Many of these models are imported from Europe (though they may have been manufactured in China or elsewhere) and have hand-rubbed, glazed, or burnished finishes. You'll see styles with curved end boards and hand-painted details, models handcrafted from wrought iron, and even round or ovalcribs. (Round cribs are still very much a novelty, and they're not covered under the federal full-size crib regulations. (Never mind the hassle of trying to find round or oval crib sheets that fit properly!) Instead, round cribs fall under the regulations for play yards and non-full-size cribs. We believe that for sleeping, your baby is safest in a standard, full-sized crib. Play yards and the like are okay for naps, or short-term use on a trip, but invest in a crib for every-night use.
Some manufacturers will let you order a custom-made crib to match your nursery. (Learn more about the safety concerns with protruding finials and design elements on cribs in Crib safety tips.)
Mattresses on high-end cribs are usually supported by heavier-gauge springs and metal frames. Like some mid- or low-priced cribs, these cribs might include a drawer and convert to a daybed/toddler bed or other nursery furniture.
You'll also find custom-made regular and convertible cribs sold as part of a nursery suite, and a "fairy-tale" canopy might be part of the ensemble. Don't use the canopy, because it could collapse onto the crib. (And it's a dust collector.) A simple unadorned crib is the safest for your baby.
The Westwood Design Stratton Convertible Crib retails for $600 and can be converted into a toddler bed (the price includes the guardrail you'll need), a daybed, or a full-sized bed (for which you'll need to purchase bed rails separately). It has a cherry veneer and is made of hardwood. Another crib in this category is the Child Craft Legacy Kensington Lifetime (pictured), about $600, which got high marks in our Ratings. It's available in a pecan or espresso finish and can be turned into a toddler bed and a full-sized bed.
Some models, such as the Netto Collection Louis Crib, have a more modern, streamlined design. The Netto crib, which retails for $950, is made with "sustainably harvested wood," according to the manufacturer.
There's a wide variety of custom-made cribs at the high end, but they're unlikely to be certified. The Royal Convertible Baby Crib by Villa Bella, for example, costs more than $2,500 and has such embellishments as crowns and fleurs-de-lis. You can select a custom finish and convert it into a full-sized bed later.