14 best (grow-with) cribs: from baby, toddler to toddler

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  February 10, 2022

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Do you doubt the best way to sleep for your baby or toddler?

A crib still appears to be the safest way to sleep for your little one.

But what if I want to feel my baby close to me, do you think? There is also a solution with a special co-bed!

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Some parents would like a cot that grows with their child. There are also beautiful cots for older kids and even adults. 

I would like to show you the nicest and best cribs, and I will tell you about all the pros and cons.

I'll start right away with my overall best choice that fell on the special Lorelli 3-in-1 crib for babies. Why? First of all, it has a lot of conversion options!

I'll tell you more about it in a moment, let's go to my top 14 first:

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Overall best cot: Lorelli 3 in 1 cotOverall-best-crib-Lorelli-3-in-1-cot
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Best Crib With Drawers: ZOË heart bed sofaBest-crib-with-drawers-ZOE-hearts-toddler bed
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Best crib with changing table: Bellamy Paso Doble CombiBest-crib-with-changing table-Bellamy-Paso-Doble-Combi
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Best extendable bed crib: Sebra Kili junior bedBest-cot-cot-Sebra-Kili-junior crib
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Best crib with door: Dream Furniture Competitor Treehouse BedBest-bed-with-door-Dream furniture-Competitor-Treehouse-Bed-
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Best cot co-sleeper: Fillikid 2 in 1Best-crib-co-sleeper-Fillikid-2-in-1-
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Best crib on wheels: Agashi Panda baby bedBest-crib-on-wheels-Agashi-Panda-cot
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Best crib with storage space: Cabino Combibed MemphisBest-cot-with-storage-Cabino-Combibed-Memphis
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Best natural bed: Grapol Open BasicBest-crib-natural-Grapol-Open-Basic
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Best Crib Toddler Bed: Children's bed Tipi pineBest-crib-toddler-bed-cot-tipi-pine
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Best crib 70 x 140: Pericles Extendable bed Sophie TaupeBest-crib-70-x-140-Pericles-Extended bed-Sophie-Taupe
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Best crib adults 140 x 200: Goossens Excellent Bed NordBest-cot-adults-140-x-200-Bed-Nord
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Best crib adults 160 x 200: Bed frame MimosaBest-crib-adults-160-x-200-Bedframe-Mimosa
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Best crib adults 180 x 200: Bed MerrickBest-crib-adults-180-x-200-Bed-Merrick
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Buying guide crib

What do you look for when purchasing a cot?

For your little one, you naturally take other points into consideration than for a cot for older children or adults.

However, the following applies to all cots:

  • Pay attention to the correct (length) size. Add about 20 cm to your body height to arrive at the correct length of the bed. So if you are 180 cm tall, 200 cm is a good bed length for you. 
  • Comfort is very important, think of bottom and mattress (and are these included?)
  • Does the crib have a good finish? The finish should be splinter free and smooth, especially for children.

With a baby or toddler you also think of the following points:

width and length

Go for a cot with a minimum width of 55 cm. Then make sure that – measured from the head – the child has a clearance of at least 20 cm in length.

Safe bars

Make sure that the bars have a spacing of at least 4,5 to 6,5 cm.

It should be wide enough to allow for free breathing if your baby were to roll into the side, and narrow enough not to dive through.

The bars continue to the bottom. Always ensure a safe environment around the cot, your little one can climb out of it one day!

A good soil

A slatted base is most suitable. This prevents your baby from overheating while sleeping.

In addition, the bottom must be adjustable, easier for you, and your child will not fall out later when he is bigger.

In the lowest position, the side walls should be at least 55-60 cm high, measured from the top of the mattress. In the highest position, this distance should be at least 20 cm.

You must be able to lock any wheels under the legs of the cot.

Matching mattress

It is important that the mattress fits well in the cot. The space between the mattress and the side walls should be a maximum of one finger wide.

The mattress should not curl up. The thickness of the mattress does not matter, it should just not be too soft. Again, consider the risk of suffocation.

