Best Convertible Cribs – Beds for Infants through to Teenagers

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Best convertible cribs

What is a convertible crib?

A convertible crib is a compact piece of modular furniture that adapts to your baby’s needs over time. For example, the best convertible cribs begin as a simple crib and then can convert to a toddler bed, a day bed, or a full-size bed (sometimes with a free- standing night table). In this way, a convertible crib is an investment in your child’s future because it will last up until the toddler years and beyond.

Advantages of using a convertible crib

The most obvious advantage of a convertible crib is its versatility and endurance. The right design can carry you from the infant stage and several years beyond that. Instead of buying new furniture sets, you’ll only have to worry about conversion pieces and transitional mattresses that are readily available from crib manufacturers.

Parents have found it easier to transition a child to a toddler or a full-size bed when the piece of furniture is already familiar. For example, a toddler bed that’s crafted from a familiar crib is less intimidating than a brand new twin bed. We’re confident that at each stage of development, your child will look forward to seeing just how his bed will evolve.

These days, there are numerous styles of convertible cribs to choose from, so you’re bound to find one that matches your tastes. And certainly, purchasing one convertible crib will prove less expensive than buying 3 beds by the time your child is a teenager. The best baby cribs are as practical as they are attractive.

Pros of a convertible crib:

  • Versatile
  • Long lasting
  • Attractive designs
  • Helps transition to different sleeping stages
  • Smart financial investment

Check to see that the crib adheres to standard safety precautions:

  • Posts or slats shouldn't be more than 2 3/8" apart
  • Corners should be flush with the end pieces of the crib
  • Sides of the crib should be fixed (in other words, not able to drop down)
  • Headboards and footboards shouldn't have decorative cut-outs
  • Hardware should be flush with the crib and secure
  • Paint shouldn't peel or crack
  • If the crib has wheels, make sure they can be locked into position
  • NOTE: Any crib over 10 years old may not meet today's safety guidelines

Other things to look for:

  • An adjustable mattress
  • A metal mattress support
  • A crib shape that will fit a standard mattress and sheets 
  • Warranty
  • Replaceable parts 

Before we share our in-depth research, check out our top picks in the table below.

Quick comparison: ​Best convertible cribs

Convertible Cribs

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Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib and Changer

- Full size crib, toddler bed,
daybed and full-size bed
- Changing table can be detached
- Non-toxic, durable finish
- Extremely versatile
and beautifully made

Dream On Me Violet
7-in-1 Convertible
Life Style Crib

- Crib, toddler bed,
daybed and full-size bed
- Meets CPSC and ASTM standards
- Aesthetically beautiful
- 4-position mattress support

Union 3-in-1
Convertible Crib

- Made with New Zealand pine wood
- Crib, toddler bed and daybed
- 4 adjustable mattress levels
- Non-toxic finish is free
of lead and phthalates

DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

- GREENGUARD Gold Certified
- Crib, toddler bed,
daybed and full-size bed
- Made of 100% sustainable
New Zealand pine
- Toddler rail is included

babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

- GREENGUARD Gold Certified
- Includes toddler bed conversation kit, saving you money
- Eco-conscious design
- Perfect for shorter moms

Dream On Me Ashton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

- Available in 4 finishes
- Crib, toddler bed, daybed,
full bed (2 set-up options)
- Modern, attractive design
- 4-position mattress support

Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

- Crib, toddler bed, daybed, full size bed with head and footboard
- Assembly is a cinch
- Meets/exceeds safety
standard requirements
- Sturdy, long-lasting design

Now, if you want the full scoop on the best models, check out the reviews below.

Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 Fixed Side Convertible Crib and Changer

This is a sturdy, versatile crib that would compliment just about any nursery furniture. It transforms from a crib and changing table to a toddler bed (or a daybed) to a traditional bed.

The crib mattress can be installed at three different heights.

The changing table has 3 roomy drawers and is covered with a waterproof vinyl pad. When it’s time for baby to move into a full-size bed, you can use the changing area as a stand-alone night table.

The Storkcraft crib measures 71" x 32.5" x 43" and weighs 125 lbs.; it’s made of solid wood and is available in several colors. The maximum weight limit for the crib is 30 lbs. and for the toddler/daybed it’s 50 lbs.

Pros

  • Converts to toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed
  • Deep and detachable changing table
  • Storage drawers
  • Toddler bed guard rail included
  • Meets safety standards

Cons

  • Difficult to assemble
  • Conversion kit not included
  • Full-size bed frame sold separately
  • Heavy

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

We love that you can detach the changing table and use it as a nightstand when baby is older. It's always great when you don't have to buy another piece of furniture as baby transitions to a bigger bed.


Dream On Me Violet 7-in-1 Convertible Life Style Crib

With seven different ways to construct this piece of nursery furniture, you can’t beat its versatility!

This Dream On Me model can convert from a crib (where the mattress can be placed at four different levels) to a toddler bed, a daybed, a youth bed (I and II) and a full-size bed (I and II).

In terms of an appealing overall look, we think this is one of the best baby cribs available. The wavy design manages to be graceful yet strong and would certainly make an attractive centerpiece for any nursery. The crib measures 58” x 29” x 39” and comes in several finishes. It weighs 50 lbs.

