If you are expecting twins, you are going to need to be prepared. We know it can feel like a monumental task just planning for all the things you’ll need, let alone shopping for it. You may even think you are doomed to doubles of everything which can mean less space and more clutter. Yikes!
When it comes to a twin bassinet, you might be able to get away with putting your twins in the same baby crib in the beginning, but you’ll soon find out that they’ll need more space pretty quickly.
If you are searching for the best cribs for twins, have no fear. We’ve found the perfect space-saving cribs that are great for parents expecting twins!
In general, there are a few things you should know when shopping for cribs, so let’s first take a dive into what you should know when searching for a safe twin crib for your bundles of joy.
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- What to Look for in a Crib
- Things to Skip On
- Other things to consider when choosing the right cribs for your twins
- Best Cribs for Twins
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Takeaway
What to Look for in a Crib
Your newborn twins are going to be doing a lot of sleeping and napping in those first couple of years, so choosing the right crib and sleeping arrangement is important. Here are some things to look for when choosing a crib.
Starting in 2011, the standard crib must meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. That means, do not purchase any crib that was manufactured before 2011 as they do not meet the safety standards.
An example of such a crib is the outdated drop-side cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission deemed those types of cribs unsafe and should be avoided.
Also, another type of crib to avoid are second-hand cribs. We know that a hand-me-down crib can seem like a great idea, but that could also mean getting an older model that does not meet the current safety standards.
Other things to look for in terms of safety include the following:
- The crib bars are no more than 2 ⅜-inch apart from each other.
- There should be no cutouts on the headboards or pointed edges.
- If the crib has wheels, there should be a locking mechanism.
- Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if there have been any recalls. (You can find out if a crib has been recalled here.)
The Height of the Crib
It may seem like a no-brainer, but you should be able to get your child out of the crib without struggling. Consider your height and check the height of the crib before purchasing.
Also take into consideration that many cribs have an adjustable mattress level that can be lowered as the child grows, but also so you can pick up your child easier.
Making a budget on how much you would want to spend on a crib is important. (After all, you have a ton of other things to buy!) But don’t be afraid to spend a little more. Not only will you get a quality crib, but many will convert into a toddler and/or daybed which means ultimately you will get more for your money.
Things to Skip On
Once you have the crib and the mattress, you are done, right? Pretty much. It may be tempting to fill the crib with cute stuffed animals, blankets, and more, but don’t. These items can suffocate a baby. Keep cribs as empty as possible.
So here are some things that you might think you need in a crib, but really don’t:
- Stuffed Animals
- Sleep positioner
Other things to consider when choosing the right cribs for your twins
Measure the room. First and foremost, take measurements of the room and where you would ideally like to place the crib. That will give you a better idea in terms of the max size you can purchase.
Many parents with twins find it easier to set up two cribs in an L shape to save on space, so you may want to consider that when planning on the placement of the cribs.
Convertible vs non-convertible. The idea of having a convertible crib is very convenient as the crib grows with the child. But these type of cribs tend to be larger, and if your twins will be sharing a room might not work in terms of space.
Convertible beds tend to be a little more money, though some of the costs can wait as conversion kits can be purchased when the time comes to convert the bed into a daybed or toddler bed.
Best Cribs for Twins
The three main factors that determined if the crib made our list was quality, size, and affordability. We also made sure to include beds that could grow with your children, converting into a bed. So let’s take a look at the best cribs for twins!
1. Dream On Me Addison 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib
- CONVERTIBILITY OPTIONS: Use the Addison...
- MODERN DESIGN: Built of New Zealand...
- BEAUTIFUL FINISHES: The Addison is...
- MANY BENEFITS: The crib has a 3-position...
- SCORES HIGH ON SAFETY: All Dream On Me...
This beautiful 42-inch long mini crib is constructed of New Zealand pine wood. It has 3 mattress levels and is perfect for parents with a limited amount of space. This crib also grows with your little ones and can be converted into a day bed.
The Dream On Me Addison mini crib comes in 4 colors: espresso, natural wood, black and white. This crib is also very affordable as it is stylish, so you’ll have no problem purchasing two.
Also included with this crib is a 1-inch changing mat.
- Great value.
- Beautiful color choices and classic design.
- Comes with changing mat.
- Includes tools to put it together.
- Some have had issues with missing hardware or holes not being drilled where they need to be
2. DaVinci Kalani 2-in-1 Mini Crib
- GREENGUARD Gold Certified:This product...
- GROWS WITH BABY: 4 adjustable mattress...
- QUALITY MATERIAL: Made of solid...
- FOR YOUR BABY'S SAFETY: Say goodbye to...
