Great design abounds on our list of favorite modern baby beds. The basic nursery staple is reimagined in modern form. For the parent with modern, minimalistic tastes, our picks satisfy both their eye for design and need for functionality. A baby’s comfort is paramount, with each bed built for both longevity and adaptability. From birth through toddler to young adult, the cribs transform into beds, and then sometimes into sofas or desks in a teenager’s room. Furniture not as necessity, but instead regarded as a familiar friend throughout a child’s development.
Considered, well thought-out design is worth the investment. So is a commitment to using sustainable, eco-friendly, and healthy materials and modes of production for the sake of both artisan and baby. We encourage you to delve further into each company to read more on their unique approach.
Here’s to great design at any age and the promise of making this world a better place for generations to come. And, on to our top picks:
1. Io Crib by Kalon
Founded by Los Angeles-based husband and wife duo, Kalon espouses American-made craftsmanship and innovation, with pieces designed for longevity and adaptability. Working primarily with natural materials, each piece is made in the USA by highly trained artisans. The stunning Io Crib is solid bamboo cut into geometric patterns, adjustable as baby grows into toddler, and eventually serving as chic seating.
2. Highlight Crib by Nursery Works
Ultra-cool and ultra-modern with an eye for cutting-edge design, the company eschews mass production in favor of low production runs to best utilize specialized production and materials. A unique feature of this bed? It transforms into a modern desk once a child outgrows its use. Handmade in Los Angeles and crafted from 100 percent American white oak.
3. Soren Quattro Station by Tulip Juvenile
A dresser/bed/crib all-in-one, this Made in Canada streamlined piece is sturdily constructed of oak and oak veneer. The attached dresser also serves as changing table, particularly useful for parents with space constraints. The bed has three adjustable heights, and converts into a platform twin bed. All from a company known for its use of high-quality materials, superior craftsmanship, and commitment to safety.
4. Baby Cot Bed by Flexa
Five beds in one, this multi-purpose piece in solid beech assumes an oval, organic shape for a structured minimalistic look. From Flexa, a Danish company founded in 1972, specializing in Scandinavian-inspired children’s products to create a safe and stimulating environment that adapts, grows and transforms to meet children’s ongoing developmental needs. FLEXA wood is certified by PEFC and meets strict international standards for sustainable forest management.
5. Budding Superhero Bed by Leander
Every child wants to be a superhero. Start baby off on the right path with a bed designed with a child's utmost comfort in mind. Made of moulded, FSC certified beechwood, the wood is harvested from an area of Northern Paris and follows strict sustainability standards. The crib-turned-toddler-bed includes a mattress, which then becomes a cool sofa in a teenager's room. Founded by Stig Leander in 1998, the company considers each creation an heirloom for future generations to enjoy.