The 3 Best Cribs for Twins (2017 Guide & Reviews)
If you’re expecting twins, you’re probably thinking about how you are going to arrange all of their essential items in their nursery, especially their crib(s).
Twins take up a lot of room, and so do cribs.
So, when my friend told me she was expecting double trouble, she was confused about if she should have her babies share a crib, or have their own.
She also didn’t know which kind of brands she should shop.
Being the good friend I am, I obviously helped her with her dilemma, and am here to help you too!
So here’s everything you need to know about cribs for twins, and some of the best one around.
Now that you know what to look for in great cribs for twins, here are our three favorite options!
The DaVinci Kalani Convertible Crib (click here to check the price on Amazon) is our top choice if you're in the market for a crib for your twins.
The Kalani is not only stable, it’s stylish. It has gentle curves and a classic design, so it’s ideal for a boy or a girl.
It is made from solid wood and comes in a variety of colors, so it will definitely complement your nursery décor.
I also love it because it’s non-toxic, so if your twins decide to munch on it as they get older, they won’t ingest anything harmful.
The crib also has four height settings, which is nice since most cribs only have three. And, trust me, you never know just how active your baby is going to be so an extra low mattress setting may be just what you need!
As far as size, the Kalani measures 54.5 x 34.5 x 42 inches, so it’s the perfect size for holding each of your babies.
It starts out as a crib, and then turns into a toddler bed once your babies show readiness. From there, it can be changed into a day bed before a full size bed. So, you get four beds in one.
Many moms who used this crib for their twins remarked that the crib didn’t scratch after many years of use.
And, they didn’t have to spend hours putting it together. Its directions were straightforward and easy to follow, and all of the pieces fit together perfectly.
All in all, this is an excellent choice!
The DaVinci Emily Mini Crib (click here to check the price on Amazon) is another great choice for your twins.
Cute is the best word I could use to describe this crib, and it’s the perfect size for a smaller nursery that needs to save space.
Solid and sturdy, the crib can become a twin bed, though you have to purchase the rails separately. It also has a non-toxic finish and is made of pine.
The crib measures 39.5 x 28 x 37.9 inches, and is a bit lighter in weight (about 34 pounds, compared to the Kalani crib, which is about 64 pounds). So, if you want to move the crib from room to room, it is easy to do so, yet it is sturdy enough to remain safe to hold your babies.
The Emily crib is a bit cheaper than the Kalani, though it also gives you less convertible options. However, moms who are seriously lacking space need it and absolutely love it.
We also suggest these mini cribs if you want to co-sleep the first month because they can be easily moved into your bedroom and cozied up against your bed.
Like the Kalani, you need two people to assemble it, but the directions are very simple and easy to follow.
And, because the crib is white, you can match it with your other nursery furniture. It’s also great for any gender.
Overall, this mini crib is a bit pricey for its convertible options, but moms who purchased it rave about its portability and high quality construction.
Rounding out our list is the Dream On Me Aden Convertible Crib (click here to check the price on Amazon), a favorite among a lot of moms I know.
The Aden is a four-in-one (like the DaVinci Kalani), and it's also miniature in size (like the DaVinci Emily). So, you get the best of both worlds with a price you can afford.
The Aden has a beautiful yet simple design, and a neutral tone for either gender and any design scheme.
The lightest of all the cribs (20 pounds), the crib is ultra-portable. It also measures 39 x 23 x 36 inches, so if you have an apartment and are expecting twins, this is a wonderful (and essential) piece of furniture.
Like most four-in-ones, it starts out as a crib, and turns into a toddler bed. Then, it can turn into a regular size bed (nothing additional needs to be purchased except for a mattress which should be no more than two inches high).
The only downfall of this Dream On crib is that because it is so light, it does suggest a weight limit of 25 pounds.
So, you may not be able to get as much use out of it when it is in its crib form if your baby is on the heavy side.
But, many moms who have purchased it said that the weight limit was just a recommendation and their children have all gotten a lot of use out of it (and they are well over two years old and 25 pounds).
Even if you plan on using it until your baby hits the 25 pound mark, it is a great, compact crib that will solve your small space dilemma.
Can your twins sleep in the same crib?
The answer is yes. But, yes for only a certain amount of time.
You may not know this yet, but when your babies are born at the hospital, the nurses put them in the same bin together. This is mainly done because they are used to being so curled and cuddled up with each other in the womb.
Because they are so tiny when they are first born, they won’t take up a lot of room, and they can each be swaddled to remain in position and get plenty of rest.
But, after a few months, your babies will get much bigger and start to really wiggle around.
This is when they will start to wake each other up, and disrupting your own sleep.
And that's when it will be time to move them out!
Tips for choosing the best crib for twins.
While you may decide to buy a double crib for your twins to share for the first months of their life, many moms choose otherwise.
Instead, they opt to save money by selecting two smaller cribs, since a double-sized one is only short term.
This way, each baby can sleep in their own crib right from the start, and there will be plenty of room in the nursery for both babies.
When selecting a crib for each baby, be sure to look for the following.
- Sturdiness. You don’t want a crib that feels shaky or flimsy. Opt for something that is very sturdy and well-constructed so you can feel at ease when both babies are in their crib.
- Convertible. You're going to be looking for ways to save money where you can if you are having twins. So, when picking out cribs, make sure they are able to be converted into at least a toddler bed. This will save oodles of money in the long run!
- Size. Consider purchasing a crib that is 42 H x 34.5 W x 54.5 L, or something a little smaller. When both cribs are placed side by side, you will need about five feet, which will easily fit them. If you are very limited on space, there are also great cribs that only take up four feet of space. Be sure to measure your nursery and the cribs prior to purchase and have an arrangement in mind!
Arranging your nursery for twins is no easy task.
After all, you need to make the most out of every inch you’ve got!
While one crib is a decent option, it just may not be practical in the long run, especially financially.
These three cribs are wonderful options if you are pressed for space, are on a budget, and are looking for high quality items!