Use a mattress protector with a ventilating top layer and a honeycomb structure on top of the mattress. Please do not use a sail.

Best Cribs Reviewed

Now that you know what to look for when choosing a crib for your child or for yourself, I'll show you the best-rated cribs on the market.

Overall best cot: Lorelli 3 in 1 cot

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This Lorelli cot for babies and toddlers is made of high-quality chipboard, and above all it is a very practical cot that will last a long time. 

This is due to all its original conversion options; you can turn it into a rocking bed, toddler bed, even a desk, and use it as a regular crib with two adjustable sleep levels.

I liked that it has a large drawer, you always have some sheets and blankets that you like to store neatly and can grab again in no time. 

Its color is white and the drawer has an oak motif, which makes it a nice combination; I think it's cool and somewhat vintage. The price is great, especially because you can do so much with it!

Pros

  • convertible
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Mattress not included

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L145 x W75 cm
  • Material: 18 mm high-quality melamine chipboard
  • Bottom: Height adjustable on 2 levels 
  • Mattress: Not included, suitable for mattress dimensions 140x70x12 cm 

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Best crib with drawers: ZOË heart bed sofa

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The price of the ZOË heart bed sofa is a bit higher than the much simpler Pericles Grow Bed, but it really is a showpiece!

The cot can be ordered with a fall protection device, if desired, it can be supplied in a different color from the bed. 

You could also order LED lighting in white or in color. Another possibility is to make a drawer at the bottom; all this, however, at an additional cost.

The makers of ZOË use Histor lacquer and you can choose multiple colors (eg pink and white). If you want to have it painted in your own colors or the name of the child on it, that is also possible.

Pros

  • Customizable
  • Looks great in the nursery
  • Can be used as a sofa

Cons

  • All extras for a fee
  • Pretty heavy

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L158 cm x W78 cm x H120 cm
  • Material: Wood and MDF
  • Bottom: Not adjustable
  • Mattress: Yes, cold foam mattress L150 cm x W70 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg

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Best Crib with Changing Table: Bellamy Paso Doble Combi

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The Paso doble combi bedstead from Bellamy is handy.

Do you want to make the most of the space in the baby's room? Then this combination bedstead with chest of drawers might be a nice one.

It has a handy large bed drawer to store all your larger baby essentials, and 4 small drawers for wipes, lotion, or diapers.

You can choose whether you want the 4 small drawers on the left or right, as well as the shelf on which you place the changing/changing pad.

Pros

  • Space saving
  • Large drawer on wheels
  • Easy assembly
  • 3 adjustment levels
  • On the side a clothes rails for small clothes

Cons

  • Manual in English can be tricky

Features

  • Bed dimensions: W72 cm x H100.5 cm x L164 cm
  • Material: Solid wood, chipboard and MDF
  • Bottom: Adjustable to 3 different heights
  • Mattress: 60 x 120 cm
  • Weight: 50 kg

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Best extendable bed cot: Sebra Kili junior bed

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This sleek Kili crib and junior bed is a lot more expensive than the ZOË heart bed (almost double), but Kili grows with your child from birth to about 7 years, while the ZOË crib is not suitable for babies, but more for toddlers and preschoolers. 

On the other hand, the Kili has the same adaptive characteristics as the much cheaper Pericles Cot Bed. You can use both as a cot and junior bed.

However, the Kili bedstead is made of wood and has a beautiful Danish design, the simple Pericles bedstead is made of MDF. 

When your child is one and a half to two years old, it can get out of the cot by itself if you remove the front rack. The bed can easily be extended to a junior bed, with a few extra legs underneath. 

Note: Kili is delivered without a mattress, you have to order this separately! 

