The best convertible cribs of 2021

Last Updated on September 21, 2021 by Ines

Below is our list of the best convertible cribs in 2021! I am sure it will help you find the perfect convertible crib for your baby!

Our favorite convertible cribs

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Buying a crib is usually one of the first jobs of future parents. It is a joyful job! However, due to numerous options and safety matters, it is sometimes also intimidating.

Convertible cribs are amongst the most wanted crib types. These cribs are a highly functional, long-term, and economical solution, so their popularity is not surprising at all.

Babies spend a lot of time sleeping, and a convertible crib is one of the safest places for them. But only if you choose and use the crib wisely! Of course, it must be appealing to you, yet the most critical factor is its safety!

I will tell you what to consider when buying a convertible crib, how to use the crib safely, and show you some of the best convertible cribs you can buy in 2021.

Top 3 convertible cribs:

Editor’s Choice:

Best Convertible Cribs | Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib

A retro-modern looking crib, which converts into a daybed and toddler bed.

Runner Up:

Best Convertible Cribs | Evolur Waverly 5-in-1 Convertible Crib
Evolur Waverly 5-in-1 convertible crib

A crib that converts all the way to an adult bed. A perfect choice for a modern farmhouse nursery.

Budget Buy:

Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
DaVinci Union 4-in-1 convertible crib

An inexpensive, safe, and simple-looking convertible crib that offers everything you need from infancy to toddler age and beyond.

What is a Convertible Crib?

A convertible crib is any crib that turns into one or more beds. Depending on the type you choose, it can convert into a toddler bed, daybed, twin-size bed, and even an adult bed.

Almost all convertible cribs are stationary models made of wood! However, there are few exceptions made of iron or acrylic. And that is not all! Other convertible crib types (convertible cribs on wheels, convertible cribs with an attached changing table, mini convertible cribs, etc.) provide even greater versatility in an already large group of cribs.

Depending on the number of their conversions, we divide convertible cribs into three subtypes.

Subtypes of convertible cribs:

  1. A 2-in-1 convertible crib can convert into one bed.
  2. A 3-in-1 convertible crib can transit into two beds.
  3. A 4-in-1 convertible crib can convert into three beds.

A convertible crib grows with your child. There is no need to buy a new bed every couple of years, which saves you a lot of time and effort. Not to mention the money you will save!

Best convertible cribs of 2021

Best overall:

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs | Editor's Choice
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed and daybed
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes – it is included in the price!
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 4 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 53.625″L x 29.625″D x 34.875″H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: espresso, grey, slate, white, washed natural wood and two tone finishes gray/white, espresso/white and white/washed natural
Why we love it:

This is one of my favorite convertible cribs. Not just because of its quality craftsmanship and high functionality but also due to its beautiful design.

The Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib is a retro-modern-looking crib with an open design. Such a design and broad selection of different finishes allow it to match almost any nursery decor.

I also really appreciate its Eco-conscious design. The Babyletto shows its concern for the environment by using sustainable New Zealand pine wood (one of the most renewable woods).

Hudson grows with your child from infancy through toddler age. It is a solid, safe, and durable crib, which won’t wobble after conversions. It has four-level mattress support, allowing you to start at the highest setting for a newborn and gradually lower it down with the baby’s growth.

Short moms will welcome the Babyletto Hudson’s low profile and minimalistic frame.

And the best part? Everything for its conversions is in the price. You will get a toddler bed safety guardrail with the crib! This will save you a lot of trouble finding the matching safety rail and save you some money.

Best farmhouse convertible crib:

Evolur Waverly 5-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs | Best Farmhouse Design
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with headboard and optional footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, sold separately (the price varies a bit between finishes – around $100)
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 58.75″ L x 31.25″ W x 46.50″ H (35″ front rail)
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Rustic Grey, Sugar Cane, and Weathered White
Why we love it:

The Evolur Waverly 5-in-1 convertible crib could be easily a no.1 on this list. The only reason I have put it in the second place is its higher price.

Yes, you will pay more, but if you can afford it, consider it!

You can notice its luxurious appearance from afar. Its finishes alone are on a higher level. The crib is not just painted with a regular no-toxic finish but also textured. This gives the crib a much-loved rustic farmhouse charm. However, it is far from the only element that makes the Evolur such a great crib.

