Note: This post has been edited since publication. Some of the cribs we mentioned in the original post are no longer available.
Both Joy and I chose secondhand cribs for our little ones—a very green but actually controversial decision. Many safety experts warn new parents to never, ever, ever use a previously-owned crib. You could lose the directions, assemble it wrong, or inadvertently buy a recalled product. After weighing the options, we felt fine about our secondhand cribs, which we discuss in more detail in our upcoming book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide.
However, we realize that some people do want to buy a new crib—and they want something “green.” A green crib should use earth-friendly materials that don’t contain noxious glues or paints that can damage baby’s little respiratory system. We found a few options that range from affordable to . . . well, not-so-affordable. But the best part is, you don’t necessarily need to pay more than you would for a conventional crib.
DaVinci Alpha Mini Rocking Crib $149
A mini-crib made from sustainable pine. Formaldehyde- and BPA-free.
Atlantic Furniture Eco-Friendly Richmond Convertible Crib $400
Transitions from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed to a platform bed for your teenager! Made out of eco-friendly hardwood.
Hiya Crib $675-925
These cribs are stylish, and that comes at a price. They use low-VOC non-toxic paints and MDF made from recycled/reclaimed materials.
If any of you have purchased one of these cribs, please chime in with your reviews! And for those of you still on the hunt for the perfect crib, here’s the place to discuss the options with other green-minded parents. Stay tuned for affordable organic crib mattress options!