Pros

  • Real birch wood
  • Beautiful design
  • Rounded shape
  • Lasts 7-8 years with your child

Cons

  • Pricey

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L110 cm x W70 cm x H90,5 cm 
  • Junior bed sizes: L150 cm x W70 cm x H90,5 cm
  • Material: Birch wood gray lacquered
  • Bottom: Height adjustable
  • Mattress: Not included
  • Weight: 34 kg

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Best crib with door: Dream Furniture Competitor Treehouse Bed

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What child does not dream of a tree house bed? This beautiful crib has a huge price, but it is more of a beautiful and luxurious home for the children's room.

The dimensions are 225 cm high, 295 cm long and 160 cm deep. 

It has deep-pile carpet and a balcony plus recessed spotlights. Upstairs in the cottage is a toy box built in and it has a staircase. The bed/house is beautifully finished with scaffolding wood and has a sleek shape. 

Downstairs is a place to sleep and there are two doors that partially close the space.

All planks have been machine-sanded and are therefore completely splinter-free. You have the choice to have an asterisk / diamond or heart cut out in the head or foot of the bed to personalize the bed. 

In principle, you can place any slatted base in this scaffolding wooden bed, but you can also have a slatted base supplied. The dimensions are based on the mattress size. 

Pros

  • A complete cabin
  • super cozy

Cons

  • Very pricey
  • Only fits in a large room

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L300 cm x W 158 cm x H225 cm
  • Material: Wood
  • Bottom: Not included
  • Mattress: Not included, 90 cm x 200 cm

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Best Crib Co-Sleeper: Fillikid 2 in 1

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The Co-sleeper 2 in 1 from the Fillikid brand can be used as a baby cot, but also as a safe trundle bed because one side can be removed from the crib and easily attached to your large bed. 

Great that you no longer have to get out of bed at night to feed or comfort the baby. The crib comes with a mattress, bed frame, duvet, pillow and duvet cover, wow! 

The cot has wheels with brakes. This crib is made of high quality solid beech wood and unlike other woods is of higher quality! And that for its great price.

Pros

  • 5 different height levels
  • Includes mattress with removable cotton cover, washable
  • Includes washable bed surround (165 x 26) 
  • Including duvet and baby pillow
  • Including duvet cover stars 80 x 80 duvet
  • With safety belt to attach to parental bed
  • Wheels have a safety lock
  • High-quality solid beech wood
  • 2 in 1
  • Good price

Cons

  • It is not always entirely clear how the brakes on the wheels work
  • Baby won't last very long, probably up to 2 years
  • It is actually not recommended to place bed frames for the safety of your baby

Features

  • Bed dimensions: W47 cm x L95 cm x H96 cm
  • Material: Solid beech
  • Bottom: adjustable in 5 levels
  • Mattress: 40 x 90

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Best Crib on Wheels: Agashi Panda Crib

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Agashi's Panda Crib consists of five separate parts. Very easy to assemble and disassemble without the use of tools, everything clicks together in no time.

You can move the Panda with you around the house whenever you want, thanks to the wheels. While a cot like the Co-sleeper 2 in 1 also has wheels, but can also be used open, as a co-sleeper.

Pros

  • Material is 100% organic MDF, no toxic substances used!
  • Easy installation without tools, without screws
  • Take your baby anywhere in the house in this crib
  • Light

Cons

  • Does not grow, suitable from birth to a year or 2-3 

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L120 cm x W60 cm x H85 cm
  • Material: Unprocessed 'organic' MDF with a thickness of 10 mm
  • Bottom: Adjustable in height Including mattress
  • Mattress: Including 60 cm x 120 cm
  • Weight: 15 kg

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Best Crib with Storage: Cabino Combibed Memphis

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This Cabino Combibed Memphis is a bit similar to the Paso Doble combi Cot, but a lot cheaper because it is made of MDF.

This Memphis combi bedstead also has a chest of drawers and drawers, but it even has a wardrobe on the side!

The Memphis combi bed is finished in a gray color and therefore fits into any interior.

