The best convertible cribs of 2020

The crib is the safest sleeping place for a baby. However, with so many different cribs, parents find it hard to determine which one is the best for them. As a long-term and economical solution, convertible cribs are amongst the most wanted crib types. To help you make the right choice, we have selected the 9 convertible cribs that are, in our opinion, the best in 2020!

TOP 9 CONVERTIBLE CRIBS

in 2020

Since babies spend a lot of time sleeping, is choosing a safe and comfortable baby crib extremely important. Cribs are one of the most expensive purchases parents need to make, so why wouldn’t you pick the one that grows with your child.

Choosing a convertible crib is, in my opinion, the smartest choice you can make. Your baby can use it from day one, throughout the toddler age, and even longer if you decide for the conversion into an adult bed.

Here are our favorite convertible cribs of this year:

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A convertible crib grows with your child, so there is no need to buy a new bed every couple of years. That will save you a lot of time, not to mention the money you will save!

Best overall convertible crib:

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib

Best Convertible Crib of the Year
  • BRAND: Babyletto
  • CRIB: Hudson
  • TYPE: 3-in-1 convertible crib
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed & daybed
  • OUR RATING: srce 5

Why we love it?

Babyletto Hudson has a retro-modern look, with carefully placed rounded spindles on all four sides. 

I love its Eco-conscious design. Babyletto Hudson is made with sustainable solid New Zealand pine wood, which is one of the most renewable woods available. It’s finished in a non-toxic multi-step painting and overall safe for your baby. 

The crib meets and exceeds all required safety standards. Babyletto is also one of the rare crib brands that obtained GREENGUARD GOLD Certification, which ensures that the Hudson passes the most stringent emission standards. As such, it contributes to cleaner indoor air, creating a healthier environment for your baby.

Babyletto Hudson is a sturdy crib, which sustains all conversions without any problems. Assembling and conversions are easy and quick. It doesn’t wobble, and it’s very durable.

Hudson is a 3-in-1 convertible crib, which transits into a toddler bed and daybed. I love that you get everything needed for the conversions with the crib. There is no need to look for a toddler bed safety guardrail, as it is included in the price! Believe me, that’s very convenient!

Some other features that I like:

  1. The crib is available in multiple finishes, so I find it very easy to match it with various nursery furniture.
  2. It has four-level mattress support.
  3. It is a perfect crib for short moms!

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Best convertible crib with an arch:

Graco Benton 4-in-1 convertible crib

Best Convertible Crib with Arched Design
  • BRAND: Graco
  • CRIB: Benton
  • TYPE: 4-in-1
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed & full-size bed
  • OUR RATING: srce 5

Why we love it?

  • it is a lifetime crib for your child
  • it has an incredibly low price for the quality you get
  • it is a great solution for smaller nurseries or twin rooms
  • adjustable mattress support
  • it stays sturdy after all conversions
  • it has a minimalists, elegant and timeless design
  • easy to assemble
  • easy to convert
  • meets and even exceed all required safety standards

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Best convertible crib with storage drawer:

Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib with drawer

Best Convertible Crib with Storage Drawer
  • BRAND: Graco
  • CRIB: Solano
  • TYPE: 4-in-1
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed & full-size bed
  • OUR RATING: srce 4,5

Why we love it?

  • it grows with your child
  • a spacious drawer under the entire baby crib
  • low price
  • adjustable mattress support
  • timeless design
  • easy to assemble
  • easy to convert
  • meets and even exceed all required safety standards

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Best convertible crib with changer:

Storkcraft Portofino convertible crib and changer

Best Convertible Crib with Changer
  • BRAND: Storkcraft
  • CRIB: Portofino
  • TYPE: combo crib
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed, daybed & full-size bed with nighstand
  • OUR RATING: srce 5

Why we love it?

  • one piece of furniture for multiple uses
  • space saving model
  • it grows with your child
  • convertible crib
  • attached changer with three drawers and three shelves on the back
  • a safe crib
  • detached changer can be transformed into a nightstand
  • adjustable mattress support
  • it meets or even exceeds all required safety standards

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The cheapest convertible crib:

Union 3-in-1 convertible crib

The Cheapest Convertible Crib
  • BRAND: DaVinci
  • CRIB: Union
  • TYPE: 3-in-1
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed & daybed
  • OUR RATING: srce 4

Why we love it?

