The Best Cribs & Bassinets for Twins
Finding out you’re pregnant with twins feels like you’ve won the lottery. But when the excitement dies down a bit that’s when the nervousness begins to creep in. One of the biggest questions any new twin parents asks is, “what is the best cribs for twins”?
How do you choose the best cribs for twins? Do you even need a twin crib to begin with? To help, we’ll discuss some options you have for newborn twins and beyond.
What Options Do I have?
If you’re searching for specially-designed cribs for twins they do exist – but they’re expensive and gimmicky . So what to do? Well, most parents of twins usually choose one of the two following options depending on the sleeping arrangement:
Option 1: Separate cribs from birth.
Option 2: Start with bassinets and then transfer to cribs
What works for some parents may not for others. Only you will know what’s best for your babies. Some questions to ask yourself are:
- The size of your room/nursery
- Wanting to help your partner sleep / an unwilling partner!
- If your twins stayed separately in ICU
- If you’ve had a c-section
- The nursery is on a different floor
Option 1 – Cribs From Day 1
Some parents will put their twins in their own baby crib (or a single crib to start off with) immediately after returning home from the hospital.
This seems to fit well with who multiples who spent time in the ICU. They are used to sleeping alone so you don’t need to worry about that.
What you do need to worry about is getting good movement sensors and dual video monitors if the cribs can’t fit in your room. And for most families, they can’t!
The second thing you need to be aware of is having to nurse every 2 hours or so. Many mothers like to take a nap in the nursery. This saves having to go backward and forward and potentially waking your slumbering partner.
A small bed (such as a futon) is a great way to solve this particular problem. Some mothers also use a nursery recliner, which can be used for both nursing and napping.
Option 2 – Bassinets & Then Cribs
The second option seems to be the most popular for many mothers. For the first 6 months or so, a bassinet, twin bassinet or co-sleeper is used and then the twins are moved. They could be moved directly into their own cribs or into a single baby crib first, and then their own.
This option works well provided you have space in your room. It’s also great for nursing and if you’ve had a c-section. Of course, your partner needs to be onboard and it won’t suit some couples due to their sleeping arrangement.
For twin bassinets, the Graco Pack and Play is a very popular choice. You can read our review here. We’ve found that some parents preferred the Joovy Room2 as it’s sturdier.
For co-sleeping, the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper is the go-to choice for parents of multiples. There are two issues to be made aware of:
First, your twins might not take to well to being cooped up in super-close proximity. The second is (like bassinets) you can’t use a co-sleeper for that long. It won’t be that long until your babies outgrow it, though some parents have reported their twins fitted until 6 months so it seems to be a “per case” basis.
Recommended Best Cribs For Twins – Full List
Dream On Me Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib
Award: Editors Choice
- DIMENSIONS: 39″ x 23″ x 36″
- MATERIAL: Wood, Pine
- CRIB WEIGHT: 20 lbs
- WEIGHT CAPACITY: 40 lbs
- SAFETY STANDARDS: CPSC & ASTM
- ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS: 3 positions
Our Editors Choice award winner and most popular mini crib. If I had to do it all over again, I’d just buy two of these with the recommended mattress and be done with it. Lots of other things to stress about with new babies!
Dream on Me 3-in-1 Aden Convertible Mini Crib is another great crib space-saver. It only takes up 2′ x 3′ of floor space which makes it pretty easy to fit two cribs together if your space is small. With a solid pine finish making, it’ll look sleek and beautiful in any room.
The Aden also converts from a crib to a day bed and then to a twin bed. While this model is great at growing with your little one, you will need to get a side rail for it. Especially if your baby is a big mover when sleeping, so you can ensure that they won’t fall out. This will have to be purchased separately and DIY install.
A mattress is included, but it’s flimsy and not solid. You will need to purchase a custom mattress to make sure it fits correctly in the Mini Crib. You can also check out our page on baby crib mattresses for more ideas In conclusion, this Dream On Me crib is very reasonably priced and it will grow with your little one through toddlerhood.
- Converts to a day bed
- Converts to a twin
- Small and space saving
- 3 mattress position
- Great Price
- Need to buy a special mattress for the size
- Does not come with side rails
Dream On Me Addison 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib
Award: Most Compact
Dream On Me has a wide selection of baby products, including cribs that are both classic and modern. The Dream On Me Addison 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib, for example, is a beautiful modern crib that’s sure to please.
Constructed with a sturdy New Zealand pine wood construction, the Dream On Me Addison 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib is a safe option that will last through several children.
