How to Buy an Adorable & Safe Baby Crib For Under $100

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Let’s be real: buying everything you need for your baby isn’t cheap.

Sometimes I feel like something should be done about the sometimes-crazy prices of things like car safety seats, strollers, and cribs. But unfortunately, there’s not a lot we can do about it right now.

What adds insult to injury is that children won’t even use the crib for very long.

However, there are actually a few great budget options for cribs that you should look into. A lot of baby items (especially cribs) don’t need to be expensive to be safe, cute and reliable!


While it might seem appealing to pick up a used crib from a yard or garage sale, we would never recommend it.

You never really know what you’re getting with used baby equipment, and when it comes to items like baby cribs, you never want to buy used. Cribs are recalled all the time, and furthermore, a used crib might be missing essential parts or have broken pieces.

If you’re buying a crib on a budget, going for a brand new cheap baby crib is always the better option.

MomTricks Picks: Our favorite budget crib.

The Dream On Me 3-in-1 Convertible Crib (click here to see it on Amazon) is such an awesome buy at around $100 and would be our first recommendation for those looking for a crib that won’t break the bank.

You know how we complained earlier about how kids quickly outgrow cribs, making them useless? Well, this one converts to a toddler day bed (although you need to buy the bed rail separately), which will last you many years before needing to upgrade.

Even though it’s cheap, it still comes with all of the safety features you’d expect in a good crib, like safety locking wheels and solid (non drop side) rails.

It also comes in 4 different finishes which you can see below, so you can match it with the rest of the furniture.
Dream On Me colors

Of course, as you can tell by looking at it, it’s a very simple and basic crib. But really, what else can you ask for? The simplicity makes it a cinch to assemble and it looks so nice in the lighter colors.

All things considered, this is a great little crib at a super affordable price. We highly recommend it, and you won’t be disappointed with it!

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    • Anna
    • March 14, 2015

    Why do you consider this crib to be the best? I’ve found multiple cribs under $150 that all have fixed sides & all meet safety standards (they have to do both to be sold in the US). All of the cribs I’ve found have either two or three mattresses settings/heights & convert to one or more transition beds, some even transition to a full size headboard, IKEA cribs even come with all the transition parts. So what makes the above crib the best?

    1. MomTricks
      • MomTricks
      • March 14, 2015

      You just exactly described the Graco Sarah crib I listed above; I consider it the best because it’s not only cheap ($150, like you mentioned) but it’s convertible from baby crib to full-sized bed.

      If you have any particular crib models to suggest that might be better for under $150, let me know! I’ll consider adding them to the list.

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