Best Crib For Twins of 2018 & Buying Guide
If you’re expecting twins or if you’ve already had them, you know that you’re not going to have your everyday crib purchasing experience.
A regular crib is certainly not going to be big enough for twins, but you probably don’t want to keep them too far separated!
What are your options? Bunk cribs? Not so good. There’s a lot of potential options though – you can put ‘em both in the same crib and hope that they don’t disagree with each other.
Let’s take a look at what makes up a good quality twin crib. We’ve taken the liberty to investigate and review the best twin cribs that are available on the market today, so you don’t have to.
What makes a crib good for twins?
A lot of parents find that it’s fine to put both twins in the same crib, at least for the first few months of their infancy. While this may be good for some parents, medical studies have proven that there’s an increased risk of injury.
- Suffocations are more likely when both twins are in the same crib, be it from accidentally snagging their clothes on each other, or from the cramped space resulting in them having another mistake
- Overheating is more likely because you have two babies occupying the same space instead of one, and adjusting the heat to compensate can leave your babies cold
- SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, is more likely to occur when two babies share a crib. SIDS isn’t the most well-understood syndrome out there but it’s certainly not something that you want to wish on your babies.
With all those factors in mind, you’re probably not going to want to do that – especially once they’re old enough to start moving on their own. That’s a catastrophe waiting to happen.
So what do you do? It’s possible to get a double crib, but we don’t generally recommend it because it’s often cheaper to buy two separate, smaller cribs. On top of that, double cribs are often built like bunk beds which means you’ll always have to confine one of the twins to the bottom ‘bunk’ which can drastically impact their social development in a bad way.
When considering two small cribs
If this is what you’re going to do, you have a few things you might want to take care of first.
- Are your babies in a single room? If so, you’re going to want to take some measurements and ensure that you have enough room to house both cribs.
- We recommend setting up two cribs in an L-shaped formation. This way you have maximum access to both cribs while taking up minimal space. This leaves more room for you to walk around.
- Set them up in the corner of the room with each bunk parallel to an adjacent wall
Making sure the crib(s) for your twins are good quality
There’s a lot of things to take into consideration when buying your twin cribs. Don’t just leap at the first advertised crib for twins – you should still take measurements and ensure that safety standards are being met.
- Check the construction. This might require taking some measurements and testing the strength of the crib. If the gap between the grates is much more than 2 and ⅞ of an inch then it’s too big and can lead to dangerous hazards.
- Buy the mattress at the same time. Then you can check and make sure that it fits and you won’t buy a bad quality mattress at a later time.
Deciding on the type of crib
There are a few different degrees of quality among cribs you can buy and it’s important to know what you want to buy before doing so.
Economy cribs can have their benefits – mostly the fact that they’re cheap. This also means that the manufacturers have probably cut costs somewhere along the way. The most important thing is to check the integrity of the construction. Shake the crib – if it’s wobbly, then you know it’s’ of bad make.
Mid-ranged cribs are a good combination of affordability and quality. With a mid ranged crib, you don’t have to worry as much about shoddy construction but it’s still important that you do so. Mid-ranged cribs don’t have a lot of bells and whistles but may come with additional bits and pieces to make your crib experience easier.
Luxury cribs typically have really good construction. They also come with many bells and whistles, adjustability, and the like. This isn’t usually necessary and it’s often recommended that you get the simplest crib possible. Extra parts make it easier for your babies to catch their clothes on or scratch themselves on, increasing the chance of injury or death.
Once your price range is determined you can start to look at the different makes of cribs that are manufactured for twins specifically.
Twin cradles are basically like a regular cradle for a baby except there’s a divider that splits it into two sections. They’re bigger than regular cradles and can accommodate your twins.
Twin privacy cribs. Similar to twin cradles, it’s basically a crib that’s a little bit larger than your average crib, separated in the middle so each baby has a separate area to sleep in.