  • really good value for the price
  • a wide color selection
  • it grows with your child
  • perfect choice for short moms
  • an affordable price
  • adjustable mattress support
  • the lightweight of the crib
  • meets all required safety standards

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Best acrylic convertible crib:

Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 convertible crib

The Best Babyletto crib: Babyletto Harlow Acrylic 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
  • BRAND: Babyletto
  • CRIB: Harlow
  • TYPE: 3-in-1
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed & daybed
  • OUR RATING: srce 5

Why we love it?

  • a unique convertible crib
  • unobstructed view on your baby
  • a clear acryl
  • acryl doesn’t yellow over time
  • it grows with your child
  • toddler bed safety guardrail is included
  • ultra-modern design
  • Eco-friendly
  • 4 adjustable mattress positions
  • it meets all safety standards
  • affordable for an acrylic crib

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Best vintage convertible crib:

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Best rated portable cribs: DaVinci Jenny Lind
  • BRAND: DaVinci
  • CRIB: Jenny Lind
  • TYPE: convertible and portable
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed & daybed
  • OUR RATING: srce 5

Why we love it?

  • the largest color selection we have ever seen
  • it grows with your child
  • it is a convertible and portable crib in one
  • good value for the price
  • wheels with locking mechanism
  • adjustable mattress support
  • a timeless design
  • meets and even exceed all required safety standards

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Best folding convertible crib:

Babyletto Maki portable, folding convertible crib

Best Folding Convertible Crib:
  • BRAND: Babyletto
  • CRIB: Maki
  • TYPE: convertible, portable & folding
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, toddler bed & daybed
  • OUR RATING: srce 5

Why we love it?

  • modern design
  • the best folding full-size crib
  • it grows with your child
  • optional wheels
  • great locking mechanism
  • portable
  • good folding mechanism
  • adjustable mattress support
  • it meets all safety standards
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified

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Best mini convertible crib:

Dream On Me Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib

Best convertible mini crib: Dream On Me Aden
  • BRAND: Dream On Me
  • CRIB: Aden
  • TYPE: mini convertible
  • CONVERSIONS: crib, daybed, twin size bed with or without a footboard
  • OUR RATING: srce 4,5

Why we love it?

  • perfect for smaller apartments
  • perfect for grandparents house
  • grows with your child
  • adjustable mattress support
  • two different designs for the last conversion
  • available in many colors
  • sturdy crib
  • meets all required safety standards

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More about the best convertible cribs on our list

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib

$150 - $450 Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Babyletto Hudson is a European style crib. It is a modern and eco-friendly crib, which offers great versatility to the family.

Yes, Hudson costs little more than other convertible cribs on our list (except the Harlow, which is an acrylic crib). But, if you are on the market for the high quality and beautiful convertible crib, this is the one you have to consider.

And that is not all! The great thing about Babyletto cribs is that you get everything in the package, and Hudson is not an exception. So, if you add up the additional costs for conversion kits, other baby cribs on the list are no longer cheaper than Hudson.

Hudson’s convertibility:

Hudson is a 3-in-1 convertible crib, so it can convert into two bigger beds. When your child outgrows the crib, you can convert it into a toddler bed.

As I already mentioned, it is a toddler safety guardrail included in the package. That saves you the trouble of finding a suitable one and gives an added value to the Hudson baby crib.

When your toddler doesn’t need a safety guardrail anymore, you can further convert it into a daybed. Conversion is easy and quick. All you have to do is removing the toddler rail and set the mattress into the lower position.

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib's conversion

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Babyletto Hudson as a crib when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds
What else makes Babyletto Hudson such a great convertible crib?

Babyletto Hudson is an excellent choice for short moms!

Hudson is a low profile crib, and as such perfect for short moms. Don’t worry, its rails are not shorter from other convertible cribs. Its low profile is the result of careful design, with shorter legs and a sleek framework.

As the crib is not bulky, petite moms won’t have problems placing their sleeping baby over the rail into the crib.

Babyletto Hudson is actually a 4-in-1 convertible crib!

Babyletto offers a Junior conversion kit for the Hudson, so you can convert it even into a junior bed.

Babyletto Hudson or Babyletto Lolly?

At this point, I want to mention another great model from an excellent Babyletto’s collection of 3-in-1 convertible cribs.

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 2020.

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
REVIEWREVIEW

You can read more about their differences in our article Babyletto Hudson vs. Lolly.


Graco Benton 4-in-1 convertible crib

Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

I love Benton’s sleek, minimalistic design. It is an arched designed convertible crib that doesn’t occupy a lot of space. That is very convenient for many of us, especially for those who live in smaller apartments.