The fine craftsmanship, a full-panel headboard with a shiplap design, and a straight frame with curved accents are just some of Evelur’s design elements I want to point out here. I am genuinely impressed by its look!

The Evolur Waverly is a 5-in-1 convertible crib, which is designed to work effortlessly throughout the years. However, do not the 5-in-1 number mislead you thinking you are getting lots more than with 4-in-1 models.
Evolur’s 4th and 5th conversions are just a full-size bed with a headboard and optional footboard.

Anyway, the Evolur Waverly convertible crib is absolutely worth your consideration! It is a luxury yet simple and highly functional convertible crib that fits various nursery designs (rustic, farmhouse, modern, etc.).

→ Do you like farmhouse style? Then take a look at our favorite farmhouse cribs HERE.

Best budget buy:

DaVinci Union 4-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs | Best Affordable Choice
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with headboard and footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, sold separately
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 4 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 53.5” L x 30.25” D x 33.5” H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Ebony, White, Gray, Natural, Espresso, Lagoon, and Sunshine
Why we love it:

The DaVinci Union 4-in-1 convertible crib might not leave such a memorable first impression as Evour’s Waverly, but it is a reliable crib with everything you need. And it costs a lot less!

The Union crib boasts all the features a convertible crib needs. It has four-level mattress support and converts into a toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with a headboard and footboard.

You will have to buy a toddler bed safety rail separately. But all together (crib + safety rail) won’t cost more than $200, which is very affordable.

The DaVinci Union is a minimalistic convertible crib, which has its advantages. One of the most notable ones is that it does not take up a lot of space in the room. Sometimes every inch counts, therefore, a small footprint might be vital for someone’s decision.

The crib is stable and sturdy, yet it doesn’t weigh a lot. It is available in various finishes, including a unique Lagoon shade of the Union crib above.

This convertible crib offers a lot for a low-budget crib!

Best unique convertible crib:

Storkcraft Equinox 3-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs: Best Unique Choice
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, and daybed
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: it can be with (sold separately) or without a safety guardrail
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 58.15” L x 29.53” D x 35.02” H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: White/White, White/Vintage Driftwood, and White/Gray
Why we love it:

I love unique cribs that still incorporate classic looks, and the Storkcraft Equinox is a classic piece of such furniture.

The Storkcraft Equinox is a well-designed convertible crib that feels rather expensive. Its modern structure is defined by clean, strong frame lines and a two-tone design.

Storkcraft Equinox easily fits any room decor or style. However, most of the time, it finds its place in a contemporary nursery. Probably due to its simplicity yet uniqueness.

The crib itself is of high quality. It is sturdy, and you can tell it will last. The Storkcraft Equinox evolves with your child from a crib to a toddler bed and daybed.

You can opt between three color combinations. While the central part of the crib is always white, are the legs available in vintage driftwood, gray, and white. I especially like the two-tone combinations, as they emphasize the uniqueness of the crib’s feet.

Equinox is Storkcraft’s most iconic crib for a reason! If you are looking for something that won’t break the bank and looks great, go for it!

Best convertible crib with arched back-panel:

Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib


Best Convertible Cribs | Bell Shaped Top
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with a headboard and optional footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, sold separately
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 56,7″L x 29,8″W x 40,5″H (34,8″ front rail)
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Driftwood, Espresso, Pebble Grey, White, and Whitewash
Why we love it:

The Graco Benton is one of the best-selling convertible cribs on the market. Considering its price-quality ratio, that is not a surprise to me.

I like its sleek, minimalistic design with a softly arched back panel. Contrary to many arched cribs, Benton doesn’t have a full-panel headboard. Only the upper part of the arched back is full, giving the crib open and airy construction.

Leaving aside the upper part of the arch, the Benton is very similar to the DaVinci Union crib above. It has a small footprint, which is helpful for many of us, especially those living in smaller apartments.

The Graco Benton is a 4-in-1 convertible crib. It converts into a toddler bed, daybed, and a full-size adult bed with a headboard.

Benton’s conversion into a toddler bed is displayed without a guardrail. However, Graco didn’t leave you empty-handed. The crib matches with a universal Graco toddler guardrail. You will have to buy it separately, but it is not expensive, and the overall price remains low.