The Dream On Me Addison 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib comes in an 7 gender neutrual finishes:
- French White
It is a simple design that is as practical as it is attractive. It has four adjustable mattress positions that are easy to adjust. The 4 configurations it supports are:
- Mini day-bed
- Twin size bed (no footboard)
- Twin size bed (with footboard)
In Crib Mode, it has 4 adjustable mattress positions, with one being a flat position, allowing you to use this crib as a toddler bed.
This crib is JPMA Certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM.
Recommendation is to buy a separate 3″ Dream On Me mattress for babies comfort. The one included is a bit too thin and firm for our liking. You may be tempted to get a 5″ but stick with a 3″ as a 5″ will make it too high whereby your child could climb or fall out of the crib.
Plan on assembly taking as quick as 30 mins to as long as 2 hours.
- Very high quality finish and details
- beautiful color choices, great space saver
- very sturdy
- A little tough to assemble
- solid wood so don’t over-tighten the screws or you may crack the wood
Babyletto Origami Mini Portable Crib
Award: Most Modern
The Babyletto Origami Mini Crib is a safe and stylish modern addition to any home. The modern crib seems to blend in with the rest of the furniture, which is a great thing to have since you don’t want your baby’s crib to be the focal point of a room.
Some may think this is a travel crib, just be aware it’s a portable crib, not a travel crib. It has wheels to move it from room to room, and it does fold, but it would be a chore to pack it up into a minivan or truck.
The Babyletto is available in 7 different colors:
- Lagoon (lime greenish color)
- Navy Blue
- Petal Peak (pink)
- Washed Natural (like an off-white color)
The Babyletto is not a convertible crib so you won’t be able to change it later into a daybed or toddler bed. But it is portable in that it is easy to fold up for storage, and it comes on wheels so it’s easy to move from room to room.
The Babyletto Origami Mini Crib is designed with safety in mind. The mattress support is made out of TSCA compliant engineered wood. The finish uses a non-toxic multi-step painting and staining process that is lead and phthalate safe which exceeds ASTM International and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
The crib comes with a 1-inch mattress pad, ensuring that your baby is at the correct height from the ground. You will need to buy a proper mattress for this crib. We recommend the Babyletto Pure Core Non-Toxic Mini Crib Mattress.
The crib is sturdy and well-made and is made of Eco-friendly materials that is easy to assemble.
- absolutely beautiful construction
- compact about same size as a Pack N Play
- best looking modern mini crib on Amazon
- easy to put together as long as you keep all the parts organized
- you’ll use the wheels to move it around more than you think
- included mattress is terrible, but in reality, it’s a mattress pad. Like all of the other cribs on this page, you really need to buy a mattress to use in this crib
Dream On Me Violet Mini Crib
- DIMENSIONS: 42″ x 25″ x 36″
- MATERIAL: Wood, Pine
- CRIB WEIGHT: 30 lbs
- WEIGHT CAPACITY: 50 lbs
- SAFETY STANDARDS: CPSC & ASTM
- ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS: 3 positions
Traditional styling with some flair, the Dream On Me Violet Mini Crib is for those that are looking for something different, but not modern. Not just beautiful but also fully functional and safe for twins.
The Dream On Me Violet Convertible Mini Crib is safe, functional and stylish. If you have a sleigh bed or love the look of sleigh beds, this will be a great match. Curvy in style, it adds a flair that would match any room.
It is made from New Zealand pine wood which is a strong material that is both durable and beautiful.
Very handy to use instead of a bassinet in the early years. Set it up in Day Bed mode and push it against your bed and you can use it like a co-sleeper crib.
It comes in 6 beautiful finishes:
- Lavender Ice
It features a convertible 4-in-1 design which means that it can be used as a:
- Mini Crib
- Mini Day Bed
- *Toddler Bed using Twin sized mattress (without footboard)
- *Toddler Bed using Twin sized mattress (with footboard)
This is a money saver and allows the bed to grow with your child until they’re ready for a new set of furniture.
*To convert to a Toddler bed, you’ll have to buy a twin sized mattress and a frame rail set for that mattress set. Then use the headboard and footboard to attach to that mattress frame. Look at the holes or slots on the headboard and footboard and make sure the metal mattress frame you guy matches up.
The Dream On Me Violet is JPMA certified and is tested for lead and other toxic elements to meet or exceed applicable CPSC and ASTM safety standards.
The Violet/Piper has a 3-position adjustable mattress height setting for adaptability. It comes with the regulatory 1″ mattress pad and will require purchasing separately a real mattress. Choose a Dream On Me non-toxic, Greenguard Gold certified mini or portable crib mattress for a perfect fit such as the Holly 3″ Fiber Portable Crib Mattress.
