Safe and Sustainable Materials For Your Baby’s Crib

As any parent or caregiver knows, babies sleep…a lot, and thank god, because you’ll need your rest too!! 👶💤 It’s vital to ensure your little one has a safe crib to rest, grow, and develop. Sadly nearly all traditional cribs contain flame retardants that cause the airborne release of VCOs. This off-gassing harmfully impacts the human endocrine, immune, reproductive, and nervous systems and can linger for many months.

The healthiest, safest cribs for your babies and toddlers are free of VOCs, lead, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals, and have been third-party tested (think GREENGAURD Gold, and ASTM, JMPA, or CPSIA certs!), crafted with sustainable materials and built to be convertible over time so you can use them beyond the infant years.

Pair your new nursery furniture with an organic crib mattress and snuggle your little one in organic baby clothes for the best rest.

1. Babyletto

Ethics | GREENGUARD GOLD certified, FSC certified materials, ASTM compliant, nontoxic finish, carbon-free shipping, secondhand shop, gives back to children’s causes
Materials | Solid New Zealand pine wood
Price | $299–$999

Designed in LA and responsibly made in Asia, Babyletto reminds parents that sustainability, safety, and style can all co-exist. Babyletto cribs are gorgeously made to adapt to any home, with simple finishes, neutral options, and four-in-one cribs that grow as your baby does. Plus, the materials are FSC certified, nontoxic, and GREENGUARD certified for the utmost safety. Check out the brand’s secondhand marketplace for discounted cribs and bassinets. Win-win!

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2. bloom

Ethics | Sustainably sourced wood, low VOCs, lead-, BPA-, PVC-, & formaldehyde-free, ASTM compliant
Materials | Solid American birch wood, stainless steel
Price | $429–$1299

Launched by four dads wanting better for their children, bloom’s signature crib, the alma, is impeccably made. There are four sizes to choose from, from newborn to 12 months through newborn to five years, so you only need to purchase one crib to meet your needs! Pieces are made with sustainably sourced solid wood, assembled thoughtfully in Vietnam and Europe. bloom offers spare parts too, so you can keep the crib as long as you need, without worrying about lost bolts or broken wheels.

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3. Newton Baby

Ethics | GREENGUARD GOLD certified, FSC certified materials, nontoxic finish, responsibly made in Italy, JPMA certified safe
Materials | Solid Beechwood
Price | $450–$680

Newton Baby is most well-known for its wonderful mattresses, but don’t sleep on its convertible cribs and bundles! Made in a family-owned factory that’s been crafting wooden cribs for nearly a century, these timeless cribs with 3-in-1 convertibility come with three mattress heights and a toddler rail. Choose from several finishes, add on a crib mattress, and get ready for the safest, most soothing night of sleep for your little one. Newton Baby also offers financing options so your baby can enjoy the best without breaking the bank.

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4. Ouef NYC

Ethics | GREENGUARD GOLD certified, FSC certified materials & production in Latvia, nontoxic finish, ASTM compliant
Materials | Eco-MDF panels
Price | $820–$1085

Ouef NYC first launched 20 years ago with its first Ouef crib. Today, furniture remains the brand’s main offering (as well as clothing and decor). Find cribs, toddler beds, and conversion kits for however your little one needs to sleep—made with FSC certified wood fibers turned into engineered MDF panels. Whether you’re looking for a new addition to the nursery, bedroom, or playroom, there’s a sustainable and nontoxic crib here for you.

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5. Nestig

Ethics | Ethical production in Brazil, low-waste, sustainably sourced wood, nontoxic finish, ASTM compliant
Materials | Solid Brazilian pine, steel
Price | $499-$699

Nestig’s cribs are sure to be the standout in any room, whether you go for the pale blue, the soft pastel rose, or the deep charcoal licorice (just to name a few color options!). Whatever you choose, it’s a 3-in-1 convertible crib that works for newborns through toddlers. Nestig prioritizes low-waste and ethical production, partnering with a family-owned workshop in Brazil that’s been crafting children’s furniture for ages. With a limited inventory, we especially appreciate the transparency around restock dates—mark your calendar if you need to!

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6. DaVinci

Ethics | GREENGUARD GOLD certified, sustainably sourced materials, secondhand shop, ASTM compliant, nontoxic finish
Materials | Solid New Zealand pine
Price | $199—$399

For a safe and sustainable 4-in-1 convertibility crib that’s also affordable, we like DaVinci! Found at nationwide retailers and online, there are dozens of convertible cribs, mini cribs, and bassinets to choose from here—with an equally impressive assortment of finishes and designs. (Many come with wheels, too, for easy maneuvering!) All DaVinci cribs are GREENGUARD GOLD certified using solid pine, and there’s a secondhand store if you’re hoping to save a bit more.

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7. West Elm

Ethics | GREENGUARD GOLD certified options, Fair Trade Certified options, FSC certified materials, water-based nontoxic finish, ASTM compliant
Materials | Kiln-dried solid & engineered wood
Price | $119–$1298

For those who prefer to shop in person, consider West Elm’s sustainable collection of cribs. The biz carries a number of GREENGUARD GOLD, Fair Trade, or FSC certified options for the best in sustainability and ethics—not to mention, the most durable for your own home! We love the mid-century styles, the many 4-in-1 convertible options, and the kiln-dried wood for added strength. Have it shipped to the store or right to your home, and let your baby enjoy the sweetest sleep.

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