Another good thing about Benton is the backside of the crib. It is not closed like on majority arched designed cribs. That makes the crib open and airy, which is excellent. We were also surprised how strong and sturdy is Benton. Not just as a crib, but after all conversions too.

Oh, and last but not least, the crib is affordable! You will get a quality and durable convertible crib for less $200! Isn’t that great?

Benton’s convertibility:

Graco Benton is a 4-in-1 convertible crib, which can convert into a toddler bed, daybed, and a full-size adult bed with a headboard.

By removing the front rail of the crib and placing the mattress to the lowest position, you get a sturdy toddler bed, which is unfortunately without a safety guardrail.

If you don’t feel comfortable using it without a guardrail, Graco didn’t leave you empty-handed. The crib is designed to match with universal Graco toddler guardrail, but you have to buy it separately. It is not expensive, so even with that additional purchase, the overall price remains low.

Graco Benton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

For converting the Benton into a daybed, you need to remove the toddler guardrail and set the mattress into a higher position.

If you want a full-size bed, you have to buy the Graco’s full-size conversion kit and a fitted mattress.

Yes, you have to buy a toddler safety guardrail separately, but this is common for convertible cribs, so we don’t see that as a down point.

I would decide on a safety guardrail as it is not expensive at all and offers additional safeness to my child. But this is my personal opinion. It’s OK in both ways.

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Graco Benton as a crib when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches
  • the maximum recommended weight limit for a daybed/toddler bed is 50 pounds
  • the weight limit for a full-size bed will depend on the metal bed frame you will purchase

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Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib with drawer

Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib Reviews

Solano is another Graco’s convertible crib with a sleek, minimalistic design, and a distinctive arch on the back. With three different designs, it is one of the most versatile convertible cribs.

You can pick amongst:

  • classic 4-in-1 convertible crib
  • Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib with underneath drawer
  • Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib with an attached changing table

A first, classic Solano convertible crib didn’t impress me. It is an average minimalist crib that doesn’t stand out from the average. It seems that Graco soon realized the same. That’s why they’ve added additional features, which reap great success.

For new Solano models, Graco focused mainly on the effective use of space. I don’t know for you, but I’m always short of space, so I find the additional drawer under the crib very handy.

I was impressed by the fact of how many baby belongings you can store in the drawer! Storage drawer underneath the baby crib is a really effective use of space, which would be otherwise unutilized.

To make the Solano even more versatile, Graco added even a combo model. That is a convertible crib with an attached changing table. If you want, you can check its characteristic in our Graco Solano convertible crib review, where I’ve reviewed all three models.

Solano’s convertibility:

Graco Solano converts to multiple sizes to grow with your child. Its toddler bed can be with or without a safety guardrail, which is sold separately.

Graco Solano's conversions Review

I know it is an additional cost, but from my experiences, I would buy it. It doesn’t cost much, and it will surely prevent accidents.

For added versatility, Solano converts into a daybed. Conversion into a daybed is quick and easy. If your child uses the Solano toddle bed without the guardrail, just set the mattress to its lower position, otherwise remove the guardrail too.

If you decided to convert it into a full-size bed, will Solano last well into adolescence. The front and backside of the crib become a beautiful headboard and footboard, but you have to buy the mattress and Graco full-size crib metal bed frame conversion kit.

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Graco Solano as a crib when your child begins to climb or surpasses the height of 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds

Storkcraft Portofino convertible crib and changer

Best convertible crib with changing table: Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 Fixed-Side Convertible Crib Changer

If you don’t have enough space for a separately placed convertible crib and changing table, a full-size convertible crib like Portofino might be the best choice for you.

Such a crib is a space and money saver. Yes, combo crib cost more than classic baby cribs, but less than a combined price of a separately placed convertible crib and changing table.

If we compare the price, design, and features, Storkcraft Portofino offers the most amongst combo crib. It has an aesthetic, timeless design, with a spacious changing table comparing to other combo cribs.

Portofino’s convertibility:

Storkcraft Portofino converts into:

  1. toddler bed
  2. daybed
  3. full-size adult bed
Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib and Changer

Conversions are the same as conversions of standard convertible cribs. 

You can convert the Portofino into a toddler bed, but you have to buy Storkcraft toddler guardrail separately. That is common to all convertible cribs, and it will cost you around $40 in this case.

Later you can transform the crib into a daybed without any additional purchase.

The changing table stays attached to a toddler bed and daybed. Even if you don’t use it as a changer anymore, it is a convenient storage space for the child’s belongings.

