up to 15 lbs and has calming nightlight and soothing music. The sleeping area is nice and cozy and has a fitted washable sheet. This bassinet is nice and light weight and has wheels making it easy to transfer to another room. There is also a nice storage section underneath.

Some reviewers complained that the bassinet was a bit wobbly, so take care in assembling it well. Most of the fabric instructs users to ‘spot wash’ but you can put the fitted sheet in the washing machine if need be.

 

3.  SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

What we liked… What we didn’t like…
  • Excellent for travel
  • Inexpensive
  • Rail is in place in toddler set up as well – extra security
  • Time-consuming set up process
  • Some owners reporting issues with the top trim bar not fitting correctly

This is a great option  if you are planning on co-sleeping with your baby. The SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper has mesh sides that provide a clear view of baby and help air circulate. The sturdy metal frame folds flat for travel. For a few extra bucks, you can purchase the Deluxe model, which includes a detachable sound, light and vibration unit which plays heartbeat, nature sounds, and music!

Once your baby starts to push up your roll, you can no longer use this sleeper.  We found that pairing this type of inexpensive bassinet with a baby monitor for extra security works out great.

 

That about sums it up for our top 3 bassinets and cribs.  Thanks for taking the time to hear our thoughts, and we hope night times for mommy and baby will be as peaceful as possible!  To find more great ideas for baby essentials you or another  expecting mother may require, check out our baby essentials post.

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