The Graco Benton 4-in-1 convertible crib is a safe, sturdy, and stable crib with a high value for the price.

Best convertible crib with drawer:

Graco Hadley 4-in-1 convertible crib with drawer


Best Convertible Crib with Storage Drawer
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with headboard & footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, sold separately
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 54.88″ L x 29.92″ W x 39.84″ H (34.92″ front rail)
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Espresso, Pebble Grey, and White
Why we love it:

If you need extra storage space, then a Graco Hadley 4-in-1 convertible crib might be the one for you. The crib is made with safety, innovation, and convenience in mind.

The Graco Hadley has a specious drawer under the whole mattress’s area. The drawer is divided into two identical parts and stays connected to the Hadly throughout a toddler bed and daybed phase.

An under-crib drawer is a convenient storage solution for toys, blankets, and other baby accessories. By filling otherwise unutilized space under the crib, it is certainly the main Hadley’s advantage over other convertible cribs on this list.

And an added benefit … it prevents dust and toys accumulation under the crib.

The Graco Hadley is a 4-in-1 convertible crib, which accommodates your growing child. It converts into a toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with a headboard and optional footboard.

I also like its modern farmhouse style that brings a warm, cozy, and relaxing character to the nursery.

→ Other top-rated convertible cribs with drawer: Best convertible cribs with under crib drawer

Mid-century charm:

Evolur Stilnovo 4-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs: Mid-Century Charm
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with headboard & footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, sold separately
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 56″ L x 30.25″ W x 47″ H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Sugar Cane and Windsor Oak Grey 
Why we love it:

The Evolur Stilnovo 4-in-1 convertible crib is a part of Evolur’s Loft collection, designed with clean silhouettes and gender natural forms in mind.

The collection includes a variety of different cribs inspired by diverse styles, from Art Deco to Millenium. But all included cribs have something in common. All of them are minimalistic, and as such, perfect for those who love contemporary design.

Evolur Stilnovo’s design is inspired by mid-century aesthetics. I love its elegant simplicity! It has sleek lines, tapered metal legs, and a high full-panel headboard. Evolur characteristic simple yet luxurious appearance makes this cradle really special.

The crib is available only in two finishes, but they are beautiful and complement any color scheme. Its textured finishes also provide the depth and warmth I love so much in the nursery.

The Evolur Stilnovo crib features three mattress height settings and grows from a crib to a toddler bed and daybed to a full-size adult bed with a headboard and footboard.

Overall it is a beautiful, well-made, and high-quality convertible crib. It will easily withstand all conversions and stay solid through years of use.

Best convertible crib with changer:

Storkcraft Portofino convertible crib and changer


Best Convertible Cribs | Best Crib + Changer
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with headboard and footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, toddler bed safety guardrail is included
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 71″L (52″ crib without changer) x 32,5″W x 43″H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: White, Espresso, Pebble Gray, and Gray
Why we love it:

If you want a changing table but do not have enough room in the nursery, a combo crib, such as Storkcraft Portofino, might be the one for you.

A convertible crib with changer is a space and money saver. Yes, it does take more room than other convertible crib types. And yes, it does cost a little more. But let me explain why it is a space and money saver anyway.

Firstly, it costs and takes up less space than a regular convertible crib and separately placed changing table together. And second, you get everything you need in one piece of furniture.

The Storkcraft Portofino grows with your child from infancy, through toddler age, to adulthood. But the added value of this crib is its handy storage space and a comfortable place to change your baby.

The Storkcraft Portofino’s changing table includes three roomy drawers in the front and three open shelves on the back. It is attached to the right side of the crib and holds a waterproof vinyl change pad. I also like its ability to grow along with the crib, meaning it transforms into a matching stand-alone nightstand next to a full-size bed.

→ Find our favorite combo cribs here: Best convertible cribs with changer

Best acrylic convertible crib:

Babyletto Harlow Acrylic 3-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Crib | Top-Rated Acrylic Choice
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed and daybed
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, toddler bed safety guardrail is included
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 4 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 53.4″ L x 29,9″ W x 34,6″ H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Black/Acrylic and White/Acrylic combination
Why we love it:

I love the Babyletto Harlow because it is not entirely acrylic. This is actually a wooden crib with an acrylic front panel!

