The safest baby cribs, mattresses and paints are made and processed using materials that are completely chemical-free, eco-friendly, organic and hence safe for the baby. A crib is a child’s bed with side bars. The structure of a good Eco-friendly organic baby crib ensures a child’s comfort and the side-bars ensure the little one’s safety. SAFETY on the whole is, in fact, the most important feature to look for while selecting a crib. That is why you should choose an organic and non-toxic crib.
Unfortunately in today’s time, side bars are not the only thing to consider while checking for a crib’s safety. The main cause of danger in cribs today is the possibility of the presence of toxins in the cribs’ paint or finish.
These toxins include lead, phthalates, formaldehyde (used in glues) and some Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) among others. They can cause problems such as immune dysfunction, hormone disruption, IQ and fertility problems and even cancer among children.
Most eco-friendly cribs are very highly priced – almost like a luxury product! But luckily there are a few cost-effective yet safe alternatives available. Before you move forward to read more, let’s take a quick look.
These non-toxic safest baby crib brands follow safety regulations and ensure that the products they manufacture are non-toxic and chemical free. Their prices are also quite affordable. As a result, we have some reasonably-priced cribs that are a great choice for baby and children in terms of safety too.
The main causes of crib toxicity are the toxic paints used on these cribs or mattresses that go inside these cribs. I’ll come to that later, but first let’s go through my favorite non-toxic safest baby cribs available in the US.
Here is a detailed review of the best non-toxic cribs with what I like about each of them and the things I don’t.
Reviews of the Safest and Best Non-Toxic Cribs for your Baby
Espresso, Cherry, Chestnut, Ebony, Honey-Oak, White
What I love about it:
- Non toxic crib, safe and Eco-friendly (Green-guard Certified! Meets ASTM international and U.S. CPSC safety standards and is JPMA certified)
- Made with solid wood (New Zealand Pine wood)
- Beautiful to look at
- Supports good weight and is sturdy
- Convertible into a toddler bed, day bed and full size bed. (The full size bed conversion kit has to be purchased separately)
- Toddler rail included (money saver)
- Easy to assemble with straightforward instructions
- 4 adjustable mattress levels or height settings. This means that you need one mattress but can set its height to either of the four levels. Hence, its a nice pick for short mums as it helps to easily place down a sleepy baby with a convenient height setting
- Sturdy mattress springs
Something to keep in mind:
- Railing gets teeth marks easily, crib can get scratched on rough handling
- The 3rd rail (for toddler bed) is only 1/3rd the entire length not ½ so, some parents might find it small
- Slight color variations possible due to use of natural wood which is by the way, a very safe material!
Espresso, White, Grey, Espresso-White, Grey-White
What I love about it:
- Non-toxic crib, eco-friendly and organic baby crib (Lead and Phthalate safe with non-toxic finish, JPMA Certified; meets ASTM International and U.S. CPSC Safety Standards)
- Pure wood (this is one of the safest baby cribs and is made with New Zealand pine wood)
- Gorgeous looks
- Nice pick for short mommies
- Converts into a day bed and toddler bed
- Toddler Bed Conversion Kit is included
- 4 adjustable mattress levels or height settings
- Sturdy mattress base made of metallic wire springs
- Fairly easy to assemble
Something to keep in mind:
- Like most baby furniture, this organic baby crib has to be handled with are. This is due to its soft wood and paint.
- Although majority of the buyers have been very pleased with this crib’s quality yet, in a few rare instances, some customers noticed a faint paint smell coming from the crib. In such a case, I would suggest you to let the crib off-gas before you use it. Off-gassing simply means keeping the crib in open or opening the room windows till the crib smell escapes. are great odor absorbents and are 100% organic and safe.
Due to this crib’s size being slightly smaller than the usual crib size, please make sure you buy an appropriately sized mattress for it. Usually the standard mattress size works just fine.
- White, Dark chocolate
What I love about it:
- Non toxic crib – No harmful chemicals (JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM)
- Wood construction
- Easy to assemble!
- Convertible into a day bed, toddler bed and full size bed
- 3-position mattress height adjustment
Something to keep in mind:
- Toddler bed and full-size bed rail have to be bought separately.
- In the ‘dark-chocolate’ colored crib, some slight color variations have been reported in comparison to the pictures available online. No quality issues have been reported.
- Always remember to make sure everything is intact and included in the package soon after it arrives so that you don’t exceed the returning period just in case something is not right!
Best Non-Toxic Paint for Safest Baby Cribs
If the crib smells of toxic, chemical based paint and you’ve tried leaving it to off gas and have also tried activated bamboo charcoal, but none have worked, then I would recommend re-painting the crib with an eco-friendly, baby-safe paint.
The paint you choose has to be odorless and must not contain formaldehyde, lead or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). I recommend Baby safe Crib Finish – I’m thankful to them to them for creating something so amazing and useful.
