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Momtrends Must-Haves: Cribs & Bassinets


One of our favorite features of the Baby Bjorn Cradle is its simplicity. From the assembly to the style, this bassinet is the perfect sleep solution for your newborn. The lightweight frame is easy to move around the house, and the low height and mesh sides make it easy to keep an eye on your babe. This cradle doesn't rock back and forth but provides gentle jiggling similar to a stroller on the move with its springy feet that can be activated with the parents' hand or foot or the baby's own motions. The cradle cover, mattress and cover are all machine-washable for those inevitable accidents, and you can also add on the option cradle canopy. Be sure to buy the fitted sheets - the bassinet itself doesn't come with any included. BUY: Amazon or Magic Beans

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BEST MODERN BASSINET - Monte Design Ninna Nanna $395

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We love the contemporary design of the Ninna Nanna Bassinet by Monte Design that is sure to complement any modern nursery. No frills or flair with this simple, gender-neutral design, but true style doesn't need to be flashy. Choose from either a stone basket with dark brown base or charcoal basket with high gloss white base. The curved legs make it easy to rock your newborn, and the thick microfiber pad basket can be removed from the frame and used around the house, at grandma's, or on the bed (while supervised). Practical as much as it is pretty, we also love that the Ninna Nanna Bassinet is made from sustainable materials, is free from flame retardant chemicals, and comes with two cotton mattress sheets so you'll always have a clean one. BUY: Magic Beans or Amazon

BEST VALUE BASSINET - DaVinci Futura Cradle

Great style doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. The DaVinci Future Cradle costs around $100, but comes in four different finishes and provides a safe, secure sleeping area for baby. The cradle rocks gently to lull baby to sleep and also comes with a locking pin to hold the cradle in one place. The caster wheels make it easy to move the cradle from room to room or can be locked into place to keep the cradle secure. Your newborn can sleep easy on the comfy mattress and you can sleep easy knowing you didn't spend a bundle. BUY: Amazon or Wayfair

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FAVORITE TRAVEL BED - Baby Bjorn Travel Light

The irony is that most travel beds are heavy and bulky to travel with! Bjorn solves this problem with their updated Travel Crib Light. The newly redesigned portacrib weighs just 13 lbs. and unfolds automatically without the wrestling that many travel beds require to set-up. The crib comes in black or silver and is suitable for newborns up to 3-year-olds. We love the lightweight mesh sides that keep baby cool and make it easy to keep an eye on your little one. (Hint - Make sure you're buying the 2014 redesigned version.) BUY: Amazon or Wayfair

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BEST CLASSIC CRIB - Oeuf Sparrow (high) + babyletto Hudson Convertible Crib (mid)

Whatever the style or color of your nursery, you can't go wrong with a classic crib. There are lots on the market to choose from, but these two - the Oeuf Sparrow and babyletto Hudson Convertible Crib - are our top classic crib picks for their features, versatility, style and sturdiness.

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The Oeuf Sparrow is the Audrey Hepburn of cribs - simple, yet eye-catching with an effortless style that can work for any gender, era or nursery design. Available in four non-toxic finishes, solids ends ground the crib as a focal point in the room while the slim side rails keep it from looking too heavy. The Sparrow gives parents three mattress heights to chose from and can convert to a toddler bed with the optional conversion kit (sold separately). BUY: Magic Beans or Amazon [*RECALL ALERT: Contact Oeuf via phone at (844) 653-8527 or online to receive a free repair kit for the Sparrow Crib.]

The babyletto Hudson Convertible Crib wins as our favorite mid-priced classic crib. Made out of sustainable New Zealand pine wood, the Hudson comes in three solid and two two-toned hues, offers four mattress levels, and has hidden hardware to create a sleek exterior. After your little one has grown out of the crib, you can still use the Hudson for years to come as a toddler bed (conversion kit included) or day bed. BUY: Amazon or Target

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BEST LUXURY CRIB - Newport Cottage Cribs

For true luxury, we love the cribs from Newport Cottages. Their line of cribs blends intricate design, luxurious materials, and unique touches like tufted panels, decorative molding and canopies. Parents can choose from various finishes or paints, accent colors, and fabrics to create a crib that blends with your nursery decor and personal style. They'll even let you send a custom paint or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind design. Plus, each crib is crafted with old-world techniques to ensure the piece can be passed down for years to come. Personalized service, well-made products and gorgeous designs makes them our must-have source for luxury cribs. BUY: Newport Cottages or Rosenberry Rooms

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BEST MODERN CRIBS - Numinumi Wired Crib + Ubabub Nifty Clear Convertible Crib

Looking for unique design to standout in your modern nursery? We love the very different, but equally intriguing designs of the NumiNumi Wired Crib and the Ubabub Nifty Clear Convertible Crib.

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The Wired Crib by NumiNumi was born out of a love of the New York cityscape, taking its inspiration from the vertical lines of the city, the subway, and the space in between the skyscrapers. The non-traditional crib slats blended with the grain of the bamboo frame add tons of visual interest to a piece of furniture that can often blend into a room. This crib has only two different mattress height options, but it can convert into a toddler bed. Choose between a natural or amber finish for the crib, and be sure to pick bedding that complements, not competes, with this statement piece. BUY: Amazon or Magic Beans

Acrylic cribs aren't quite mainstream which makes owning one, like the Ubabub Nifty Clear Crib, a conversation piece. Designed in Australia, the unique "bar-free" design of the Nifty Clear that makes it light, airy, and easy to keep an eye on baby. Too much acrylic can look a bit cold and futuristic though, so we love that Ubabub adds a warm walnut frame to define and ground the crib. Four adjustable mattress heights give you lots of options for your growing baby while the optional toddler bed kit lets you use the crib long beyond the baby years. BUY: Magic Beans or Amazon

BEST VALUE CRIB - Delta Children Manhattan 3-in-1 Crib

We love the straight lines and classic design of the Delta Children's Manhattan 3-in-1 Crib. Available in dark chocolate or classic grey, this crib offer three mattress heights to adjust as your baby grows, and a static side to prevents pinched fingers. The simple design is suitable for boys or girls and will never go out of style. When you're done with using it as a crib, the Manhattan converts to a toddler bed or daybed. Most of all, we love that the crib offers all these features and style for under $250. BUY: Amazon or Target

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BEST CRIB FOR SMALL SPACES - bloom Alma Mini urban crib

For tiny apartments or a surprise third child in your two-bedroom townhouse, the bloom Alma Mini crib is the perfect small space sleep solution for your baby. Measuring in at just 37.25"L x 19.5"W x 32.75"H, the modern Alma Mini is ideal for newborns up to about 12 months, depending on the size of your child. Despite its compact size, we love that the Alma Mini comes in four color choices (brown, white, grey, and green) and offers two mattress heights. It fits easily through doorways and has four lockable castor wheels for easy movement throughout the house. Another one of our favorite features is the no-tool, under-5-minute set up of the crib. With its unique size, you will be limited to buying a mattress and sheets from bloom, but they do offer two different mattress types - pocket spring or coco mat or foam. BUY: Magic Beans or Amazon

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