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The Best Eco Friendly Baby Cribs

Updated on April 19, 2012

Make an Environmentally Sound Choice with an Eco Friendly Baby Crib for Your Nursery!

With the changes to our earth's atmosphere from climate change, making an eco friendly choice for your baby crib is an important decision that can help alleviate prevent old growth from being cut, as well as to ensure a new tree is planted for the wood that was taken. The task of scouring the internet for the best deals on cribs, where they are manufactured, and reading every consumer review can be a huge task. That's why I've compiled this list of the best eco friendly baby cribs here, and narrowed them down to just a few earth friendly choices. Each of these cribs has received great reviews from buyers, and has been JPMA certified. They are also constructed of sustainable wood, so the impact on the environment will be a little less.

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Sustainable Wood - How It's an Eco Friendly Choice for Your Crib

Whether your crib is farmed from a rainforest in Brazil or from a sustainable tree farm makes a big difference in how the crib effects the earth. If your crib is made from a sustainable forest, this means that trees are replanted after one is cut down to ensure there is new growth to replace the tree that was chopped down.

Another great choice for your crib is to buy local. Locally made cribs have to travel less to get to you, so there's less travel energy used to get the crib to you. An even greener choice is to borrow a crib from someone. This way, you'll save the money and the tree from being cut down to make your crib. However, if that's not an option, sustainable wood is a great choice.

DaVinci Kalani Convertible Baby Crib

DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso | Greenguard Gold Certified
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso | Greenguard Gold Certified

The DaVinci Kalani convertible baby crib just like the name suggests, adjusts to your child's growth while converting later into a full size toddler bed. It's also made of sturdy New Zealand pine wood that has been farmed from sustainable forests, so the tree growth someday will come back. JPMA certified, this safe crib exceeds Federal Regulations. A non-toxic finish has also been applied to this crib as well.


How to Choose the Right Crib for Your Nursery

The task of choosing a crib can seem daunting at first. However, user reviews do help simplify and complicate the process at the same time. With sometimes hundreds of reviews for a product, both good and bad, it can be hard to discern between which crib you should and should not purchase, all things considered. When looking for your crib, here are some main points to keep in mind:

  • Is the crib JPMA certified? This means that the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association has reviewed and approved the crib, deeming it safe for babies to sleep in.
  • Would you like a crib that is convertible, or one that's stationary? In other words, a crib that will convert into a bed down the road when your baby becomes a toddler.
  • Will the crib match other baby furniture in your nursery? Is this a priority to you?
  • Can you register for the crib on your baby shower registry?
  • Has the crib been well reviewed by other parents who have tested it out? What do they have to say about it?

When you add up all of these things, it can seem like a lot of work, but the crib is one of the most important parts of your baby's formative years. Getting the right one will pay off, and will last for years to come if converted into a toddler bed, or passed on to future generations.

The Emily crib from DaVinci, converted into a day bed.
The Emily crib from DaVinci, converted into a day bed.
The Emily crib converted into a full size bed.
The Emily crib converted into a full size bed.

The Emily crib, like all of the other cribs listed on this page, is available with free shipping by using the Super Saver shipping method. As of this write up, it's also $30 below full retail price.

DaVinci Emily Crib - A Great Eco Friendly Option

DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Honey Oak
DaVinci Emily 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Honey Oak

I can specifically comment on the quality of this crib because I own it. It was a breeze to set up, considering the large size and number of parts involved. I will recommend that you use two people to set up the crib, however, to avoid scratching the posts. The DaVinci Emily crib is formaldehyde-free, non toxic, and is made of wood from sustainable forests. As with any of these cribs, it's a good idea to purchase them well in advance. Set them up ahead of time to test it out, let it air out, and be sure all of the parts were included with the crib.

The Davinci Emily crib in ebony color.
The Davinci Emily crib in ebony color.
The cherry version of the DaVinci convertible Emily crib.
The cherry version of the DaVinci convertible Emily crib.

Why Did I Choose the DaVinci Emily Crib?

There are hundreds of different cribs to choose from online, but I was trying to keep price, quality, and how eco friendly the cribs were when I was purchasing them. Online reviews make the process much more reassuring, however, I did spend a lot of time researching them. From what I read, I was most impressed with what the DaVinci Emily crib had to offer. Setting it up took about 90 minutes from start to finish. You will definitely need two people to help carry and setup the crib - it's quite heavy.

What drew me first to the crib was the looks, then I read the excellent reviews and the fact that it was more on the eco friendly side than some of the other cribs. Reviewers agree, that this crib is also durable, and is a smart choice financially since it converts to a toddler bed with the help of the conversion rail kit (sold separately). I have the black Emily crib, or ebony, which is beautiful piece of furniture. It's also available in cherry, oak, natural, and espresso. I chose the ebony color for the crib because I thought that it would be one of the easiest colors to match for other furniture down the road. Black, or ebony, is fairly easy to match, but wood grains, textures and stains are a little bit harder.

Is the Conversion Kit Included with the DaVinci Emily Crib?

Unfortunately, no, it is sold separately. The conversion kit will be needed when you want to convert the crib into a bed, so you can hold off or buy it with the crib.