- very sturdy
- easy to put together
- finish holds up really well over the years
- bed rails to convert it are sold separately
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib
- DIMENSIONS: 40″ x 29″ x 38″
- MATERIAL: Wood, Pine and TSCA MDF
- CRIB WEIGHT: 37 lbs
- WEIGHT CAPACITY: 50 lbs
- SAFETY STANDARDS: CPSC & ASTM
- ADJUSTABLE MATTRESS: 4 positions
The most traditional looking bed on our list in gorgeous colors. This may just be what you’re looking for. Awesome functionality and quality like all the other DaVince mini cribs. This one won’t disappoint.
The DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib is a fantastic value for a crib, as it has a modern design, is lightweight and easy to move, and can be converted into a crib, toddler bed, daybed, or even a twin size bed.
The crib comes in a variety of finishes, has a good height, and comes with a sturdy mattress pad. The crib is not only a great value, but it’s also extremely easy to put together.
It comes in 5 different colors:
- Chestnut (light brown)
- Ebony Black
The color selection are very traditional and for most homes, should fit in fine.
The finish is a non-toxic multi-step painting process and lead and phthalate safe. Like the others on this list, it exceeds ASTM International and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
As most cribs, this one comes with a mattress pad, but not a real mattress. We’re big fans of sticking with mattresses from the same manufacturer so you can ensure it’ll fit right and be safe. In this regard, we’d recommend buying for this crib the DaVinci Complete Slumber Waterproof MINI Crib Mattress.
- Solid but not heavy
- a great balance between of features and capabilities when compared to standard sized cribs
- easy to assemble
- great price for the quality
- Sometimes there are scratches in the paint due to shipping and packing but not too bad
Others To Consider
Babyletto Mercer 3-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Dimentions: 54″ x 30″ x 35″
- Under-crib drawer included for additional storage
- GREENGUARD Gold Certified – screened for 360 VOCs and over 10,000 chemicals
- Made with sustainable New Zealand pine wood and TSCA compliant MDF (trundle drawer), and lead and phthalate safe, non-toxic finish
- Converts to toddler bed and daybed; Toddler bed conversion kit included for easy transitions as baby grows
- Four adjustable mattress positions, Hidden hardware construction
A crib with a drawer underneath. But it’s huge, we’d hardly call it a mini crib.
A Great Crib with Extra Storage
This sleek, minimalist designed crib will fit with any nursery room style. The great thing about this crib is that it has drawers underneath that you can use for extra storage.
This is great if you are looking to save some space. You can quickly grab the things you need immediately such as burp cloths or change of onesies. With twins, this is really helpful.
The Babyletto Mercer also converts to a toddler bed with a bed rail. You may still want to transition into a twin bed still later on. It has 4 adjustable positions for the mattress making it easier and safer for you to have access to your baby.
One thing you need to look out for is the drawer. When your child gets a bit older they will love climbing in and out of it. Unfortunately, the drawer is just not durable enough for that.
It also scratches easily so make sure that you get those rail protectors on as soon as possible before your little ones start teething.
- Extra storage
- Ability to grow with your child
- Comes with a bed rail
- Sleek minimalist design
- 4 adjustable mattress positions
- Only converts to a day bed
- Drawer is lightweight
DaVinci Emily Mini 2-in-1 Convertible Crib
- Dimensions: 40″ x 28″ x 38:
- GREENGUARD Gold Certified:This product has been tested for over 10,000 chemicals! It contributes to cleaner indoor air, creating a healthier environment for your baby to sleep, play and grow. DaVinci is one of very few brands that offer this certification
- GROWS WITH BABY: 4 adjustable mattress positions that can be lowered as your baby begins to sit and stand. Converts to mini toddler bed, daybed, and twin-size bed (mini toddler conversion kit #M20399 and twin-size conversion kit #M4799 sold separately).
- QUALITY MATERIAL: Made of solid sustainable New Zealand pinewood and TSCA compliant engineered wood -only the best for your baby
- FOR YOUR BABY’S SAFETY: Say goodbye to toxic chemicals! Finished in a non-toxic multi-step painting process and lead and phthalate safe. Rest assured knowing it exceeds ASTM International and U.S. CPSC safety standards.
- COMPLETE THE LOOK: Shop Kalani-3-Drawer Dresser & 6-Drawer Dresser for a coordinated nursery. This crib is a standard size mini crib, for a best fit we recommend DaVinci’s line of non-toxic, GREENGUARD gold mattresses. Includes 1″ waterproof mattress pad.