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The DaVinci Kalani 2-in-1 crib will save you a ton of space and the price is just right for buying two. The lower profile and 4 adjustable mattress settings make it easy for you to pick them up as well as safe for them. It is also Greenguard Gold Certified which means it was tested for chemical and VOCs.
Although sold separately, you can convert this into a twin bed by purchasing the conversion kit. This crib is available in plenty of lovely color choices (white, chestnut, ebony black, grey, and espresso) that will match any nursery.
- Very affordable.
- Beautiful curved design and color choices.
- 4 mattress height settings.
- No VOCs or chemicals.
- Can convert into a twin bed with a kit (sold separately).
- May outgrow it pretty fast.
3. Delta Children Emery Convertible Mini Crib
- CONVERTIBLE CRIB: Converts from a baby...
- MATTRESS INCLUDED: Includes a 24"W x...
- GROWS WITH BABY: The 2 position mattress...
- WE PUT YOUR BABY'S SAFETY FIRST: This...
- SIZE: Assembled Dimensions: 41.25"W x...
Unlike the other two, this one comes with a mattress. While the design is rather simple, it’s still an attractive crib that won’t break the bank (and won’t take up space!)
This crib comes in white or dark chocolate and can convert into a twin size bed. There are 2 different mattress levels to adjust to. It is a little over 41 inches wide.
And you won’t be spending hours putting this one together. It is easy to assemble and for additional help, you can check out their online video.
- Coverts into a twin size bed.
- Easy to assemble and companion video available online.
- Comes with a mattress.
- There was a strong smell when opening the box to assemble that did eventually go away.
4. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Assembled Dimensions: 53.5" x 29.75" x...
- 3-in-1 Convertibility: Easily...
- Grows with Babe: Low-profile design to...
- Greenguard Gold Certified: Screened for...
- Clean Modern Aesthetic: Our hidden...
Keeping your twins in one crib, at least for the first few months, is definitely an option. And if you choose to do just that, then consider the Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. It’s 54 inches wide, giving your two tots plenty of space for their first few months of life.
Included with this crib is the toddler bed conversion kit. The crib comes in three color choices: white, grey, and blush pink. This crib has been checked for VOCs and toxic and has a Greenguard Gold Certification.
- Spacious crib.
- Comes with a toddler bed conversion kit.
- 3 color choices.
- Easy to assemble.
- Low to the ground.
- If using 1 for both babies, they will outgrow it much faster than if they had their own crib.
5. Orbelle Tina Three Level Mini Portable Crib
Want the option to move one (or both) cribs from room to room? This mini crib is on wheels and has three mattress levels for your growing babies.
This portable crib folds flat for easy storage and even comes with a mattress. It is made of a sturdy New Zealand pine wood and comes in white, natural, grey, and espresso.
- Folds flat for storage.
- Sturdy materials.
- Comes in 4 color choices.
- Has wheels to easily move from room to room.
- Comes with its own mattress.
- Not as aesthetically pleasing as the other cribs on this list.
6. Dream On Me Violet Mini Crib
- CONVERTIBILITY OPTIONS: The Violet/Piper...
- COMPACT DESIGN: Built of solid pinewood,...
- MATTRESS MATTERS: The Violet/Piper has a...
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Here’s another dreamy bed from Dream On. Its unique wavy design will look great in any nursery. This solid pine crib comes in cherry, black, and espresso. It can convert into a day bed with a conversion kit that’s sold separately.
While not a deal-breaker, just know that you can only use a crib mattress that is no thicker than 2 inches in this crib. While not as popular as other crib mattresses, 2-inch ones are available online.
- Converts to a day bed.
- Flowing wavy design.
- Sturdy, durable construction.
- Might be difficult to find the correct mattress size.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Aren’t there any cribs specifically made for twins?
A: Yes… however, we did not include them on this list for two reasons. 1) They are usually hard to find and 2) they tend to be really expensive.
While a twin-specific crib might sound like a good idea, buying two separate cribs is just as good, if not a much better option.
Q: What type of mattress should I get for the crib?
A: In general, crib mattresses should be firm and dense, not plush. They should cover the entire crib with no gaps or spaces anywhere, including the corners.
Also, make sure to get the correct size mattress. Standard cribs and mini cribs take different size mattresses.
Q: What is JPMA?
A: JPMA stands for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association. All cribs must meet the minimum government safety requirements, but cribs that are certified by JPMA have met not only the government’s safety criteria but JPMA’s as well.
Being certified by JPMA is voluntary, and you can rest assured knowing that cribs certified by them are very safe. For more about their certification, you can visit their website here.
Our top pick for the best cribs for twins is the Dream On Addison 4-in-1 convertible crib. The size is perfect for those looking to save on some space, the design is classic with 4 beautiful colors to choose from and the price is very affordable for any growing family. And as your little ones grow, it will grow with them.