Its acrylic side offers an unobstructed view of your baby, but the wood gives it coziness and warmth. And that perfect blend of two materials is the reason why I love the Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 convertible crib so much.

In my opinion, all-acrylic cribs aren’t a good environment for the baby. It is like they would sleep in a shop window.

The Babyletto Harlow grows with your baby. It converts into a toddler bed and daybed, but you can not turn it into an adult bed.

Another advantage of this crib is an included toddler bed safety guardrail. That is great, let’s face it, the crib is not cheap. Yet, looking from a different perspective … comparing to other acrylic convertible cribs, the Harlow is not so expensive at all.

Maybe a word or two about acrylic. The acrylic used for the crib is clear and recyclable. Slats are smooth, without any sharp edges and rough areas, and do not yellow over time.

Best vintage design:

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs | Top-Rated Vintage Design
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, and daybed
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, sold separatelly
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 4 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 54.75″ L x 30.50″ W x 41.25″ H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Cherry, White, Slate, Gray, Fog Gray, Lagoon, Emerald, Navy Blue, and Blush Pink
Why we love it:

This convertible crib is a little bit different from other cribs on the list. And I am not talking just about its vintage-inspired appearance, but also about its functionality.

The DaVinci Jenny Lind is a convertible crib that also stands on wheels. As such, it is one of few full-size portable cribs on the market. Of course, that doesn’t mean it is suitable for traveling, but you can effortlessly move it around your home. That’s convenient for those who intend to use it in various rooms and handy for cleaning otherwise hard-to-reach space under the crib.

Wheels glide smoothly and hold a reliable locking mechanism that keeps the crib in place when needed, making the DaVinci Jenny Lind as any other stationary 3-in-1 convertible crib.

Another feature that stands out from the average is its wide color selection with unique shades, such as emerald, lagoon, or blush pink. Unfortunately, many finishes are often not in stock, which is a bit disappointing!

Anyway, many parents want a full-size crib on wheels but have to give up convertibility at the expense of mobility. That is why I like Jenny Lind so much. It is a quality and safe crib that offers both features!

The DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 convertible crib is one of the most wanted cribs for a reason! It is portable, lasts beyond the nursery years, and brings a vintage-inspired charm to the nursery. I love it!

Best multifunctional design:

Babyletto Maki portable, folding convertible crib


Best Convertible Cribs | Best Multifunctional Design
CONVERSIONS: crib and toddler bed
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, included in the price
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 2 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 53.625″ L x 29.375″ W x 37.25″ H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: White, Gray and Washed Natural
Why we love it:

The Babyletto Maki advantage over other top-rated convertible cribs is its multifunctional design. It is a full-size convertible crib on wheels that also folds down!

There are not many quality full-size cribs on wheels, let alone foldable ones. In fact, this is the best full-size portable crib you can buy! And it also folds down for easy storage. This is very convenient for those who live in small apartments or grandparent’s home where a crib is not always in use.

Maki is only a 2-in-1 convertible crib, but it converts into a toddler bed, which is the most wanted conversion anyway. And yes, you get a toddler safety guardrail with the crib!

Maki’s wheels are optional, giving you the option to decide whether you will mouth them or not. You will get them with the crib without any additional costs then it is on you to decide what suits your needs the most. 

Due to the reliable locking mechanism, it stands in place the same as other stationary cribs. So, I do not see a reason why you wouldn’t put them on the crib.

Best curvy convertible crib:

Dream On Me Chelsea 5-in-1 convertible crib


Best Convertible Crib with Curvy Profile
CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed with headboard and optional footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: yes, included in the price
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 4 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 53″ L x 29″ W x 38″ H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Espresso, Cherry, Black, White, Storm Gray, and Natural
Why we love it:

I put this crib on the list because of its unique frame. On the one hand, it reminds me of Graco Benton and Davinci Union. But on the other, its curved lines make Chelsea pretty different from other cribs.

Its flowing design can effortlessly pair with various room decors. However, it is so unique that parents either love or hate it!

I won’t choose sides. I can only say that in terms of functionality, the Dream On Me Chelsea competes with other convertible cribs in its rank just fine. And it is one of the most affordable convertible cribs on the market!

