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What's behind our crib Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 20 models in cribs to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on safety, construction and ease of use.
  • Safety
    Safety for each crib was assessed by our testing, a good portion of which is comprised of applying the ASTM F1169 Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs. This ASTM safety standard was included by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission as part of the mandatory regulatory requirements issued under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
  • Construction
    Construction incorporates mattress support integrity, types of hardware used, sample defects, if any.
  • Ease of assembly
    Ease of assembly is based primarily on the amount of time required to assemble the crib, clarity, accuracy and explicitness of the instructions, whether or not the correct hardware was included and whether there was easy access to areas where fasteners must be tightened securely.
  • Can convert as child grows
    Indicates that a crib can convert, with or without additional parts, to a toddler bed (TB), day bed (DB), or full-sized bed (FB). Some parts or conversion kits are only available separately.

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Recommended cribs

Recommended cribs are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Of all the items you'll need for your baby, a crib is one of the most challenging to choose. There's a wide array of styles and price ranges. Unlike bassinets, cradles, and bedside sleepers, cribs are the only beds for babies that are required to meet federal government mandated standards. If you're looking for information about cribs, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ crib reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our crib buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and crib reviews to help you choose the best crib for your needs.

Crib buying guide

A crib may seem like a big place to put your tiny newborn, but it's the safest place for her to sleep. While some parents use a cradle, bassinet, or bedside sleeper for the first few months, you can save money and worry by sticking with a crib. They're regulated by the federal government, and many are also certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). There are currently no federal standards for co-sleepers or Moses baskets. (While some bassinets are certified by the JPMA, many are not.) Steer clear of Moses baskets and bedside sleepers (sometimes called co-sleepers), since there are concerns about their safety.

A crib is one baby item you definitely want to buy new. That's the only way to be sure you'll get one that meets the latest safety standards. We recommend you purchase a JPMA-certified, full-sized crib with stationary sides. This guide will help you find the perfect one so the whole family can rest easy.

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