Pros

  • Versatile (7-in1)
  • Non-toxic materials
  • Appealing design
  • Multiple finishes to choose from
  • Meets safety standards

Cons

  • Conversion kit not included
  • Guardrails sold separately
  • Full-size frame and mattress not included
  • Wood may scratch or dent

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

This crib is the most adaptive, with seven different options to choose from. It’s a super choice if you don’t want to shop for another bed any time soon.


Union 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib by Union is a perfect addition to any modern nursery.

It’s made from pine and has a streamlined design with sturdy fixed sides.

It converts from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed (conversion kit and mattress sold separately).

The crib mattress can be raised or lowered to four different positions. For example, you can keep it at the highest point if you’re caring for a newborn and then lower the mattress when baby starts to sit up.

The crib measures 53.5” x 30.5” x 33. 5” and weighs 40 lbs.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Multiple finishes to choose from
  • Adjustable crib mattress
  • Meets safety standards
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Conversion kit sold separately
  • Mattress sold separately
  • Empty screw holes visible in the frame

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

Of all the cribs we reviewed, the Union model is one of the most contemporary looking. If you’re hoping to compliment modern décor, this streamlined, 3-in-one design is a sure bet, especially because it’s available in several eye-catching colors.


DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

The Kalani by DaVinci can be converted from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed and to a full-size bed. It comes with a toddler conversion kit and safety rail.

For convenience and added safety, the mattress can be positioned at four different heights. The dimensions of the crib are 55” x 38” x 7” and it weighs 50 lbs. 

The Kalani is one of the safest cribs. It’s been extensively screened for toxic chemicals and meets all the safety standards. It’s crafted from sustainable New Zealand pine and comes with a 1-year warranty.

This is, by far, one of the most popular convertible cribs among parents. ​

Pros

  • Safe and award-winning
  • Toddler bed conversion kit included 
  • Toddler rail included
  • Adjustable mattress (4 positions)

Cons

  • Scratches easily
  • Difficult to assemble
  • Mattresses sold separately
  • Full-size conversion kit sold separately

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

In terms of safety, this may be one of the best convertible cribs on the market. The Kalani has earned a GREENGUARD Gold certificate that proves it has been tested for over 100,000 chemicals and 360 VOCs.


babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

The babyletto converts from a crib to a toddler bed and to a daybed.

It’s made from New Zealand pine with an attractive spindle design that allows you to peek at your baby from any angle.

For added convenience, there are 4 different levels for the crib mattress. The crib measures 54” x 30” x 35” and has a 50 lbs. weight capacity.

It has a non-toxic finish (several colors available) and is GREENGUARD Gold Certified. This crib has a 1-year warranty.

Pros

  • Non-toxic materials
  • Adjustable mattress
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Scratches easily

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

The babyletto Hudson comes with a conversion kit (including a toddler rail), which is often sold separately. This is great news as these kits can cost a pretty penny. Talk about value for money!


Dream On Me Ashton 5 in 1 Convertible Crib

The Ashton convertible crib is called a “lifetime” crib because it grows with your child: from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed and then a full-size bed. With its sturdy design, it’s a practical and safe choice for any nursery (it meets current safety standards).

The crib mattress is adjustable for added convenience.

It weighs 50 lb. and measures 54” x 38” x 44”. The safety rails and transitional mattresses are sold separately.

Pros

  • Adjustable mattress
  • Long lasting and versatile
  • Sturdy
  • Multiple finishes

Cons

  • Mattresses and safety rails sold separately
  • Difficult to assemble

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

The Ashton crib comes with a manual and all the tools you need to set up your crib. In this way, as soon as it arrives, you can set it up in your nursery!


Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

The Canton by Delta Children measures 54.5” x 34.5” x 43.5” and weighs 62 lb.

This is another long-lasting design, converting from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed and to a full-size bed with a headboard and a footboard.

The crib mattress can be positioned at 3 different levels and the wooden construction has a non-toxic finish that meets all the current safety requirements. The crib fits a standard mattress (sold separately).

Pros

  • Safe
  • Long lasting

Cons

  • The colors tend to vary (not true to pictures)
  • Heavy
  • Conversion materials sold separately

What does this crib have that the other cribs don’t?

Delta Children provides an assembly video and a downloadable manual to help with the initial set up. They also have a video that reviews the tests that each crib must pass before it’s deemed safe and ready for purchase.


Cribs of any kind, be they wooden ones, travel ones, or convertible ones—are an investment in your child’s future. It’s a smart and practical purchase because certain models should last from infancy through to adulthood.

Since you expect it to be with your family for years to come, it’s essential to research the various designs and study the features that different cribs offer. No doubt, you’ll soon realize that whatever your needs—for example, an adjustable mattress, a colorful finish, or a sturdy frame— there are many models to choose from.

A convertible crib is a solid choice because of its endurance and ease of use. Reviews like this one will highlight what’s available on the market and guide you in this exciting purchase for your latest family member.

Featured image: Rich Barrett

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