The Dream On Me Chelsea 5-in-1 convertible crib has stationary sides and a lower overall height, so anyone can easily reach their baby. That is particularly handy for short moms!

The crib adapts well to your growing child. It converts to a toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed. However, it is another convertible crib where I am bothered by the 5-in-1 number in its name.

The Dream On Me Chelsea is the same as any other 4-in-1 convertible crib with an option to choose between two full-size bed designs, a full-size bed with a headboard and footboard, and the one without a footboard.

Best mini convertible crib

Small crib for small spaces:

Dream On Me Aden 4-in-1 convertible mini crib


Best Convertible Cribs: Best Mini Crib for Small Spaces
CONVERSIONS: crib, mini daybed, and twin-size bed with headboard and optional footboard
TODDLER BED SAFETY GUARDRAIL: no, there is no toddler bed
ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS HEIGHTS: yes, 3 settings
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS: 39″ L x 23″ W x 36″ H
AVAILABLE FINISHES: French White, Grey, Cherry, Espresso, Black, Natural, Storm Grey, White
Why we love it:

Dream On Me Aden is a mini convertible crib, which is perfect for those with space issues.

Mini convertible cribs are as safe and functional as full-size convertible cribs, but they offer a smaller footprint to fit into tiny places. Their length and depth are smaller, while the rails remain high enough to be safe for your baby.

The Dream On Me Aden is a 4-in-1 mini convertible crib that converts into a mini daybed and twin-size bed with or without a footboard. But we could easily say it is a 3-in-1 model, as it offers three, not four beds. There is no toddler bed stage!

It has adjustable mattress support, robust good looks, and a solid frame. Other Aden’s advantages are multiple color selection and included 1″ mattress pad.

The Dream On Me Aden is a suitable choice for those living in urban lofts, for small nurseries, room sharing, those having multiples, or grandparents’ home.


More about the best convertible cribs

Is a convertible crib worth the money?

Yes, it is, without a doubt! Here are the reasons, why is a convertible crib better than a classic non-convertible crib:

  • The assortment of convertible cribs is much wider from classic non-convertible cribs.
  • If you think that a non-convertible crib costs less, you are wrong!
  • With a convertible crib, you have an option. If you don’t want, you don’t have to convert it. As I already said, you won’t spend more money on it.
  • You can always convert it back into a crib if you need it again, for instance, for a second child.
  • Your baby can surprise you and suddenly climb out of the crib. When this happens, the crib is no longer safe for him. If you have a convertible model, you can transform the crib into a toddler bed right away.

What about dropping side convertible cribs?

No, no and no! They are not safe!

CSPC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) banned the sale of those cribs back in 2011.

There were numerous injuries and even death, so if you have an older drop-side crib at home, please do NOT use it. It’s not worth the risk!

You can read more about Baby crib safety standards HERE.


Which one is better, a mini or a full-size convertible crib?

Choosing the crib size depends on the available space you have for the crib. Mini convertible cribs are as good as full-size models, but there are some differences amongst them.

  1. Mini convertible cribs take less space, that is why they are a perfect solution for urban lofts, grandparents’ house, or twin rooms.
  2. Your baby will outgrow mini crib sooner as a full-size crib.
  3. Mini convertible cribs don’t have a toddler safety guardrail.
  4. You need a small crib mattress for a mini, and standard crib mattress for a full-size convertible crib.

Mini cribs have a shorter depth and length, while the height of the crib is equal to a full-size crib. That is why your child won’t climb out from a mini crib sooner than from a full-size model. They are both safe!

If you don’t have enough space for a full-size convertible crib, a mini model is definitely the best solution for you. 

Mini cribs are a better alternative for bassinets. They are safer, sturdier, and your child can use it longer than bassinets.

But if you have enough space, we recommend a full-size convertible crib. There is no noticeable difference in price, and your child can use it longer than a mini crib.


Why would you decide on a convertible crib with a changing table?

Before I answer this question, I must resolve the possible confusion.