You can convert Storkcraft Portofino into a full-size bed. Of course, you have to buy s a metal bed frame, which connects the headboard and footboard, and adult mattress.

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Storkcraft Portofino as a crib when your baby reaches 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds

More about changing table:

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 has an included waterproof vinyl change pad.

The coolest thing is its convenience as it grows with your child. At first, it serves you like a classic changing table with additional storage for baby belongings.

But if you decide for the final conversion into a full-size bed, you can use it as a nightstand beside the bed. A detached changer transforms into a stand-alone nightstand. Isn’t that great?


Union 3-in-1 convertible crib

Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

The Union crib is made by DaVinci, which is one of the leading baby crib manufacturers.

The Union is a simple yet elegant convertible crib. It has clean lines and a wide color selection, including unique colors like Lagoon or Sunshine.

Although it costs just over $100, it has all the essential features. It is made of New Zealand pine wood, non-toxic, lead and phthalate safe. As such, the crib meets all required ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards.

The crib has a basic, lightweight minimalist frame, but we didn’t notice any wobbling, which is great!

Union’s convertibility:

The Union crib converts to a day bed and toddler bed with a safety guardrail sold separately.

By removing the guardrail and setting the mattress into the lowest position, you can later convert it into a daybed.

Union 3-in-1 cheap convertible crib

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Union as a crib when your baby reaches 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds

Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 convertible crib

Babyletto Harlow Acrylic 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Babyletto Harlow is an ultra-modern acrylic convertible crib. Actually, it is not made only of acryl, but that makes it even better!

In my opinion, all-acrylic cribs don’t represent a warm, cozy nest to the baby. Like they would sleep in a shop-window. No, for me!

Babyletto Harlow features a perfect blend of wood and acryl. So, it is still an ultra-modern crib, but with a touch of ease and comfort that only wood can offer.

Because it is not made only from the acryl, it is also cheaper. Yes, it costs more than other convertible cribs on our “best of” list, but a lot less than other similar baby cribs.

Harlow’s convertibility:

Babyletto Harlow converts into a toddler bed and daybed. Conversions are quick and easy, just follow the provided instructions!

A safety guardrail for a toddler bed is in the package! That reduces the total price, and spare you trouble with searching a compatible one. It is made of wood, but that doesn’t mean you will be left with a wooden toddler bed.

Replace the wooden side of the crib and turn it ower. That is how you get a beautiful toddler bed with acrylic back and a wooden guardrail on the front.

You get a Harlow’s daybed, by removing the safety guardrail and setting the mattress into the lowest position.

Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 convertible crib

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Babyletto Harlow as a crib when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 convertible crib

 DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

An award-winning vintage-inspired Jenny Lind crib is consistently recognized as one of the best cribs in the market.

With Jenny, DaVinci brought vintage-inspired charm to the nursery, and we love it!

It is not a secret that Jenny Lind is a unique convertible crib that immediately caught our attention. First of all, it has a vintage design. Second, it has the widest color selection we have ever seen. Besides ordinary colors, like espresso, black, grey, etc., you can get it in fun colors like emerald, lagoon, or blush pink. And that is not everything that makes it unique.

DaVinci Jenny Lind stands on caster wheels. As such, it is also classified as a portable crib. Yes, you won’t travel with the crib. But because of the wheels, and sleek, lightweight design, you can effortlessly move it around your house. Wheels glide smoothly and have a good locking mechanism that will hold the crib in place while the child is in it.

DaVinci’s Jenny Lind is one of the most wanted cribs by parents, and we can see why. The quality is astonishing, and it is also safe and sturdy, although it stands on wheels.

Jenny Lind’s convertibility:

DaVinci Jenny Lind is one of the few full-size, convertible cribs that stands on wheels.

It can convert into a toddler bed and daybed. The safety guardrail is not included in the price. It costs $79, so is not the cheapest guardrail on the market, but it’s far from the most expensive ones too!

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using DaVinci Jenny Lind as a crib when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds

Babyletto Maki portable, folding convertible crib

Babyletto Maki Full-Size Portable Folding Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

Babyletto Maki is another convertible crib on wheels. It is not available in so many colors as Jenny Lind above, but it has something else. It is also foldable!

There are not much quality full-size cribs on wheels, let alone foldable ones. In fact, this is the best full-size portable crib you can buy!

Maki’s wheels are optional, which makes the crib even more versatile. There is no need to install them on the crib if you don’t want to. But you will get them with the crib without any additional costs!

