Furnishing a nursery is a job that we all enjoy, but one that often comes with many very difficult choices; finding a cheap crib set is one of these, and when we took a look at the market we found many different aspects that made the choice even harder!
These days the market is awash in convertible cribs, the type that morph into beds that suit children as they grow. You'll find 2-in-1 styles (crib to daybed or twin bed), 3-in-1 styles (crib to toddler bed to daybed, or crib to daybed to full-size bed), and 4-in-1 styles (crib to toddler bed to daybed to full-size bed). Some models come with a toddler guard rail and some need special kits to convert to twin or full-size beds (one long side of the convertible crib becomes the headboard and with some models, the other long side serves as the footboard). The (starting at $180) wins accolades for its stability, good looks, and user-friendly assembly, qualities that far outweigh grumbles about susceptibility to scratching. A second best choice for a cheap 4-in-1 crib is the (starting at $135), which appeals for its price, ease of assembly, and style but has only three mattress-level settings and lacks a toddler guard rail. Cheap convertible cribs are also available in mini sizes and as portables.
Traditional, or standard, cribs -- i.e., first and always just cribs -- are increasingly scarce, so you'll have to look harder if that's the style you prefer. The (starting at $169) is the best cheap crib for families wanting a model that has no second life as an older-child bed. The crib comes bundled with a matching dresser, and parents are thrilled with the value.
Although it may be tempting to choose a cheap crib simply because it fits your budget -- some cost as little as $70 -- do your homework first. Infants spend more time sleeping than anything else, so you want to be sure the cheap crib is safe, durable, and right-sized for caregivers (can you put down and pick up the baby without straining your back?). Even if you plan to buy a cheap crib from an e-commerce site, check out displays at a brick-and-mortar store first. Consumer reviews posted online may discuss the virtues and flaws of cheap cribs, but actually inspecting the goods before ordering is the best way to assess factors like stability, mattress placement (how high or low can it go?), and likely resilience in the face of nursery wear and tear. also suggest looking for exposed screws or other hardware that could cause injury, and cracks in the wood that may be an early indication of poor build quality.