1. You can find convertible cribs with changing table under several names, which often makes a confusion. These are all the same model of the crib:

  • convertible crib with changing table
  • combo crib
  • multipurpose crib
  • multifunctional crib

2. A convertible crib is one piece of furniture, meant for multiple purposes. On the one side of the crib is an attached changing table, which you can later detach and use as a convenient nightstand beside a full-size bed.

3. You can find it in both sizes, like a mini or a full-size combo crib.

So, when to decide on a convertible crib with a changing table?

  1. If you don’t have enough space in a nursery, and you can’t fit a crib and separately placed changing table in the room. Although combo cribs are bigger than classic convertible cribs, they are smaller if you add up measurements of an individually arranged crib and changing table.
  2. Because you really like this concept.
  3. Combo cribs are usually cheaper from the combined price of a crib and changing table.
  4. The only thing you shouldn’t forget is: the surface of the changing table on a combo crib is smaller from a classic changing table.

What else should you know before buying a convertible crib?

  • First of all, the crib must be safe! The best convertible cribs on our list meet or even exceed all safety requirements! If you decide on another model, check-up if it meets all safety standards!
  • Carefully measure the available space for your convertible crib and decide which model is the best for you: a full-size convertible crib, the mini convertible crib, combo convertible crib, or a portable convertible crib.
  • Set the budget for the crib and stick to it!
  • You have to know what a certain number in the crib’s name means. For instance, conversions for 3-in-1 types can differ from model to model. While one model can convert into a toddler bed and daybed, another can skip a daybed and convert directly into a full-size bed, and so on.
  • Find out if a toddler bed has an optional safety guardrail, and if it is included in the price.
  • If the crib converts into a full-size bed, you have to buy a full-size conversion kit for all models and brands separately. Of course, you need a mattress for a full-size bed too.
  • Crib mattresses usually don’t come with the cribs!

What is the difference between our top-rated convertible crib Babyletto Hudson and Babyletto Lolly?

Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 convertible crib is slightly younger but as good as Hudson. Since they are practically the same, we haven’t included Lolly on this list, but it certainly belongs amongst the best convertible cribs in 2021.

Babyletto Hudson Babyletto Lolly
Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible cribBabyletto Lolly 3-in-1 convertible crib
Number of conversions3 (+1)3
Conversion typescrib, toddler bed, and daybed (+ junior bed)crib, toddler bed, and daybed
Assembled dimensions53.625″L x 29.625″D x 34.875″H53.625″ L x 30.25″ D x 35.25″ H
Assembled weight54 lbs50 lbs
Adjustable Mattress Heightyes, 4 positionsyes, 4 positions
Colors84
Stylerobustgently curved
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You can read more about their differences in our article Babyletto Hudson vs. Lolly.

Baby’s Little Place tip:

If you already know you will convert the crib into one or more bigger models, buy the conversion kit at the same time as a crib.

There are more reasons for that:

  1. You might get a discount if you buy all at once.
  2. The conversion kit may not be in stock when you need it.
  3. You will have it at hand when the time for conversion comes.

Choosing the right baby equipment can be quite challenging, especially if you don’t have any experience yet. Parents want only the best for their babies, but sometimes they don’t know where to start. And let’s be realistic, most of us is also limited by the budget.

We were focusing on cribs that are more or less friendly to your wallet. I am not saying that our choices are cheap, but compared to $ 1000+ convertible cribs, they are affordable. And what makes them even better is that they don’t lag behind high budget models at all.

18 thoughts on “The best convertible cribs of 2021”

  1. Hi!

    What a great post about the best convertible cribs available. You have provided great reviews and insight into several different types and brands. The layout of your article is so great and easy to read and navigate. Very nicely done.

    I am looking for a full-size convertible crib that takes up as little space as possible. Is Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib the right choice?

    Thank you for this information.

    Michele

    1. Baby's Little Place

      Hello Michele!

      Yes, Babyletto Hudson is certainly the best decision for your situation.