Pros

  • Well priced
  • Clothes hanging cabinet on the side

Cons

  • If your child is a bit bigger, he may be able to open the drawers from the cot

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L164 cm x D72 cm x H100 cm 
  • Material: Chipboard 
  • Bottom: Height adjustable
  • Mattress: Yes included, 60 x 120 cm
  • Weight: 50 kg

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Best natural bed: Grapol Open Basic

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This natural wooden bedstead from Grapol has no drawers and no shelf for a chest of drawers, as with the Paso doble combi bedstead.

But it is a beautiful natural and really super affordable bed. 

The Open Basic with 4 open sides is nice and basic, but that's why it's beautiful. Because of its low price, it is also suitable for placing at grandparents' house, if your child sometimes sleeps there.

The bottom of this cot is adjustable in height and comes with a slatted base. This cot can be used from birth to about 3 years.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Nice natural look

Cons

  • Very basic, no special features

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L66 cm x W80 cm x 125 cm 
  • Material: Wood in natural color
  • Bottom: Height adjustable
  • Mattress: No, but you need one of 60 x 120 cm

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Best crib toddler bed: Children's bed Tipi pine

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This Tipi pine cannot be compared in size (and price) with the tree house cot, but kids have at least as much fun with this nice Tipi bed.

The Tipi bed is low and has a fall protection. 

It is a beautifully conceived design, also for making a tent while playing. Not suitable for babies, but suitable for toddlers, preschoolers, up to children of about 7 years old.

Even though it is probably not the most convenient cot, I was immediately sold and opted for this dreamy version in mint green with white. But you can also choose the combinations grey-white, pink-white, or just white.

Pros

  • Never fall out of bed with the fall protection 75 x 40 cm
  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Lasts a long time due to very sturdy construction

Cons

  • Mattress not included
  • Bed on the low side

Features

  • Bed dimensions: L148 cm x W76 cm x H165 cm
  • Material: Pine wood
  • Bottom: Height adjustable
  • Mattress: 140 x 70 cm, not included
  • Weight: 18 kg

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Best crib 70 x 140: Pericles extendable bed Sophie Taupe

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The Pericles Extendable Bed Crib is certainly not too expensive and is a beautiful and high-quality baby bed that can be converted into a toddler and toddler bed.

From about 2 years old you can convert this bed into a toddler bed, and then your child can continue to use the bed until he is 5 to 6 years old. The bed has a beautiful, warm color taupe.

If we compare the Pericles crib with the Lorelli crib, we see that the Lorelli has a drawer, and grows with it in a completely different way than this Pericles.

This has the possibility to be converted into a bed in which children up to 6 years old can easily sleep.

Pros

  • Grows with your child for years
  • Bottom adjustable on 3 levels

Cons

  • No storage space

Features

  • Bed dimensions: W75 cm x H145 cm
  • Material: MDF
  • Bottom: Slatted base adjustable on 3 levels
  • Mattress: 70 x 140cm
  • Weight: 28 kg

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Best crib adults 140 x 200: Goossens Excellent Bed Nord

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Bed Nord is made of oak and adds a calm yet sturdy atmosphere to your bedroom. The metal legs give Bed Nord a sturdy look.

The bed has a natural character due to the grains and knots that the oak shows.  

The solid wood also ensures that Nord has a long life. You can combine the Nord bed with other furniture from the Nord range. All very stylish and durable.

It is a pity that you have to purchase both a slatted base and the interior to place the bottoms on separately. A crossbar or low feet is essential to be able to place a slatted base in the bed.

It is about as expensive as Bed Merrick, which has a mattress width of 180 cm. But solid oak is simply expensive.

Pros

  • Nice finish
  • sturdy frame
  • Eiken
  • Durable
  • 2 year CBW + 10 year construction warranty

Cons

  • No slatted base included
  • Exclusive interior for slatted base

Features

  • Bed dimensions: 149 x 95 x 209 cm
  • Material: Steamed and sandblasted oak
  • Bottom: Slatted base not included
  • Mattress: Comes without mattress (140×200)

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Best crib for adults 160 x 200: Bed frame Mimosa

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Are you looking for a chic, upholstered bed from Alcamara? Then Bedframe Mimosa is the bed for you.