Wheels glide smoothly and have a reliable locking mechanism. When they are locked down, the crib stays in the place.

Maki has a folding framework, with solid mattress support. The crib folds very easily. Folding steps include removing the baseboard from the crib’s frame, sliding it down on the back panel, and folding up altogether.

Maki’s convertibility:

When your child outgrows the crib, you can convert it into a beautiful toddler bed, with or without wheels. Same as with all Babyletto cribs, you will get a toddler safety guardrail included in the price. That adds an additional value to all Babyletto’s cribs.

Conversion into a toddler bed is simple and hassle-free. All you have to do is removing the crib’s front rail, place the mattress support into the lowest setting, and place a toddler safety guardrail on the front side.

Best full-size portable crib - Babyletto Maki features

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Babyletto Maki as a crib when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches
  • the recommended weight limit for toddler and daybed stage: 50 pounds

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

Mini convertible cribs are as good as full-size models. If you live in a small apartment, it is a mini convertible crib the best solution for you!

Yes, it has smaller dimensions, and your child will outgrow it sooner. But if you don’t have enough space for a full-size crib, it is the mini crib the best choice you can make!

A mini convertible crib like Dream On Me Aden will grow with your child and convert all the way to a twin size bed.

Aden’s convertibility:

You might wonder why Aden is a 4-in-1 convertible crib if it skips a toddler bed phase. That is because a twin bed has two possible designs, with or without a footboard.

Until the last conversion, is everything included, but you have to buy a Twin Size Rail for the conversion into a twin bed.

Aden conversions:

  • crib
  • daybed
  • twin bed with footboard
  • twin bed without a footboard
Dream On Me Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib

How long can my child use a certain crib/bed stage?

  • stop using Dream On Me Aden as a crib when your child begins to climb or reaches 35 inches
  • the child weight limit for a daybed: 40 lbs

Important things you should know about mini convertible cribs, including Aden:

  1. The mini crib’s height is the same as the full-size cribs, so your baby can’t climb out of the crib sooner.
  2. Mini cribs are as safe as their bigger sisters.
  3. Mini cribs skip toddler bed and convert directly into a daybed.
  4. Mini cribs can convert all to the twin bed, so your child can use them until adolescence as well.


Best convertible cribs in 2020

CRIBCONVERSIONSHIGHLIGHTSBACK
Babyletto Hudson

Babyletto Hudson, a safe convertible baby crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
best overall
it has an included toddler bed safety guardrail
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Graco Benton

Graco Benton 4-in-1 convertible crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
full-size bed
runner-up
can be a lifetime bed for your child
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Graco Solano

Graco Solano 4-in-1 convertible crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
full-size bed
it has a specious under-crib drawer
you can pick the one without trundle drawer, or a combo crib
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Storkcraft Portofino

Best Combo Crib with Changer: Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 convertible crib with changing table
crib
toddler bed
daybed
full-size bed
all-in-one crib
attached changer
it can be a lifetime bed for your child, where in the last conversion an deatached changer converts into a nightstand
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Union

Union 3-in-1 convertible crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
the cheapest choice
wide color selection, including unique finishes
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Babyletto Harlow

Babyletto Harlow Acrylic 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
acrylic
althought more expensive from other convertible cribs on this list, it’s one of the most afordable acrylic cribs on the market
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
DaVinci Jenny Lind

DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
vintage design
a versatile color selection, including unique colors
the crib stands on wheels for easy mobility
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Babyletto Maki

Babyletto Maki, a safe full-size folding crib
crib
toddler bed
daybed
portable and convertible at the same time
it stands on wheels for easy mobility
you can fold it down without any disasambley needed
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION
Dream On Me Aden

Dream On Me Aden, a safe mini convertible crib
crib
daybed
twin-bed with or without footboard
mini convertible crib
space efficient
ON CRIB’S DESCRIPTION

Frequent questions about 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 I 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 I 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!

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.

Baby's Little Place

Hello!
I am the founder of Baby’s Little Place. I’m a mom to the one-year-old daughter and I know how overwhelming could be when you are looking at things and tips for a new baby, especially if you are a first-time parent. That’s why I set up this site…because I want to do something I am passionate about, as well as I want to help new parents and parents to be.


I hope you enjoyed reading my article! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. I will be happy to discuss it with you!

Ines

Founder, Baby’s Little Place



18 thoughts on “The best convertible cribs of 2020”

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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?

  • 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?

    • 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

  • 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 

    • 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

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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! 

    • 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

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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!

    • 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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