      Here are the assembled dimensions of all full-size-convertible cribs on our list (lenght x width x height):

      1. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib: 53.75″ x 29.75″ x 35.0″

      2. Graco Benton 4-in-1 convertible crib: 56.7″ x 29.8″ x 43.2″

      3. Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib with storage drawer: 55.9” x 29.7” x 41.6”

      4. Storkcraft portofino 4-in-1 convertible crib and changer: 70.90″ x 32.90″ x 43.30″

      5. Union 3-in-1 convertible crib: 53.5 x 30.5 x 33.5

      6. Babyletto Harlow acrylic 3-in-1 convertible crib: 53.5″ x 30.0″ x 34.5″

      7. DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 convertible crib on wheels: 54.62 x 30.38 x 41.12

      8. Babyletto Maki portable & convertible crib: 54.0″ x 29.75″ x 37.5″

      Dream On Me Aden is, of course, a mini convertible crib with smaller dimensions: 39″ x 28″ x 37″

      Regards, Baby’s Little Place

  2. You’re so correct when you made mention that every parents want the best for their children. Choosing the best convertible cribs is not an easy task especially for new parents and that is one of the reasons I find this post very helpful, informative and useful. I’m particularly excited that they’re friendly to our pockets too.

    I love these convertible cribs especially the one with drawers. I’m very sure my lady will love these. I’m really curious Ines, which one of these is your favourite?

  3. These cribs are awesome because they can convert into different shapes and provide a change of pace from standard cribs. When I look for a bed I look for a bed that is durable and supports the weight that it holds while staying comfortable. The harlow seems good to me, which one do you like best?

    1. Hello!

      I like all Babyletto cribs. They have a modern design I love. Of course, I would not decide on such a crib if it wouldn’t be safe and quality. Gues I have the luck that Bebyletto cribs are one of the safest baby cribs on the market and of excellent quality.

      I love the Babyletto Harlow, but I would go with Hudson because it is more traditional, the best of the best, and cheaper as well.

      Regards, Ines

  4. I totally agree that making a choice as to the right equipments suitable for children’s needs can be a big challenge. There are probably thousands of options to pick from, not to mention the issue of being on a fixed budget. Now, for some, it can be fairly easy to dismiss these budget-friendly choices as inadequate compared to their high end counterparts. But as you pointed out, the high end alternatives are not necessarily more comfy or appealing. From your list, I think I fancy the vintage-inspired Jenny Lind crib. 

    Thanks for sharing 

    1. Hello, Rhain!

      DaVinci Jenny Lind is not an ordinary convertible crib, but that’s exactly what makes it so good. With its vintage charm and quality casters, it is absolutely one of the best choices you can make!

      Oh, did you see DaVinci Alpha mini rocking crib? It is not a convertible crib, but if you like vintage-inspired cribs, this one is worth to look at too. You can find the crib’s review among the best mini cribs.

      Regards, Ines

  5. I have 2 nieces that are both expecting a baby which is how I came across this information, and I really glad that I did. You have really given me the information I needed as I was thinking about buying them a crib to help them get started when their babies are born.

    I had no idea that the drop side was no longer recommended. That is very useful information. I was considering one with drop down side.

    One niece is short. I noticed the Union 3 in 1 is listed as being good for short moms. Is this just based on the height of it? I ask this because they have a pretty large dog. It is a great dog, but I still worry if it will be able to jump in.

    Cribs have really changed since I have had to buy one. i would never have known how the numbers in the name actually can mean a difference in the models. I really want to thank you for the valuable information. 

    If/when I do decide to purchase a crib, I will definitely come back here.

    Lee Ann

    1. Hello!

      Yes, drop-side cribs are banned since 2011. They were great for short moms, but unfortunately, there were too many accidents. You can read more in our article: New baby crib safety standards.

      As there are a lot of bulky cribs with huge frames on the market, we always tend to include several low profile cribs on our best of lists too. Short moms really do struggle with placing their sleeping babies over the rails into high cribs.

      Although I personally didn’t have such problems, I have lots of friends who made me think about that issue. That’s why I wrote another article with the best cribs for short moms, where you can find more low profile cribs.

      Low profile cribs, like Union 3-in-1 convertible crib, or Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib are lower because of their shorter legs, not rails. So your baby is as safe as in any other convertible crib, and he won’t “escape” sooner either. Those cribs are as good or even better than lots of convertible cribs, otherwise, we would not place them amongst the best convertible cribs of this year.

