Types of Cribs - Crib Buying Guide

Last updated: November 2020

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Babies spend the majority of their first year sleeping which is why you have to invest in a crib that offers quality, safety and comfort for your young one. There are many types to choose from and many features to look out for. Betty’s guide will help you understand and compare the various cribs available on the market to make your shopping easier.

Cribs are categorized based on size, design and functionality. Here are the four main types of cribs, pros and price range.


Standard Crib

Crib Buying Guide | Standard Crib

Standard cribs refer to the most common crib option in the market. These cribs have standard dimensions, which make it easy to find mattresses and bedding that fit. Standard cribs are typically rectangular with four slatted sides and can be used for the first 2 years of your child’s life.

Parents like standard cribs because they...

  • Are sturdy and durable
  • Available in many style options to suit any nursery decor or theme
  • Come in a standard size which makes finding accessories easy

Standard crib price range: $120-500+


Convertible Crib

Crib Buying Guide | Convertible Crib

Convertible cribs have the ability to grow with your child. Convertible cribs are designed to transform from a regular crib to a toddler bed, a day bed and even a full-sized bed. Options range from 2-in-1 versions to 4-in-1 options based on the four stages. While convertible beds offer flexibility, it’s worth noting and budgeting for additional parts you might need to complete the conversion (such as a toddler guardrail or a full conversion kit).

Parents like convertible cribs because they...

  • Grow with your child from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond
  • Make the transition from crib to toddler bed easier on your child

Convertible crib price range: $120-900+


Mini Crib

Crib Buying Guide | Mini Crib

As the name suggests, mini cribs are smaller than standard-sized cribs. Some models come with wheels to easily move the crib from room to room. Parents often consider mini cribs when they have limited space. If you’re debating between a mini crib and bassinet, some mini cribs can transition into a toddler bed making them a longer-lasting alternative.

Parents like mini cribs because they...

  • Fit easily into small rooms or spaces (like the corner of your master bedroom)
  • Are a good option for twins who need separate cribs but don’t have a large space

Mini crib price range: $100-500


Travel Crib

Crib Buying Guide | Travel Crib

Travel cribs are made with fabric mesh and can fold into a backpack or bag for portability. Folding cribs come with an included mattress pad to conform to the USPC safety standards. The supporting poles can be folded or disassembled for easy packing. When getting a travel crib, you should consider the size of weight, ease of use (setting it up and breaking it down), durability, comfort and safety.

Parents like folding cribs because they...

  • Are excellent options for trips, vacations or overnight stays as they are easy to carry
  • Are lightweight and often come with a storage bag

Travel crib price range: $90-300

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