Is it hard to set up the crib?

No, not at all. The manual was pretty straight forward, and all of the pieces were included with my order. With two people, it was very simple. Expect it to take anywhere from 1-2 hours. The only piece of equipment you'll need is a phillips head screwdriver. Power drills aren't recommended, since they'll drive the bolts too tightly and can strip the threading.

Did the crib ship okay?

The crib arrived in perfect condition. The box was in pretty good shape. The Super Saver shipping advertised is Ground Shipping, so leave yourself plenty of time for it to arrive if you're choosing this free shipping method.

Does it have any strong smells?

When I opened the box, I was half expecting a strong fresh paint smell, but I didn't smell any of that. There were a lot of packaging materials included with the crib, which is necessary to make sure the crib arrives in one piece. If you can, reuse the packaging material, or give it to a local shipping store. You can always put the packaging on Craigslist, too (there's a lot of it).

How heavy is the Emily DaVinci crib?

80 lbs. per their product description. When it's set up, you can move it easily since the weight is distibuted over a larger area, but when it is unassembled, it's dense and hard to lift. Get some help lifting this one, and if you're pregnant, have two other people lift it for you.

How durable is the wood?

The wood is New Zealand pine, and pine is a soft wood. It can dent, but you are much more likely to dent it than your kid will during assembly. Some careful hands will prevent that. It's also a price that can't be beat for a convertible, sustainable crib, so keep that in mind too.

How safe is the crib?

The crib is JPMA certified, and most reviewers, along with Consumer Reports, seem to agree that this crib is very safe.

Babyletto Modo Convertible Crib

Babyletto Modo 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, Espresso
Babyletto Modo 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit, Espresso

You've surely heard of the dangers of lead paint, and the measures landlords and toy manufacturers have had to take in order to disclose if their products or real estate contain lead paint. While most cribs today are lead-free, some still contain phthalates, a dangerous toxic element found in some plastics. Phthalates have been tested to possibly be associated with conditions ranging from endocrine system disruption to reproductive system failures. In short, cut out the phthalates wherever you can!

The Babyletto Modo Convertible Crib is constructed of sturdy New Zealand sustainable pine, and a non-toxic finish has been applied. It has a stationary side, not drop-down, as most of the recalled cribs were from 2009. The Babyletoo Modo crib is an excellent choice for modern style families looking for an equally upscale, modern, and eco friendly crib for their home.


What Does JPMA Certified Mean?

If a crib is JPMA certified, it means that the crib meets regulations set by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Products that are JPMA certified are tested by the official certification laboratory, along with random retail tests, to ensure the crib is safe for your baby. Read more about the JPMA certification process here.

The DaVinci parker crib in white.
The DaVinci parker crib in white.

DaVinci Parker Crib

Davinci Parker 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit Oak
Davinci Parker 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit Oak

Also with a non-toxic finish and constructed of sturdy, sustainable New Zealand pine, the DaVinci Parker crib brings a certain elegance and sophistication to any nursery that will make the crib the centerpiece of the nursery. With some easy assembly, you can convert this bed into a toddler bed or day bed with the conversion rails (sold separately, which is the case with most cribs). The natural oak color will match easily with most of your other furniture, and is the perfect durable piece to invest in if you want something that's going to hold up for a lifetime. With rave reviews from consumers, the crib also includes a 1 year limited warranty should a problem arise. This crib is also available in white, natural, oak, coffe, and cherry colors. Free super saver shipping will save you quite a bit of money (but order in advance so you're sure to get it in time!). Click through to see more product details, reviews, and dimensions.


Tips on Childproofing Your Crib and Baby's Bedroom or Nursery

Organic Crib Rail Covers - Teether Rails, Another Green Choice for the Baby

Your baby is bound to get their teeth somewhere on the crib, perhaps no other place more likely than the rail. An organic teether rail will help prevent some of their chemical exposure, while giving their favorite toys someplace to go. They'll get a lot of use out of a crib rail cover, and they also look nice.

Organic Toddler Rail Cover

Easy Teether XL Crib Rail Cover, Organic
Easy Teether XL Crib Rail Cover, Organic

* Soft Padded Cover In 100% Organic Cotton

* Designed for convertible cribs 51" x 17.5"

* Attaches with Velcro for ease of use

* Protects from splinters, cracks and paint chips

* Washer & Dryer safe


Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care

Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care
Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care

In this illustrated and easy-to-use guide, noted pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, a leading voice of the green baby movement, advises parents how to make healthy green choices for pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care—from feeding your baby the best food available to using medicines wisely. Wondering what paints to use in your nursery, or what else you can do to avoid chemicals your baby might be consuming or ingesting? This book will help to answer those questions, and will continue to be a great green resource throughout your child's formative years, with recommendations on current green alternatives that are healthier for the baby and the environment.


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    • irenemaria profile image


      8 years ago from Sweden

      I like the one you can make into a day bed - sofa!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice hub.

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      9 years ago

      wow, i could have used this hub when my son was a baby! comprehensive and well written. if i were a new mommy now, i would definitely be a much greener one, no doubt.


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