Let me warn you – painting a crib is not easy! Cribs are complicated. And there are a lot of difficult to access corners and small spaces. Before you start to paint, you’ll need to scuff sand the entire crib with a special sanding sponge. This will allow the new paint to take a strong grip and will also remove a layer of the existing toxic paint.
Once you’ve painted the entire crib and it’s well dried, the toxic smell completely fades away over a few days.
Non Toxic Mattresses – My Favorite Safe, Chemical Free Mattress
Babies spend 12-16 hours a day sleeping on a mattress and I can’t begin to stress on how important it is that the mattress is eco-friendly and 100% safe for your baby. The Internet is full of horror stories when it comes to baby mattresses. Cases of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) have been linked to toxic mattresses, along with various other serious illnesses.
DIY – Make Your Existing Mattress Safe for Your Baby
If you’ve bought a mattress already and cannot afford a new one immediately, here’s an idea – mattresses containing foam may produce toxic smells, so may mattresses that have vinyl covers. The easiest way to protect your baby from those fumes is to cover the mattress with food grade plastic. Once you do that, cover the plastic with soft cotton bed-sheets to avoid suffocation.
If you’re ready to buy a non-toxic and organic baby crib mattress under $200, then have a look at the Lullaby Crib Mattress. I trust this brand and they don’t charge you an arm and a leg unlike tens of non-toxic mattresses that cost way above $200.
Safest Baby Cribs Such As Solid Wood Cribs with Non Toxic Finish
Safest baby cribs are made of natural, organic and eco-friendly materials such as real wood. Additionally, they are also free of poisonous chemical substances which can be harmful for babies.
Eco cribs are a wonderful bed option that has been there for many years. Online, you will find safest baby cribs of all shapes and sizes – ones with built in storage, intelligently designed ones that can fit in small bedrooms and even ones that offer storage under the crib.
Non-Toxic Cribs Vs. Non-Toxic Cradle Vs. Non-Toxic Bassinet?
Actually a cradle, bassinet or a co-sleeper also offers a great bed solution for the baby but the downside is that a baby usually outgrows these in a few months while a convertible crib can serve the same purpose for several years.
Convertible Non-Toxic Baby Cribs
With all the wonderful convertible cribs available in the market today, we can do a one-time investment for our child’s bed and have one of the safest baby crib that serves as an infant bed during the initial months and then transforms into a nice toddler bed and a day bed for the child’s toddler years.
In fact, numerous cribs come with a provision of being transformed into a full-size bed that can be used for the child’s teenage years as well.
Today, the market has a very wide variety of cribs to offer. There are beautiful cribs to suit our nursery’s interior and enhance the look of our house with their classy finish. A large range of colors that most cribs support add on to the charm and increase the temptation to buy a safe baby crib that matches our nursery’s décor right away.
However, remember that while the appearance and cost of a crib may seem as important factors to consider when looking to buy a new crib, in reality, it is the ‘safety’ part of a crib that we must really be looking out for.
So, what are some of the things that we can search for to be sure that we’re going for a safe crib?
I used to have these factors ruling my decision-making while looking out to buy a safe baby crib.
But I was shocked to discover that the safety of a crib has much larger concerns than the ones that appear on the surface.
Crib Toxicity is a Serious Danger
Basically, the biggest danger to a crib is toxicity. Yes, toxicity!
Isn’t it alarming to know that a piece of furniture that you intend to buy for your little one’s safety can turn out to be highly poisonous and dangerous? I mean its not even food items that we’re talking about but furniture, actual furniture that can be a source of toxins and mess up with the health and development of a baby!
Toxicity can be prevented completely only when the entire process of a crib’s creation is well guarded. Only a selected number of Eco crib brands actually take the pain to ensure that the cribs they create are safe for the babies.
Majority of toxin-free and safest baby cribs are very expensive. But after a detailed research, I dug out a few safe and reasonably-priced alternatives. What’s more, these are all designed in accordance with the US safety standards and are non-toxic.
Is IKEA Crib Non-Toxic?
Yes, IKEA produces non-toxic cribs, which abide by the safety regulations in place. Although the budget versions aren’t Greenguard certified, IKEA has a transparent policy when it comes to the chemicals involved in the manufacturing process.
Are Metal Cribs Non-Toxic?
Not all metal cribs are non-toxic. Check the finish of the crib and make sure it’s lead free and doesn’t include other toxic chemicals.
Is Crib Safe For Newborn?
No. You should always invest in new cribs for your baby. Whether it’s a hand down from your relatives or you find it in a secondhand store, you can never be sure of the wear level of used cribs.
Can Babies Hurt Themselves In The Crib?
No. Safest baby cribs are designed to keep your baby safe while sleeping or sitting in the crib. Make sure the mattress perfectly fits the crib without leaving gaps either side, where your baby can get his or her hands or legs stuck.
