Baby Stroller has been sleeping in the cradle that was mine as a baby since he was a few weeks old. At first he was in a bassinet in our room and then I put the bassinet inside the cradle when he was 2.5 weeks old; then at 12 weeks we retired our bassinet completely.

In a few short weeks baby S and I will go to my parents’ house for the summer, and he’ll be sleeping in his crib there. We’ll be packing up the cradle and taking it with us to return it to my parents’ attic. When we get home in September, we’ll need a crib waiting for us at home. So, we’re in search of the perfect crib!

We have a fairly straight-forward wish list for our perfect crib. We’d like something simple and modern-ish looking, probably in white and preferably something that doesn’t scream “I need a skirt.” It would be nice if it converts to a toddler bed and extra storage would be ideal. Made in the USA would be fabulous. Most of all, we want something affordable since we plan on buying a more expensive mattress made of organic materials.

After much searching and pinning I came up with the following options.

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1. Pottery Barn’s Skylar – $800
This is the dream crib for our small nursery that’s tight on space. I love that it has three separate drawers for storage underneath, converts to a toddler bed and is very well made. However, the price is steep and the toddler conversion kit is sold separately.

2. Babyletto Modo 3-in-1 – $390
I love the two toned finish and the simplicity of the modern look of this crib. The price includes the toddler conversion kit. The only downside of this crib is that there is no extra storage and there’s very little space to slide anything underneath.

3. Spot on Square Eicho – $595
I love the super thick slats on this crib. It’s sturdy and modern, eco friendly and made in the USA. However the toddler conversion kit costs an extra $200.

4. Babyletto Mercer – $400
This crib is a great storage crib alternative to the Pottery Barn Skylar, plus it’s a bit more modern looking, is available in a two-tone finish or all white and comes with the toddler conversion kit. It’s not made in the USA, however, and I haven’t been able to find it available in a brick and mortar store so I can test out the quality of the drawer.

5. Babyletto Harlow – $410
I love, love, love the base on this crib. It screams, “I definitely don’t need a skirt!” However, in a small house and a tiny nursery, a solid base means giving up valuable storage space.

6. Babyletto Hudson – $370
I love the legs on this crib. They’re reminiscent of much more expensive brands. It has a timeless simplicity and the toddler bed conversion kit is included in the price.

7. Nurseryworks Twinkle 3-in-1 Billy – $300
The solid head and foot of this crib caught my eye – less distraction during nap time! The toddler conversion kit is included and it can stand alone without the guard rail like a little daybed.

8. Ikea Gulliver – $100
The price on this Ikea crib cannot be beat. It gets rave reviews from everyone I know who owns it and is timeless in its simplicity. It converts to a toddler bed, but the toddler style does not have a bed rail like some of the other cribs. There is no storage underneath, but we could add a skirt and put a box under it.

9. Child Craft London – $200
This option, which is also available in white, is a little more classic looking. It converts to a toddler bed, but a security rail is sold separately.

10. Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 Navy – $200
A navy blue crib to match baby S’s nursery! I love the detail on the solid ends and the simplicity of the legs. It converts to a toddler bed and includes a safety rail. Navys are all very different so it could end up not matching baby S’s nursery at all, and it may limit nursery color choices in the future should we decide to go against everything we’ve ever said and have a second baby.

Our final option is to have a crib made to our specifications. We have a local furniture maker building two hutches for our dining room right now and if we like how they turn out, we might ask him to draw up plans for our dream crib while following the CPSC’s crib safety guidelines. It might end up being an economical option and we could definitely get everything on our wishlist. But of course there’s a time consideration with that option. Baby Stroller is growing like a little weed and before we know it he’s going to be too big for his cradle; I’m getting a tad concerned we might not make it ’til the end of June before we need to make the crib transition! Just look at the difference twenty weeks makes:

What are your favorite features in a crib? Any one crib you absolutely love or absolutely hate?