      But as far as the dog jumping into the low profile convertible crib…. So in theory, this can happen sooner than in higher cribs, but I don’t think it will be a problem. As a dog lover, who is having dogs all my life, I wouldn’t have such concerns. Dogs are very protective to babies and usually treat them as their own, so yeah he will probably lick baby’s face through the crib’s rails if he can, but that’s it. 🙂

      You can find more about Union 3-in-1 convertible crib in our review.

      Regards, Ines

  6. Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article .You certainly deserve your praise for this great article .I’m going to be the new mother .So this is my first baby and I have many dreams .I was thinking of a little place like this to keep my baby and that is when your article caught my eye.I’m always looking for new things and new tips for my baby .For those who are new mothers, I think everyone is as enthusiastic as me and will enjoy this article very much .I am interested in purchasing a little place called STORKCRAFT PORTOFINO CONVERTIBLE CRIB AND CHANGER by your article .I will know the details by visiting the link .Thanks

    1. Hello, Shanta!

      Thank you for such kind words! Such comments inspired us to work even harder and further help young parents.
      With Storkcraft Portofino you made a great decision. It is, without a doubt, the best convertible crib with a changer you can get. With a combo crib, you get everything you need for a newborn. A place to sleep, a place to change her/his nappies, and storage space for baby belongings.
      As it is convertible it offers even more. It will grow with your child and spare you trouble looking for a bigger bed soon.

      I wish you all the best!

      Ines

  7. We sure have come a long way in terms of baby products. I just found out the other day that there is a Kreug version of a baby’s formula, with perfect temperature for the baby! Love it! Thank you so much for your suggestion and a review on each convertible baby cribs 🙂 I have to say that GRACO SOLANO 4-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE CRIB WITH DRAWER caught my attention. I always need more space to store baby stuff. I have to say that for it’s functionality $199 is totally worth it, very affordable. 

     Cheers! 

    1. Hello!

      Yeah, convertible cribs with underneath drawer perfectly use otherwise unutilized space under the crib. A drawer under the crib has several advantages:

      it is great additional storage for all baby belongingsdust does not accumulate under the cribyour baby can’t hide toys under the crib ( believe me, it’s not fun to crawl under the crib every day)

      We have chosen Graco Solano as the best convertible crib with a storage drawer because you get a quality crib for a reasonable price.

      If you are interested, we have a whole article about the best convertible cribs with underneath drawers.

      Regards, Ines

  8. Hi! You have helped me decide which crib suits my needs better. With all these options considered here I feel I’ve picked the best among the best.

    When I started reading this post I initially thought of purchasing Union crib. But after giving it more careful thought, I’ve decided the best for me is Graco Benton. Would you consider this the best choice considering price-quality ratio? I’ve also tried to find something negative about it and have not been able.

    1. Hello!

      Yes, if you intend to convert the crib all the way to the adult bed, is Graco Benton considering the price-quality ratio the best convertible crib you can choose.

      You will have to buy a safety guardrail for a toddler bed, and a conversion kit for an adult bed, but the overall price stays very affordable.

      By the way, Graco’s cribs are made by Strokcraft, which is one of the leading baby crib manufacturers. Its cribs are safe, durable, and high value amongst parents!

      Regards, Ines

  9. Hi Ines, very good and informative article about convertible cribs. I like the fact that you focused on not very high budget products, cause most of us couldn`t afford it. I should ask my girlfriend but cause I`m reading your article I can say that from the list I would choose Delta Children Emery 4 in 1 Convertible Crib. You mentioned dropping side cribs, I really didn`t know they are so dangerous.. Are they still on the market? Very good review, thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Hi, Luke!

      Yeah, we always tend to include products with reasonable prices in our reviews. It is the fact that most of all can’t afford a convertible crib that cost 1000$ or even more.
      And from our experiences, you don’t need them! In a sense of quality, some are even worse than models on our “best of list”. They are not better or safer because of the price, as you are paying for the brand not better quality!
      Hey, even Royal baby has Babyletto Hudson convertible crib. 🙂

      Selling the drooping side cribs is banned since 2011. Those models shouldn’t be on the market anymore!
      But even if they are not on the market anymore, I try to emphasize this as often as I can. Many parents decide on a used baby crib, and they should avoid dropping side cribs.
      As you already mention, there are a lot of quality low budget convertible cribs on the market, that are much better from drop-side cribs in a sense of safeness.

      Regards, Ines

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