A Durable, Long-lasting Convertible Crib
The Davinci Emily crib is great for twins as it saves space as well as grows with your child. It is promoted as being long-lasting and claims to be sturdy enough to use well into your child’s teenage years. So you are definitely getting your money’s worth. It has 4 mattress adjustment levels and comes with a waterproof pad – very useful for those fun potty training years.
This crib can also convert to a twin bed but you must purchase the conversion equipment separately. While you can install bed rails to the twin bed, those too must be purchased separately.
Another drawback of the Davinci Emily is that though it is sturdy and will last a long time, it does scratch easily. This is important to keep in mind before those teething stages begin.
It is also recommended that you purchase teething crib rail covers as soon as possible. This will help prevent your little one from making big teeth indents into the wood.
- Mini crib takes up less floor space
- 4 mattress adjustment levels
- Includes waterproof pad
- Converts to twin bed
- Can install rails
- Have to purchase the conversion kit separately
- Scratches easily
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Cribs Should We Buy For Twins?
It’s not really about the number of children. It’s about being able to simply accommodate their needs. Families may get by with just one crib initially, but it’s a good idea to have a second one on hand and ready for when the other twin arrives. You might also try an alternative arrangement, such as a bassinet or play yard for one twin and a crib for the other.
Just as it’s not recommended by AAP.ORG to have a baby share a sleeping surface with an adult, it’s also not recommended for twins to share the same sleeping surface. Placing each baby in their own bassinet for the first few months is ideal. Then transferring each twin into their own crib (sleeping surface) is the safest thing to do for peace of mind.
Advantages of Mini Cribs For Twins?
Mini cribs have a lot of advantages for parents of multiples. They’re cheaper, save space and are lighter to move between rooms. The good ones will also convert to twin beds, too.
Space is likely to be at a premium now you have twins. With mini cribs, you can usually fit both of them top-to-tail against a single wall. If this is not possible you can dovetail your babies so they’re still in close proximity to each other. In any event, you’ll have an easier time fitting them into a room as opposed to two standard cribs.
An advantage many parents overlook is that mini-cribs are lighter and narrower. This means that you can move them from room to room easier. They’ll fit through doorways and some even have wheels.
Are There Cribs Made Just for Twins?
Yes and no. We like mini cribs as they’re space saving and two of them side-by-side are just a bit bigger than a single full-sized luxury crib. While they don’t say they’re made for twins, for our purposes, they are!
Where to Put the Cribs
Ideally the cribs for twins will go into a nursery or their own bedroom with a baby video monitor allowing the parents to hear and see their babies from the master bedroom.
The second option if you have particularly fussy or babies with health issues is to put them in the master bedroom and hopefully you’ll be able to move them into their own room eventually.
Where should my baby sleep?
Newborns should sleep in a bassinet next to the parents in the master bedroom for several months. Once they get to the right size, they should be in their own cribs, ideally, in their own bedroom.
When should my babies sleep in their nursery?
This is all subjective to the parents and the health of their babies. Some wait a few months before moving them into their own bedroom, some wait an entire year. We feel it’s a personal choice and the parents should know what timing is best for their little ones.
Should I Buy Convertible Cribs?
If you like saving money, convertible cribs are a great idea. From a single purchase you can reconfigure the same crib into a bed when the kids outgrow the “crib mode”.
They don’t necessarly mean they’ll be bigger than a non-convertible crib, they just might be a little bit more challenging to assemble. And you’ll have to keep track of some parts you don’t need in crib mode but you’ll need in bed mode.
What to Look for in a Crib?
If you’re buying new cribs for twins, there’s a lot of safety concerns you don’t need to be worried about. As of 2011, all cribs must pass US Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. If you’re buying used cribs or getting some from family or friends, please check the manufacturer date that should be somewhere on the crib.
You may think a crib is a crib, but there are enough things going on with them to make them dangerous. Such as drop-side cribs, the width between the crib bars, etc.
Specifically, we recommend being on the lookout for:
Crib bars are no more than 2 ⅜-inch apart
You don’t want cutouts on the headboards
Preferably the crib doesn’t have wheels, but if it does, make sure it has a wheel locking mechanism
If brand and model number are on the crib, get peace of mind and check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for recalls
Adjustable mattress height is a great feature. If you can get one with it, we highly recommend it.
Be sure to check out our other great articles, including buying strollers for twins baby monitors for twins and how to save money when expecting multiples
In summary, we recommend buying new cribs for twins so you know their safety history. We highly recommend any of the Top 3 we highlighted up top and also place it down below so you don’t have to scroll all the way up!
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