Two-level cribs are only ideal when you’re extremely cramped for space, or if you don’t care about one of your twins. They require that one twin is kept on the bottom level and one on the top which effectively isolates the bottom twin from the other and can impede their social development.
Convertible cribs are models that are intended to be transformed into different pieces of furniture. For example, one type of convertible crib might be able to be switched from a twin crib to a regular crib; others are meant to be turned into completely different pieces of furniture like toddler beds once your baby outgrows the crib.
So which one’s the best?
That’s still a matter of personal preference. We don’t know what kind of state your house is in – whether your baby room is going to be big or small – or your budget. There are a lot of things to consider, and nobody can directly tell you what’s going to be the best option.
However, we’ve considered a lot of different cribs that can suit a lot of different needs. Through this research, we’ve concluded that the following cribs are the best combination of features, sturdiness, and price out of all the models available that we looked at (which was a lot.)
So without further ado, let’s take a look at what the best cribs you can buy in 2017 are.
Best Crib For Twins Reviews
1. Graco Pack’n’Play Playard Twin Crib Review
This is a super cool, super stylish and super effective crib for a parent who has twins. It’s got a lot built into it and is one of the nicest models for people hoping to house their twins comfortably.
As your twins are young, you can initially use this crib as a side-by-side, sectioned off crib that has an individual space for each twin. As they grow and age, you can convert the entire thing into a playard with a mesh siding that prevents them from escaping!
That is enough to convince me that you’d be getting your money’s worth. On top of all that, the whole device is attached to a squeeze latch that lets you compact the whole thing in a matter of seconds. It comes with a customized bag that you can pack the whole crib into if you’re planning on travelling.
This all makes the Graco Pack’n’Play an ideal option for parents who don’t want to buy a separate playard or who plan on moving around a lot for work or travel.
2. Babyhome So-Ro Cradle Style Crib Rocker Review
This is a cool piece of furniture. It was designed by an occupational therapist who took the needs and wants of both parents and infants in mind when coming up with the design.
The whole unit is a rocker, so not only do you have a crib that your babies can rest in, but you can rock them – both of them! – to sleep at the same time. If this doesn’t scream time & money-saving, then I don’t know what will.
The middle piece is removable so if you want to let both of your babies frolic in the same area you can do so. The mattress fits into both sides so you don’t have to switch or adjust it when removing the center piece.
On top of this, the whole design is sleek and appealing for any sort of indoor decor.
3. Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Review
This is a cool crib that becomes more than just that. While it may not have a divider that separates the crib into two separate areas for them to each have their own sleeping space, what it does offer is more than enough to make up for that.
It’s a sturdy model that’s made well and offers you long term stability and function. You won’t have to worry about replacing this and will probably be able to sell it or use it for another child if you decide to have one.
The 4-in-1 part is where things become interesting. This crib can be turned into a large toddler bed with a special railing. At this point, it’s really only comfortable for one twin to sleep in, but with the railings, if your kids are okay with being in close contact, they’ll be fine.
It also can be adjusted into a full-size kiddy bed without railings for once your toddlers are growing up. At this point, you’ll have to buy another kitty bed, but hey – it’s better than buying two!
4. Da Vinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib Review
This crib is another convertible unit that offers the same adjustability as the last one we mentioned. It’s made just as well and can guarantee that you won’t have to buy a new one while your twins are growing up.
It can be converted into a daybed for a single toddler or a double bed for your twins to share. The only downside to this twin crib is that it’s fairly large – which is only a problem if space is an issue at your household. If it’s not, this is probably one of the best options for you.
So which is the best?
We can’t be sure which is the best for you, but the best crib on this list for general use is the Delta Children Emery 4-in-1. It’s not too big, not too small, and can be used for many years. It also converts into different pieces of furniture that can be used as your children grow up, and all of this at a fair price with a good guarantee on its sturdiness.
If you have different needs, or space is not an issue for you, then maybe Da Vinci’s 4-in-1 is for you – but for the average parent, Delta wins this competition.