The Bottom Line
All the above safest baby cribs are JPMA certified to meet and exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM. However, in order to give you a clear and transparent picture, I have also listed down all the possible disadvantages in each of the non-toxic cribs, so that you know exactly what you’re opting for before making the final buying decision.
With a clear list of all the positives and negatives, I sincerely hope that my reviews will help you pick a safe, organic, chemical free, Eco-friendly and non-toxic crib for your little one. Once you’ve chosen the right safe baby crib, you want to look at the best baby sleep sacks for your baby to ensure uninterrupted sleep.
8 thoughts on “Parents’ Guide to Non-Toxic Cribs 2021: Solid Wood, Greenguard-Certified”
We purchased this crib (not here yet) and a dresser from Delta Children because I read it was all non-toxic and tested safe. The dresser is here, and has a very strong smell. Any idea as to why it would still smell if it is non-toxic? I’m hearing a lot of people are having this issue with their furniture. Now I’m worried about the safety of it being in my baby’s room.
I’m sorry to hear that you brand new dresser has a strong smell. Thanks for pointing it out here. Will have a proper look into Delts Children once again for any updated information. Smell is one of the easiest tests for chemicals.. it is possible that one of their varnishes isn’t chemical-free or that they have changed some ingredient in the product in recent times. They still are JPMA ans ASTM ceritified, I have just verified this. So you need not be worried about Lead or phthalate poisoning. I believe your best course of action (if you don’t want to return the furniture) is to air it out for about a week before using it. Leave it in a room with windows open to let any smell escape. If there are any chemicals in the outer layer of paint or varnish, this will really dissipate, and once the smell is all gone, it also means that the harmful chemicals have evaporated, and then you might feel safer having you baby sleep in it.
Hope this helps. Do let us know how it goes with the crib, and what you decided to do at the end.
Thank you so much for this article. Saves me a world of trouble. We’re expecting our first baby soon, and I’ve just read an article about toxins in so many matresses and was beginning to panic, when I came across this informative article. Thinking about going for a daVinci Kalani crib, as it will last us for many years.
Is this suitable for a newborn baby? Also, would you recommend any other cribs that could be hooked on to our bed, as we’d like our baby to be withing arm’s reach in the early days.
Thanks for your comments, and congratulations on the upcoming arrival. Glad to hear you found the article useful and informative. The Da Vinci Kalani crib is a fantastic one and one that will grow with your child.
You can definitely use it from birth, and as you may be aware, it can be placed right next to your bed for easy access. A couple more wonderful options you might like to look into are the ‘Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper’, or ‘BabyBay Convertible bedside Crib’.
If you’re looking into options of bedside bassinets or cribs attached to bed, here’s a link to another article in detail on that particular topic, with my recommended options: https://www.thesafeparent.com/crib-attached-to-bed/
I wish I came across this article prior to purchasing my used crib, as it’s a crib with a drop down side. Although it appears to be in great condition, it was also not set up, another no-no, thankfully my hubby is skilled in wood working so if any adjustments need to be made, he can do it. After reading other articles about cribs with drop down sides being hazardous, I got the impression it was due to the hardware not being installed properly (the brackets can come loose and the side can come ajar leaving a space for baby to get stuck) however if installed correctly, this style of crib is completely safe to use. Have you heard of anything different with regards to this? Thanks again for this very informative article!
you’re very welcome. Gutted to hear about your bad experience, but yes it is mainly because of the hardware not being installed correctly. If the crib is well made and assemble correctly, a drop down side is very sturdy. I have used such a crib for one of my girls and was very happy with it. Hope this helps. If you have any other queries, feel free to drop a line.
I like DaVinci Kalani crib as well, did you get any chance to check if espresso finish on the crib is lead, phthalate and formaldahyde “free.”
Very good question. I did some looking into myself, and on their website, they claim that all their paints are lead, phthalate, and formaldehyde safe and non-toxic in terms of manufacturer standards. I’m pasting below their response in their own words from one of their FAQ’s (at https://davincibaby.com/pages/what-finishes-paints-do-you-use):
“Our paint is ultra-safe and all our products are lead, phthalate, and formaldehyde safe.
Paint is considered safe when it has toxic materials under 300 parts per million (ppm). In order for a company to claim low toxicity, it must have no more than 90 ppm. DaVinci Baby products come in at less than 10ppm. We perform annual paint tests to maintain consistent quality.
Our full-size cribs are JPMA-certified (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association), which means we have to test towards the latest CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards on a yearly basis. In addition to lead and phthalates, the labs also test for other heavy metals such as cadmium, antimony, chromium, mercury, and arsenic.
Additionally while there currently no regulations for VOCs, in baby’s best interest we also test for VOC contents and the results are significantly low”.
Hope this answered your question?