You need a nursery. Even if baby will sleep in your room for the first few months, you’re going to need a nursery eventually. The centerpiece of this nursery? The crib.

You want the best crib for your baby and for your nursery. You’re going to want the safest crib. You may want a convertible crib so it lasts for years. You also don’t want to spend a fortune. There are lots of other baby supplies to buy.

I promise you, swear up and down on my darling daughter’s head, you don’t need to spend more than $150 on a safe convertible crib.

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Crib Safety

In 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission set super strict standards for crib manufacturing. There is rigorous safety testing for all cribs sold in the U.S. Mattress supports, crib slats and crib hardware strength was all beefed way up. Buy a new crib made after 2011 and you’ve got those regulations in place keeping your baby safe.

The 3 Best Cribs under $150

Out of all the crib options out there, how do you choose one for your baby? Take a look at these fantastic choices.

Union 2-in-1 Convertible Crib

I love the sleek simple design of this crib. The crib is safe and solid with no frills. It goes great with a minimalist or a more traditional look. You can dress it up with colorful fun crib sheets and a mobile.

  • 4 adjustable mattress levels ( great for keeping little ones in as they grow)
  • converts to a daybed or a toddler bed
  • easy to assemble (this according to hundreds of amazon reviews)
  • with Prime – Free Shipping and Free Returns on Amazon
  • 7 colors

Dream on Me Carson Classic 3-in-1 Convertible

This crib has a more traditional look with the wave pattern on the head and foot boards. The design is still simple and will be fun to dress up with crib sheets.

  • 3 adjustable mattress levels
  • converts to a toddler bed and daybed
  • easy to assemble (this according to hundreds or amazon reviews)
  • with Prime – Free Shipping and Free Returns on Amazon
  • 4 colors
    • Cherry and Espresso finishes are usually cheaper
    • White and Gray are usually a little higher

Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible

This crib has the classic curved-top side. The design is a lovely traditional look. Can you just see some simple white crib sheets in there? Gorgeous.

  • 3 adjustable mattress levels
  • coverts to a toddler bed, daybed and full sized bed
    • The 5th conversion is if you buy it with the attached changing table
  • free shipping and returns on Amazon without Prime
  • 5 colors

Crib Questions Answered

  1. Safety – We covered the safety standards upgrade for cribs already. However, like with all baby products, you are going to want to periodically check for recalls. Do that here.
  2. What Comes With The Crib – Just the sides, header, footer, bed-spring, and hardware. You always have to buy the mattress separately. Same goes for conversion kits. If you plan on converting to a toddler bed or full sized bed you may want to buy the kit now. Styles come and go and the kit may not be available in a few years. You usually do not need a kit to convert to a daybed. You simply take off one side.
  3. Shipping – Whenever you buy a piece of furniture online you run the risk of parts being damaged during shipping. It happened to me. We called the number listed in the manual and got a new piece sent. I had to email a few pictures of the broken piece, but that was it. The risk of a broken piece is worth it to me to have the crib show up on my doorstep.
  4. Attached changing table – This is purely my opinion, I don’t like them. Most of them only have space on the top for baby. Where are you going to put the diaper, cream, wipes, etc.? They are usually a great size for newborns, but not so much for toddlers. Speaking of toddlers, once they learn to climb you may find that they learn to climb out of the crib and onto the attached changing table. No thanks.

Things to Remember

Still trying to decide which crib to buy and how much to spend? Remember that all cribs sold in the U.S. must meet rigorous safety standards. Paying more for a crib gets you handcrafted details, higher-end finishes, and fancy wood joining techniques. You don’t get any more safety.

Your child will be in this crib for an average of 1.5-3 years. If you convert it to a toddler bed or day bed they may use it for 4-5 years. Some kids are harder on their cribs than others. Your child may be a jumper or climber or even chew on the rails. If you don’t spend a fortune on a crib its a lot easier to be flexible with your child’s changing needs.

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