The bed resembles a luxury box spring, but is a bed with a slatted base. The bed has a beautiful khaki color.

With its 1.60 width, it is between Bed Merrick and Bed Nord in width, but it is a bit more expensive.

It also has a high, softly stitched headboard so that you can sit comfortably against it to read a book, for example. The bed has a wooden crossbar as standard on which the slatted base rests. 

For an even better sleep quality, it is recommended to buy a steel crossbar or low legs (which you attach directly to the slatted base). This way the frame is not loaded and will not crack. 

You will still have to purchase the slatted base and a mattress yourself. With this bed you can also choose two slatted bases of 80 cm wide. 

The mattress length should be 200 cm with the standard size of the Mimosa bed, and is then suitable for people shorter than 185 cm. 

Pros

  • Nice finish
  • sturdy frame
  • 2 year CBW + 10 year construction warranty

Cons

  • No slatted base included
  • Largest available length is 210 cm, not suitable for very tall people

Features

  • Bed dimensions: W214 x L236 cm x H121 
  • Material: Alcamara fabric (a hardwearing microfibre)
  • Bottom: Slatted base not included
  • Mattress: Comes without mattress (160 x 200)

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Best crib adults 180 x 200: Bed Merrick

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Bed Merrick is made of woven rattan and has a present but nice high headboard. 

The frame plus the slatted base are made of mahogany and the legs come from the rubber tree, so it is not a tarry rattan bed, but rather one that will last.

The bed looks calm and natural, and has generous dimensions. The slatted base is included in the price.

It looks beautiful and goes well with the country, dreamy style or country style. 

Pros

  • Including slatted base
  • Warm appearance

Cons

  • A slightly lower entry-exit
  • Not suitable for very tall people

Features

  • Bed dimensions: 140 x 195 x 225 cm
  • Material: Woven rattan, the legs of rubber tree wood (hevea) and the frame and slatted base of mahogany
  • Mattress: Not included, 180 x 120 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg

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Crib or crib?

Your baby needs to sleep well in order to grow, and so do you, of course, to take good care of him. Often, however, parents have difficulty leaving their child in their cot with peace of mind. 

What is the safest solution now? Do you prefer a cot or a crib? 

A cot is the safest option for your child, because the side walls are open, with bars. 

As a result, your baby cannot get into breathlessness if he ends up with his face to the side while turning. 

A cot is also a cheaper purchase, because it is suitable from birth until your child is about 2,5 years old.

That does not alter the fact that a crib is not safe: but only the first 3 to 6 months. After that, your baby will roll over and may come to lie with his face against the side. And then there is the risk of choking.

A crib is easy to keep your baby close to you. It is light, you can easily put it on the couch or next to you on the bed. 

Make crib for baby

It is wise not to put pillows or stuffed animals in the cot. Anything that your child can roll against with his mouth and nose can cause respiratory distress. That is why head protectors are also unsafe. 

Also keep a (music) mobile out of the reach of your child. This one is just there to watch and listen to. 

In principle, you make up a crib and bed in the same way, and that is really not difficult. The most important thing is that you make the bed tight and short. 

Your baby's feet should be just slightly away from the foot end. Your baby is therefore at the bottom of the mattress. 

You tuck the bedding in well on the sides and the foot end, so you prevent your baby from turning. The tight tuck-in gives your baby a wonderfully secure feeling.

Twisting can put your little one in a position that can hinder their breathing. A baby cannot turn back properly yet, so this can lead to dangerous situations and even cot death.

Advantages and disadvantages crib

Before I close my story, I would like to briefly give you the pros and cons of a baby crib. 

Benefits crib

  • Suitable from birth until your child is about 2,5 years old 
  • Adjustable bottom
  • 'Open' structure

Disadvantages crib

  • Not easy to move, provided there are wheels underneath
  • More expensive to buy than a crib

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